Minor Injuries Specialist

Rochester Primary Care

Primary Care Practice located in Rochester Hills, MI

When a fall or other accident results in a minor injury, you need proper treatment to prevent infection and other health complications. At Rochester Primary Care in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Ramkrishna Surendran, MD, Steffanie Schwutke, MD, and Laurie Moy, DO, are experienced in treating minor wounds and injuries, including skin lacerations, to ensure you heal quickly and fully. Save yourself a trip to the emergency room and schedule an appointment for your minor injury online or by phone.

Minor Injuries Q & A

What are common types of minor injuries?

Minor injuries caused by direct trauma or a fall can be painful but are generally conditions that aren’t life-threatening. Common conditions Dr. Surendran treats in-office include:

  • Burns
  • Sprains
  • Nosebleeds
  • Skin lacerations

As long as your injury wasn’t very serious and you don’t need emergency care, Dr. Surendran can evaluate your condition and determine the best course of treatment.

When should I seek treatment for a burn?

You should treat a minor burn from cooking or other accident at home by running it under cool water for several minutes to reduce pain and inflammation. You can often treat small burns successfully at home, but if you have a more serious burn that causes severe pain or the loss of skin, you should seek medical attention.

Dr. Surendran can evaluate the severity of the burn and apply a protective ointment to encourage healing and prevent infection. You may need to wear a clean bandage over the area for several days to allow your skin to heal and prevent debris or bacteria from getting near the burn.

How should I treat an open wound?

If you suffer a cut or injury that causes an open wound, it’s important that you keep pressure on the area with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. You should also wash and disinfect the area to prevent infection.

Dr. Surendran offers on-site skin laceration repair for deep wounds that won’t stop bleeding. They offer several methods for closing a laceration, including:

  • Stitches
  • Staples
  • Adhesives

The goal of treatment is to eliminate bleeding and encourage the skin to heal back together. Dr. Surendran uses specialized techniques to repair a laceration and minimize your risk for scarring.

You may need to also take a course of antibiotics to reduce your risk for infection, especially if your laceration came from an animal bite or a potentially contaminated object.

What treatment is available for a sprain?

If you suffer a muscle or ligament sprain that makes it difficult to walk or do your job, your doctor can provide treatment options to reduce pain and speed up the healing process.

Initially, you may try to rest the sprained area and use ice or heat therapy to keep you comfortable. Dr. Surendran may recommend over-the-counter medications to control pain and inflammation.

Call the office now or book online for a minor injury evaluation and find the relief you need from the experienced team at Rochester Primary Care.

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