Cuts & Lacerations

Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Greensburg, PA, Mt. Pleasant, PA, Donegal, PA

Open wounds, deep cuts, and other types of lacerations are among the most common reasons people seek urgent care. Milad Shaker, MD, treats lacerations and other types of injuries at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one has a bad cut that needs medical attention, feel free to call ahead or simply walk in for prompt medical care.

Cuts & Lacerations Q & A

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What are cuts and lacerations?

Cuts are wounds that break the skin, usually after an accident involving a sharp object like a kitchen knife. Cuts are the most common types of lacerations, a term that refers to a broad range of open skin wounds, including:

  • Split lacerations that cause the skin to break due to blunt force
  • Torn lacerations that occur when gravel or other objects are dragged across the skin
  • Stretch lacerations common in car accidents and any time the skin is overstretched

Lacerations may be deep enough to tear through the layers of tissue beneath your skin and are often irregular in shape. Lacerations may include ragged edges, bruises, or bleeding.

When should I seek urgent care for a cut or laceration?

Minor cuts usually heal on their own with proper home care, such as washing the wound with water and mild liquid soap and covering it with a clean bandage. You should go to Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice if any of the following conditions apply to your laceration:

  • Deep wound or impaled object
  • The wound is from an animal bite
  • The wound is on your face or head
  • Glass, dirt, or debris stuck in the wound

Although not technically a laceration, puncture wounds from an object, such as a carpentry nail or animal bite are equally, if not more serious. Puncture wounds are deep and narrow, which makes them difficult to clean on your own. These wounds are especially prone to infection and require urgent medical care.

When should I go to an emergency room for a cut or laceration?

Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice provides prompt medical services, but it isn’t a hospital. In cases where you or a loved one is seriously injured and may need to be monitored for a period of time, you should go to a hospital emergency department.

Cuts and lacerations that may require emergency care include:

  • Blood spurting from an artery
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Cut that exposes bone, veins, or muscle tissue
  • Bone protruding through the skin

Injuries that create life-threatening conditions require emergency care, while injuries that may become serious without same-day treatment should go to urgent care.

How do you diagnose and treat cuts and lacerations?

First, Dr. Shaker or a member of his team stop the bleeding if it isn’t already under control. Then, he performs a physical exam, during which he thoroughly cleans and evaluates the severity of your cut or laceration.

Depending on the type and extent of your wound, Dr. Shaker may recommend the following treatments:

  • Sutures, staples, or wound adhesive
  • Antibiotics to prevent infection
  • Tetanus shot if needed

Timely medical care can prevent infection and reduce unsightly scars that may otherwise result from cuts and lacerations. Don’t hesitate to call Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice or walk in for expert treatment today.