Urgent Care Treatment for Fractures
Fractures and broken bones can result from a variety of causes. For example, they can be caused by: sports injuries, bone disease, and traumatic injuries such as accidents and falls. Regardless, injuries such as these require immediate medical care. At Bayside Urgent Care Center we can treat fractures. But, the treatment will vary depending on the location and the seriousness of the break.
If you suspect you have broken a bone, come into the Bayside Urgent Care Center for evaluation and to receive treatment.
We are located in Clearwater, Florida, and we’re always accepting new patients. No appointments are necessary.
What Fractures Are Best Treated at Urgent Care?
Typically, fractures of the foot, ankle, wrist, or hand can be treated at urgent care centers. At Bayside Urgent Care, we have the necessary tools to diagnose the type of break and recommend treatment.
On the other hand, broken bones in certain areas of the body are best treated in the nearest emergency room. Specifically, the following breaks require hospitalization:
- Multiple body fractures
What Are the Different Types of Bone Fractures?
The first thing our staff will do is determine what type of fracture you have received. Some common types are:
- Stable fractures. The most common and simplest type, looks like a line on x-ray. While the bone has broken, it hasn’t moved out of place.
- Hairline fractures. This type is also called a “partial fracture” because it hasn’t completely broken the bone.
- Open, compound fractures. The skin around the bone has been broken. And, in many instances a piece of the bone has come through the skin.
How Do You Know Your Bone is Broken?
Damage of this type is accompanied by pain, swelling, and bruising of the injured site. Also, you may also notice that you can’t put pressure on the injured area. And, if it’s a broken limb, it won’t support weight. If the broken bone is near a joint, your range of motion may be restricted. An open fracture will bleed, further making medical attention necessary.
A doctor may be able to tell from examining the area if the bone is broken. Also, an x-ray will be used to confirm the diagnosis and determine exactly what type of break occurred. With this information, we can recommend the best treatment.
What is the Treatment?
You will have to immobilize the affected area with a cast, sling, splint, and/or brace. Specifically, this is to give your bone a chance to heal. If you have a more serious fracture, you may need surgery.
The following are some additional treatments common for fractures:
- Resting the injured area
- Elevating the joint
- Applying ice
- Taking medication to reduce pain and swelling
- Using crutches or a cane to keep weight off affected leg
After your bone has healed, you may require physical therapy to regain movement and strength.
How Long Does It Take to Heal?
Your body may take up to eight weeks to heal. This depends on how severely the bone was broken. Unfortunately, healing may take several months in some cases.
Once the broken bone has been realigned and immobilized, the body will heal by replacing the old bone tissue with new.
Does Bayside Urgent Care Accept Insurance?
Yes, we accept several major insurance carriers, including Medicare. If you are underinsured, uninsured, or prefer to pay out-of-pocket, we accept payment at the time of service. Also, we offer flexible and affordable payment plans.
Bayside Urgent Care Center Can Treat Your Fracture
Our center is located in Clearwater, Florida, conveniently situated to Largo, Belleair, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, and Tampa. If you are experiencing symptoms detailed above, visit our office or call.
*Urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. Always head to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if you are experiencing very serious or life-threatening problems. Read What is Urgent Care for more information.