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For “Weekend Warriors,” Chicago Center for Orthopedics Offers Urgent Care on Sundays

Mar 03, 2011

For more information contact:
Catherine Gianaro
(773) 564-7285

CHICAGO (March 3, 2011)—From rotator cuff tears to a rolled ankle, the Chicago Center for Orthopedics Urgent Care is ready to treat any orthopedic injury during a time of the week when few other doctors are available: Sundays.

“A lot of injuries occur on weekends, to kids and adults,” said Danielle Bass, MD, sports medicine physician with the Chicago Center for Orthopedics (CCO) at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Without the clinic, people would to have to wait until Monday to make an appointment with their primary care physician, who may not have availability until later in the week. Or they may end up taking a trip to the emergency room.

Dr. Bass treats patients during the clinic’s hours on Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and usually sees patients within an hour.

“Typically, it’s quicker to get in at a clinic setting, and a lot of patients feel more comfortable,” Dr. Bass said. “The ER can be fast-paced with a lot going on, and patients might not be seen for awhile. We wanted to extend hours for those patients.”

If a jogger rolls his ankle on a Friday evening, he may have to wait a week to see his doctor, and in that time, he may not be taking the best measures to ease the pressure and pain on his ankle. The CCO doctors could direct the jogger toward physical therapy or offer advice on how to stay off the ankle. Because the clinic is located within Weiss Memorial Hospital, patients also have easy access to X-rays, MRIs and other diagnostic tools. The hospital can also refer patients to physical therapists, pain management or, if necessary, specialized orthopedic surgeons. For injuries that require further treatment or extensive testing, the 27 orthopedic
specialists in the Chicago Center for Orthopedics can treat patients during follow-up appointments. They use state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques, capable of meeting all orthopedic needs from head to toe.

“We’re here to give patients treatment options that will make them heal quicker,” Dr. Bass said.

Top 10 “weekend warrior” injuries:

  • Rotator cuff problems: common among weight lifters, swimmers, tennis players, volleyball players, baseball players
  • Shin splints: runners and sports with extended running
  • Elbow tendonitis: tennis players, racquetball and squash players, golfers, fencers
  • Meniscus cartilage injuries: sports that require “cutting,” or rapid change in direction like basketball, soccer and hockey
  • Sprains, fractures and dislocations : affect all age groups and can occur with trauma or sports
  • ACL tears: basketball, soccer, hockey and volleyball
  • Achilles tendonitis: runners
  • Lower back pain: affects all age groups

Patients can make appointments by calling any time: (773) 564-ORTHO (6784). Walk-ins are welcome.