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Common Causes of Auto Accidents You Need to be Aware Of

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Auto accidents have various forms and can happen anywhere, anytime. In the United States alone, 2.35 million suffer from a varying range of injuries and disabilities because of car accidents. Additionally, more than 37,000 Americans die every year due to a vehicular crash.

At Lifeguard Urgent Care Spring Hill walk-in clinic, we have experience dealing with patients who have sustained non life-threatening injuries following an auto accident. Aside from physical injuries, patients also suffer from the psychological trauma.

According to our auto injury doctor in Spring Hill, the most common causes of auto accidents are: speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, running red lights, and improper turning.

Speeding

Speeding is the highest contributing factor in vehicular accidents. Most life-threatening crashes occur due to driving over the speed limit as the force of impact is greater during a high-speed crash. The faster the vehicle, the bigger its chances of getting involved in a car accident. Take note that you are sharing the road with other drivers. Moreover, the faster you drive, the longer the braking distance that you’d need to bring your vehicle to a complete stop.

Distracted driving

When you’re behind the wheel, it is important to keep your eyes on the road. In the past couple of years, distracted driving has increasingly become a bigger threat, especially for long distance journeys. Doing other things, such as answering a phone call, texting, eating, and even looking at the GPS can divide your attention and blunten your focus.

Drunk driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10,497 people died because of alcohol impaired driving in 2016. This contributes to 28% of traffic-related mortality in the United States.

Alcohol is a depressant, which means that it can reduce your reaction, decrease your concentration, and slow down your brain function. It can also affect your vision, balance, and perception of speed. People who are intoxicated can suddenly become fearless and engage in risky activities.

Running red lights

Although you are running late for an important meeting, beating the red light is never a good idea to save time. Red simply means stop. Unfortunately, some people speed up when the yellow light comes on, instead of slowing down. Aside from breaking the law, running a red light can lead to serious vehicular crashes.

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Improper turning

Improper turning may be caused by a lapse in judgement, or unfamiliarity to the place. However, it can cause serious accidents. Never forget to use your indicators before turning and changing lanes to warn other drivers and avoid confusion. Follow traffic signs and beware of one-way streets. Always observe the right-of-way when on the road.

Prevent an Auto Accident

Overall, the safety of everyone on the road is a shared responsibility. In order to decrease the number of fatal accidents, we need to build safer roads and infrastructures equipped with adequate lighting and clear traffic signs. Likewise, the general public also has the responsibility to obey traffic rules and regulations, and take precautionary measures when behind the wheel. Being irresponsible will not only endanger your life, but also the lives of others. Wearing appropriate protective equipment, such as a helmet or seatbelts, can save your life and reduce the severity of injury in case of an auto accident.

Learn more about Lifeguard Urgent Care – auto injury doctor, Spring Hill

Seeking medical treatment at Lifeguard Urgent Care Spring Hill walk-in clinic is recommended if the condition of the injured person is not life-threatening. At Lifeguard, your waiting time is minimized compared to ER rooms. Consultation and treatment are guaranteed to be affordable and efficient, as we are equipped with diagnostic facilities and friendly staff. For inquiries, call us at (352) 515-6000.

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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Common Causes of Abdominal Pain in Children

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More often than not, abdominal pain in children is usually benign. However, quick diagnosis and treatment are still necessary to minimize the discomfort and pain that could be too much for a child to tolerate. Don’t hesitate to bring your child to our Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic for a thorough medical assessment and treatment.

Although there are plenty of disorders that can cause children to become sick in the stomach, below are the most common causes of abdominal pain among kids.

1. Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis in children, also known as stomach flu, may spring from a viral infection. It occurs when people share food, water, utensils, towels or even toys with someone who has the virus.

Norovirus and rotavirus are two of the most common gastroenteritis viruses that can be quite severe in younger children. While there are vaccines to prevent this infection, it’s still best to take precautions so that the child won’t be at risk of stomach flu.

Some of the steps to take to prevent gastroenteritis include:

  • Cooking food properly, especially meat and seafood.
  • Washing hands before eating, and after using the toilet.
  • Boosting the child’s immunities with healthy, vitamin-rich food.
  • Using a mask when the virus is in season.
  • Resisting to share food in groups, especially among school children.
  • Using separate utensils, especially if a family member has the virus.
  • Disinfecting the home.

