The weather is getting warmer, people are enjoying the great outdoors, and spring sports are starting up. What a wonderful time of year! Unfortunately, the joys of spring can sometimes be interrupted by injuries and ailments. But rather than heading to the local emergency room or urgent care clinic, now you can get these injuries treated from the comfort of home with DispatchHealth.
Sprains and Strains
Springtime means we can do some of our favorite outdoor activities again. But sports and activities that we haven’t done in months require a good warm-up first. If you neglect your conditioning, you may pay for it with a painful sprain or strain. Additionally, practicing for sports often involves repetitive motion. Whether it’s swinging a baseball bat or a golf club, you could be setting yourself up for a repetitive strain injury. But rest assured, DispatchHealth can get you feel better quickly, and services cost about one-tenth of an emergency room visit.
Cuts and Lacerations
Maybe you stepped on something while walking barefoot on the front lawn. Or perhaps your toddler fell and split open her chin. Whatever the source, a deep cut, puncture, or laceration can be both scary and painful. But they don’t have to be. Springtime can mean an uptick in these sorts of injuries, and that can mean stitches, antibiotics, and a sudden need to make sure your tetanus booster is current. DispatchHealth’s qualified medical teams treat cuts, lacerations, abrasions, and many other wounds – not at a crowded urgent care center or costly emergency room, but in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Minor Broken Bones
Being more active and getting outside might mean accidents and breaks. If your kid fell off the monkey bars or you stubbed and broke a toe while working in the garden, you may need medical assistance. For the big stuff, it’s still best to go to the hospital. But minor broken bones like fingers or toes can be treated at home quickly and efficiently. And if you are home-bound, DispatchHealth can coordinate with a third party to come to your home to provide x-ray services.
Back and Neck Pain
If you’re a garden enthusiast, springtime may be your favorite time to get your hands dirty. Planting, weeding and tending to your garden can be an excellent way to relieve stress and enjoy the great outdoors. But bending over repeatedly or for long periods can also mean back and neck pain. And digging or lifting heavy gardening supplies can also cause problems for your spine.
Back and neck pain can be agonizing, which makes normal movement and travel seem impossible. With DispatchHealth, you can get ER-level treatment from your couch. They even send a detailed report to your primary care physician, home health agency, or living community to ensure continuity of care. And they’ll send your prescriptions to your pharmacy electronically, if needed.
Skin Infections and Rashes
Spring also means the return of plenty of skin irritants. Poison ivy, poison oak, hives caused by pollen allergies, and some types of fungal infections are all common as the weather gets warmer. And with all that itching, secondary infections can also occur. Don’t let a long wait at the local clinic also get under your skin. Get treatment at home so you can get on with your day.
All of these problems and many more would have once required a trek to get high-quality medical care. Not only is this a time-consuming and costly experience, it may not even be the best option for good quality care. And sitting in a germy waiting room is a great way to catch whichever bugs happen to be going around too.
Instead, call the medical professions at DispatchHealth. They’ll come to you, assess the problem, and treat most non-life-threatening conditions your local ER can handle. They can stitch wounds, splint injuries, administer medications, call in prescriptions, and handle all sorts of urgent health concerns. You won’t have to leave home, and they’ll even bill your insurance so the visit typically costs the same as visiting an urgent care. And they’ll treat everyone from your rambunctious toddler to grandma and grandpa!
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.