Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) Sauk Trails clinic is closed due to flooding from Monday’s rainfall.
The clinic is located on Excelsior Drive on the west side of Madison, which was hit extremely hard with the August 20 torrential downpours. Services affected at the Sauk Trails Clinic include: Primary Care, Mental Health, Complementary Medicine, Chiropractic, Pharmacy, Central Lab and Call Center. GHC-SCW clinic staff worked well into the night last night to combat the rising waters and today staff are pulling together to respond timely to patient needs and requests.
Patients with appointments scheduled for today and the rest of the week will receive calls from the clinic and GHC-SCW staff will continue to call patients for cancelations and reschedules as needed. Anyone with questions can call (608) 828-4853 or toll-free at (800) 605-4327 and request Member Services.
Patients who have prescriptions at the Sauk Trails Pharmacy and would like to transfer them to a different GHC-SCW Pharmacy should call (608) 831-1766. Patients who would like to transfer their prescriptions to a pharmacy outside of GHC-SCW should have the outside pharmacy call (608) 831-1766.
GHC-SCW patients with urgent needs are asked to call the GHC-SCW NurseConnect line at (608) 661-7350. If you have an emergency, call 911.
Stay tuned to your email and check ghcscw.com for further updates.
Written by: Dr. Stephen Lo
As warmer weather settles into Wisconsin, many of us are spending more time in outdoor activities and sports. This means that we can also see more ankle injuries. One of the most common injuries is a sprain of the ankle. An ankle sprain is a stretching or tearing injury to the ligaments around the ankle joint.
Another common ankle injury is a fracture in one or both bones in the leg near the ankle. A fracture is an actual break in the bone. These can range from very mild fractures with just a tiny crack to more severe fractures with complete breaks in both bones.
Signs of an ankle sprains can include:
- Swelling around the ankle
- Bruising around the ankle
- Pain with movement of the ankle or when walking
- No pain when pushing on the ankle bones or on the shin
Signs of an ankle fracture include the above plus:
- Pain when pushing on the ankle bones or shin
- Severe pain that prevents walking or bearing weight
Ankle sprains and fractures can occur from the same types of injuries, and they can look very similar. It is important to see your medical provider for any moderate or severe ankle injury.
Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain, treatment may include:
- ACE bandages or splints
- Rest from physical activities
- Physical therapy
Treatment for ankle fractures can include the above plus splinting or casting to allow for protection and proper healing.
Call your doctor if you have persistent swelling that doesn’t improve after two to five days of home treatment or have persistent pain that doesn’t improve after several weeks.