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Know Where To Go: When You Should Visit Urgent Care Versus The Emergency Room For Your Orthopedic Injury

Jul 28, 2015

After an orthopedic injury occurs, knowing where to receive the medical attention you or a loved one need can make all the difference. It’s important to know the distinctions between emergency room and orthopedic urgent care services so you can make the best decision for appropriate care. Having all the facts on hand when disaster strikes can aid in receiving prompt and accurate treatment, ensuring a faster recovery.

Orthopedic Urgent Care

Orthopedic urgent care centers are a unique concept. Designed exclusively for treating both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, they offer the specified care you or a loved one needs with a fraction of the waiting time and cost of an emergency room visit. In addition to the time and money saved, orthopedic urgent care services also cut out the middleman. Consider this: once your orthopedic injury is triaged and patched up by a general physician in an ER, you are then referred to an orthopedic specialist for continued care. By going directly to an orthopedic urgent care facility, a specialist sees you from the get-go and you have your diagnosis, treatment and continued care all under one roof.

Emergency Room

While orthopedic urgent care centers have hours that extend past your primary physician’s, most are not available 24/7 like an emergency room. Furthermore, emergency rooms are equipped to handle injuries of all degrees of severity. Though many orthopedic urgent care centers offer diagnostic testing onsite to expedite the treatment process, they do not have the necessary setup for life threatening emergency care.


Overall, if you’re looking for convenient, cost-saving, specialized orthopedic care, orthopedic urgent care centers are ideal for most musculoskeletal injuries. For major, life-threatening musculoskeletal injuries or injuries that occur “after hours”, you should head to the emergency room.

Orthopedic Urgent Care Services at The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey

As the largest orthopedic practice in northwest New Jersey, The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey offers comprehensive care for many musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. Exceptionally designed for orthopedic emergencies, our urgent care center in Roxbury has walk-in hours for immediate, non-life threatening orthopedic needs. No appointments required. Using the latest in tools and technology, our highly trained orthopedic physicians provide the best in effective diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions of all major body parts and joints. We pride ourselves on prompt, compassionate service and personalized treatment for patients of all ages and activity levels with the following injuries or conditions:

  • Cast or wound dressing problems
  • Concussions
  • Dislocations
  • Pain and swelling
  • Sports and overuse injuries
  • Strains and sprains

Whether you’ve injured yourself playing a sport or you’ve suffered a household accident, the specialists at The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey offer urgent care services at our Roxbury location for your convenience: Roxbury Mall 66 Sunset Strip, Suite 400 Succasunna, NJ 07876 908-684-3005 Hours are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact Us To find out whether your orthopedic injury needs are urgent care services or require an emergency room visit, contact us or visit our Roxbury location.

This article was reviewed and approved by an orthopedic surgeon as we place a high premium on accuracy for our patients and potential patients.