Because the injuries of joggers, cyclists, high school athletes and weekend warriors often occur outside of business hours, Washington University Orthopedics is opening a walk-in clinic for those with injuries that might require an X-ray, cast or splint.
“Most people with an injury need to be seen right away,” said Heidi Prather, DO, a professor of orthopedic surgery and chief of the department’s physical medicine and rehabilitation service. “Emergency rooms are expensive and can involve long waits, and most urgent care centers can’t treat complex orthopedic conditions, so we’re trying to fill that void.”
The clinic will be run by physicians and other health-care practitioners with expertise in orthopedics. Casting, splinting and radiology services will be available onsite.
“We can provide injured patients with comprehensive services on their initial visit,” said Prather. “And if needed, patients will have access to surgeons, sports medicine specialists and experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation.”
The new Orthopedic Injury Clinic opened Sept. 3 and is at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center in Chesterfield (14532 S. Outer Forty Drive). The walk-in clinic will be open to patients 4-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon-8 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.
For more information about the clinic, call (314) 514-1642, or visit www.ortho.wustl.edu/injuryclinic.
Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.