Every day there are countless cases of twisted knees, sprained ankles, and accidents at the workplace, home, or on the field of play. The traditional course of action for a long time was a trip to an emergency department. For orthopedic related accidents (about 70% of accidents), generally after a wait of several hours, the facility will take an X-ray, apply splints or braces, and send the patient to an orthopedic specialist, where an appointment can take weeks to materialize.
Just going by the amount of time you save, a walk-in, no-appointment, orthopedic urgent care clinic provides a superior alternative. You can cut out the middleman, (the emergency dept.), save money and time, and be seen by the specialists you need, immediately.
Unlike general urgent care centers, urgent ortho clinics offer specialized orthopedic care. They specifically deal with orthopedic problems – cuts, wounds, breaks, strains, sprains, fractures, dislocations, tears, and even joint pain. They offer surgical and clinical diagnosis and treatments, as well as trauma experience. These clinics have direct access to affiliated anchor practices for advanced surgical care.
Treatments Offered at Urgent Ortho Clinics
These clinics will take care of any immediate injury to the musculoskeletal system:
· Knee & Shoulder
· Hand & Foot
· Hips & Pelvis
· Torn ligaments
· Fractures & Breaks
· Sprains & Strains
Work Related Injuries
Injuries on the job may not be immediately painful. But, if not tended to, they can cause chronic pain. Being seen at an urgent ortho clinic can help with immediate discomfort and prevent future problems. Typical symptoms can range from sharp pain and swelling, to bruising and tenderness.
Common work injuries include:
· Cuts, punctures, and wounds
· Bruises and abrasions
· Sprains, pulls, tears, and strains
· Crushed digits or limbs
· Falls, slips, and trips
· Injuries from heavy objects
· Repetitive stress injuries
Sports Related Injuries
Sports injuries are common and frequent in contact and recreational sports. Even doing yoga or tai-chi can strain a muscle, although less likely than other activities.
Common sports injuries include:
· Sprained/broken ankles, wrists, fingers, legs, or arms
· Fractured, torn knees, ACL
· Injury to the head, face, neck
· Injured, dislocated shoulder
· Torn meniscus, rotator cuff
You will get an immediate diagnosis, treatment, and medication. They will also suggest long-term options for recovery.
Home Related Injuries
The primary causes of home injuries in the U.S are falls. Most susceptible are children below 5 and adults over 70 years. Aging causes impairment of eyesight, hearing, and balance. Medication can also cause imbalance and confusion, which can lead to falls:
· Liquid spills in kitchens and bathrooms, or on hardwood or tiled floors.
· Clutter and obstacles in hallways and walkways.
· Cabinet doors and desk drawers left open.
· Moving around in the dark.
· Reaching for high shelves or climbing ladders.
· Worn-out flooring, area rugs, slippery floor coverings.
· Stairways, shower cubicles and toilets without handlebars.
· Wearing socks around the house.
Slips, trips, and falls can cause:
· Fractures and breaks
· Knee and shoulder injuries
· Hip and pelvis injuries
· Hand injuries
· Sprains and strains
Other common home injuries are cuts from knives or other sharp objects, which can need attention, immunizations (tetanus for example), or even stitches.
Injuries Ortho Urgent Care Clinics DO NOT TREAT
They only treat ortho related injuries. Flus, rashes, chronic health problems, or issues unrelated to an injury do not fall within their purview. An illness or injury that is not life threatening but needs attention within 24 hours should be treated at an urgent care center.
Life-threatening emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, fainting, seizures, serious head injuries, or non-stop bleeding, require a visit to the emergency room (ER). An emergency condition is one that has the potential or possibility of permanently impairing or endangering your life.
When you, your child or your parent is hurt, you want the very best care immediately. To learn more call Colorado Center of Orthopedic Excellence at (719) 623-1050 for more information about how orthopedic urgent care may be the right choice for your injury or condition.