Common Summer Injuries That Require a Trip to the ER

The summer months are a good time for families to enjoy the great outdoors. Sports, family outings, and even yard work are good ways to support physical fitness and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. The Emergency Room staff at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center urges Thousand Oaks-area families to have a safe and fun summer. If you or a loved one does sustain a serious injury , our Emergency Room is fully staffed on a 24/7 basis.

Concussions

Concussions are a serious medical condition . People who enjoy sports are at a particularly high risk of sustaining concussions. As you’ll learn when you watch this featured video, athletes who play team sports may first be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon on the field of play. When an individual is brought to the ER with a concussion, he or she will likely be evaluated by a neurologist and a neuropsychologist. Concussions can cause symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, blurry vision, nausea, and balance impairment. It’s important for athletes with concussions to recover fully before engaging in sports or other activities, including reading and watching TV.

Fractures

Broken bones are quite common. If you or a loved one experiences sudden pain, swelling, disfigurement, and problems placing weight on the body part, it’s likely time for a trip to the ER. The doctor may order an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. In severe cases, fractures require surgery. Otherwise, the doctor may apply a cast or splint to immobilize the body part while it heals.

Sprains

Your joints rely on ligaments to connect the ends of bones together. A sprain refers to an injury to these tough bands of tissue. Knee, wrist, ankle, and other sprains are commonly indicated by joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and discoloration. Sprains respond well to rest and conservative treatment; however, it’s still a good idea to go to the ER to make sure the body part isn’t broken. An ER doctor can provide pain management services, splinting if needed, and home care instructions.

The Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center features East Ventura County’s only Level II Trauma Center. Our Emergency Room team works around the clock to provide immediate response to critically injured patients. If you have a medical emergency in the Thousand Oaks area, please call 911 now. Otherwise, contact our community hospital at (877) 888-5746.

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