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Preventative Care Specialist

Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care

Urgent Care & Primary Care Internal Medicine located in Stone Ridge Neighborhood, Stone Ridge, VA

It’s a well-known fact that traumatic injuries need immediate care, but many people don’t realize that preventive care is just as important as trauma care in preserving your health. At Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care in Stone Ridge, Virginia, Anita Chatman, MD, MPH, and her team provide preventive care services like physical exams as well as trauma care services like laceration repair or minor procedures. For expert preventive or trauma care services, call Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care or book an appointment online today.

Preventative Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care is the branch of medicine that focuses on keeping you from getting sick or hurt instead of treating you when you already are. Each time you visit your doctor for a check-up or routine exam, you’re participating in preventive care. These visits give the team at Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care and opportunity to identify health problems and potential complications early, often before they cause symptoms.

During your preventive care visits, your provider may give you valuable information about how to care for your body between visits. They may encourage you to eat a healthier diet, get more exercise, take your vitamins, or keep up with your prescription medications. All of their advice is directly aimed at preserving your health and preventing complications that could require costly and time-consuming treatment in the future.

What is trauma care (Non-Life-Threatening)?

Trauma care is immediate care available for traumatic injuries. At Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care, the team provides fast treatment for injuries to stop your bleeding, reduce pain, and stabilize your vitals. You might need trauma care in the case of:

  • Broken bones
  • Wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Assaults
  • Burns

If you seek immediate trauma care for these injuries, you can greatly reduce your chances of suffering long-term effects. The team works to preserve your mobility and get you ready for higher-level care if or when it’s needed. 

What preventive and trauma care services are available?

The team at Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care creates your trauma care strategy based on the type of wound you have. They also offer preventive care services to minimize your future need for trauma care and other types of treatment. Available services include:

X-rays

An X-ray is a valuable imaging technique that helps your doctor see the structures inside your body without performing surgery. X-rays use a low dose of ionizing radiation to form an image of your bones and muscles so your physician can view the extent of your internal trauma after an injury.

Laceration repair

The team repairs lacerations and wounds to close them quickly and stop the bleeding. They clean the laceration thoroughly, add stitches or dressings to close it, and give you medications to reduce your risk of infection.

Sprain and strain care

If you sprain, strain, or otherwise injure a joint or muscle, the team evaluates the injury, wraps it securely, and may give you medications or crutches to help you heal.

Preventive care is important, but it can’t always prevent or predict a traumatic injury. For expert preventive and trauma care services, call Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care or book an appointment online today.