Summit’s Orthopedic Urgent Care is open daily, for when you need us right away. Our Orthopedic Urgent Care bone and joint injury clinics provide walk-in access to specialized care for concerns such as sports injuries, sprains, strains, and joint pain and are designed for busy families and individuals who want walk-in access to specialized care following a recent bone or joint injury.
- No appointment necessary
- Be treated by experts trained in orthopedics
- Avoid long wait times compared to alternative options
- Patients typically pay a regular office visit copay
- Care provided in calm and family-friendly atmosphere
- Avoid unnecessary exposure to illnesses and germs from waiting rooms shared with individuals with a wide range of illnesses, conditions, and injuries
Can You Treat My Injury?
Some 99% of musculoskeletal injuries are appropriate for visits to Orthopedic Urgent Care. But there are certain instances when the emergency room or urgent care provides a better choice, and we want you to be educated about what those are so you can make the right decision for care.
|Walk-in to Urgent Care||Go to the ER|
|Recent muscle, bone, or joint injury|
|Pain or swelling in a joint|
|Knee sprain or strain|
|Hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder injury|
|Ankle sprain or strain|
|Broken bone without an open wound over the fracture location|
|Recent back pain|
|Chronic neck or back pain, or narcotic medication refills||Schedule appointment or contact your Summit specialist|
|Work-related injury||Walk-in to Minnesota Occupational Health during business hours, or Orthopedic Urgent Care after hours and weekends|
|Broken bone where bone has broken through the skin or there is a wound over the fracture|
|Deformity (change in shape or severe angle) of ankle, knee, elbow, or shoulder|
|Concussion or head injury|
|Severe pain requiring IV administration or sedation|
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How is Orthopedic Urgent Care different from standard urgent care clinics?
Our Orthopedic Urgent Care is an extension of our regular orthopedic clinic. Most insurance companies will charge a larger copay for urgent care and emergency room visits. Since Orthopedic Urgent Care is an extension of our regular clinic, patients typically pay a regular office visit copay.
Do I need to see my primary care physician or go urgent care first?
The vast majority of insurance companies do not require a referral for Orthopedic Urgent Care, which means you can come directly to the specialist with your orthopedic concern. You get a diagnosis and treatment plan right away rather than having to pay for extra appointments. We have great relationships with local urgent care and primary care offices who often send their patients to our Orthopedic Urgent Care, but in most cases patients aren’t required to go there first.
Can I get an MRI at Orthopedic Urgent Care?
We have four MRI locations and some evening hours available. An MRI does require a separate appointment, which can be ordered and scheduled at your visit if the expert thinks this study is necessary. Sometimes the MRI can be done the same day, but it depends upon availability and your insurance.
Do I need to make an appointment to be seen at Orthopedic Urgent Care?
No appointments necessary – just walk in during our Orthopedic Urgent Care hours.
Who will see me at Orthopedic Urgent Care?
Our Orthopedic Urgent Care is staffed by experts who are highly-trained in orthopedics, they include: sub-specialty surgeons, non-surgical physicians, and PA-Cs (certified physician assistants). Additionally, there is always an orthopedic surgeon on call for more serious injuries
Are there benefits of going to Orthopedic Urgent Care versus an urgent care or emergency room?
Experts at our Orthopedic Urgent Care clinics have special training in orthopedics and a better understanding of orthopedic injuries. If you are treated at an emergency room or urgent care for an orthopedic injury, they will typically have you follow up with an orthopedic office visit as your next step. You can save time and money by going directly to Orthopedic Urgent Care. Wait times are typically much shorter at Orthopedic Urgent Care than they would be at an urgent care or emergency room.
Will my insurance company cover my visit at Orthopedic Urgent Care?
Summit Orthopedics works with many insurance plans. Whether or how your claim will be reimbursed is dependent on the details of your particular plan. For details about your specific benefits, refer to your plan’s benefit manual or your insurer’s website, or call the number on the back of your insurance card for details about your specific benefits.
What are a PA-C’s qualifications?
PA-Cs (certified physician assistants) are specially trained health care experts that are able to function with physician oversight but not direct supervision. The PAs at Summit working in our Orthopedic Urgent Cares have an extensive background in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. All of the PAs spend significant time with the various surgeons gaining valuable experience in care of all types of musculoskeletal injuries.
Most acute (sudden-onset) injuries are evaluated and treated in a similar way. PAs can immediately determine what injuries require further diagnostic care and treatment, such as an MRI, CT, splinting, crutches, ice, compression, and pain medications. These are all easily directed by the PA. With this treatment and direction, Orthopedic Urgent Care provides excellent care and further diagnosis, enables the patient to follow up with the right expert in the right time, and facilitates patients returning to activities of daily living just as quickly as if seeing a physician during that visit.