What Are The Advantages to Going to Total Ortho Express as Compared to a General Urgent Care?
Choosing between an orthopedic urgent care and a traditional urgent care center depends on the nature of your medical issue and your specific needs. Here are some reasons you might consider seeking care at an orthopedic urgent care rather than a traditional urgent care:
- Specialized Care: Orthopedic urgent care centers focus on musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. The providers at these centers are trained in orthopedics and have more specialized knowledge about bone, joint, muscle, tendon, and ligament issues than providers at general urgent care centers.
- Advanced Diagnostics: An orthopedic urgent care center may have advanced imaging services tailored to musculoskeletal issues, such as specific types of X-rays or MRI machines. This can help in accurately diagnosing fractures, sprains, and other orthopedic problems.
- Targeted Treatment: For fractures, sprains, strains, or dislocations, orthopedic urgent care centers can provide appropriate immobilization devices, like braces, casts, splints, or crutches, tailored to the specific injury.
- Reduced Need for Referrals: If you go to a general urgent care center with an orthopedic issue, they might treat your immediate symptoms and then refer you to an orthopedic specialist for follow-up. By starting at an orthopedic urgent care, you streamline the process, potentially seeing the specialist you need right away.
- Potential Cost Savings: In some instances, it might be more cost-effective to go directly to an orthopedic urgent care rather than first visiting a general urgent care and then needing a referral to an orthopedic specialist.
- Less Wait Time for Specialized Issues: For musculoskeletal complaints, the wait time might be shorter at an orthopedic urgent care than at a general urgent care or emergency room, where more varied cases are being treated.
- Integrated Follow-Up: Some orthopedic urgent care centers are integrated with larger orthopedic practices, facilitating smoother transitions to physical therapy, surgery, or other treatments if needed.
In summary, if you’re confident that your issue is orthopedic in nature—like a suspected broken bone, a sprain, or an acute joint problem—at Total Ortho Express our orthopedic urgent care can offer targeted, specialized care. At Total Ortho Express we have orthopedic specialists who can evaluate and initially treat you for almost all orthopedic conditions as well as quickly refer you to the specific subspecialist for your follow up care.