Orthopedic injuries happen on a daily basis, often when we least expect them. That’s why orthopedic physicians specialize in treating these injuries and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system, which can affect parts of the body such as ligaments, joints, and cartilage. Pain is an important and reliable indicator, as our body sends signals from the injured area to the brain, signaling that something is wrong. This pain is not something to ignore, and in many cases, you may need to seek urgent or emergency care.
Knowing when an injury needs immediate medical attention, and when it maybe can wait until later, may seem subjective at first. This notion is true, because only you know your body, how it works, and what it can tolerate. With that said, not every injury that occurs is an emergency situation. How can you tell the difference between a non-emergency and an actual time-sensitive emergency? If you have an injury that simply can’t wait until later, you usually have two choices: go to the emergency room or get to an urgent care.
If you decide on the first choice to go to an ER, you are likely to spend hours in the waiting room, and may see several people before getting an accurate diagnosis. Although emergency rooms do effectively treat many emergency injuries and medical conditions, an orthopedic urgent care may be the better choice when you have an injury involving the bones, muscles, and joints, as they are designed to avoid long emergency room wait times, expensive ER co-pays, and patients don’t even need a referral to be seen.
As an urgent care, we offer regular same-day appointments, walk-ins with no appointment necessary, as well as extended after-hours in the evening and on weekends.
If you are suffering from acute musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, affecting your bones, joints, and muscles, an orthopedic urgent care will evaluate and treat you accordingly.
Conditions treated in an orthopedic urgent care include:
- Work-related injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder and elbow injuries
- Fractures and dislocations (not open, or breaking the skin)
- Acute/ sudden low back pain
- Knee and hip pain and injuries
OrthoUnited Express Care locations focus solely on musculoskeletal conditions.
We understand that injuries occur when we least expect it. If you or a loved one suffer an accident, sports injury, or other acute pain, it’s important to see the right specialist, right away. Delaying seeing an orthopedist can make the injury worse, and could require surgery if further complications develop.
At OrthoUnited’s Express Care locations, we offer a full range of services for patients of all ages, including casting, splinting, and onsite digital X-ray and MRI diagnostic testing, so you can be evaluated and diagnosed, all under one roof. If your condition does end up requiring surgery, we can schedule your appointment at our ambulatory surgery center for the very next day.
Our main goal at OrthoUnited is to help you get back to your regular life as soon as possible. So, you can trust our practice when it comes to getting quality care when you need it.
Our Express Care Hours are:
- Weekdays: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.