Facing any kind of medical emergency is inherently stressful, but some of the anxiety may be prompted by fear of the unknown. That means you can relieve a lot of the stress simply by knowing what to expect once you arrive at the clinic. Regardless of where you turn to for care, here’s what you can expect from an emergency doctor.
Your provider’s primary concern will be your vitals. For example, if you’re bleeding or having trouble breathing, your medical team will address such issues right away. Only after potentially life-threatening problems have been solved will your emergency doctor perform a more comprehensive exam. Should this exam reveal any additional injuries, your physician will take the steps needed to prevent further complications. For example, if you were hurt in a forceful impact, like a car accident, you’ll receive diagnostic imaging.
Once your vitals are in check, your comfort becomes the medical team’s priority. If any of your injuries are causing pain, your doctor will devise a plan for managing it while they heal. This treatment plan might include opioids, nonopioids, topical solutions, icing, physical therapy, massage, or other remedies.
Some accidental injuries heal on their own, while others demand ongoing care. If your emergency doctor thinks you will benefit from a follow-up visit with a specialist, they’ll refer you to the right provider for the job. If it appears you sustained head trauma, for example, they’ll help you get an appointment with a neurologist to determine the severity of any associated brain damage.
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