Health and Fitness

Most Common Reasons People Visit The Emergency Room

Darryl Wahl
Written by Darryl Wahl

The doors of every emergency room are revolving, even if only in a figurative manner.  People flow in and out of the rooms every single day, and healthcare professionals see repetitive trends thrive in these spaces.

If you’re looking to avoid some of the common human pitfalls, it might help to enlighten yourself to the most frequent injuries and afflictions.  You have to know what to avoid to keep yourself and your family as safe as possible.

Here is a brief breakdown of some of the most common reasons people visit the emergency room each year, so you can work to design a safer, healthier lifestyle.  Save your money, and escape repetitive visits to an urgent care facility or the local ER.

Sprains, strains, and broken bones

Sprains and strains are most common in children due to their extremely adventurous and active lifestyle.  Adults are at the most risk of strain when overestimating their ability to move large and/or heavy things.

Save a little money this year, and make sure you always have someone to help you do the heavy lifting.  As for the little ones, they are bound to have some injuries throughout their childhood. Do your best to provide your kids with supportive shoes and protective pads (when necessary) to minimize your affiliation with the local emergency room.

Chest pains signaling something is wrong

There is a long list of conditions/afflictions that could cause a person to have alarming chest pains, and some are as simple as excess gas buildup in the body.  Chest pains are at the top of the common list of ER visits, and every healthcare professional is trained to act fast when a patient experiences such discomfort.

Abdominal pains are extremely common

There’s a lot going on in a human’s guy, and abdominal pain could signal a slew of issues in the body.  There’s plenty that could go wrong with so many different organs crammed into one spot, and abdominal pain can be excruciating.

Never ignore intense abdominal pain.  A few of the possible causes of abdominal pain include:

  • Appendicitis
  • An ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Kidney stones
  • Colon problems
  • Shingles
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis

Dental pain lands some people in the ER

You may not consider tooth-related problems a good reason to go to the emergency room, but when the dentist office isn’t available, patients flood into the ER.  Pain is a strong motivator for seeking urgent care, and tooth pain can get very intense.

Most ER dental cases are related to the patient forming a painful abscess or infection caused by undue tooth decay.  Emergency professionals can only treat the pain and drain the wound, but it’s important to follow-up with your dentist soon after.

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Darryl Wahl

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