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Where to Go: Orthopaedic Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

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Broken bones, sprains, dislocations, and other serious injuries happen to everyone. When those injuries happen suddenly, it’s hard to know where to go or who to call! Your first thought might be to rush to an emergency room, but there might be a faster, better option. 


What is an Orthopaedic Injury?

An orthopaedic injury is any injury to the musculoskeletal system–bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other associated connective tissues and organs. This might include, but isn’t limited to, dislocations, serious fractures(broken bones), sprains, injuries to the extremities, hand injuries, foot injuries, sports injuries, lacerations, swollen joints, and back pain. Orthopaedic urgent cares are staffed by orthopaedic specialists, who are equipped and trained to treat all of these injuries and more. 


Should I Go to an Orthopaedic Urgent Care or an Emergency Room?

If you find yourself or someone else in your life with an orthopaedic injury, and orthopaedic urgent care is the place to go! Consider this: if you were going to make an appointment for the issue, would you visit a specialist, or a general physician? If the answer is a specialist, visit an orthopaedic urgent care!


Urgent cares are often faster than emergency rooms, so you can be seen and treated quicker than ERs, which are often overcrowded. 


While an orthopaedic urgent care is often the best choice for your injury, there are some cases where an ER is the best option. If you find yourself experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, a high temperature, fainting or dizziness, or wheezing, an ER is your best option. An ER can treat all kinds of injuries, while orthopaedists specialize in a variety of orthopaedic problems. 


Which Orthopaedic Urgent Care Should I Go To?

Keep Orthopaedic Associates’ Immediate Ortho Care in mind the next time you find yourself needing an Orthopaedic urgent care! With locations in Evansville, IN, Newburgh, IN, and Henderson, KY, our specialists have the ability to see walk-ins at our Immediate OrthoCare, as well as by appointment!


Visit our Immediate Ortho Care page to learn more about our orthopaedic urgent care or to make an appointment!


Immediate Ortho Care - Evansville, IN & Henderson, KY: Orthopaedic Associates, Inc (


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