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Spring Hill walk in clinic- Do you know what the most common job-related injuries are? Part 2

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Every year hundreds of thousands of accidents happen at work. Some of them end up only in bruises; others can lead to permanent health damage or even death. The risk of getting injured depends to a great extent on the type of a job an employee performs. Construction workers are far more likely to get seriously injured than people who work from home. Nonetheless, certain accidents and injuries occur across many different employment sectors. In one of our previous articles, we described the five most common job-related injuries we treat at our Spring Hill walk in clinic. Today, as a continuation, we are sharing four more accidents that people experience at work.

1. Chemical exposure

In certain workplaces, employees are exposed to hazardous substances in many different forms, e.g. fumes, gases, or vapors. Even though most people believe that toxic chemical exposure occurs only in factories, tunnels, gas stations, and construction sites, the truth is that office workers may be exposed to chemicals, too, in the form of paint, cleaning chemicals, etc. There are various symptoms of fume inhalation:

  •      Itchy eyes
  •      Burns on the skin
  •      Fever
  •      Chills
  •      Heart palpitations
  •      Rashes
  •      Nerve and neurological injuries

Keep in mind that inhalation is not the only kind of chemical exposure, as it can also occur through skin contact and swallowing. If you believe that you have been exposed to any type of toxin at work, don’t wait until the first symptoms start bothering you; visit our Spring Hill walk-in clinic where we will ensure that your health is not at risk. Remember that some toxins may cause permanent brain damage: The sooner you act, the better for your health.

2. Loud noise exposure

Being exposed to high levels of noise may result in permanent hearing loss. Loud sounds may damage inner ear cells or cause nerve damage. In some cases, short exposure will cause only a temporary change in hearing, e.g. ringing in ears or tinnitus, which usually goes away by itself after several minutes or hours. However, it’s important to note that there is no rule which says that only long-term exposure contributes to permanent hearing loss. Sometimes, it can occur instantly due to intense or explosive sounds. Loud noise has a few more negative health effects, too: stress, increased heart rate and blood pressure, reduced productivity, and concentration. People most at-risk are those who work in noisy environments, such as factories, mines, building construction sites, and road construction sites. Unfortunately, the Hearing Loss Association of America reports that about 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings.1

3. Falling from heights

People who work on elevated structures, such as roofs, ladders or scaffolding, are in danger of falling, usually due to faulty equipment or slip and fall. With not much room for error, it takes just a second to fall, but the injured employee may struggle with the terrible effects for years. It’s no secret that some falls end up fatal. This is why it is so important to properly protect yourself when working on elevated structures. Using rails, appropriate gear, and proper training may save your life.

4. Cuts and lacerations

Our Spring Hill walk in clinic is often visited by patients with cuts and lacerations. There are multiple office devices that may cause their user to wince in pain – even such seemingly innocent things like a paper cutter, scissors or that glass of water. It is not that hard to cut or tear the skin; yet sometimes it’s not so easy to make it stop bleeding if the wound is deep. Lacerations to the head may even be life-threatening. Besides stopping the bleeding, the biggest concern after getting a cut or laceration is infection. Symptoms like fever, excessive swelling or pus serve as an alert to visit your doctor’s office right away.

Did you get injured at work? We will help you get back on your feet in no time at our Spring Hill walk in clinic

Regardless of whether you had a minor accident or you got seriously injured, if your condition is non-life threatening and doesn’t require going to the emergency room, we are here to help you. At our Spring Hill walk in clinic, our experienced physicians will provide you with immediate diagnosis and treatment. Why would you suffer if you can get help right away? We will make sure that you get back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

Remember, no appointment necessary, you can just walk in and get the care that you deserve.  

1 http://www.hearingloss.org/content/basic-facts-about-hearing-loss

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Urgent Care in Spring Hill: The 4 most common sports-related injuries

Urgent Care in Spring Hill

Were you ever told in your childhood that sports are good for your health? Did your dad ever take you to the backyard to play catch? Or maybe your mom was pushing you to join cheerleading in high school? No matter what sport your parents tried to get you involved in, they were doing the right thing. There are lots of benefits to being active, such as improving bone and muscle strength, controlling weight, managing stress, releasing endorphins, and regulating blood pressure. Nevertheless, those benefits can be overshadowed by injury. Some injuries require only a few days of rest to heal; others require surgery for full recovery. Every week, Urgent Care in Spring Hill is visited by multiple people who are suffering from sports-related injuries. In today’s article, we share the most common injuries our patients experience.

