Read This Before you Visit an ER or Orthopedic Urgent Care!

Have you seen the ingenious Baycare billboards depicting urgent care versus emergency care? In a side-by-side visual, one reads: step on mouse trap = urgent care; step on bear trap = emergency care. Another: Have the flu, visit urgent care; have the plague, visit the emergency room. When considering what type of medical care to seek for an injury, do you know when to visit an urgent care versus emergency room? More importantly, do you know where to find an orthopedic urgent care Raleigh NC residents trust?

EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region orthopedic experts have the specialty training and experience to treat a diverse and verbose variety of injuries. This includes sprains, strains, closed fractures, joint problems, and more. Find out more about what type of injuries our fellowship-trained orthopedic urgent care Providers address and where.

Is it an OUCH Orthopedic Urgent Care or ER Situation?

Not all injury comparisons are as obvious as a mousetrap versus a bear trap or the flu versus the plague. Many studies reflect that at least 30% of all emergency room visits in the United States are non-urgent.

So how do you know when your local Raleigh urgent care is appropriate to visit, rather than the ER? Learning the answer will not only save you time but in many cases will save you money and ensure that you receive the care needed for optimum recovery.

EmergeOrtho Orthopedic Urgent Care Health (OUCH) Centers located throughout the greater Triangle Region, offer patients expedient, comprehensive, and affordable urgent care services.

While our OUCH centers accommodate musculoskeletal pain and injuries, post-surgical pain and complications, fracture reductions, and minor wounds, there are some instances in which certain medical conditions should be addressed by a hospital emergency room.

Take a look at what our EmergeOrtho OUCH centers treat, versus injuries and conditions that need to be addressed at an ER:

Can be Treated at OUCH

  • Sprains
  • Strains (including neck and low back)
  • Broken bones
  • Closed fractures (the bone has not broken the skin)
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Joint problems (pain, swelling, etc.)
  • Cuts, lacerations, and wounds
  • Dressing problems associated with a cast or wound
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Hand and wrist injuries

Emergency Room Treatment Required

  • Non-orthopedic-related injuries/conditions
  • Head and/or facial trauma
  • Full or partial amputations
  • Open fractures (the bone has broken the skin)
  • Initial visit following a motor vehicle accident
  • Chest injuries
  • Diagnosed shoulder dislocations



Advantages of an OUCH Versus ER Visit

One of the major advantages of seeking care from an EmergeOrtho urgent care, is that OUCH facilities at our Apex, Durham and Raleigh locations are open seven days a week! But, there are several other benefits attached with going to an OUCH Center, which includes:

  • Affordable visit/treatment options (especially compared with those of an ER)
  • Improved wait times
  • Expert care from board-certified orthopedic specialists offered outside of normal business hours

A male urgent care doctor wraps the injured wrist of a patient. Another spectacular advantage of OUCH centers includes the fact that patients have 12 locations from which to choose in the Triangle Region:

  • Apex – 7 days a week
  • Brier Creek
  • Burlington
  • Chapel Hill
  • Durham – 7 days a week
  • Oxford
  • Raleigh – 7 days a week
  • Roanoke Rapids
  • Smithfield
  • Southpoint
  • Wake Forest-Wakefield
  • Wilson

Exciting Announcement About Expanded Urgent Care- Options

As part of our ever-expanding EmergeOrtho urgent care offerings, the Duraleigh location is excited to announce that starting Friday, December 6th, orthopedic urgent care services are available seven days a week, 9am to 9pm!

No matter what type of injury brings you to one of our orthopedic urgent care centers, know that EmergeOrtho is committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable, and comprehensive patient experience.

Our ultimate goal is to help you Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better—without a major impact on your finances.

To learn more about the best orthopedic urgent care Raleigh, NC patients depend upon, or one of our other OUCH urgent care locations, call us any time at 919-220-5255. Or, feel free to Request a consultation for a non-urgent visit.