Urgent Care vs. Orthopaedic Urgent Care: Which One Should You Choose?
When we suffer injuries that we feel need immediate treatment, our first inclination can be to go to a local urgent care center to get things taken care of. In general, this process involves heading to the urgent care location, waiting for an hour or longer, then finally being seen by someone who will diagnose us or refer us to a person who can diagnose us.
For certain types of ailments (cold or flu symptoms, small cuts or scrapes, non-muscle or joint related pain) a traditional urgent care center could be a good solution. When your ailment involves pain in your muscles or joints however, an orthopaedic urgent care center will be much more efficient and practical.
What Is Orthopaedic Urgent Care & When Do You Need It?
Orthopaedic urgent care centers like Excelsior Express specialize in providing rapid orthopaedic injury diagnosis and care. Our staff consists of sports medicine and orthopaedic experts, and we provide a full suite of services, which include X-ray, MRI and casting.
So, when should you visit an orthopaedic urgent care instead of a regular urgent care?
Whenever you have an injury that would normally be treated by an orthopaedic specialist or a sports medicine professional, it is always preferable to go to a specialized urgent care center like Excelsior Express. By visiting an orthopaedic urgent care directly, you cut out the middleman and save yourself both time and money. Facilities like Express can see you faster, provide you with specialized care, and get you the services you need without referring you to someone else.
Specialists like those at Express are also much more qualified to consult on orthopaedic and sports-related injuries. This is incredibly important, as misdiagnosis of these ailments occurs more often than one might think in regular urgent care settings. In fact, one study found that over 38% of consultancies for orthopaedic conditions by an emergency department at a level 1 trauma center were inaccurate. Inaccuracies in a consult can have a significant impact on the way the injury is managed, and are one of the primary reasons to visit a specialized facility.
What Kinds Of Injuries Can Excelsior Express Help With?
Excelsior Express proudly provides diagnosis and care to patients throughout Western New York suffering from:
- Muscle injury
- Joint and bone injury
- Knee pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Wrist pain
- And more
If you are afflicted by one of the above, or want to learn more about our Express urgent care center, give us a call or click here!