Cut, sprain or break? Know when to seek urgent care

September 18, 2013

Staff Report

Injuries can come fast and furious when kids are outdoors enjoying the warmer temperatures and all the fun opportunities that summer provides. Parents know all too well this is the time of year when children will get injured playing sports, skateboarding, riding bikes, jumping on trampolines, or just roughhousing in the back yard. Knowing when to bring children to the doctor after an injury can be tricky.

Dr. Robin Borchardt, a doctor at the Rockford Orthopedics’ new Ortho Express Clinic, shares some basic guidelines of when medical attention is required after a child’s injury.

Cut or scrape? Clean the area. Seek medical attention if:

• Cut is dirty and unable to be cleaned;

• Cut is gaping;

• Cut has not stopped bleeding after 10 minutes of direct pressure; or

• Cut is deep or wide on the face or head.

Suspect a strain, sprain or broken bone? Seek medical attention if:

• Child is in extreme pain and body weight cannot be put on the injury;

• Child is in extreme pain when pressure is applied on the area surrounding the injury;

• There is a visible deformity;

• (Foot or leg injury) Child is unable to walk four steps; or

• (Neck or back injury) Call 911. Do not move the child unless he or she is in imminent danger. Movement can cause serious nerve damage.

Head injury? When a child or adult hits their head, concussion is a concern. Ice the area and seek medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms over the next 24 hours:

• Loss of consciousness;

• Vomiting;

• Trouble balancing;

• Blurry vision; or

• Difficulty awakening from sleep.

When in doubt, Dr. Borchardt advises to call your doctor to determine if the injury warrants a trip to an urgent care clinic or emergency room. The newly opened Ortho Express Clinic at 5875 E. Riverside Blvd. in Rockford offers convenient choices for urgent injury care without an appointment. The clinic makes it easier for anyone suffering from strains, sprains, cuts, scrapes and even fractures to get the medical attention they need.

The Ortho Express Clinic, owned by Rockford Orthopedic Associates, specializes in providing fast, convenient care from on-site bone and joint specialists. Radiology, MRI, splinting and casting as well as therapy are provided. Appointments for acute follow-up can be scheduled with a specialist on the spot.

While providing a range of services, the clinic also provides a less expensive option for patients. Specialized medical care is provided at the cost of an office visit as opposed to the higher expense of an emergency room visit.

Ortho Express accepts all private insurance coverage and cash payment at time of visit for services. Illinois Department of Public Aid is not accepted but IDPA patients may request a referral to Rockford Orthopedic Associates from their primary care physician.

The Ortho Express Clinic is open from noon to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday. It is open on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m.

From the Sept. 18-24, 2013, issue

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