The most common symptom of gastroenteritis is diarrhea and vomiting. Children with stomach flu also develop a low-grade fever and may be quite irritable because of abdominal pain, headaches, or muscle aches. In severe cases, gastroenteritis can lead to dehydration, hence it’s best to seek the doctor’s help at the first sign of the condition to prevent this complication.

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2. Appendicitis

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix has been inflamed due to a blockage caused by an infection, a hardened stool, or the inflammation of the lymph nodes around the intestines. In the United States, an estimated 70,000 children a year experience appendicitis, according to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and 20 to 30 percent of these cases require emergency surgery due to a ruptured appendix.

The abdominal pain may start around the belly button and extend to the lower right abdomen. The child may also vomit, develop a fever and refuse to eat.

Immediate medical attention is vital when a child complains of this type of abdominal pain because it only takes 48 hours before the appendix could burst. Diagnosing this condition requires an ultrasound, a CT scan, as well as urine and blood tests.

An appendix that hasn’t ruptured can be treated with antibiotics for the time being. However, the doctor might recommend a scheduled surgery.

3. Constipation

Constipation commonly happens in young children who are still toilet training, or going through diet changes. While this is a temporary condition, the discomfort of infrequent bowel movements, coupled with hard, or dry stool and some bleeding can become traumatic for a child.

Because of constipation, the child might fear the toilet or hold the urge to go because doing so is painful. Though this isn’t a great cause for concern as constipation is not serious, a visit to the doctor might be necessary if:

  • there’s blood in the stool
  • the abdomen is swelling
  • the child has a fever and obvious weight loss

Children who suffer from constipation should curb their high-fat food intake and increase fiber, fruits and vegetables in their diet. The kids must also learn to eat meals based on a regular schedule to facilitate proper bowel movement.

What to do?

The management for abdominal pain depends on the cause. If the abdominal pain is severe, has persisted for days, or is accompanied by fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, consult our highly trained physicians in Lifeguard Urgent Care Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic immediately.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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Types and Causes of Allergies: Part 2

An allergic reaction happens when the body identifies a substance (known as an allergen) as harmful to the body, even though it isn’t. This overreaction of the immune system results in various signs and symptoms of allergy as the body tries to fight it off.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has identified seven main types of allergies. In Part 1 of this blog series, we talked about the first four types (drug, food, insect, and latex) together with their signs and symptoms.

In Part 2, we tackle the remaining three, which are all present in our environment.

5. Mold allergy

Molds are present in many areas of the house and even in the environment. You can get exposed almost anywhere. There are approximately 1000 mold species in the United States, which can be airborne and cause an allergic reaction to people with a mold allergy. Therefore, if you have an allergy that lasts for several seasons, you might be allergic to the spores of molds.

If you have a mold allergy, exposure may lead to the following signs and symptoms:

  • Runny and congested nose
  • Sneezing, wheezing
  • Eye irritation
  • Coughing and itchy throat

Doing a regular house clean-up, especially in the basement, bathroom, cabinets, and laundry area can guard you against mold. Lowering your indoor humidity to below 35% is the best way to prevent mold growth, as molds and fungi thrive in places with more than 50% humidity.

6. Pet allergy

Pet allergy refers to allergy to pets with fur. It usually affects people who have asthma and other allergies. Pet allergy is incredibly prevalent! In fact, 30% of Americans with allergies also have allergic reactions to the dander of cats and dogs.

Contrary to popular belief, your pet’s hair is not an allergen. It collects urine, saliva, dander, and even dust and pollens, which cause the allergic reaction. These allergens can become suspended in the air when the animal is petted.

