Acute Injury Specialist

Ross Bridge Medical Center -  - Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center

Ross Bridge Medical Center

Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center located in Hoover, AL

An acute injury happens suddenly and is often stressful and frustrating in addition to painful. However, with the support of the skilled medical team at Ross Bridge Medical Center in Hoover, Alabama, patients in the Birmingham area can get the help they need right away. If you’re suffering from an acute injury, call Ross Bridge Medical Center for help now.

Acute Injury Q .& A

What kind of injuries are considered acute?

Acute injuries are those that happen suddenly, typically causing serious pain. Some of the most common acute injuries can include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Severe swelling after a collision

In general, acute injuries tend to happen as a result of sports mishaps or vehicular accidents, but they can also result from a random, unlucky accident like slipping and falling on uneven ground. No matter how you suffered your acute injury, the important thing is to get the care that you need right away.

What are the signs that I have an acute injury?

An acute injury can include symptoms such as:

  • Severe pain
  • Significant swelling
  • Bleeding that's hard to control
  • Sudden bruises
  • Cold feeling around the injured area
  • Inhibited range of motion
  • Inability to put weight on the injured body part

At the time of the injury, you may hear a snapping, popping, or cracking noise. This can indicate a torn ligament or fractured bone. Your symptoms, especially the pain, can be so severe sometimes that you start to feel dizzy, faint, or nauseated.

It's important to pay attention to these symptoms and to get help right away. If you're dealing with an acute injury, home care usually isn't sufficient. If your injury is potentially life-threatening, it's best to go straight to the closest emergency room.

How does the doctor evaluate my acute injury?

Your Ross Bridge Medical Center physician performs a visual exam of your injury and gently palpates the area to assess the degree of damage.

In many cases, you'll need an X-ray so the doctor can verify whether there are any fractures. X-rays can also show other issues like fluid buildup or other abnormalities.

How is an acute injury treated?

When you come to Ross Bridge Medical Center with an acute injury, the immediate focus is on treating and alleviating your pain. Your physician treats your injury based on your specific needs, but treatment often includes medication, stabilizing devices like a brace or a sling, stitches, or bandages.

The Ross Bridge Medical Center team won't let you suffer! If you’re in pain from an acute injury, call the office right away.