Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic | Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic?

The urgent care clinic within Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center is a daily clinic dedicated to seeing children with injuries and musculoskeletal (bone, muscle and soft tissue) problems that are not serious enough for the Emergency Department, yet require prompt evaluation and care.

What sorts of problems qualify as urgent care?

Some of the more common conditions treated in the urgent care clinic include fractures (broken bones), sprains, limb pain and unexplained limp. We can treat any fracture in the urgent care clinic as long as the fracture does not require the bone(s) to be reduced or repositioned.

Is the Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic the same as the Emergency Department (ED)?

No. The Emergency Department deals with severe injuries. If a patient has multiple injuries, a fracture or dislocation that needs to be put back in place, or if there is pain, which cannot be controlled with oral pain medicine, the Emergency Department is the appropriate place to go. You may bring your child to Boston Children's Emergency Department in Longwood or to one of our community hospital partner locations where Boston Children's physicians work --without an appointment-- if your child needs immediate medical care. If your child needs immediate medical attention and you cannot safely transport your child to the hospital, please call 911 immediately.

What are the advantages of being seen in the Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic?

One of the biggest advantages of coming to our Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic is convenience. Patients who require urgent care can be seen on the same day or week of their injury, depending on the severity of the problem. The other advantage is cost. Insurance co-pays for urgent care visits are more affordable, which can be helpful to families.

Do I need an appointment to be seen in the Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic?

Yes. The Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic is not a walk-in-clinic. Patients must make an urgent care appointment to be seen in the clinic. To make an appointment, please call 617-355-6021. Select Option #2.

Do I need a referral from a primary care physician?

Yes. Patients are required to receive a referral from their primary care physician in order to be seen in the Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic.

What should I bring with me during an urgent care appointment?

It is recommended, but not mandatory, to bring recent x-rays and diagnostic results from your primary care physician to your urgent care appointment. You should also bring your health insurance card and a form of payment for insurance co-payments.

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