If you have a pet allergy, you might experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Swelling, itching, and inflammation of the area around the eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Skin redness when the animal licks or scratches your skin
  • Breathing problems when the allergen gets into the lungs
  • Severe rash on the face, neck, and chest (in highly sensitive people)

7. Pollen allergy

Pollen is a common cause of seasonal allergies—usually every spring, summer, and fall. During these seasons, plants release pollens to facilitate the fertilization of other plants. These pollens travel by the wind and may cause signs and symptoms to people with pollen allergies, including:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Itchy eyes, nose, ears, and mouth
  • Red, watery, and swollen eyes

Pollens from grasses are the most common cause of pollen allergy. Other sources of pollen include ragweed, pigweed, sagebrush, tumbleweed, and lamb’s quarters. Pollens from trees like birch, oak, and cedar are also highly allergenic.

What to do

Aside from avoiding exposure to allergens, you may take antihistamine and decongestant medications, which help relieve signs and symptoms. If you haven’t been diagnosed with allergies, but you are suspecting that you have one, it is best to consult your Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic doctor for a more specific course of treatment.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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Types and Causes of Allergies: Part 1

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), there are seven main types of allergies. Some of these allergies are seasonal while others are perennial. This blog series is divided into two parts. In Part 1, we discuss the first four types and causes of allergies:

  1. Drug allergy

In general, drug allergies are uncommon and only affect 10% of people worldwide. People who have an allergy to a particular drug may manifest signs and symptoms regardless if the medicine is taken orally or injected. However, not all reactions to drugs can be considered allergic.

Some physiologic reactions are already known side effects caused by specific medicinal properties of the drug. For this reason, the diagnosis of drug allergies can be tricky. In some cases, you need to undergo skin testing procedures to confirm the allergy.

Common symptoms of drug allergies include itching, breathing problems, skin rashes, and swelling. An anaphylactic reaction may also occur.

If you suspect you may be allergic to any drug you are currently taking, do not hesitate and contact our Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic today.

2. Food allergy

In the United States alone, 32 million people have food allergies. Currently, there are 170 food allergens reported. Among them are these eight major foods that cause allergic reactions: egg, milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and crustacean shellfish.

Food allergy may affect several organs such as the skin, eyes, mouth, lungs, and heart. The signs and symptoms may vary, depending on the food ingested:

  • Itching, rashes, hives
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat—affecting the ability to talk
  • Difficulty swallowing, wheezing, shortness of breath, persistent coughing
  • Stomachache, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Weak pulse, dizziness, pale or bluish skin
  • Anaphylactic reaction

3. Insect allergy

The incidence of insect allergies is lesser than food allergies, as the former only affects 5% of the population. Every year, anaphylactic reactions to insect stings account for 90-100 deaths in the United States. There are three major classifications of insects that cause allergies: stinging insects, biting insects, and household pests.

    • Stinging insects refers to bees, wasps, fire ants, yellow-jackets, and hornets. Insect stings inject a harmful substance called venom into the skin. Many people can recover on their own after being stung, although the recovery period may last several hours or days. However, others might develop a severe anaphylactic reaction to the venom that requires immediate emergency care.

 

  • Biting insects are bedbugs, fleas, flies, kissing bugs, and mosquitoes. Unlike stinging insects, biting insects rarely cause a life-threatening allergic reaction. A bitten person usually suffers redness, pain, itching, and swelling around the bitten area.
  • Household pests like cockroaches and dust mites may also trigger an allergic reaction. These two insects are the most common cause of perennial asthma and allergies.

 

4. Latex allergy

Only 1% of Americans have latex allergies. Latex refers to rubber products that contain latex as a significant component. Latex is the protein found in the sap of the Brazilian rubber tree. Rubber bands, bandages, gloves, balloons, condoms, and rubber balls are products known to contain latex.

Products made of synthetic latex, such as latex paint, are not from a Brazilian rubber tree. Therefore, they do not cause a latex allergy.

Some people with latex allergy develop an allergic reaction upon skin contact with latex-containing products, while others are triggered by breathing fibers of latex in the air.

Signs and symptoms of latex allergy include itching, redness, and swelling of the body part that came in contact with a latex-containing product. More specifically:

  • Itching and swelling of the lips after blowing up a balloon
  • Itching, redness, and swelling of the skin after contact with a bandage
  • Itching, swelling, and redness of the skin after contact with latex gloves
  • Itching and swelling after using a condom

People with a severe reaction to latex may develop life-threatening signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. Experiencing any of the following warrants an emergency medical treatment:

  • Eye inflammation
  • Severe swelling
  • Hives
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Shortness of breath and wheezing

The remaining three types and causes of allergy are more common and widespread, as they are all around uslike in the hair of your fur babies, for example. To learn more, click here.

