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Outdoor Injuries

Outdoor and recreational activities help people stay active and can even boost mental health. However, with any outdoor activity comes the risk of injury. It is essential to understand the nature of outdoor injuries and when to seek medical treatment.

Most Common Outdoor Injuries

Outdoor injuries can happen anywhere. For instance, someone could sprain their ankle while hiking up a mountain or get a minor burn from an outdoor fire while camping. They could twist their arm playing sports or become overexerted jogging in a park. Fortunately, most outdoor injuries are minor and can be treated at home successfully.

Some of the most common outdoor injuries result from:

  • Being ignorant of outdoor surroundings, leading to risky encounters with plants or animals or tripping and falling
  • Falling on slippery surfaces or during adverse weather
  • Pushing beyond physical limits, causing sprains or strains
  • Not wearing the appropriate gear and carrying the correct equipment

Treating Minor Outdoor Injuries

The R.I.C.E method is a sufficient treatment plan for minor injuries like sprains. Rest the injured ankle for a few days, apply ice every hour for twenty minutes, wrap the ankle in a compression bandage, and elevate it above the heart to reduce swelling. Non-prescription painkillers can help relieve pain from a sprained ankle and pain caused by other minor injuries.

If the injury comes in the form of a minor burn or cut, it is important to follow first aid treatment rules.

How to Prevent Outdoor Injuries

Preventing outdoor injuries involves being aware of outdoor hazards and wearing the appropriate gear for outdoor activities. Check weather forecasts for storms and strong winds. Warm up before hiking or climbing mountains. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Follow all safety guidelines and rules when participating in outdoor activities and sports.

Visit Legacy ER & Urgent Care for Treatment for an Outdoor Injury

Legacy ER & Urgent Care is here to meet your medical care needs by providing affordable pricing and quality care. As part of Intuitive Health’s innovative hybrid model ER and urgent care system, patients are only billed for the level of care they receive from professional and highly trained medical staff. With six facilities located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emergent and non-emergent care are accessible and transparent, focusing on superb customer service.

Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072 and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247