Common Reasons Men Visit the ER
June is Men’s Health Month, a full month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of keeping the men in our lives healthy. For this reason, we’ve decided to list the top Common Reasons Men Visit the ER and offer ways to improve the overall health of men in our communities.
These are the top reasons men visit our ER’s
Every year we treat many patients who come to us complaining of chest pains. Although this type of pain is usually associated with cardiac arrest or heart attack, it can also indicate the presence of other health problems.
Chest pains are of particular concern for anyone who has other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, or heart disease.
Chest pains that are also accompanied by pressure-like or “burning sensation, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath needs immediate medical attention.
Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.
Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.
Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.
Sprains and Broken Bones
Both injuries can happen to anyone regardless of their age or physical condition. Sprains and broken bones are often the results of accidents or twisting of joints while playing sports or doing other physical activities.
Mild sprains don’t require medical attention. By just letting the joint rest for a few days, the injury will usually pass. However, if the injury causes severe pain or it makes moving the joint difficult, you need emergency medical attention.
Likewise, if you suspect you’ve fractured a bone, come to the ER to get evaluated.
Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.
Upper Respiratory Infections
Most upper respiratory infections are the result of viral infections, although in some cases, bacteria can also cause infections.
Most of the visits at the ER are due to complications from the common cold and flu viruses, which, if left unattended, could lead to more severe conditions.
Cuts and Contusions
Cuts and contusions are common reasons to visit our ER’s. Most cuts are the result of accidents while handling knives, power tools, and other machinery.
Deep cuts that require stitches or those with severe bleeding need immediate medical attention.
Contusions or bruises are typically the results of trauma. Trauma to the head, neck, or back requires medical attention. Severe injury to other parts of the body should also be evaluated by a medical professional.
Back pain-related ER visits are more common than you might think. Accidents, sport-related injuries, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion at work are the most common causes of back pain.
5 Ways To Improve Men’s Health
Most men already know that eating well, not smoking, drinking less alcohol, and staying physically active is essential for staying healthy.
Here we offer a few additional tips to help improve the health of the men in the communities we serve.
We know you love to stay active and do handy work around the house but protecting yourself while you do what you love needs to be a priority.
Make sure you use the right protective gear like helmets, safety goggles, and gloves when doing handy work. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellant when outdoors.
Take time every day or at least a couple of days a week to do something you enjoy; you deserve it!
Do your best to keep a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean masking your emotions for the sake of others; it’s about embracing the small blessings we each get every day and see how these simple things help make our lives better.
Get plenty of sleep; experts recommend you get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Get Regular Check-Ups and Screenings
Regular check-ups and health screenings to address the unique healthcare needs of men can go a long way in protecting your health. Speak to your family doctor about your risk factors for certain diseases and formulate a plan to lower the risk or improve the management of your condition.
At Altus Emergency Centers, we know the best way to save a life is through prevention. We are committed to helping men in our communities improve their overall health so they can live longer fuller lives.
We want to remind you that all our centers remain open 24/7 to attend any emergency you face.