Parents of Players: Put This ER on Speed Dial
In Texas, kids’ sports fields (and gymnasiums) sometimes feel like battlefields. From football to soccer, basketball to volleyball, Texans take kids’ sports seriously. Physicality is rewarded. Hits, headers and body slams are sometimes the moves that bring home a win. Overall, this tough competition is healthy competition. Players learn discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship (and they’re exercising rather than staring at their cellphones.) It’s rewarding. It’s also fun — until someone gets hurt. On any given weekend, Saturday sports result in Saturday sports injuries.
If your kids participate in competitive sports, you’ve probably got personal experience tending to bumps, bruises, sprains, and strains. You can likely recount at least one story about a game in which a player was injured more seriously. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 775,000 kids ages 14 and under visit emergency rooms each year for sports-related injuries. The sports associated with the highest injury rates are, in order, football, basketball, baseball and softball, and soccer. (Bike, trampoline, and skateboard accidents also send a high number of kids to the ER each year.)
Don’t Be Caught Off-Guard — Have a Plan
It’s not unusual on the football or soccer field, baseball diamond or basketball court for a young player to go down. Teammates typically take a knee, and the coach usually rushes out to assess the situation. Usually, the player in question rises and heads to the sidelines, shaken but uninjured. Sometimes, though, he has been seriously injured. If the latter happened to your child, do you know what you would do?
In some cases — when a child is unconscious or is having trouble breathing, for example — it’s imperative to summon an onsite medical provider and call 911. In other cases, when an injury appears serious but not life-threatening, you’ve got options. You could try to get an emergency appointment with your child’s pediatrician. Unfortunately, many practices are closed on the weekends. You could rush to the closest hospital emergency room. Or, you could take advantage of one of the best-kept secrets in North Houston and head to Cypress Creek ER, a free-standing emergency room/urgent care clinic that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All the Benefits of a Hospital ER, None of the Drawbacks
As the parent of an injured child, you’re laser focused on having your child evaluated, diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. This is your baby, after all. Common sports injuries, including broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions and internal injuries, are usually diagnosed using imaging technologies such as X-rays, CAT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs. Like hospital ERs, Cypress Creek ER is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment as well as full laboratory and pharmacy services. The main difference between Cypress Creek ER and a hospital ER? You can expect to be seen immediately.
In a hospital ER, it’s not unusual to wait several hours to see a doctor. Why the wait? One reason is that ambulances transport victims to hospital ERs. Another reason is that uninsured and underinsured individuals without access to primary care services turn to hospital ERs for all their medical needs — even prescription renewals. This taxes the system and exacerbates wait times. When your child is hurt, head to Cypress Creek ER and be seen immediately.
Whether you have active/injury-prone kids, are a weekend warrior yourself or simply desire the peace of mind that you can receive top-tier medical care quickly in an emergency, add Cypress Creek ER to your speed dial! Hospital ERs are notorious for extensive wait times and overworked physicians. These waiting rooms are often packed with individuals exhibiting symptoms of contagious illnesses, and sometimes the waiting rooms are downright dirty. There’s a much better alternative if you live in North Houston, Cypress, Spring, Tomball or surrounding areas: Cypress Creek ER.