Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic
About the Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic
Boston Children's Hospital’s Orthopedic Center provides same-day, urgent care by world-class orthopedic specialists in both Boston and Waltham. With a physician’s referral, children can be treated for injuries and musculoskeletal problems not serious enough for the Emergency Department (ED), but still require quick evaluation and care.
Patients are often seen on the day they get hurt or during the same week, depending on the seriousness of the injury. Insurance co-pays for urgent care visits are much lower than ED visits, making urgent care visits more affordable.
Conditions commonly treated at the Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic include:
- Limb pain
- Unexplained limp
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Same day appointments are available.
Urgent Care Clinic Hours
The Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic is open:
Monday — Friday
AM and PM clinics available
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
When orthopedic care is urgently needed
Mere moments after 8-year-old Rory Zaisser injured his wrist playing at his neighborhood playground, his mother Alice Smythe rushed him to his pediatrician to get a closer look. “Rory’s pediatrician looked at his x-rays, felt that Rory should be seen at the hospital and immediately referred us to Boston Children’s Hospital's Urgent Care Clinic in Orthopedics,” Smythe said.
The following day, with a physician referral and x-rays in hand, Rory was seen by an orthopedic nurse practitioner and attending physician. Their diagnosis: wrist fracture. Within hours, Rory was fitted for an arm cast, discharged and was scheduled for a follow-up appointment in three weeks.
Every week, dozens of patients just like Rory are seen in Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center’s Urgent Care Clinic – a daily clinic dedicated to seeing children with injuries and musculoskeletal problems that are not serious enough for the Emergency Department (ED), yet require prompt evaluation and care.
Some of the more common conditions include fractures, sprains, limb pain and unexplained limp. As long as the patient’s nerves are intact and working appropriately, and their pain is well controlled on oral pain management, the Urgent Care Clinic staff can treat virtually any type of fracture. “Unlike the ED, the urgent care clinic is not a walk-in clinic and patients are required to have a referral from their primary care physician to be seen,” explains Amanda Burns, PNP, who primarily sees urgent care patients.