Walk-In Orthopedic care at our Altoona location
Monday – Friday from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Ortho Assist Common Questions
Can Ortho Assist treat my injury?
Most musculoskeletal injuries are appropriate for visits to Ortho Assist. We will see patients of all ages with acute and chronic bone and joint injuries of the upper extremities, lower extremities and back. However, there are certain instances when the emergency department or urgent care provides a better choice.
The following is a partial list of injuries better addressed in an emergency department…
- Open fractures where the bone is sticking through the skin or there is an open wound over the fracture
- Fractures where the bones are at a severe angle
- Excessive bleeding
- Head or spine trauma
- Deep lacerations (cuts)
The following is a partial list of injuries better addressed in an urgent care…
- Injuries to the eye
- Cold,flu or respiratory symptoms
- Stomach issues
- Medical conditions not related to bones, joints or muscles
How is Ortho Assist different than an urgent care?
Ortho Assist is staffed by Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners who are trained in orthopedics and have a better understanding of musculoskeletal problems. They are able to diagnose and treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems, order, obtain and interpret x-rays, apply and remove casts and splints, inject/aspirate joints, and refer on to an orthopedic surgeon if further care is needed.
Do I need to make an appointment?
No appointment is necessary, just walk-in during Ortho Assist hours, Monday through Friday 12:00pm-
8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.
What if I can’t wait until12:00pm to be seen in Ortho Assist?
There is usually an orthopedic surgeon in our Altoona office Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. If you need to be seen earlier in the day, please call (715) 832-1400 to schedule a same day appointment. We will do our best to try to accommodate you.
Will my insurance company cover my visit at Ortho Assist?
Ortho Assist is an extension of our regular clinic, not a separate entity. You will be billed for an office visit which is generally less expensive than a trip to urgent care or the emergency department. As with any medical care, it is always recommended that you check with your insurance company first to determine your coverage.
Who do I follow up with after my Ortho Assist visit?
If your injury requires further treatment or follow-up care this will be coordinated on the day of your visit. You will be referred to an appropriate specialist at Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. If you are from out of the area, or would prefer to see a different specialist, we will forward your records to that provider once they have been completed per your request.
For more information, please visit our website at www.cvorthoassist.com