Americans work hard, and they play hard. So when an orthopaedic accident or injury occurs at home, on the job, or while exercising or playing sports, many choose to go to the Emergency Room, because any injury that sets you back is an emergency. Right? Not necessarily. Those with orthopaedic injuries, such as a sprained or strained ankle, a broken bone, a dislocated shoulder, or some other musculoskeletal damage, are now looking to urgent care facilities whereas before they would either head to the ER, or wait to see their orthopedists. If your orthopaedic emergency is not life-threatening, you may want to consider the benefits of bypassing the ER and heading over to an orthopaedic urgent care center. Here’s why.
Shorter Wait Times
Emergency Rooms will always put the most serious cases as their first priority – that means cardiac arrest or a car accident will always trump a dislocated shoulder, and for good reason. Even so, depending on when and where you go for treatment, you may have a long wait to see an orthopaedic specialist to help diagnose your injury. And then guess what? You will be referred right back to your personal orthopedist who may not be able to see you for follow-up for days, or weeks, after the injury or accident occurred. With an orthopaedic urgent care facility, orthopaedic specialists are standing by, ready to diagnose and stabilize your injury. It’s what they do and you can be sure you are going to be their top priority.
At a non-orthopaedic urgent care facility, they may not have the right diagnostic equipment on hand or the expertise or equipment to stabilize or treat your injury. On the other hand, an orthopaedic urgent care provides specialized orthopaedic care that a general urgent care center cannot. An orthopaedic-focused clinic is designed to deliver cost-effective, quality care in a timely manner. Unlike an ER or regular urgent care facility, an orthopaedic urgent care allows its patients to see the right specialist and receive the specialized care they need immediately.
Top Notch Specialists
The physicians at an orthopaedic urgent care center are board-certified or fellowship-trained in orthopaedic medicine, meaning they specialize in diagnosing and treating injuries and conditions that affect the entire musculoskeletal system including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and related tissue. In the event an orthopedist is not available, the orthopaedic urgent care will typically have a skilled and trained physician’s assistant on hand with years of clinical diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical treatment experience.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening orthopaedic emergency, by all means head straight to the ER. But if life and limb are not at stake, visit the orthopaedic urgent care, not only for the reasons mentioned above, but because it could save you, quite literally, thousands of dollars. Depending on your insurance, most urgent care facilities are usually the cost of a co-pay or applied to your deductible, while ER visits are itemized and can be very costly.
Depending on the orthopaedic urgent care facility, you may be able to continue with that practice from diagnosis through treatment (which may include surgery), as well as physical therapy. Some orthopaedic urgent care facilities also specialize in sports medicine, meaning that a collaborative team of specialists can help athletes at all levels work through pain and injury back to optimal performance. Plus, all records are kept in one place, and doctors and therapists are able to confer – in real time – to ensure you are provided the full range of orthopaedic care.
Why the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence?
Wanting patients to always have access to quality healthcare, Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence’s Dr. Jarrod Harrall noticed a gap in the local healthcare system regarding orthopaedic urgent care and primary care for athletes. He realized that athletes and active individuals were constantly searching for the right place to go, other than the emergency room, where they could access immediate care for sports injuries, and parents a place where their children could get seen immediately for the nicks and bruises that accompany growing up.
Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence is the best of both words. And, since the urgent care center is affiliated with our general practice, it not only allows patients to receive care quickly and in a more cost-efficient manner, but also to see a specialist with a same-day or next-day appointment, or as a walk-in. This integration helps facilitate our goal of providing the highest quality patient-centered care and expedite the recovery process.
For your convenience, you can request an appointment online or call us at (719) 394-4800. Please call ahead as we are not a walk in clinic. For urgent and acute care needs we offer same-day and next-day appointments.