Accidents happen, it is a regular part of life to sustain an injury every once in a while. Ankle sprains and strains happen all the time. A sprain occurs when some of the ligaments that stabilize a joint are stretched or torn. This can happen because of a variety of factors, but most of the time it is simply due to the ligament being forced beyond its normal range of motion. NJ Doctors Urgent care treats sprains, and strains of all different kinds at our walk-in urgent care facilities in Pompton Plains and Sayreville, New Jersey. One of the most common injuries that we treat is ankle sprains. People sprain their ankles from doing all sorts of activities.

Sprained ankle symptoms:

  • Swelling of the ankle
  • Ankle instability
  • Limited ROM (Range of Motion)
  • Bruised ankles
  • Popping or clicking sensations
  • Pain when loading the joint with weight

Any of the above symptoms could be giving you grief if you recently sprained your ankle. Over the counter pain medications can help with minor ankle strains and sprains, but if you suspect you sprained your ankle, it is advised to seek medical attention to make sure that there isn’t a break in the bone.

How to avoid spraining your ankle

  • Make sure the shoes you wear offer appropriate ankle support for your activity
  • Avoid running on uneven surfaces
  • Avoid sports or activities that you are not physically ready for
  • Perform stability and balance exercises
  • Use an ankle brace if you need one
  • Warm up properly before engaging in physical activity.

These are just a few things to keep in mind if you want to avoid spraining your ankle or re-spraining your ankle. It is important to seek medical attention to avoid complications including chronic ankle instability, repeat sprains, and arthritis. You don’t need to worry if you have a sprained ankle. Just remain calm, try not to move it too much to avoid causing further damage, and come into our office as soon as possible for medical care. If you recently sprained your ankle and you are in pain, visit one of our clinics in Pompton Plains or Sayreville. Our doctors will treat your ankle sprain and get you out of pain as soon as possible. No appointments are necessary; you can just walk-in to our clinic for immediate medical care.

With another fall upon us, colder air, shorter days, and kids back in school, susceptibility to influenza, as well as coughs and colds is increasing. Fortunately for most people, there are a few best practices to keep in mind when going about your day that can actually protect you from getting the flu. The flu is not just a simple viral infection, for many, it comes with serious symptoms including high fevers, headaches, and unbearable sore throats. For the young and the elderly, the flu can even be life-threatening. In the early 20th century, an outbreak of a hyper-deadly strain of influenza caused the deaths of 3-5% of the world’s population. The trick is to remain cautious, and to follow the proven tips to not get sick in the first place.

What can you do to stay healthy and out of the doctor’s office?

  1. Get a Flu Shot
Flu shots are one of the most effective ways of protecting yourself from the virus. But be aware – the flu shot takes about 2 weeks from the time you get it for the immunization to work. Plan ahead and get your flu shot early.
  1. Wash Your Hands
Touched a communal surface like a doorknob, light switch, keyboard, or countertop? Head immediately to the bathroom and wash your hands. It is helpful to make use of hand sanitizer as well for when you are on the go.
  1. Stay Away from People who are Coughing and Sneezing
Avoiding the virus is a big part of not catching it. If you suspect someone in your vicinity is infected with the flu, try and keep your distance. If people are showing visible symptoms like coughing and sneezing, try to stay at a safe distance.
  1. Get Sufficient Sleep
Sufficient rest and sleep is always of critical importance when we talk about the immune system. Allowing your body time to recharge, and fight infection will keep you at your healthiest. The only way to prevent the flu is to avoid coming into contact with the virus, and maintain your overall general health. The above tips should help you protect yourself from the influenza virus. To learn more about the influenza virus, or to get treated for the Flu, stop by our walk-in urgent care offices in Pompton Plains and Sayreville. NJ Doctor’s offers the absolute best urgent medical care, and can provide you with your flu shot this season!
It’s almost unavoidable; the common cold is one of the most annoying parts of life, but there are symptoms that you can recognize early, and many remedies that can help your recovery process more bearable. In today’s day and age, there are countless over the counter medications, as well as home remedies that can help you feel relief from the common cold. One of the main tricks for treating a cold is identifying it early. This season, at the first sign of a scratchy throat, runny nose, or cough, it is advised to start taking care of yourself because you are probably coming down with a cold. The common cold can actually be caused by over 200 viruses. All viruses that we call the common cold cause similar symptoms – itchy throat, body aches, headaches, mucus, and that dreaded cough.  Learn how to protect yourself and your family from the common cold this season, and stay out of the doctor’s office.

Most colds resolve themselves within about 10 days, but it is advised for you to seek medical attention if you have:

  • A fever over 100.4 degrees
  • Symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • Symptoms that do not go away even when you treat them with over the counter medications

What remedies will make you feel better?

  • Rest
  • Drink Fluids
  • Use a humidifier
  • Take over the counter medications for symptom relief
  • Practice good general hygiene
It is a good idea to avoid people who are visibly ill. If someone near you is showing symptoms of a cold, including sneezing or coughing, try to keep your distance. If one of your family members has fallen ill, make sure that they dispose of their own tissues, and cover their mouths by coughing into their elbows. Coughing into your hands is not advised; people normally go on to touch other communal surfaces after coughing in their hands, putting other members of the family at risk. If you are suffering from a cold this season, come to NJ Doctor’s Urgent Care. We can offer you the best tips to help get you and your family through this cold season. Walk-in to our facility, there is no appointments needed at NJ Doctor’s. We have locations in both Pompton Plains and Sayreville to keep you happy and healthy during this cold season

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Flu Complications

Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death.

Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

People at High Risk from Flu

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

Flu Severity

Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:

  • what flu viruses are spreading,
  • how much flu vaccine is available,
  • when a vaccine is available,
  • how many people get vaccinated, and
  • how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness.

How Flu Spreads

Person to Person

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with a flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

The Flu Is Contagious

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.