Common Questions – Orthopedic Urgent Care
Why is Orthopedic Urgent Care staffed with a PA-C and not a physician?
PA-C (Physician Assistants) are specially trained health care providers that are able to function with physician oversight but not direct supervision. The PA’s at Summit working in Orthopedic Urgent Care have extensive background in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. All of the PA’s 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. PA’s can immediately determine what injuries require further diagnostic care and treatment, such as a 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, further diagnosis, enables the patient to follow up with the right provider in the right time, and facilitates patients returning to activities of daily living just as quickly as if seeing a physician during that visit.