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Orthopedic Urgent Care or Emergency Room: 5 Questions So You Know Where to Go

It’s the scene all parents of athletes dread — seeing their child limp off the field. Your soccer star isn’t going back in the game and needs medical treatment. Where do you take her: orthopedic urgent care or the emergency room?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself So You Know Where to Go

Is the injury life-threatening?

Any injury or traumatic event is likely emergent. If it’s life-threatening (for example, significant blood loss or a head injury), go directly to the emergency room.

Do you have an orthopedic injury?

If you know what is considered an orthopedic injury, you can better determine where you need to go. Orthopedic doctors are specialists in musculoskeletal injuries. That means they are expertly trained to treat:

  • Elbow, wrist, and hand sprains and fractures
  • Foot, ankle, knee, and leg injuries, including sprains, fractures, and ACL or meniscus tears
  • New back, neck, and spine injuries or flare-ups from a previous condition
  • Shoulder injuries; for example, those involving fractures or the rotator cuff 

Are you considering convenience?

If you’ve been to the emergency room in say the last 50 years, you know there’s a possibility for a wait. Moreover, emergency departments treat all conditions, issues, illnesses, and injuries, which needlessly exposes you to communicable diseases, especially considering COVID-19 risks.

Conversely, when you go to orthopedic urgent care, people are there to be treated for musculoskeletal concerns — not sickness.

Have you thought about cost?

The most minor of injuries can incur big costs with an ER visit. Orthopedic urgent care trips can provide patients more control over their care and ultimately their medical expenses.

Is comprehensive care important to you?

When you start with orthopedic urgent cares like ours at Beacon, you receive a care plan from the start. Because you’ll immediately see an orthopedic specialist and since we have diagnostic testing onsite, we can seamlessly provide you with an evaluation, a diagnosis, care options, treatment, and provide rehabilitation if/when you need it. 

Get Urgent Care Help Now

If you or a loved one experiences an orthopedic injury, avoid the long waits and high costs of an emergency room visit while enjoying the convenience of expedient care by a specialist.

Our physicians are ready to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan at our Orthopedic Urgent Care locations, Summit Woods and Northern Kentucky (Erlanger)

Contact us to schedule a time to experience the Beacon difference.