What to do? Visit a Walk-In Clinic in Spring Hill

If you are suffering from allergy-like symptoms, but aren’t sure of what’s causing them, visit your Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic doctor for an accurate assessment, treatment, and diagnosis. Our doors are open to everyone, no appointment needed. For inquiries and assistance, give us a call at (352) 515-6000.

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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Can Allergies Be Fatal?

The word “allergy” gets thrown around a lot, which isn’t surprising at all considering the high percentage of people who suffer from allergies every year.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), over 50 million people in the United States are affected by allergic diseases yearly. If you suffer from any form of allergy, you can visit Lifeguard Urgent Care Center’s Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic for a quick medical assessment, preventive medicine, and treatment.

Why do allergies occur?

The body’s immune system is programmed to protect the body against foreign invaders that have the potential to cause harm. To do this, the immune system creates antibodies that fight off specific germs.

In the case of people with allergies, the immune system overreacts to a foreign substance (known as an allergen), branding it as harmful when it isn’t. An allergen is a substance that is safe and harmless, but triggers an allergic reaction to people sensitive to it.

Common examples of allergens include dust, pollen, food (seafood, dairy products, crustaceans, etc.), mold, animal dander, insect stings, latex, and certain drugs (penicillin, aspirin, and ibuprofen are among the most common).

Who is at risk?

You have higher chances of having an allergy if you:

  • Have a family history of allergies
  • Have asthma
  • Are a child

Complications with allergies

Having an allergy may result in the following complications:

    • Asthma. People with allergies have higher chances of having asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease that involves the airways. Allergic asthma will cause the airway to swell, narrow, and produce mucus. This will make it hard for air to pass through the airway, leading to difficulty with breathing, alongside wheezing, and coughing.
    • Sinusitis is the swelling and inflammation of the tissues that line the sinuses.
    • Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening form of an allergic reaction. Typically, people with allergies develop localized signs and symptoms, which can be bothersome, but are generally non-fatal. If the signs and symptoms affect more than one organ system, the condition is known as anaphylaxis.

The danger of anaphylaxis

If left untreated, anaphylaxis can lead to an anaphylactic shock. This is a fatal condition characterized by nausea and vomiting, rapid and weak pulse, rashes, narrowed airways, and a sudden drop in blood pressure. This is an emergency situation that needs immediate medical treatment.

Some people have a higher risk of developing anaphylactic reactions than others. If you have asthma, allergies, or a history of anaphylaxis in the family, you are at a higher risk. Likewise, if you have experienced an anaphylactic reaction in the past, your chance of experiencing another one is increased.

It is best to seek immediate help from a qualified medical professional at Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic for an accurate diagnosis and intervention. The first course of treatment, especially for someone suffering from an anaphylactic shock, is the injection of epinephrine (adrenaline) to reduce the body’s allergic response immediately.

Living with allergies

In general, the best way to prevent allergic reactions is to avoid contact with allergens. However, some allergens, such as animal dander and pollens, cannot be entirely avoided. In these cases, you might have to resort to medications.

Addressing your allergy symptoms and finding relief can be achieved through antihistamines and decongestants. These are the most common drugs that can relieve most symptoms of an allergic reaction such as itching, runny nose, and sneezing.

Before taking any medication, consult your Spring Hill Walk-in Clinic doctor to determine which medicine suits your condition best. Taking the proper medication with the right dosage and frequency will help relieve your symptoms, while minimizing side effects.

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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How To Prepare For Your DOT Physical

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According to state law, all commercial drivers in Florida are required to take the Department of Transportation (DOT) health exam every 24 months. The required fitness test determines whether a person is fit to safely operate a commercial vehicle. Drivers who successfully pass their DOT physicals receive a DOT card valid for two years and are permitted to operate a commercial vehicle. The whole DOT physical examination is a quick process, at the same time, it is also critically important.

