Common Questions – OrthoQUICK

OrthoQUICK is open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For assistance, please call the OrthoQUICK clinic (651) 968-5806.


How is OrthoQUICK different from an urgent care clinic?

OrthoQUICK is an extension of our regular orthopedic clinic. Most insurance companies will charge a larger copay for urgent care and emergency room visits. Since OrthoQUICK is an extension of our regular clinic, patients typically pay a regular office visit copay.

Can I get an MRI at OrthoQUICK?

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 OrthoQUICK visit if the provider 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 OrthoQUICK?

No appointments necessary – just walk in during OrthoQUICK hours.

Who will see me at OrthoQUICK?

OrthoQUICK is staffed by PA-Cs (certified physician assistants) who have completed special training in orthopedics and are supervised by an orthopedic surgeon. You may also see a non-operative orthopedic physician or surgeon. There is always an orthopedic surgeon on call for more serious injuries.

What are the benefits of going to OrthoQUICK versus an urgent care or emergency room?

Providers at OrthoQUICK 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 anyway. You can save time and money by going directly to OrthoQUICK. Wait times are typically much shorter at OrthoQUICK than they would be at an urgent care or emergency room.

Will my insurance company cover my visit at OrthoQUICK?

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 providers that are able to function with physician oversight but not direct supervision. The PAs at Summit working in OrthoQUICK 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, OrthoQUICK provides excellent care and 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.

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