Your kids are playing tag in the yard when you hear a wail that can mean only one thing: Somebody got hurt. You go outside to find your daughter on the ground clutching her ankle, which is already swelling. You’re worried this might be something serious.
You know going to the emergency room will mean longer wait times and higher bills than going to her pediatrician. But her doctor doesn’t have any same-day appointments available.
Not to worry—there’s good news for you and your little backyard warrior. UNC’s OrthoNow urgent care clinics will see you without an appointment. When injury strikes, you can walk right in to one of two Chapel Hill orthopedic urgent care clinics—Carolina Pointe II or the newly opened Weaver Crossing location.
UNC OrthoNow urgent care clinics treat a range of acute and chronic problems, says Jennifer Woody, FNP-C, a provider who sees patients at the Weaver Crossing location.
“We treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions: acute injuries, sprains, strains, fractures, possible fractures, contusions, back pain and neck pain.”
“We treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions: acute injuries, sprains, strains, fractures, possible fractures, contusions, back pain and neck pain,” Woody says. “It’s not all acute, either. We definitely see a good amount of more chronic-type things like arthritis and tendinitis, where people are looking for a steroid injection to relieve acute symptoms.”
Another perk? Scheduled appointments and walk-in visits take place at the same clinic. So if you have to come back for a follow-up visit, you can see the same provider from your initial visit. Also, the price is the same whether you have a scheduled appointment or not—there’s no upcharge for emergencies.
If your injury is too severe, you’ll be referred to the emergency department, which is just a short drive from both clinic locations.
Some of the things that might get you referred to the ED? Think open fractures (when the bone is sticking out—yes, it sounds painful, and it is), head injuries or a possible severe spinal injury.
Woody says if patients are worried about the severity of an injury, that’s reason enough to go to the walk-in orthopedic clinic and get checked out.
“Anytime you think you need an X-ray, it’s good to come in and be evaluated,” she says. “And the advantage of our clinic over an urgent care is that, unless you need surgery, you can follow up with the same person through the end of your care.”
Find out more about our UNC OrthoNow clinics, or call us at (919) 843-4711 to schedule an appointment.
Jennifer Woody, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner who specializes in orthopedics and orthopedic surgery.