When participating insportsor any kind of physical activity, sustaining an occasional injury is part of the game. But how do you distinguish between a minor injury that will get better on its own and an orthopedic emergency?
An orthopedic emergency is a sudden injury or disorderof the musculoskeletal systemnecessitating prompt evaluation and treatment to prevent worsening of the condition. Suchinjuries are usually limbthreatening, but not life threatening. Some common orthopedic injuries are bone fractures, joint dislocations, ligament/tendon ruptures, and concussions.
Untreated orthopedic injuries could result in nerve damage, bone death, and permanent deformity. Ligament and tendon injuries could result in loss of mobility, changes in gait, and development of arthritis at an early age. Concussions,also known as traumatic brain injuries,that are not evaluated and treated could result inlastingcognitive, emotional, and physical changes.
Emergencies may also occur after orthopedic surgery or due to change in a preexisting condition as a result of infection, rapid swelling, and formation of blood clots. In such cases, it might be advisable to contact your orthopedic surgeon or doctor who would be aware of your condition and may be able to recommend the appropriate treatment.
Ideally, the right place to receive treatment for orthopedic emergencieswould be an orthopedic urgent care center as it would have the specifically trained staff and equipment needed to handle such injuries.
The NewportCare Medical Group Orthopedic Urgent CareCenter is a state-of-the art facility fully equipped with on-site X-Ray, MRI, CT, Ultrasound offering advanced treatmentsfor bone and joint injuries as well as other emergency conditions.No appointment is needed. Just walk in to receive timely, high-quality carefor your unexpected injury.
NewportCare Medical Group is a comprehensive specialty group located in Newport Beach, California specializing in advanced non-surgical and surgical treatments for a wide range of orthopedic conditions.