When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care

When non life-threatening acute injuries occur, urgent care clinics provide a cost effective and efficient alternative to the Emergency Room.  At the Raleigh Orthopedic Urgent Cares, we can provide treatments for a wide variety of acute injuries.  The Raleigh Orthopaedic Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are trained to handle serious- but not life-threatening – problems.  In addition, the Raleigh Orthopaedic board certified orthopedic surgeons are always available for consultation to ensure patients receive the best quality orthopedic care.  Staffed with orthopedic trained clinical assistants and x-ray technicians, our state of the art facility also includes on site x-rays and MRI.

We understand injuries can occur at any time. For your convenience, our two urgent cares provide extended hours on weekdays and Saturdays.

When should you visit an urgent care versus going to the emergency room or calling your physician for an appointment?

Injury / Condition

Urgent Care

Emergency Room

Physician’s Office

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Twisted ankle or foot  1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care
 Possible broken bone 1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care
 Minor dislocation  1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care
 Sprained knee  1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care
 Injured shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand due to a fall  1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care
 Obvious deformity of the shoulder, elbow, knee or ankle 1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care  These injuries are best
treated in the ER because you may need better pain control than what is available
at the urgent care
 Chronic back or neck pain  1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care A physician who knows your history can provide more
available treatment
Motor Vehicle Accident 1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care if the injury is serious,
the ER is most appropriate
1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care If the injury is minor, your
physician would be most appropriate
Large blow to the head 1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care These injuries are best treated in the ER where CT Scans are available
Minor blow to the head 1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care May be appropriate for an urgent care if the symptoms are mild; however, the urgent
care provider may send you to the ER for more advanced imagining.
Large cut or serious crush injury 1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care These injuries may require more involved wound repair and pain control than what is available in an urgent care
Work-related
orthopaedic injuries, such as: blunt trauma, minor cut, ankle or wrist sprain, etc.
1206574733930851359Ryan_Taylor_Green_Tick.svg.med When to Visit an Orthopaedic Urgent Care To avoid delay, please contact your supervisor or human resources department for appropriate authorization prior to visiting the urgent care for treatment