Sports injuries aren't uncommon; the National Safety Council reported 3.6 million sports and recreational activities in the US in 2022.
Many people visit the emergency room after a sports injury, but these visits can be expensive and time-consuming.
What if you could get specialized treatment for your sports injury without waiting for hours in a busy ER? The good news is it’s possible at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
Dr. Brian Snow and Dr. Jon Thompson are our two orthopedic surgeons who offer specialized treatments at their walk-in clinics in Texas. A walk-in clinic is a great option for sports injuries and an excellent alternative to the busy emergency room.
Common sports injuries
Playing sports is fun and great physical activity, but it sometimes comes with injury. The goal isn’t ever to get hurt, but injuries happen at the most inopportune times.
Sports injuries can happen at practice, during training, or in the middle of a game. Acute injuries are more common during a game, but chronic injuries can also flare up.
If you’re an athlete, you must understand the common injuries that may happen. Several of the most prevalent sports injuries include the following:
- Ligament tears
- Tendon injuries
Sports injuries range from mild to severe and can be season-ending in some cases. The best thing you can do is get treatment quickly to prevent further complications to your game.
Understanding a walk-in clinic
Nobody expects to get injured during a game, but unfortunately, it happens. You could go to the emergency room and sit for hours or head to our walk-in orthopedic clinic for fast and efficient care.
Our walk-in clinic is an excellent alternative to the emergency room for several reasons. First, we specialize in orthopedic issues and sports injuries. You can expect to see an orthopedic specialist instead of a generalized doctor.
The walk-in clinic boasts all the necessary components to evaluate, diagnose, and treat sports injuries and orthopedic issues. You can expect to have a thorough evaluation of the injury, imaging studies, and customized treatment in half the time of an emergency room visit.
How long does the appointment take?
The appointment time varies for each person, depending on the type of injury and severity of the problem. We treat each patient with personalized care and cutting-edge technology to provide a good experience.
Our walk-in clinic is highly efficient, allowing us to see many patients daily. Our friendly staff greets and checks you into our system when you enter the clinic.
As soon as a room is ready, we escort you back for one of our orthopedic specialists to see you. They evaluate your injury and perform a physical exam to determine the next step.
If you require imaging studies, we have on-site X-ray machines to solve the problem quickly. Our team reviews the imaging studies to determine the next step in treatment.
Most appointments take less than an hour than the emergency room. We specialize in quickly getting orthopedic patients in and out of the clinic to return to normal activities.
What treatments do we offer?
Our walk-in clinic offers all the orthopedic treatments necessary to get our patients feeling better and back on their feet. The type of treatment you require depends on the injury you've sustained and your specific needs.
You can expect customized treatments at our walk-in clinics, which include the following orthopedic therapies:
- Casting and splinting
- Prescription medications
- Crutches and assistive devices
- Ice and heat
We can also schedule you for physical therapy appointments that you may need after a sports injury. Although we don’t do physical therapy at the walk-in clinic, we provide all the information you need to schedule yourself.
You may require a follow-up visit for specific injuries, which we schedule before you leave the clinic.
If you’ve suffered a sports injury, don’t hesitate to come to one of our walk-in orthopedic clinics in Sherman, Prosper, and McKinney, Texas, or call the team today to schedule an appointment with our team.