To help you better prepare for your DOT health examination. DOT physical in Hernando County will be providing you with information about the things you should prepare before your DOT physicals.

  • Lay off energy drinks and coffee for 24 hours before your scheduled DOT physical

Caffeinated drinks have the capacity to raise your blood pressure, which will result in being permanently restricted or disqualified. For instance, the normal blood pressure is 120/80, if it becomes higher than that approximately 140/90 the results of your DOT health exam will not turn out good. Therefore, be prepared by avoiding caffeinated drinks or stimulants such as coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks and certain cold and allergy medications.

  • Limit your salt intake a week before your DOT exam

Too much salt intake can elevate your blood pressure. The main sources of salt are: processed foods, salty meats such as ham, bacon and sausages, chips and canned goods. A week before your DOT physical, those are the foods you should avoid to prevent having high blood pressure.

  • Get a good night sleep and wake up early so you don’t feel rushed

Make sure you have a good night’s sleep before your DOT physical so you feel relaxed. If you arrive at the facility feeling rushed, tired or even fatigued, it can hugely affect your health as well as your blood pressure.

  • Take all your usual medications as soon as you wake up in the morning

This is very important, especially for individuals with diabetes and hypertension. A missed dose of your blood pressure medication may result in elevated blood pressure that may occur during the DOT exam. Also, remember to bring all your medications in their original bottles to show the doctor.

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  • Avoid eating big meals before your DOT physical

This is very important, especially with individuals who have diabetes. Having a large meal before your DOT physical triggers a spilling of sugar in your urine test which may result in abnormal urinalysis. Thus, eat something that is light and healthy.

Also,don’t forget to drink plenty of cold water to be well hydrated and so you can provide urine specimen, doing so also lowers your blood pressure.

  • Come to your DOT physical appointment prepared

Before your DOT physical examination appointment make sure you have all the proper documents with you, including your medical report history and a list of our current medications or prescriptions. You should also arrive wearing your eyeglasses or lenses for the eye test.

Following the tips listed above and maintaining a positive attitude will allow you to have a pleasant experience during your DOT physical examination.

If you still have a question or concern that we didn’t address, talk to our professional staff to find out more about a DOT physical in Hernando County. Our highly-trained staff will happily walk you through a DOT physical exam and make sure that it’s as stress-free as possible. We value our patients and will make sure that you won’t get wrongly disqualified. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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5 Common Post-auto Accident Injuries

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 3 million people in the United States who are injured due to vehicular accidents each year. The estimated economic cost of car accidents is costing $277 billion each year or around $897 per person. Getting into an auto accident is a traumatic experience that may change the course of a person’s life in an instant. Its symptoms don’t usually manifest immediately in the first days, weeks or even months. If they are left untreated, they may get worse and cause several health problems over a period of time.

For your overall health and well being, it is important to immediately visit an auto injury clinic in Spring hill, so your post-auto injuries can be properly diagnosed and treated, and to allow your medical insurance claims to be properly utilized.

While auto accidents injuries vary depending on the circumstances, there are some common accident injuries you should know about. This article will give you a general overview of common post-auto accident injuries you should watch out for.

  • Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injury is caused by back and forth head whips and head strikes that occurred during the car accident. The brain trauma can cause long-term damage to brain functions. This kind of injury does not show its symptoms right away. After a few months the symptoms may include:

  • Becoming forgetful
  • Gradual personality change
  • Getting easily irritated or angry

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It is necessary to seek neurological consultation after a car accident, especially when the person suffered from concussion, headaches or has experienced a series of unconsciousness.

  • Psychological injuries

When a person experiences a traumatic event the damage doesn’t only show physically, but also psychologically and emotionally. Going through a traumatic accident can cause “phobia”, which means a person can develop an extraordinary fear of driving or staying in a car.

If the phobia becomes severe the person can eventually become housebound, making them unable to use a car for any purpose. If phobias have developed, it is important to immediately seek psychological help. Psychologists are highly trained in performing techniques that can help patients overcome their phobias.

