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Can You Visit an Urgent Care Clinic With a Broken Leg?
After suffering a broken leg, determining the best medical provider can be difficult. Of course, the emergency room is always an option, but visiting the emergency room can become very expensive, especially without insurance.
On the other hand, an urgent care clinic may not be able to treat a broken leg properly. The worst possible scenario is searching endlessly for an affordable treatment option for a potentially broken leg that needs prompt care.
However, by understanding the different types of fractures and whether urgent care clinics can treat them, the situation of suffering a broken leg does not have to become more stressful than it already is.
Different types of fractures
After suffering a leg injury, the first and biggest concern is whether the leg is broken. In some cases, the leg may simply be deeply bruised or there may be a muscle strain. While a more serious fracture is noticeable, a minor fracture may not be as noticeable. In order to have an understanding of the seriousness of the injury, it’s important to understand the different types of leg fractures.
The five most common fracture types are:
- Stable fracture
- Compound fracture
- Transverse fracture
- Oblique fracture
- Comminuted fracture
In general, a stable fracture isn’t completely noticeable in the person who suffers the injury, as it isn’t that much more painful then a deep bone bruise. While a stable fracture only indicates the bone is barely out of place, a more serious leg fracture, such as a comminuted fracture, typically results in the affected bone being crushed into multiple parts.
Fractures that can be treated
A stable fracture, which indicates only a partial fracture, and other forms of minor fractures where the bone isn’t blatantly broken can be treated at an urgent care clinic.
Therefore, an urgent care clinic may be the best option when diagnosis is needed. In other words, if the injury may or may not have resulted in a broken bone, an urgent care clinic can help determine the scope of the injury and recommend a long-term treatment provider if the injury did result in a broken leg.
Also, if the bone is broken but the pain level is manageable, going to an urgent care clinic can be a good way to get the quick medical treatment needed before scheduling a doctor’s appointment for long-term treatment.
Fractures that cannot be treated
A more serious broken leg that results in excruciating pain and blatantly obvious breaks in the bone that make the leg look deformed need to be addressed as soon as possible and typically require surgery.
Since urgent care clinics don’t have the ability to immediately transfer a patient into surgery, an emergency room may be the best option in these instances.
In general, any broken leg that needs treatment within 24 hours should be dealt with at the emergency room, and any injury that can wait a few days before needing surgery or doesn’t require surgery at all can be treated at an urgent care clinic.
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