Illnesses and Injuries Treatment Questions and Answers
Hurt or sick? Urgent Care and Work Comp In-Clinic visits are available at Minit Medical. Call us or visit us at one of our three locations. We serve patients from Lahaina HI, Kahului HI, Kihei HI, Launiupoko HI, Olowalu Hi, Wailuku HI, Kula HI, Makawao HI, Paia HI, Wailea HI, Haiku HI and Waihee-Waiehu HI.
Minit Medical has been named one of Hawaii’s Top Doctors, and we serve patients in Kahului, HI, Lahaina, HI & Kihei, HI, and the surrounding areas. If you are experiencing an illness or injury, then simply walk in and see us: our team is here to help patients in need. Our services include On-Site Urgent Care, Telemedicine for Urgent Care, and our team of leading doctors and healthcare specialists offer our patients the best in services and we continue to be a valued resource for our communities. If you are injured or sick and don’t want to wait for a physician, then you can count on us to be here for any non-life-threating medical issues that you are experiencing. Whether it be sprains, fractures, or lacerations, or the cold, bronchitis, or upset stomach, we are here to provide you with evaluations. Our three locations house cutting-edge technology, such as on-site x-ray services, in order to keep wait times at a minimum while speeding up the diagnostic process.
What are the common causes of injury?
Our daily lives are consumed with all sorts of activities that put us all at risk of injuries: motor vehicle or bicycle accidents, stings or bites, burns, falls, impacts, repetitive and overuse motion injuries, and sports and athletic injuries. When an injury occurs, some of us want to be that “weekend warrior” and ride the pain out to see if it will go away. This is a no-no: if you have anything wrong with your body, then get it checked out right away. A minor injury could be something more serious than you think, so seeing a doctor and getting an x-ray is a smart move. Let’s also not forget about the common factors that increase the risk of developing an injury: age, bone or joint disorders, distraction, inattention, use of certain medications, chronic illness, hearing problems, poor judgment, poor vision, and weakness. There are a number of steps everyone can take in order to reduce their risk of an injury. Wear a helmet while cycling, wear a seatbelt while driving your car, follow the speed limit on roads and highways and maintain a safe following distance, utilize non-slip mats in the shower and bathtub, wear the right sports equipment during game-time or practice, reduce the clutter at home and at the office, following health and safety guidelines on the job site, and always ensure your children are in the booster and car seats. In all, common sense and logic, and being as careful as possible, will help keep you safe at home, at work, on the road, and while having fun.
How are common injuries treated?
There are all sorts of injuries and all sorts of treatments for them. If you get hit in the head by a softball, ice the area, but watch for any signs of a concussion: headache, memory issue, sensitivity to noise and light, sleepiness, or irritability. For trips and rolled ankles, wear a compression wrap, and ensure that you prop your ankle above your heart and put ice on it for 20 minutes in 40-minute intervals. However, make sure you seek help if walking is unbearable and if your ankle is puffy or purple. Burns are another common injury that requires holding the injured skin under tepid water, then bandage loosely with antibiotic cream. You should always seek help if your burn extends around a joint or is larger than 2 centimeters, or if the skin is blackened or broken. For sliced hands, grab a towel that is clean and press hard on the open area for 5 to 10 minutes while keeping the hand elevated. Once the bleeding stops, place your hand under running water, then apply an antibiotic ointment or cream and a bandage so it heals properly. If you have any kind of injury that doesn’t heal, the next best step is to see a doctor right away. A doctor will assess your injury through x-rays or with some simple tests and will advise on the best treatment; splints and casts for bone fractures or injuries, or painkillers to help ease pain, or anti-inflammatory drugs or creams to help ease pain and reduce swelling.
How long do injuries take to heal?
Every injury takes time to heal. Minor injuries like burns, cuts, a bump on the head, can heal within a week or two, while more severe injuries need a few months or longer, with physical therapy, to recover. In some cases, long-term medications or surgery may be required. The best way to treat an injury and for it to heal properly is to follow the advice of your doctor or a healthcare specialist. They are trained professionals who will guide you on the best road to recovery.
How are illnesses treated?
Allergies, headaches, colds and flu, and stomach aches are very common illnesses and will require the attention of a medical professional. Sure, some illnesses might only need a clever home remedy, however, if they persist then your doctor will prescribe medication and even refer you to a specialist if needed.
Minit Medical is here to help treat your illness or injury and we even offer Video Visits for Urgent Care. We also just launched our Travel COVID-19 Tested Trusted Partner Program. Drop in for an appointment or call us today: 808-667-6161.