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Where to Get Treatment for Winter Sports Injuries

Thursday, February 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Participating in sports can be a great way to kick the winter blues. From hockey to cross-country skiing, the snow and ice create an athletic playground for people of all ages to enjoy. While these activities can easily cause injuries, it’s also easy to go to to search the 7,639 urgent care centers nationwidei for a location nearby to receive convenient, affordable treatment.

According to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), urgent care is the ideal choice for common winter sports injuries, providing athletes with an alternative to the emergency room or free-standing emergency department, which can be too costly and time-consuming for many situations.

With 40 percent of ER visits not requiring emergency services,i here are some common winter sports injuries that can typically be treated at an urgent care center instead:

  • Wrist and ankle injuries: Ice skating and skiing put large amounts of pressure on the legs and ankles, leaving little room for error – and even the most experienced winter athlete is sure to wipe out occasionally, sticking out his or her hand to break the fall.
  • Other soft-tissue injuries: Sudden starts and stops, uneven terrain and slippery surfaces can put tendons and ligaments at risk for strains, sprains and more during slips, tweaks and loss of balance
  • Lacerations: When flying down a hill or twirling on the ice, impact with sharp objects such as rocks, trees and even your own skis and skates can be unavoidable.
  • Mild frostbite: A long day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing can leave small parts of skin exposed to the elements, causing burn-like symptoms.

For more information on how urgent care centers can diagnose and treat winter sports injuries, with capabilities such as X-rays, splinting and suturing, contact me at or 312-565-4611 to speak with a UCAOA expert. 

iUCAOA Urgent Care Industry White Paper, The Essential Role of the Urgent Care Center in Population Health, Stoimenoff, Newman, 2018


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