As musculoskeletal (MSK) specialists, we frequently receive referrals as many as 30 days after an injury. Prior to that time, inadequate or inappropriate imaging has often been ordered in addition to therapy that is not being supervised by a physician. Often, our evaluation reveals a need for surgical repair that could have been performed much earlier. At this point, surgery may be more complex, and recovery may be longer because of delay in treatment.
Many employers believe that referring directly to a specialist may result in a rush to potentially unnecessary surgery. Practices like ours offer comprehensive services precisely to prevent that outcome. We have non-operative providers who are well-equipped to evaluate injury and offer conservative care like therapy when appropriate. If conservative treatment fails, transition to a surgeon can occur seamlessly with no delay in care to impede the outcome.
Our practice is eager to collaborate with employers to offer MSK urgent care services customized for their needs.