Board-certified family medicine expert Maria Coimbra, MD, knows that it isn’t always possible to prevent minor accidents and injuries. Whether a fall from the monkey bars has given your child a cut that won’t stop bleeding, or inadvertently grabbing an oven-hot pan has left you with a significant burn, Dr. Coimbra can help. She provides minor injury care, including stitches, for patients of all ages at Coimbra Family Medical Center in McAllen, Texas. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Any non-emergent injury that you can’t successfully treat on your own would likely benefit from in-office medical care. The most common types of minor injury include:
Although minor injuries can be quite painful, they aren’t severe enough to jeopardize your life, mobility, or long-term health.
Even if you’re careful and you’ve created a safe household environment for you and your children, accidents happen. The most common causes of minor injuries among children as well as adults include:
A certain amount of falling and tumbling is inevitable when babies are learning to walk, and when toddlers are testing their limits. When children fall, they’re susceptible to fractures, sprains, bruises, and cuts. They’re also prone to head injuries, including minor concussions.
Many adults also receive minor injuries in trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accidents. Adults may be more likely than young children to experience long-term muscle sprains and strains after a fall.
Burns are among the most common injury among children and adults alike, and they often happen in the kitchen. Hot stoves, containers just out of the oven or microwave, and hot liquid and steam from pans and cups can all result in minor skin burns.
Routine food prep with sharp knives also makes adults more susceptible to accidental cuts that require stitches.
Bicycle and scooter crashes, rollerblade falls, and skateboard mishaps are some of the most common causes of skin lacerations, bruises, and minor bone fractures in school-aged children as well as active adults.
Routine injuries for children and adults who play team sports like soccer, football, baseball, or volleyball, include acute joint pain and muscular sprains.
A skin abscess is a bacterial infection that can occur when a minor injury becomes infected with staphylococcal bacteria. When the bacteria enters your body, your immune system response causes swelling and the formation of pus. The pus contains a mixture of bacteria, white blood cells, and dead tissues.
When pus production continues, it can cause the abscess to grow larger and become increasingly painful. When antibiotics aren’t enough to clear an abscess, Dr. Coimbra provides in-office incision and drainage with a local anesthetic.
During this treatment, she makes a small incision in the abscess to promote drainage. When necessary, she may take a sample of pus for further testing. Once she removes the pus, she cleans the empty pocket and covers the wound with a sterile dressing.
To find out more about the minor injury care services available at Coimbra Family Medical Center, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.