Many times we suffer pain or illness and wonder whether or not we should go to the emergency room. Often we just ignore the symptoms and hope they go away. Nevertheless, when pain persists or is severe, it should not be overlooked, and a quick trip to the ER is well worth the effort and, in some cases, could be a lifesaver. The decision to go to the ER is a matter of personal choice, but the following list of reasons could help you decide whether or not it’s time to make the visit.
Even with non life-threatening conditions, a trip to the ER can help both relieve concern about the illness as well as provide you with an accurate diagnosis. It’s comforting to know that your situation has been evaluated and, if needed, a treatment prescribed. Instead of worrying about some ache or pain, it should be checked out by one of the medical professionals at one of Emergency Hospital System’s emergency rooms. Below are some common reasons people visit emergency rooms.
Cuts and Lacerations / Falls
Falls, as well as accidents during sports events, can result in cuts and lacerations that require stitches. A blow to the head that results from a fall could involve a concussion and should always be examined by a medical professional. Proper treatment of a laceration, especially if stitches are required, can prevent excess bleeding and infection. Emergency rooms are prepared to deal with all these situations.
Often younger patients involved in sports or other high-intensity physical activities will seek emergency care for a broken bone. Falls by the elderly can also result in fractures or broken bones requiring treatment. While both the young and the old are most frequently subjected to broken bones, accidents can happen to anyone. If you suspect you’ve broken or fractured a bone, a trip to the ER may be needed.
There are many causes of abdominal pain, and often these are not emergencies. Nevertheless, many conditions involving abdominal pain are severe and should be assessed by a medical professional. Situations such as appendicitis, kidney infections, kidney stones, torn colon, ectopic pregnancies, and other problems are all serious, can cause abdominal pains, and require immediate medical attention. Any stomach or lower abdominal pain may have a serious underlying cause and should not be ignored.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains can affect anyone: active children, individuals overexerting, the elderly, or sports enthusiasts such as runners. It’s always a good idea to avoid lifting overly heavy items or exerting beyond your abilities. Should you suffer a sprain or strain, one of Emergency Hospital System’s ERs can assist you with proper treatment.
Migraines and Headaches
Most people suffer occasional headaches but when they become frequent, are very painful, or are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light the condition may be serious. An assessment by a physician at one of our emergency rooms can help identify the cause and provide you with an appropriate treatment plan.
Fever / Nausea and Vomiting
Fevers often accompany various types of infections and influenza and are especially prevalent during the winter flu season. Should you have a fever with temperatures at 103 F, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Fevers accompanied by headaches and rashes can also indicate serious conditions and require medical care as quickly as possible. While many fevers do not pose a concern, it is best to visit with a medical professional if the temperature is high or persistent.
Emergency Hospital System’s emergency rooms are state-of-the-art facilities open 24/7/365 to serve members of our communities. We are conveniently located in Cleveland (2), Spring, Porter, and Humble and see patients on a walk-in or an appointment basis. Our professional staff is ready to assist you with any emergency. We are here for you, our wait times are short, and parking is nearby and free. Give our office a call for an appointment or for questions, 281-592-5400 (Cleveland main number.)