Urgent Minor Injuries

Megan Dillman, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

MD²

Megan Dillman, MD

Internal Medicine Physician & Pediatrician located in Lakeville, MN

Minor injuries rarely require emergency treatment, but prompt care is essential to ensure a healthy recovery. At MD² in Lakeville, Minnesota, double board-certified internal medicine and pediatrics specialist Megan Dillman, MD, offers treatment for urgent minor injuries. Whether you have a small wound that requires stitches or a rash, Dr. Dillman and the team can get you the care you need. Call MD² or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Urgent Minor Injuries Q&A

What are urgent minor injuries?

Urgent minor injuries require prompt care, but not emergency treatment. Leaving even a small injury untreated can result in serious complications, such as infection, tissue damage, or scarring. By seeking urgent care right away, you can limit the risks of these complications and begin your recovery quickly and safely.

What qualifies as urgent minor injuries?

Common reasons to seek urgent minor injury care at MD² include:

Cuts and lacerations

Cuts that are too deep for a regular band-aid may require stitches. At MD², Dr. Dillman and the team can clean and suture your wound to prevent infection, stop the bleeding, and avoid further injury to your skin.

Burns

If you have a first- or second-degree burn, you can visit Dr. Dillman and the team at MD² for responsive wound care. The team may clean and sanitize the burn and apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infection.

Small bone fractures

Small finger and toe fractures typically don’t require emergency care. Dr. Dillman and the team will be parterning with Rayus Radiology who will perform X-rays to determine the appropriate treatment for you. They may recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.), immobilization, or other common fracture treatments to promote healing.

Whiplash

If you experience whiplash — an injury in which the neck rotates quickly and forcefully — your muscles and tendons may cause pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in your neck. At MD², Dr. Dillman and the team can recommend anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and other rehabilitative treatments to relieve your discomfort and accelerate your recovery.

When do I need emergency care for urgent minor injuries?

Not all injuries need emergency care, but some do. You should head to your nearest emergency room right away if you have an injury along with the following:


  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Severe pain
  • Obvious bone deformity
  • Lack of movement or range of motion in affected limbs
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Intense chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe cuts or burns
  • Loss of consciousness

Treating an urgent minor injury at the first sign of trouble allows you to return home and recover as soon as possible. 

To learn more about urgent minor injury care at MD², call the office or schedule an appointment online today.