Sprained Foot vs Broken Foot

If you’ve recently injured your foot  — whether by playing sports, falling, or by dropping a heavy item on it — you may be tempted to tough it out. However, while the wait-and-see approach is common, it could result in complications of your injury if you’ve sprained or broken your foot. Symptoms of both injuries are similar and they both require resting to allow your body to heal. But, how can you tell whether any of these injuries applies to you? What are the symptoms of a sprained foot? What are the symptoms of a fracture? And, what’s the best way Read More..

Broken Foot

Like most parts of the body, feet are often taken for granted. They allow you to get up from bed, walk, hold your body weight, and exercise. You may pay attention to them when purchasing new shoes, but other than that, it’s easy to not pay them much attention — until there’s an injury. Whether from an accident or a sports injury, foot fractures are painful and can severely limit your daily routine. But, how do you know if your foot’s broken? What are the most common symptoms? Are there any complications? And, is there anything you can do to Read More..

Hip Fracture

Hip fractures are common injuries among senior individuals who’ve experienced a fall. Typically, when they occur to older patients, it’s due to a chronic health condition, muscle weakness, or impaired vision. It could also be the result of declining balance/coordination while walking, or difficulties getting in and out of the bathtub. On the other hand, hip fractures can also affect younger patients who’ve been involved in an accident or who’ve gotten injured while playing sports. Regardless of the circumstances, these types of injuries are extremely painful and affect every aspect of daily life. So, how can you learn to recognize Read More..

When to Go to the ER for an Allergic Reaction

If you’ve lived long enough, chances are you know someone who is allergic to something — peanuts, pollen, seafood, certain medications or chemicals in personal care products, to name a few. However, there are different types of allergic reactions that can range from mild — such as minor skin rash — to life-threatening. How can you learn to recognize them? How do you treat them? And, when is it time to go to the emergency room? What is an allergic reaction? An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive when you’re exposed to certain substances — known, Read More..

Knee Sprains

The knees are one of the joints of the body that endure the highest amount of stress. In addition to allowing you to walk, go up and downstairs, and transport heavy items, for every pound of body weight, your knees receive four times the burden. And, when you add high-impact activities — such as jumping, running, and playing sports — the shock levels are increased. Therefore, you should always ease into these types of activities gradually. This ensures a lower risk of injury. But, what happens when you suddenly start feeling pain and discomfort? Is it a strain? How can Read More..

Is My Thumb Broken or Sprained?

Anyone who’s lived long enough can attest to the fact that hurting your fingers or toes can be an excruciatingly painful experience. For such small body parts, stubbing them will make you yell out in pain. However, in many instances, waiting it out and icing the area will do the trick. But, what happens if you have a more serious injury? What if you’ve sprained or broken your thumb? What are the telltale signs of each type of injury, and what’s the best form of treatment? Anatomy of a Thumb The thumb is the finger with the greatest range of Read More..

When to Go to the ER for Mouth Injuries in Children

Having kids means being on high alert all the time. Why is the house so quiet? What are they up to now? Where did they hide the broom? While being mischievous and adventurous is part of childhood, such antics could also land your kids in the emergency room. What are the most common types of injuries seen in children who visit the ER? And, can some of them be treated at home? 4 Most Common Mouth Injuries in Children 1. Lips These injuries are very common in children — and, since there are so many blood vessels in the area, Read More..

COVID-19: A Status Update on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Since March 2020, the entire country has been in a state of confusion about the coronavirus pandemic. Although news coverage originally started back in November 2019, it hadn’t hit our country yet, so it was easy to put it on the back burner. As the virus reached our shores and states started ordering restrictions and lockdowns, it was time to take notice. But, what exactly are concerned citizens supposed to do? Every day, there are new reports — some of them contradicting each other. Some government officials have given the green light to reopen businesses, while health experts are warning Read More..

Broken Collarbone

May 2020 Update: In the midst of the current COVID-19 crisis, we know that people continue to need immediate medical attention for unrelated injuries and illnesses. As your neighborhood emergency room, we want you to know that your safety and well-being are top priorities for us. Armed with the area’s best emergency room physicians, we are open 24/7 for all of your emergency medical needs. We recognize the apprehension that many people have when visiting an emergency room for care. We want to assure you that we are taking all precautions to protect our patients and our staff. We have Read More..

Common Grilling Injuries

May 2020 Update: In the midst of the current COVID-19 crisis, we know that people continue to need immediate medical attention for unrelated injuries and illnesses. As your neighborhood emergency room, we want you to know that your safety and well-being are top priorities for us. Armed with the area’s best emergency room physicians, we are open 24/7 for all of your emergency medical needs. We recognize the apprehension that many people have when visiting an emergency room for care. We want to assure you that we are taking all precautions to protect our patients and our staff. We have Read More..