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Sports injury weekend walk in clinic: providing convenient care for inconvenient injuries

With fall sports season near, injuries don’t always happen during the week when it’s convenient to see an Affinity Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provider in clinic. Athletes who experience injuries during competition might need a check-up or evaluation during the morning after the big game, which often falls on a weekend.

Although there are obvious cases where emergency care is needed, there are also less serious injuries that may require medical attention shortly after the incident. Acute injuries, such as fractures, sprains and strains, are common in athletics, but may call for assessment and treatment by a medical professional over the weekend.

With this in mind, we’d like parents to know we are now offering a Saturday morning injury walk in clinic for their junior high or high school athletes who may get injured playing sports like football, soccer or volleyball.

This clinic will be held from 8:30 am until 10:00 am every Saturday from August 25 through October 13.

The Sports Injury Walk In Clinic, will be held at Affinity’s Richmond Street Urgent Care facility in Appleton. No need to schedule an appointment, simply walk in and we will take a look at your athlete. Just as is provided at weekday appointments, I have access to X-ray, splint materials, crutches, braces and other medical supplies that allow for efficient and effective treatment of a young athlete’s injury.

So even though athletic injuries during a busy fall sports schedule are inconvenient and unpredictable, I aim to provide an accessible and valuable medical option to help young athletes return to competing and playing the games they love.

When to use urgent care vs. the emergency department

Ever wonder whether you should make a trip to the emergency department or not? Here is a guide to when to use the emergency department vs. urgent care. Check out the latest issue of @Affinity for the full article.urgent care versus emergency department

Fireworks safety

Ooooooooooh! Aaaaaaaaaaah! Summer is in full swing, and the Fourth of July fireworks are here.

Billboards advertising fireworks are everywhere. Did you know that consumer firework consumption has increased by 920% since 1976?

When it comes to family, it’s best to leave fireworks to the professionals since this is the best way to stay safe. It is estimated there are nearly 10,000 firework-related injuries requiring emergency room visits every year.

Common sense dictates many of the firework safety precautions. Here is a nice safety test to review before using fireworks:

Questions: http://www.fireworkssafety.org/test.pdf

Answers: http://www.fireworkssafety.org/answers.pdf

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