From insect bites and stings to workplace back injuries, injuries occur when you least expect them. However, prompt treatment for injuries can reduce the risk of further complications in the future. Here’s a look at some common types of injuries, their symptoms, and when you need to seek emergency care.

Bites and Stings

Bites and Stings Insect and spider bites have the potential to cause minor itching, redness, pain, and swelling. In many cases, these symptoms can be treated at home. However, some individuals have severe reactions to stings or bites that may require emergency treatment. Seek medical attention right away for the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • Welling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat
  • Hives
  • Shock
  • Confusion and lightheadedness
  • Stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea
  • You’re bitten by a scorpion, brown recluse spider, puss caterpillar, or black widow

Eye Injuries

Minor injuries like a speck or dirt in the eye or a bit of soap in the eye is generally nothing to worry about. However, direct blows to the eye, burns to the eye, or other types of eye injuries require prompt treatment to minimize the risk to vision. You should seek emergency care immediately if you have the following symptoms:

  • New eye pain or pain that has become worse
  • You have symptoms of an eye infection, including swelling of the eye and thick discharge or pus coming from your eye
  • You have a change in vision
  • The eyes become extremely sensitive to light
  • You suddenly lose your vision
  • A chemical exposure to the eye
  • Something stuck in the eye

Back Injuries

Back injuries can occur at work, at home, or even while enjoying engaging in recreational activities. Injury may occur to the joints or bones of the spine, the ligaments and muscles holding the spine together, or the discs separating the vertebrae. Injuries to the back commonly occur when engaging in activities you rarely do – falling, twisting the spine, or tripping. Blows to the back, penetrating injuries, or falls from significant heights can result in more severe back injuries. Symptoms of a back injury can include stabbing or shooting pain, limited range of motion or flexibility, radiating pain that goes down the leg, and muscle aches. Since back injuries may affect the spine, it’s essential to receive emergency care for a back injury.

Auto Accident Injuries

Many different types of injuries may occur if you’re involved in an auto accident. Additionally, some people sustain injuries from motorcycles, bicycle, or pedestrian vs automobile accidents. Injuries may affect nearly any part of the body, depending on the severity of impact and the surrounding crash circumstances. Some common types of injuries that passengers and drivers often sustain in an auto accident include:

  • Neck Injuries – which may include neck strain, whiplash, disc injury, or cervical dislocation
  • Head and Brain Injuries – including concussion and traumatic brain injury
  • Back Injury – which could include fractured vertebrae, herniated discs, sprains, and strains
  • Internal Injuries – may include injury to the liver, aorta, heart, spleen, kidneys, bowels, lungs, or fractured ribs
  • Facial Injuries – which may include bruises, fractures, dental injuries, scrapes, and lacerations

Seek Emergency Care at Pinnacle ER

Pinnacle ER is equipped to treat all types of injuries, from car accident injuries to back injuries. Onsite diagnostic tools and services, such as digital x-rays, CT scans, cardiac monitoring, and more allow us to handle your injuries. If you sustain an injury, visit Pinnacle ER to be assessed today.


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