What’s orthopedic urgent care, and how is it different from the ER?
Whether from playing sports, falling the wrong way, or another type of accident, orthopaedic injuries happen in the blink of an eye. If you or a loved one has suffered an orthopaedic injury, you want to receive care just as fast. The question then, is where to seek that care. While you could head to the emergency room, there are other options. Rothman Institute offers the best orthopedic urgent care near Voorhees.
Orthopaedic Care in the Emergency Room Versus an Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic
If you’ve ever visited the emergency room, you know when you walk in that you may be waiting hours for care. This is of course because emergency rooms use a triage system, where patients who are in more serious condition are treated first. While this helps to guarantee that patients who are in serious danger of death or permanent disability are cared for in a timely manner, those with injuries and illnesses that are non-life threatening often wait for hours just to be seen by a physician. While some orthopaedic injuries can fall into this category, the majority are non-life threatening, so you may be waiting a while.
By contrast, an orthopedic urgent care clinic will be able to see you immediately. These clinics specialize only in musculoskeletal care, so doctors are able to focus specifically on your problem, without the need to triage life threatening illnesses or injuries. This means your care is not delayed, and you don’t waste time sitting for hours in a waiting room.
When you visit an emergency room, your care is provided by a general physician who handles emergency medicine. This individual likely has no specialized training in treatment of orthopedic injuries, and may have more trouble diagnosing complicated or nuanced bone, joint, and ligament problems. In most cases, the doctor will do a basic exam and x-ray, apply a splint, and give you a referral for an orthopaedist.
By contrast, when you visit the best orthopedic urgent care near Voorhees, you receive immediate care from one of Rothman Institute’s expert orthopaedic specialists. Our specialists are able to provide the most accurate diagnosis of your orthopaedic injury, and start the appropriate treatment program immediately.
An emergency room is an excellent option for general emergency health care. Doctors are practiced in caring for a wide variety of illnesses, and begin a course of treatment before either admitting the patient to the hospital, or discharging them to seek follow up treatment elsewhere. While these doctors are great at doing the basics for all sorts of treatments, they are not specialists focused on any given patient’s specific injury or illness. This means that they can provide limited options for treatment. The busy nature of an emergency room also means that your physician may be treating a dozen patients, and have little opportunity to spend focusing on the details of and options for your treatment.
Orthopaedic urgent care centers, however, are staffed only with experts who specialize in bone, ligament, joint, and cartilage care. Physicians at these centers can not only spend more time and focus on your individual injury, their expertise allows them to educate you about your condition, and all of your options going forward. After you seek treatment at an orthopedic urgent care clinic, you can continue treatment with the same medical group, meaning no confusion about records and history. This also means that the doctor who provided your primary care is working with other physicians on your care team to diagnose, educate you about, and treat the issue that originally brought you in.
Receive the Best Orthopedic Urgent Care Near Voorhees
Rothman Institute’s orthopaedic urgent care center in Marlton is just a few short miles from Voorhees, and open seven days a week. For more information, please visit us here or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.
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