Elbow / collarbone injuries in children, lacerations and chest wall trauma are among the Top Five injuries experienced by Dubliners – Affidea ExpressCare Clinics

Ever wondered what injuries and ailments most affect those living in Dublin?

The teams working at the walk-in Affidea ExpressCare Clinics located in Northwood, Santry and in Tallaght 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 Clinics in Dublin deal with on a daily basis:

  • Elbow and collarbone injuries in children
  • Lacerations
  • Chest wall injuries
  • Finger injuries
  • Ankle injuries

David Foley, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Medical Director of Affidea ExpressCare Clinics, says,: “We see a wide range of injuries at our Clinics in Dublin including chest wall trauma, elbow and collarbone injuries in children as well as hand and wrist conditions. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the injury but we would always advise you see a doctor if the pain persists. At Affidea, we pride ourselves on reviewing each patient and having all x-rays done within an hour of them coming into the ExpressCare Clinic.”

David outlines below some reasons why these injuries are the most commonly treated at both ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin  – and some top tips on how to avoid them:

  1. Elbow and collarbone injuries inchildren

Elbow fractures are common childhood injuries that are normally sustained from falls and account for a large proportion of children’s fractures. Children who have elbow and collarbone injuries should be evaluated by a doctor in case of a fracture. Diagnosing an elbow injury in a child can be complicated, since their elbow joints are mainly cartilage, making injuries difficult to detect on an x-ray. Often the only sign of a broken elbow in a child is swelling seen on x-ray. In this case, the elbow should be treated as a break. Similarly, fractures or breaks of the collarbone most commonly occur from a fall on the side of the shoulder. Broken collar bones are most common during contact sport so adequate padding will reduce the risk.

  1. Lacerations

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.

  1. Chest wall injuries

A blow to the chest can cause fractured ribs, a fractured sternum or bruising to the lungs. These can occur following impact trauma to the chest such as a car accident or during impact sports. Chest wall injuries are managed differently depending on the severity of the injury and the symptoms experienced. Even a minor injury can cause chest pain for days after the injury. Deep breathing, coughing, or sneezing can increase the pain, as can pressing down or lying on the injured area.

  1. Finger injuries

Everyone has suffered a minor finger injury from an activity or a DIY job that went wrong. If you suffer from pain, always check to see if you can move your 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.

  1. Ankle injuries

Similiar to a finger injury, an ankle injury can be an 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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