  • Whiplash

Neck and back strains are very common in auto accidents, they are generally known as whiplash. But, this kind of injuries is more serious than a mild strain. Often,  the force that is caused by a collision can cause the tissue between the vertebrae of the spine to rapture, which results in herniated discs. This will eventually put pressure on the nerves in the spine, causing chronic to severe pain, numbness, and loss of control of muscles in your arms or legs.

The symptoms may show up right away, but can also develop and over several weeks or months after the auto accident. This type of injury may require surgery or other treatment options. If left untreated it can cause a long-term disability.

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  • Shoulder injuries

Since shoulder belts only wrap over one shoulder, the thrown away impact brought by the collision is only focused on one shoulder. The collision can result in a twisting motion to your body. The force itself may cause different injuries to the shoulder such as deep bruising, shoulder strains, severe tears of the shoulder ligaments.

Shoulder injuries can become worse with time, which can eventually become chronic when ignored. Consult an auto injury clinic to prevent this from happening.

  • Knee injuries

A person is thrown forwards in a collision and strikes their knee on the dashboard or jams the breaks hard. This can cause direct trauma to the knee, resulting in different types of knee injuries such as shattered patella, torn meniscus or patellar chrondromalacia.

Over a period of time, if left untreated, the injured knee will be inflamed until the injury symptoms become obvious.

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Seeking medical treatment at an auto injury clinic in Spring Hill is recommended if the condition of the injured person is not life-threatening. The waiting time is minimized compared to ER rooms. The consultation and treatment is guaranteed to be affordable, compared to exorbitant amounts on hospital bills.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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5 Helpful Tips on How to Avoid Auto-Accident

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It is important to keep in mind that when driving, your safety should be your priority.  Practicing safe driving is a simple thing to do, but since most people are often occupied and ALWAYS in a rush, safety is often overlooked, disregarded or plainly forgotten. Because of that, there are 6 million car accidents in the U.S every year, causing 90 deaths.

To avoid tragic accidents from happen, an auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill gives you five helpful tips to avoid auto-accidents.

  • Drive without any distractions

Whether you will be heading from one place to another. It is important to free yourself from any sorts of distractions, such as texting, kids screaming or even arguing. When you feel distracted, it is best to pull over and handle the situation well. Keep your focus while driving because distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents.

  • Drive at a lower speed

Exceeding the required speed limit can cause devastating consequences, especially for the people in the vehicle and other road users. Remember that if you increase your speed, you are also increasing your possibility of having a car accident. 31% of all fatal crashes are due to speeding, so drive at safe speeds.

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  • Ensure your driving area is clear

Whichever place you may go always ensure that your driving area is clear, especially at an intersection. Always look both ways before moving to make sure someone who is aggressively driving towards the red light will not cause you danger. It is best to always be conscious of your surroundings to avoid tragic accidents.

  • Change lanes appropriately

It’s appropriate to always check your mirrors and to signal before changing lanes. Also, carefully check for other vehicles that might be in the blind spot. Carelessly changing lanes, leads to accidents, causing an auto-injury. Make sure you are always following proper driving rules and utilize standard courtesy when changing lanes.

  • Perform routine maintenance

This is the most important thing to do! Perform routine maintenance to understand your car’s performance. Check if the brakes and tires are in good condition, change fluids, etc. Your car will definitely perform better when you keep it in a good condition and it will ensure safety.

If you or your family members have had an unfortunate injury due to a car accident, auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill provides immediate treatment care with the help of its team of skilled health care professionals.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

 

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What to expect after an auto accident?

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Auto accidents are never pleasant or planned. Actually, they are terrifying and often traumatising or deadly. Unfortunately, they’re not a rarity. Studies show that in 2015 roughly 6.3 million fatal, injury and property damage crashes occurred in the US alone. With nearly 264 million registered vehicles on the roads, it is inevitable that accidents will happen – as our auto-injury doctor in Spring Hill warns, there are many things to look out for, including careless drivers. The best thing you can do for yourself is to be aware of all aspects surrounding an accident prior to it happening.

Below we have compiled a list of 5 things that you should do post-auto accident to put yourself in the best position for your health, for your insurance claim and for your DOT physical in Hernando County.

