Minor Injuries

Your urgent care practitioners can treat more ailments and minor injuries than you may realize. Bakersfield, California’s leading family physician, Yadwinder Kang, MD and his expert team can diagnose and treat many types of injuries. The team at the state-of-the-art 1st Choice Urgent Care clinic can treat lacerations, bone fractures, sprains and strains, and much more. If you have an acute injury or experienced trauma, head straight to the urgent care clinic. You can also book a same-day appointment either online or over the phone.

Which types of injuries can be treated at urgent care?

Your local urgent care practitioners can treat almost any type of sports injury or other type of minor injury. They’re also able to care for you if you had a slip and fall or got into a car accident. Some of the most common injuries urgent care doctors treat include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Whiplash and back pain
  • Pulled groin muscles

You can get a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan — plus any essential bracing or casting — when you go to urgent care.

When should I see a doctor for an injury?

Any time you experience trauma and have an injury, it’s always best to seek medical treatment right away. The sooner you involve your doctor, the sooner they can begin treatment so the area heals thoroughly. If you don’t go to urgent care right away, it’s important to head in if you notice:

Bruising or swelling that’s getting worse
Restricted range of motion
Deformities in a bone or joint
Difficulty bearing weight on an injured limb

If you have a cut or laceration, you might need medical attention if bleeding doesn’t slow down or if you have debris lodged inside the wound.

How are injuries treated?

1st Choice Urgent Care offers onsite X-ray imaging, so your practitioner can evaluate your injury right away. If you think you broke a bone or can’t tell if you have a sprain, your provider can find out what’s going on through imaging. After getting a diagnosis, they put together your treatment plan.

If you have any open wounds that need stitching or tissue glue, they can clean your laceration and treat the injury. For fractures, strains, sprains, or muscle pulls, you might need bandaging, bracing, or casting materials to help stabilize the injury.

You’re going to be sent home with details about what you need to do to care for your injury at home. Most injuries require a follow-up appointment either at the clinic or with an orthopedist. If you have a bone or soft tissue injury, you might also be referred to a physical therapist who can further help you with your treatment and recovery.

1st Choice Urgent Care offers flexible late-evening, walk-in hours for urgent visits if you have an injury. You can also schedule your visit by calling the clinic or using the online booking feature.