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Why should I go to the ER for an orthopedic injury?

You should go to the emergency room (ER) for an orthopedic injury in the event that a bone could be fractured or otherwise injured. If there is any concern that an orthopedic injury has occured, it is absolutely appropriate to seek care at the ER for evaluation. Many communities now have rapid orthopedic clinics that also function much like an ER but specifically for these types of injuries.

Patients should go to the ER for an orthopedic issue if the injury is not getting better, or there’s a noticed deformity in the extremities.

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