Most people, at some point in their lives, will suffer a musculoskeletal injury such as a broken bone, muscle or ligament tear, or any variety of sports injuries. These people may go to the emergency room, only to be referred to an orthopedic specialist for follow-up treatment. Wouldn’t bypassing the ER in the first place be a more streamlined approach?
This is exactly why so many orthopedists are now offering after-hours orthopedic urgent care – especially since many accidents that result in a visit to an orthopedist occur outside of normal business hours.
Access to Orthopedic Urgent Care
The biggest benefit of orthopedic urgent care is immediate access to the care you need, when you need it.
At an orthopedic urgent care clinic, you’re not at risk of being pushed aside as more serious, life-threatening emergencies come in, as happens in the ER. Because people who have had a heart attack, stroke, and more will be heading to the ER – it makes sense that a person with a sprained ankle will be treated in a more timely manner at an orthopedic urgent care clinic. In addition, you reduce the likelihood of being exposed to someone else’s contagious condition at an orthopedic urgent care facility.
Cost-Benefit of Orthopedic Urgent Care
The cost-benefit analysis regarding specialized urgent care is very positive. It typically costs more to visit the ER than an urgent care facility, and a visit to the ER usually means a follow-up in a specialist’s office. It’s much more efficient to get the medical attention you need from the appropriate specialist initially, which also saves you money. And who wouldn’t want to avoid the multiple-bills situation that occurs after a visit to the ER?
If a patient needs a one-and-done type visit for a simple fracture, doctors at the orthopedic urgent care clinic can X-ray your arm, set the break, apply a cast, and you will soon be on your way – all from a single, walk-in visit to an orthopedic urgent care center. The same procedure could be done at an ER but it would take longer, involve more steps, and cost more. The streamlining aspect of specialized urgent care is a huge benefit for many communities and patients.
The Right Treatment on Your First Visit
Movement Orthopedics has a longer-hours orthopedic urgent care center in the Clinton Township area of Michigan. If you or someone you love suffers a musculoskeletal injury, rather than heading off to the emergency room and being referred to an orthopedic specialist, simply walk into Movement Orthopedics’ urgent care facility and get the treatment you need – immediately. You can make an appointment or simply walk in. Their phone number is (586) 436-3785 or you may request an appointment online and get the right type of care on your first visit.