Orthopedic Urgent Care or the Emergency Room?

achey jointsHave you recently sustained any injury to your knee, sprained an ankle, or possibly fractured or broken a bone? For non-life-threatening acute injuries such as these, Hampton Roads Urgent Care provides a cost effective and efficient alternative designed to care for your orthopedic injuries.

Here is a brief overview to help you determine where to go in the event that you, a friend, or a family member sustains an orthopedic injury. Knowing whether to choose our orthopedic urgent care or an emergency room can save you significant time and money.

When should I go to the orthopedic urgent care?

The majority of orthopedic injuries can be safely and effectively treated at an orthopedic urgent care. As long as there isn’t excessive bleeding, a severe arm or leg deformity, or life threatening concerns, an orthopedic urgent care such as HRUC is the best option for treatment.

Hampton Roads Urgent Care (HRUC) provides direct access to board-certified orthopaedic experts from Hampton Roads Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for patients who have acute, non-emergent orthopedic needs. The following common orthopaedic injuries may warrant a trip to the orthopedic urgent care:

  • Adult or Youth sports related injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Ligament tears
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Painful, swollen or injured joints
  • Back or neck pain

When Should I Go to the Emergency Room for an Orthopedic Injury?

The emergency room is best equipped to provide care for those with severe musculoskeletal or traumatic injuries such as the following:

  • Traumatic bone, ligament, or muscle injury accompanied by significant blood loss and/or obvious deformity of the bone or joint.
  • Serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
  • Large, deep cuts that may require suturing.
  • Crush injuries.
  • There are other complicating factors (ex: multiple injuries, such as: falling from heights or motor vehicle collisions)

How can the orthopedic urgent care at HRUC help me?

HRUC is equipped to offer comprehensive, cost effective orthopedic care to those 2 years of age and older with various sports related, orthopedic injuries. Our services include imaging such as X-ray’s and MRI’s, as well as bracing and D.M.E, along with referrals to surgeons as needed and immediate follow-up appointment scheduling.

2018-10-02T10:01:43+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Blog|