How To Know If You Have Pulled A Muscle

woman runner hold her sports injured kneeYou don’t have to be performing an extreme exercise to pull a muscle. Day-to-day activities can just as easily put your muscles at risk of overuse or extreme pressure. While pulling a muscle can cause major discomfort, it is rarely a serious injury. In fact, icing and resting the muscle, while utilizing over-the-counter medication to ease the pain, can treat most pulled muscles.

Symptoms of a pulled muscle

If you’ve strained your muscle, it will likely feel sore and be accompanied by a dull, aching pain. Occasionally, pulled muscles will also be sore or tender to the touch. In addition to sore muscles, you may experience soreness in the joint near the injured muscle.

What does a pulled muscle look like?

Most of the time, minor muscle strains won’t have any symptoms you can see. Moderate to severe strains, on the other hand, often have visual symptoms, such as swelling or redness near the pulled muscle. For severe strains, specifically those that tear the fibers, you may notice bruising near the injury site, worsening over time.

What else you should consider

It is easy to confuse muscle cramps with a pulled muscle, as the pain is very similar. However, cramps will likely be accompanied by uncontrollable contractions to the muscle. It’s important to note that generalized muscle soreness that is not linked to a specific injury could be caused by another medical condition. If you’re experiencing additional symptoms such as fever, nausea or extreme fatigue, you should seek medical attention to determine what’s causing the pain.

Treatment for a pulled muscle

If your muscle strain is severe, a doctor will likely recommend you use crutches or a brace until the injury has healed. Your doctor may also suggest rehabilitation exercises to help with the healing.

If you’ve suffered a severe muscle strain, consider seeking medical attention at Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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What You Need To Know About Broken Bones

Broken arm -  thumb upWhat is a broken bone?

Although bones are extremely tough, they will split or break when they endure more pressure than they can stand. When any bone breaks, it is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it’s known as an open fracture or a compound fracture. A hairline crack in the bone that results from repeated forces against the bone is called a stress fracture.

Causes of a broken bone

So first, let’s determine what causes a bone to break. The main causes of broken bones are:

  • Falling from a height
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Direct blow
  • Repetitive forces, often causes by running

 

How is a broken bone treated?

A doctor will carefully examine the injury and determine the best type of treatment. The most common treatment for a fracture is cast immobilization, which will allow the broken bones to heal. In some cases, metal pins or screws need to be placed into the broken bone.

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care, where we offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

5 Healthier Options for Thanksgiving Dinner

Roasted Thanksgiving TurkeyThanksgiving dinner is notorious for high-calorie dishes, such as yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. While this meal should be a splurge, there are a few minor changes you can make to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes that will help lighten up your meal. Try any of the following simple, healthier options for a meal that both your taste buds and your waistline will love.

Healthier Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

It’s not Thanksgiving without yams or sweet potatoes. This casserole utilizes an egg, instead of butter, to make the potatoes creamy. Pecans on top add an extra pop of protein for a healthy crunch.

Sauteed Carrots

This simple 15-minute dish is not only delicious, but it’s healthy too. Paired with a little butter and chopped fresh dill, these carrots are chock-full of nutrients so your guests will have a dish they’ll feel good about eating.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Adding some salty, crispy bacon to this healthy side of Brussels sprouts will make it feel like more of a treat than a healthy option. Trade regular bacon for turkey bacon for an even healthier dish.

Crunch Vegetables and Ranch Dip

Instead of putting out crackers and dip before the meal begins, consider raw vegetables with a ranch-style dip. Because most people munch mindlessly while talking, this is a much healthier option to have lying around.

Vegan Apple Pie

Pie is one of the most loved Thanksgiving desserts there is. This lightened-up apple pie recipe let’s you have your cake (or pie) and eat it too. And if you’re really feeling like a splurge, top it off with some vanilla ice cream and a dash of cinnamon.

If you’re looking for more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.