1. Stop, protect the scene and call the police

Do not drive away from an accident, however minor it is.

Especially in the dark, protecting the scene can save lives – make sure the scene of the accident is visible from a distance, so other drivers don’t get involved. Also, protect yourself from the vehicles by disabling the vehicle and waiting for help on the side of the road – if possible move the vehicle off the road to ensure safety for the traffic.

Calling the police might not seem necessary in minor accidents, but insurance companies might be more generous to drivers who can provide a police report. So, if you don’t know your insurance policy by heart, be safe and call the police.

2. Take photos and exchange information

When waiting for police and assistance to arrive make sure to collect your own copies of photos and information about the accident and the other parties involved. The police, unfortunately, is a busy institution, hence it is not uncommon that some less urgent files get lost in the sheer amount of documents the stations have to go through. The details from the accident scene will be needed by your insurance company and your attorney, so collect your own copies to spare yourself trouble in the future. 

3. Truthfully report the accident

When making the police statement, do not speculate, exaggerate or misstate any facts – it is better to say that you don’t remember something exactly than creating your own version of the events. For your own security ensure that the other persons from the accident make accurate statements. Also, inform your insurer as soon as possible. All the statements should include the injuries that were incurred during the accident, however, it is known that some pains and injuries become apparent a few hours after the accident. In that case, seek medical assistance and get in touch with the police, your insurer and DOT physical authority immediately.

4. Get a medical check-up

As we have stated above, it is common for auto accident injuries to show up after some time. Our auto-injury doctor in Spring Hill stresses the importance of contacting a doctor immediately because in many instances injuries are zero-symptom injuries, for instance, internal bruising, trauma, or joint injuries. Additionally, if you are a commercial driver, then you must get a medical assessment to keep your DOT physical in Spring Hill valid.

The auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill often deals with the following post-auto accident injuries:

  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Fractured bones
  • Shoulder pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck sprains
  • Arm and leg injuries
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Concussion
  • Numbness

5. Protect your rights

Last, but not least, contact your attorney. Do this to make sure crucial evidence does not get overlooked and you are treated fairly, lawfully and receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Insurance companies most likely will request a statement, so create one alongside your attorney, who will give you legal advice. Your attorney can also advise you on how to ensure full compensation for your vehicle, and on how to get the best medical treatment available.

With this knowledge, if an accident occurs, your adrenaline-rush kicks in and your instincts sharpen, at least the aftermath will not come as a surprise!

Most importantly, whether you experience an auto accident might be out of your control, but remember that you can still do your best to avoid it! Our auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill provides a detailed list of suggestions on how you can be safer on the road, starting from fastening your seatbelt and lowering the volume on your radio to getting enough sleep every night and expecting the worst from other drivers.

Following these steps will ensure your health is in the right hands, and your insurance claim and DOT physical in Hernando County are taken seriously.

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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What’s Up Doc Series – Flu Season Update – NEW!

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Every true history must force us to remember, that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future

G.M. Trevelyan 1862-1962

Did you know its been 100 years since the devastating flu pandemic of 1918-1919? It was caused by a H1N1 virus of avian variety. There is no consensus on the origin of the virus, however it was first identified in the United States with infected military personnel in the spring of 1918.
The estimates are about 500 million people infected worldwide (1/3 of world population) with the number of deaths approaching 50 million. In the U.S., about 675,000 people died from the flu.
Fast forward 100 years, 2019, and we now have vaccines, anti-viral medication, and advanced medical surveillance, diagnositcs, and treatment to prevent another Flu apocalypse that the world experienced in 1918-1919.

Still not too late to Vaccinate!

FLORIDA FLU UPDATE 1/12/2019 Week 2
  • Activity decreased in week 2 similar to past seasons;
  • Most counties including Hernando, Citrus, and Pasco reported mild activity;
  • The best news, no new Pediatric associated deaths;
  • Its not too late to vaccinate for the 2018-2019 season, however the window is closing and supplies are declining. This is even more important if you are planning on travelling to high activity states (New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania);
  • Please continue your everyday precautions!
Stay Healthy My Friends!
Doc Scott
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