Fractures & Sprains

Common Orthopedic Injuries: Sprains, Strains, Dislocations & Fractures

Treatment for a sprained ankle, a broken thumb, bone fracture or other orthopedic injury is available even if your regular doctor isn’t.

From a sprained ankle to a broken wrist or thumb, the urgent care medical staff at HealthMed is experienced in diagnosing and treating a variety of orthopedic injuries. These are some of the most common:

Sprain: Sprains occur when ligaments, tissues connecting bones to joints, are overstretched or torn.
Strain: Strains are similar to sprains except they involve muscles and the tendons that attach those muscles to bone rather than ligaments.
Dislocation: Occurs when bones slip out of their proper alignment in a joint.
Fracture: A crack or complete break in a bone due to a heavy blow or sudden twist. In open fractures, the bones pierce the skin; in closed fractures, the skin is not broken.


A sprained or fractured (broken) ankle is a common sports mishap, but often results simply from a misstep on an uneven surface. Also called a rolled or twisted ankle, a sprain is a tear(s) in ligaments connecting bones in the foot with bones in the lower leg. An ankle fracture involves a crack(s) or complete break(s) in the bones themselves. Delayed or improper treatment of a sprained or broken ankle may lead to chronic problems, such as repeated injury, ankle weakness, and arthritis.


A dislocated finger occurs when the bones (usually the middle knuckle of the little, ring, middle, or index finger) are forced out of alignment. A finger that is dislocated will look crooked and may be bent upward or at strange angles. See a doctor promptly. Delaying a visit can make eventual treatment more difficult and may lead to prolonged healing time or permanent disability.

Shoulder dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that’s part of the shoulder blade. A dislocated shoulder requires prompt treatment. This involves realignment of the bones. Often a splint or sling is used to prevent shoulder movement. Dislocation of the shoulder may trigger muscle spasms so a muscle relaxant may be prescribed.


Fracture is the medical term for a broken bone—from a hairline crack to a full break. HealthMed clinics can diagnose and advise on proper management of the findings. A patient may subsequently be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation and treatment

Sprained/Strained, Fractured or Dislocated—On-site X-ray Speeds Diagnosis and Treatment

A broken toe, a sprained wrist, a dislocated finger…. Injuries involving bones, the ligaments that connect them, and the tendons that attach muscle to bone can happen anytime. Some mild cases may be treatable at home, but most do better with medical attention.

If your doctor or child’s pediatrician isn’t available and the injury is not so severe as to warrant a trip to a hospital-based Emergency Room attention (which is expensive and can involve long waits), HealthMed Urgent Care clinics have extended hours 7 days a week and over holidays to diagnose and treat pediatric and adult bone, ligament, and tendon injuries including:

  • Ankle injury (sprain, rolled ankle, twisted ankle)
  • Sprained wrist
  • Dislocated shoulder or finger
  • Bone fracture (break): fractured ankle, broken toe, broken hand, broken wrist, broken fingers, broken thumb, boxer’s fracture (broken knuckles)

Patients are seen on a walk-in basis, so you do not need an appointment.

Digital x-ray imaging is performed on-site for rapid diagnosis. We can create a CD of the x-ray(s) that you can bring to an orthopedist if you need to follow up with a specialist. HealthMed clinicians are expert at splinting to immobilize the injury and help it heal properly. If you or your child requires medication to suppress muscle spasms, alleviate pain, and/or reduce inflammation, we can call a prescription in to your preferred pharmacy so it’s there waiting for you.


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On-Site Lab & Radiology:

Every HealthMed Urgent Care facility is equipped with an on-site lab and digital x-ray.

Experienced Medical Staff:

Our centers are staffed with skilled physicians, nurse practitioners and other professional ancillary medical service technicians. Our medical personnel are trained in Basic and Advanced Life Support and experienced in diagnosing and treating both acute (sudden onset) and chronic (recurrent, ongoing) injury and illness.

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