Minor Injuries

Physicians Medical Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Internal Medicine located in San Jose, CA

Minor injuries can cause a major disruption in the course of a normal day, and having a trusted doctor to turn to can make it easier to navigate these inconveniences. Our family physicians at Physicians Medical Urgent Care in San Jose, California, are standing by and ready to help you or a loved one find relief after minor injuries. Call the office to book a same-day appointment or walk-in during business hours. Online scheduling is also an option for less urgent visits.

Minor Injuries Q & A

What are some examples of minor injuries and illnesses?

There are some medical needs that require immediate attention. Examples include uncontrolled bleeding, severe chest pain, shortness of breath, and signs of a serious allergic reaction. In other cases, injuries or illness needs a medical professional, but not on an urgent or immediate basis.

Some examples of minor injuries and illnesses include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Cut or laceration
  • Skin rash
  • Itching, swollen, or red skin
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting

You might also simply feel unwell, even if there is no clear cause of your symptoms. Coming in for a diagnostic evaluation at Physicians Medical Urgent Care helps you determine the right treatment path. 

Why seek prompt care for minor injuries?

hand in a castIt’s tempting to simply try and wait for your condition to improve on its own, and this approach often works. That said, you should always listen to the messages your body is sending, and take action when your condition begins to worsen or does not improve over a short period of time. 

Sometimes an injury or illness that seems minor can actually be a sign of a far more serious issue. For example, a sore shoulder that isn’t clearly linked to a sports injury or a period of overexertion could be an early sign of a heart attack. 

Seemingly minor cuts and lacerations can become infected if they are not promptly treated. In some cases, these breaks in your skin can cause unsightly scarring if they are left to heal on their own. 

Coming in for a thorough assessment at Physicians Medical Urgent Care takes very little time and provides a wealth of information. If your injury or illness turns out to be a minor issue, you walk away with peace of mind. If your condition is indicative of a far more serious problem, you can begin treatment as soon as possible. 

What is the treatment for sprains and strains?

A sprain occurs when you tear or stretch one or more ligaments, which are the tough connective tissues that bond two bones together in your joints. A strain occurs when you damage a muscle or the connective tissue that binds muscles to bones. 

Sprains and strains are among the most common types of minor injuries. They can lead to: 

  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Limited joint movement
  • A “popping” sound or sensation at the time of injury  

Some sprains and strains will heal with a period of self-care. The RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method is a great place to begin. Rest the affected joint or area, and use periodic icing to reduce swelling. Compress the area using an elastic bandage, and try to keep it elevated. 

If these techniques don’t reduce discomfort after a few hours, or if your pain worsens or you are unable to put any weight on the area, call Physicians Medical Urgent Care to set up a visit. Same-day appointments are available, or you can book online for the following day.