Ever wondered what injuries and illnesses most affect those living in Cork?
The walk-in Affidea ExpressCare Clinic is located in the Elysian Building, right in the heart of Cork, meaning that the team get a very realistic picture of the most common ailments that affect the patients who visit them every day.
Below are the top five injuries and illnesses that the doctors and nurses at the Affidea ExpressCare Clinic deal with on a daily basis:
- Sports injuries
- Wrist/finger injuries
- Ankle/foot injuries
Dr. Tony Lynch, Clinical Lead Doctor in Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in The Elysian in Cork, says: “The most common injuries that we see at the Clinic in Cork generally result from sport and extremity injuries due to falls. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the injury but it’s always advised to see a doctor if the pain persists. Often what people think is a straightforward sprain can actually be a fractured bone. At Affidea, we pride ourselves on reviewing each patient and having all X-rays done with a plan of action within an hour of them coming into the clinic.”
Tony outlines below some reasons why these injuries and illnesses are the most commonly treated in Cork – and some top tips on how to avoid them:
- Sports Injury
Nowadays, it seems like everyone is into their fitness and looking after their health. Whether you prefer working out at a gym, playing sport or having an evening stroll in the long, bright summer evenings, are all great choices to get the heart pumping. While many sport and exercise related injuries can be avoided with the use of protective gear, others may be unavoidable. Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. They can affect bones or soft tissue such as ligaments, muscles and tendons. Many sports injuries can be avoided by suitable conditioning, sufficient warm up, wearing appropriate footwear and using correct techniques.
Lacerations can occur anywhere on the body. This is a wound that is produced by the tearing of soft body tissue – it is usually jagged and irregular. In most cases, tissue injury is minimal, and infections are uncommon. However, severe lacerations may extend through the full thickness of the skin and into subcutaneous tissues, including underlying muscle, internal organs, or bone. Severe lacerations can often be accompanied by significant bleeding and pain. It is usually best to consult a doctor if you obtain a laceration as you may need stitches. Keep the area clean and inspect the wound – if you feel it may be prone to infection make sure you cover it up and visit an Affidea ExpressCare Clinic.
Nearly everyone falls now and then, and some falls are unavoidable. Falls prevention is about recognising, and where possible, taking action to reduce the risk. Weak muscles that make it more difficult to stand up or keep your balance are a common cause of falls. Visit an Affidea ExpressCare Clinic if you have suffered an injury from a fall, or if you experience any recurrent, sudden or severe dizziness.
- Wrist/Finger Injuries
Everyone has suffered a minor finger, hand, or wrist injury. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it’s not surprising that symptoms occur from everyday wear and tear or from overuse. Finger, hand, or wrist problems can also be caused by a certain type of injury. If you suffer from pain in these areas, always check to see if you can move your wrist or finger to ensure that it is not broken. Following that, it’s important to rest the injury and apply ice as this can reduce pain and swelling. If you’re unsure about how to wrap your injury, consult a doctor so that they can effectively wrap the injured area.
- Ankle/Foot Injuries
Similiar to a wrist or finger injury, ankle and foot injuries can be a severe inconvenience. It’s important to take the necesary steps to achieve a full recovery. First, it’s essential to consult a doctor to make sure the bone is not broken. After that, elevation, icing and compression will be the most effective form of care.
Accidents can occur anywhere at any time but with appropriate safety precautions and an awareness of one’s environment, many can be avoided or prevented. For treatment of minor cuts and injuries, Affidea ExpressCare Clinics are giving away First Aid Kits on their Facebook page for the month of July. To be in with a chance of winning one, visit https://www.facebook.com/AffideaIreland/ for more information.
Offering fast turnaround times without an appointment, ExpressCare Clinics treats minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child. All ExpressCare Clinics are open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.
Affidea ExpressCare provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’sa covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.
For tips and advice, or to find out more about Affidea’s ExpressCare Clinics, check out www.affidea.ie
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