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    Whiplash: What Is It and When Does It Require Emergency Care?

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that involves the neck muscles and ligaments. It can range from mild to severe, and sometimes the symptoms aren’t evident until well after the initial injury occurred. In some cases, whiplash requires only the attention of your primary care physician. However, in certain circumstances you should go to the emergency room. If you have experienced whiplash, be mindful of the symptoms that indicate a need for emergency medical assistance. 

    Usual Causes

    Whiplash is most often the result of motor vehicle collisions. If a vehicle rear-ends your car, your head is abruptly and rapidly pushed backward and forward. This causes the muscles and ligaments to move beyond their capacity. Whiplash can also occur as a result of sports injuries or physical trauma, such as being shaken.

    Typical Symptoms

    You might not notice the symptoms of whiplash right away; however, they typically develop inside of 24 hours. You’re likely to experience neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. Dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue are also possible. Less commonly, whiplash can cause sleep disturbances, tinnitus, irritability, and problems with concentration or memory.

    Emergency Symptoms

    While most mild cases of whiplash can be treated with a visit to your primary physician and/or chiropractor, certain symptoms necessitate emergency medical care. If you have trouble moving your head because it is too painful to do so, have someone drive you to the emergency room. Other severe symptoms can include pain that spreads to your shoulders and arms, which may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms.

    If you were recently injured in a car crash in the Houston area, the emergency room physicians at Memorial Heights 24 Hour Emergency Center can help you on the road to recovery. Our facility is fully equipped to handle any medical emergency, including severe cases of whiplash. If you have any questions about our range of services, call us today at (281) 724-5295.

    Helping Your Child Get Through an Asthma Attack

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Asthma is a chronic lung disease in which the airways narrow, causing recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Many children who have asthma find these symptoms are worse during the night or in the early morning hours. Even though asthma can affect people of all ages, it often begins during childhood. 

    Predicting asthma flare-ups

    The severity and duration of children’s asthma flare-ups varies drastically, so it’s important to pay attention to your child’s unique asthma symptoms. Even though flare-ups often happen without warning, they will become worse as your child is increasingly exposed to asthma triggers. Some early warning signs of asthma include coughing, throat clearing, unusual fatigue, and rapid or irregular breathing. One way to predict when your child will experience a flare-up is by using a peak flow meter, which measures how well air moves in and out of the lungs.

    Preventing asthma flare-ups

    Managing your child’s asthma requires cooperation between you, your child, and his or her doctor. Your child’s doctor can prescribe regular medication as well as rescue medicine to keep on hand in the event of a severe asthma attack. You should also measure your child’s lung capacity by taking peak flow meter readings at the frequency your doctor recommends. Another way of preventing asthma flare-ups is by teaching your child to avoid the allergens that trigger this kind of reaction.

    Treating asthma flare-ups

    Unfortunately, not all asthma flare-ups are preventable. In some cases, asthma flare-ups can be life threatening, so it’s important to always provide immediate attention. If your child experiences a severe flare-up, you can help administer his or her rescue medication. You should also work with your doctor to create an asthma action plan, which details how to handle changes in your child’s breathing during a flare-up.

    In some cases, asthma attacks are severe enough to require emergency room treatment. If your child is experiencing a severe asthma attack, Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center can help. Call (281) 724-5295 to learn about our state-of-the-art Houston 24 hour emergency room

    Reasons to Go in for an Ultrasound

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create fairly accurate images of structures within a patient’s body. As a result, ultrasounds have become a very valuable tool for monitoring a developing fetus as well as diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases. In most ultrasound examinations, a doctor will use a sonar device outside of the patient’s body in order to see images of the internal structures. 

     

    Doctors commonly rely on ultrasounds to look at the health and development of a fetus while it is still in the mother’s body. As a result, the images from the ultrasound can help a doctor determine the sex of the baby. Other reasons why a doctor might recommend ultrasound include evaluating flow in blood vessels, diagnosing gallbladder disease, or evaluating a breast lump. Ultrasound can also be used to reveal abnormalities in the muscles, tendons, and prostate. While most ultrasound exams don’t require preparation, other exams, such as gallbladder ultrasound exams, require the patient to fast for up to six hours before the appointment.

    To learn about the diagnostic services available at Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center, call (281) 724-5295. We are a free-standing Houston emergency room equipped to handle any ER situation. 

    First Aid for Common Injuries

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Some situations, such as severe bleeding, head trauma, and seizures, quickly signal the need for emergency room care. However, it can be much more difficult to determine which minor injuries and illnesses only require at-home treatment. Here’s a look at some common injuries that can usually be treated without a visit to urgent care.

    Bloody nose

    Nosebleeds happen when the delicate blood vessels inside of the nose rupture. If you begin to experience a nosebleed, you can stop the bleeding by leaning slightly forward and pinching just below the bridge of your nose, the area where the cartilage and bone meet. You should maintain this pressure with your fingers or an ice pack for five to 15 minutes. Remember not to tilt your head back, as this can cause you to swallow blood. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 20 minutes or is accompanied by headache or dizziness, then you should seek medical attention.

    Object in eye

    Your eyes are very delicate, so any object, whether it’s a speck of sand or a chemical, can cause pain. If there is a small particle trapped in your eye, you can try dislodging it by blinking several times. Otherwise, you can rinse your eye by holding the lid open and holding your eye under a running tap. If you splashed a chemical like bleach in your eye, or if you have a deeply embedded object, then you should visit an emergency room.

    Sprain

    If the ligaments surrounding one of your joints are pulled beyond their normal range, you may develop a sprain, accompanied by swelling and bruising. During the first day of your sprain, you should apply and remove ice every 20 minutes, with the limb elevated. If the swelling and pain doesn’t go down in the next few days, you should call a doctor.

    Since November 2009, Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center has provided Houston residents with modern emergency healthcare. As a freestanding emergency room, we are equipped to handle any ER situation with improved customer service. Call (281) 724-5295 to learn more.

     

    Pregnancy Complications with Twins

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Women who are carrying twins have a higher risk of experiencing pregnancy complications than women only carrying a single baby. However, the main determinant of whether or not a twin pregnancy will result in complications is if there is only one placenta. Twins who share the same placenta may have trouble evenly sharing available nutrients and oxygen.

    The placenta is an organ connected to the developing fetus and mother’s uterine wall. This allows nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and oxygen exchange through the blood supply. This video explains how a shared placenta in a twin pregnancy can cause twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, birth weight differences, and twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence.

    As a stand-alone clinic, Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center offers vital amenities available at a hospital with improved customer service and care standards. You can learn more about our Houston emergency room services by calling (281) 724-5295.



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