Many parents in the medical field have a common mantra, including our own orthopedic provider Johanna Verburg, who tells her children, “If you can’t see blood or bone, it’s not emergency room worthy.” Instead, she manages pain and stabilizes the injury using the following after-hours injury care tips.
“First things first, we stabilize the injury then manage the pain. Then the next day we can address and evaluate the injury with an orthopedic specialist. That’s the same steps you go through at the ER, except add some extra waiting to the mix” says Verberg.
Orthopedic Injuries in the ER
Orthopedic injuries account for a substantial portion (41%) of emergency room (ER) visits. One of the most common reasons for emergency room care is musculoskeletal injury. The majority of orthopedic-related injuries seen were not considered emergencies and the patients could have saved themselves a large copay by following these after-hours injury care tips and waiting to be seen by an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible.
Should you need urgent orthopedic injury care, OrthoExpress is available 7 days a week so that you have access to specialized orthopedic providers later at night and even on the weekends. Unfortunately, injuries don’t always occur at the perfect time or when it’s convenient to access medical care, so you must wait. In the meantime, there are a few injury care tips that you can follow until seen by an orthopedic specialist.
- Rest the Injury
- Ice for pain management and to reduce any swelling
- Stabilize, Compress, and Support the extremity
- Take a pain reliever as needed to manage pain.
According to the CDC, 25% of all ER visits say they went to the emergency room because either 1) Their Doctor’s office or clinic was not open or 2) There was a lack of access to specialty providers.
OrthoExpress Urgent Care offers an opportunity to be evaluated by an orthopedic specialist at convenient hours while only charging for a specialty office visit.Caleb Gray, CRNP
In most cases, ER patients with orthopedic injuries are treated by stabilizing the injured extremity, then the pain is managed, and then they are released with orders to follow up as soon as possible with an orthopedic specialist. Often those same patients follow up at OrthoExpress because you don’t have to wait for an appointment. Save yourself the extra step and the steep hospital bill by using these after-hours injury care tips to initally manage your injury until you can come in to see us at OrthoExpress Urgent Care for all specialized orthopedic injury care. Our Chelsea, Alabama clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and open Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. If you are unsure about where to go for a specific type of injury, feel free to call OrthoExpress Urgent Care at (205) 677-0001.