Ortho Express is our appointment clinic in Winchester at our main office at 128 Medical Circle. Ortho Express will be open 8:30 to 4:30 M-F by appointment only, to see your sprains, strains and fractures. We encourage you to use Ortho Express as an alternative to the ER for non-emergent conditions when you need orthopaedic care immediately.
When it comes to injuries, many are quick to head to their local emergency room for what they deem “quick and exceptional care for their critical needs”. While this is exactly why emergency rooms exist, the problem healthcare faces today is that roughly $14 billion are lost due to unnecessary visits. A report from Truven Health Analytics shows that out of 6.5 million emergency room visits made by commercially insured individuals under the age of 65 in 2010, only 29 percent actually required immediate attention from the ER. Out of these visits, 41 percent received care from the ER that could have been provided in a primary care setting.
In an attempt to combat these unnecessary expenditures, Winchester Orthopaedic Associates, along with many other practices throughout the country, have begun opening Urgent Care-type clinics providing care for situations requiring immediate attention. These clinics allow patients to be seen in an urgent setting by orthopedic specialists. In this setting, patients are able to receive the specialized care they need, and later follow up with the same providers who already know the patients’ histories and have immediate access to the patients’ records. Patients also see the benefits of an urgent care offering when it comes to financial impact, as a visit to an urgent care or physician office can cost substantially less than an ER visit.
Will See at Ortho Express:
- Sudden pain in the joint or muscle
- Sports-related injury
- Work-related injury
- Upper & Lower extremity
Won’t See at Ortho Express:
- Multiple Trauma (auto accident/3+ injury sites)
- Rib injury
- Head injury
- Open fractures (when a bone penetrates the skin)
- Infectious disease; cold/flu
- Chest Pain
- Chronic pain
- Medicine refills
- Missed appointments