Orthopaedic Urgent Care: A Concept Whose Time Has Come?

Maureen Leahy

It used to be that patients with acute orthopaedic injuries had to either seek treatment in a busy hospital emergency department (ED) or wait several days to get an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon. Today’s patients, however, demand quicker and easier access to specialized orthopaedic care. As a result, orthopaedic surgeons are increasingly turning to alternative delivery models—such as orthopaedic urgent care clinics—to meet those demands

Like EDs, many orthopaedic urgent care centers are open 7 days a week. But unlike EDs, they have little-to-no wait times. And unlike conventional urgent care centers, patients are seen by dedicated orthopaedic specialists.

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