1.   Strains and sprains

The winners are definitely strains and sprains. People suffer from those no matter what sport they play. Even though their names sound similar, and they share some common symptoms, these are two different injuries. Sprains occur when ligaments, which connect bones together, stretch or tear, whereas strains are the stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons. The American College of Sports Medicine differentiates three degrees of strains and sprains1:

Strains:

  1. First degree (mildest) – minor tissue tearing; mild tenderness; full range of motion
  2. Second degree (medium) – torn muscle or tendon tissues; painful, limited motion; possibly some swelling or depression at the spot of the injury
  3. Third degree (severe) – limited or no movement; severe pain at first, although it may subside after the initial injury.

Sprains:

  1. First degree (mildest) – minor tearing; pain or swelling; joint stability is good
  2. Second degree (medium) – broadest range of damage, with moderate instability and moderate to severe pain and swelling
  3. Third degree (severe) – ligament is completely ruptured, joint is unstable, severe pain and swelling, other tissues are often damaged;

At LifeGuard Urgent Care in Spring Hill, we always recommend RICE – rest, ice, compression and elevation – for the initial treatment of strains and sprains. If your case is minor, you can successfully treat your injury at home. If it’s severe, you should immediately contact your physician, as surgery may be necessary.

2.   Knee Injuries

You must have heard at some point in your life about ‘runner’s knee’, but have you ever wondered what it really means? First, the injury doesn’t just happen to runners. This term is used for the pain that comes from above, under or below the kneecap, which might be a result of knee overuse, a direct hit to the knee, or even weak or unbalanced thigh muscles. At Urgent Care in Spring Hill, we often see non-runners who are suffering from it. In order to determine whether a patient has runner’s knee, it is very common to use an X-ray to look inside the joint. If it turns out that you do indeed suffer from this issue, don’t get too upset, as this health condition often improves on its own over time and with appropriate treatment. By resting your knee, wrapping it in an elastic brace, wearing orthotic shoes, using ice a few times per day, and simply doing stretching and strengthening exercises, you can bring your knee back to life. Keep in mind that if the pain doesn’t go away after a longer period of time, you may need to see an orthopedic specialist, who will remove and replace the damaged cartilage.

3.   Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are very common in sports like tennis, golf, swimming, weightlifting or baseball. In brief, these types of injuries are caused by any sport that requires overhead motion. Typical symptoms of an injured shoulder involve stiffness, limited motion, pain, swollen lymph nodes, pus in the shoulder area, and redness. Among the most common shoulder injuries are:

Rotator cuff tears – a tear in the group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint;

Frozen shoulder – characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint;

Shoulder arthritis – inflammation of the shoulder joint;

Dislocated shoulder – when the arm bone pops out of the socket;

SLAP tear – a tear of the labrum, the ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of the shoulder joint;

To avoid getting a shoulder injury, it’s important to strengthen the muscles through exercising, weight training, etc. It is especially important for athletes who perform any of the previously mentioned sports. Preparing for the season is a crucial part of preventing shoulder issues. However, if you do get injured anyway, regardless of your thorough preparations, don’t hesitate to visit LifeGuard Urgent Care in Spring Hill. Here, we will be happy to help ease your pain and provide you with the best treatment for your needs.

4.   Fractures

Last but not least are fractures. If you have never had anything broken, you are incredibly lucky! The average person breaks a bone at least twice in their lifetime! Fractures happen in almost every sport for multiple reasons. The bone may break due to overuse, trauma or a disease like low bone density. Fractures are categorized as displaced, non-displaced, open (compound), and closed. Certain fractures are visible right away, especially the open ones; others, however, are tricky to detect. A good example might be a fracture of the carpal bones in your wrist. Those are easy to miss. Sometimes several X-rays are necessary to find the fracture. If you suspect that you have a minor fracture, don’t waste more time, and visit our urgent care center in Spring Hill, where we will determine whether a simple cast, splint or brace is enough, or if you need to set up an appointment with an orthopedist.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a lot of pain or if you only feel minor yet persistent discomfort from a sports injury, we are here to help you! Don’t hesitate to contact LifeGuard Urgent Care in Spring Hill or simply swing by to have your injury checked. Why would you suffer even one day more? If you are interested in our services, please visit our website.

1 https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/sprains-strains-and-tears.pdf

 

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