A wound is an injury to the living tissue on your body, caused by a variety of reasons, typically leaving the skin cut or broken. Treating a wound depends on a number of factors like the size, severity and the depth of the wound; along with the prevailing medical conditions of the patient if any. While dressing, or plastering the affected area, an adequate amount of pressure needs to be applied so as to stem the bleeding to wrap it up properly. This requires a certain amount of expertise, and thus, it is advisable to visit a clinic and let a professional practitioner administer the plaster or the dressing. At Apollo Clinic, we understand the importance of medical treatment for injuries and wounds, and therefore, we provide you with the best dressing or plasters for your wounds in our treatment rooms.
What is the Difference between a Dressing and a Plaster?
A dressing is a sterile pad that is applied to a wound as it helps promote healing and prevents it from further harm. A dressing is designed in a way, as to be in direct contact with the wound as compared to a bandage that is usually used to hold a dressing in place. On the other hand, an orthopaedic cast, also known as a body cast, surgical cast or a plaster cast is a shell that is made from plaster or fibreglass. A plaster is often used to stabilise and hold the structures, mostly broken bones until they are healed.
What are the Primary Purposes of a Dressing?
Dressing can be used for many purposes, depending on the type, position and the severity of the wound. The purpose of dressing a wound is to promote recovery and prevent the body from further harm owing to skin infections or in some cases, permanent damage to the skin or bones. A few purposes of dressing a wound are:
To stem bleeding: helps to seal a wound and quickens the clotting process.
Absorption of exudate: helps to soak up the blood, plasma and other fluids that are exuded from the wound, avoiding the spread of it and preventing maceration.
Protection from infection: protects the wound and prevents attacks from germs and other damage.
Eases the Pain: helps alleviate the pain by compressing the wound and preventing it from further harm.
What are the Primary Purposes of a Plaster?
An orthopaedic cast or plaster cast is often used in the treatment of fractures. The primary objective of a plaster cast is to immobilise the part of the body, to allow the two parts of the affected bones to heal in the right position. A plaster cast is mostly used for sports injuries or injuries that are severe and affect the bone.
At Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, we understand the importance of treating injuries and wounds. Therefore, we provide you with world-class services and facilities to treat your injury, particularly with dressings and plasters. With the best treatment rooms, we assure you a hygienic treatment and healthy recovery.
An abscess is a build-up of pus that can develop in various parts of the body and sometimes, a boil drainage or an operation may be needed to drain it. In addition to this, you may also require certain medications or antibiotics. We, at Apollo Clinic, understand the uncertainty of abscesses and the importance of its drainage or treatment. Therefore, we provide you with various treatments, including abscess or boil drainage in our safe, comfortable and well-equipped treatment rooms.
What is An Abscess and What Can Cause it?
An abscess is a collection of pus, which in turn, is a thick fluid that contains dead tissue, white blood cells and bacteria. The pus may be green or yellow in colour and may have a slight odour. The primary cause of an abscess is a bacterial infection. Some bacteria are more likely than others to be pus-forming as they produce toxins that can damage the tissues in the body. This infection causes the immune system to set off white blood cells and toxins to fight against the bacteria. During this, some tissues die and cavity forms and fill with pus. This cavity grows bigger if the infection doesn’t stop and the pus cannot get out.
Where do Abscesses Form?
Inside the Body: An abscess forms inside the body within an organ or in the spaces between the organs. An abscess may be formed as a symptom or a side effect of some other infection in the body, for example, an infection in the liver can cause an abscess to form. An ultrasound scan or some other types of scan can confirm the onset of an abscess. If an infection occurs in the gums or teeth, the development of a dental abscess is also a possibility.
The Skin: Most abscesses form under the skin. For example, boil. Sometimes, a hair root becomes infected and develops into small abscesses. In very rare cases, women who breastfeed too can develop an infection in the breast that causes an abscess to form. The symptoms of a skin abscess may include swelling, pain, redness and warmth in the affected area.
At Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, we understand the uncertainty of abscesses and the importance of its drainage or treatment. Therefore, we offer you the best services and facilities to treat abscesses. With the best possible treatment rooms, we assure you a hygienic treatment and healthy recovery process.
A surgical suture, commonly known as stitches is a medical procedure that is used to hold the body tissues together, post an injury or surgery. This usually involves using a needle with an attached thread. Numerous shapes, sizes and other thread materials have developed over time; and most surgeons, dentists, physicians, eye doctors, and professional nurses and other trained nursing personnel engage in suturing. Once the suturing is done, surgical knots are used to secure the sutures. At Apollo Clinic, we understand the importance of suturing for injuries and surgeries. Therefore, we provide you with a broad range of services, including suturing that is held in our treatment rooms. Thus, making you feel more comfortable during the procedure.
Everybody has experienced skinned knees, puncture wounds, small cuts or animal scratches once in their lifetime. And, while most of the minor lacerations heal without medical interventions, some injuries need stitches or other types of treatment to ensure proper healing. But how can you tell whether the injury needs home treatment or stitches? Given below are some signs which show that a cut may require an emergency department visit for suturing:
- If your wound that is deep enough to expose the yellow subcutaneous fatty tissues or the dermis.
- If the injury is located across a joint. In such cases, you may also have damaged nerves, ligaments, or tendons.
- If your wound is gaping open, such that you can’t use gentle pressure to press or hold the edges together.
- If you have an animal or human bite. Here, you may need a tetanus booster shot, stitches as well as oral antibiotics.
- If your injury is a result of a foreign object cutting the area.
- If your injury was caused by a contaminated, dirty or a rusty object.
- If your injury is due to a powerful impact from a penetrating object such as a bullet.
- If your injury is profusely bleeding and the flow of blood refuses to slow down.
- If your injury is located in a delicate area. For example, the face or neck.
- If your injury is on or around the genital area.
If you experience such injuries or wounds and feel that you may need stitches, it is advisable to visit your doctor as soon as possible. This will help in immediate care for the wound, resulting in a healthy recovery.
We, at Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, understand the importance of treatment for injuries and therefore, offer you services and facilities for all your injury concerns, including surgical suturing. With the best doctors and treatment rooms that are made available for you, we assure you a hygienic treatment and a healthy recovery process.
If you have certain breathing problems, particularly asthma, your doctor may prescribe a nebulization treatment or a breathing therapy. A nebulization treatment involves the use of a nebuliser which is a medical device that converts a liquid medicine into a mist, vapour or aerosol, such that it can be inhaled directly into the lungs or the air tubes. Nebulisers use electricity to generate compressed air that converts the liquid form of medicine into vapours and have power lead, tubing, a compressor, and a plastic chamber into which the medicine is put. On turning it on, the aerosol is released that can be inhaled through the mask or the mouthpiece.
How Do Nebulisers Work?
Compressed or pressurised air passes through the tube and converts the liquid medicine into a mist. During an attack of asthma or an infection, the converted mist may be easier to inhale than the spray from an inhaler. For example, when you get an asthma attack, your airways become narrow. Thus, causing you difficulty in breathing and taking deep breaths. In such times, using a nebuliser is much more effective as it delivers the medication without needing you to take deep breaths, unlike an inhaler.
Nebulisers may give short or long acting asthma medication, and more than one medication can be given to the patient at the same time. Your doctor will prescribe the type of medication and the required dosage. You may be given pre-mixed containers of liquid that can be opened and placed in the nebulization machine, or you may need to mix the solution before each use.
What are the Advantages of a Nebuliser?
There are numerous benefits of a nebuliser. They are:
- Nebulisers are invaluable for young children who cannot use other inhalation devices.
- They are useful for old people who cannot use inhalers.
- They are helpful in an acute attack situation, especially for home self-use.
- It provides a patient with the psychological support that effective help is available at hand.
- Some severe asthmatics may get more relief with nebulized medicines as compared to the inhaler devices.
At Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, we understand the importance of your health and the need for nebulization. Therefore, we provide you with a broad range of services, including nebulization that is held in our treatment rooms. Thus, making you feel comfortable during the treatment.
Birth controls come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the incredibly high-tech to the simplest ones. So, if you are tired of taking the daily contraceptive or birth control pill or are scared about the long-term effects of taking hormones, there is always another method of birth control that is simple, effective and economical- the Copper T. At Apollo Clinic, we clearly understand the importance of family planning and the medical treatments required for it. We, therefore, provide you with various birth control measures, one of them being the Copper T insertion that is performed in our treatment rooms.
What is a Copper T?
A Copper T is a simple intrauterine device or IUD that is made up of a flexible T-shaped piece of plastic which is wrapped with a thin copper that contains wire. The shape of the Copper T is chosen as it fits perfectly around the uterus area, allowing the Copper T to stay in place for a long time, even years without moving around.
When the Copper T is inserted, the ends of the ‘T’ are folded and inserted into the patient with a tube that is more straw-like. Once fit in place, the spermicidal effects of the Copper T are in effect, and the tiny piece of copper and plastic becomes a device for birth control.
How Does Copper T Work?
The copper ions in the Copper T destroy the biochemical structures quickly by confounding the enzyme structures and making them useless. The copper ions can also bore holes in the cell membranes by interacting with the lipid bilayer of the cells, spilling the contents of the cells into the surrounding area.
Once a Copper T is fit in place, the copper ions separate from the coiled copper wire and alter the biochemistry around the uterus. The copper ions then leach into the uterine fluids and the cervical mucus. When these fluids come in contact with the sperm, the copper ions become the shell for the sperms.
Copper ions prevent the onset of a pregnancy by inhibiting the movement of the sperm due to the copper-ion that contains fluids are directly toxic to the sperm. Even if the spermatozoa fertilises and egg, the copper ion surrounded area prevents the implantation of the fertilised egg. Thus, preventing pregnancy.
At Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, we understand the necessity of proper family planning and the medical treatments required for it. Therefore, we provide you with numerous birth control options, one of them being the Copper T insertion which is performed in our treatment rooms.
Injection of soft tissues such as the muscle tendon, bursa or ligament, the joints and the peripheral nerve blocks are extremely useful, in addition to the occupational or physical therapies that combat musculoskeletal pain and disability. These injections are most effective when combined with rehabilitation regimens like stretching and strengthening. Most patients benefit from injections with relief from pain, an increased range of motion and an improved activity. At Apollo Clinic, we understand the uncertainty of illnesses and the importance of medical treatment and injection services. Therefore, providing you with a broad range of injection services that will help you tackle every condition with ease.
Injections of local anaesthetic agents or a combination of both, corticosteroids and local anaesthetic agents into the tendon, bursa or joint relieve inflammation or pain and help to restore their function. Injection services are often performed by or under the supervision of trained and experienced doctors or nursing staff who establish and coordinate a program of treatment and some secondary prevention.
The injection services evaluate and treat patients with musculoskeletal problems such as:
- Tennis elbow, golf elbow, ulnar nerve entrapment and olecranon bursitis
- Shoulder Pain that is caused by bursitis, tendonitis, rotator cuff disease, frozen shoulder and arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger- a degenerative joint disease of smaller hand joints
- Gluteal bursitis or greater trochanteric
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee pain that is caused by arthritis in the knees or Pes anserine bursitis
- Myofascial pain
- Temporomandibular joint disorder TMJ pain
Besides, we also offer injection services for spasticity management through Phenol or Botox injection that is supplemented by appropriate occupational or physical therapies and medications.
At Apollo Clinic Barrackpore, we understand the uncertainty of illnesses and the essentiality of medical treatments and injection services. Therefore, we provide you with a broad range of injection services that will help you tackle every condition or pain with ease. With world-class services and facilities, the best doctors and treatment rooms that cater to such services, we assure you a safe treatment, followed by a healthy recovery process.