Twin Cities’ Premier Care for Acute Injury Treatment
The Urgency Room is the much-needed place to go for when your medical needs lie somewhere between a trip to an emergency room and a visit to an urgent care. Our locations in Vadnais Heights, Woodbury and Eagan are owned and operated by the Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA), so you can always come with the peace of mind that you’ll receive the best care possible for your acute injuries.
Each UR location has expansive hours and is open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM 365 days per year, including holidays. The Urgency Room is well-known for providing high-quality service along with short waiting room times. Each UR location updates wait times in real time on its website, so you can get treated when minutes matter most. Don’t put off getting your chronic or acute pains or injuries looked at by a medical professional simply because of the wait and costs associated with your typical emergency room. Get treated at The Urgency Room today.
What Is an Acute Injury?
While chronic injuries are slow to develop and last for long spans of time, acute injuries happen suddenly and usually as a result from an impact of some sort. For example, if you fall and scrape your knees or get hit with a ball, you’ll experience a sudden and harsh pain that is usually accompanied by swelling, bleeding or bruising. These types of injuries happen abruptly, but the pain will cease once the site of the injury is completely healed. For example, if you cut your hand, the pain will subside once the cut has healed properly. An acute injury can include:
- Torn ligament
- Torn muscles
If an acute injury and all it entails isn’t visibly clear, a physician will have to conduct further tests to determine its extent. Sometimes it may appear you have a sprain, when in reality you’ve suffered a broken bone. The only way to be sure is to undergo X-rays or other testing. Each Urgency Room location is stocked with all of the medical equipment needed to treat your urgent care needs quickly. With X-rays, CT scanners, ultrasounds, high-complexity labs and more, the level of care you’ll receive at any UR location is going to be above and beyond what you’ve come to know at your typical emergency room.
Our state-of-the-art facilities can treat chronic pains to acute injuries. Our experienced physicians can expertly evaluate, diagnose and treat you in a quick and efficient way so you can get back to living. Some of the acute injuries we can treat include:
Acute Knee Injury
Knees are built to take on a tremendous amount of force. You count on strong knees to carry you through the day and for you more physical activities, such as participating in athletics. A lot can happen to your knee, from fracturing your kneecap to damaging the ligaments, each injury should be thoroughly examined and treated accordingly.
Kneecaps can break horizontally or vertically; one portion can break off or the whole patella can shatter. This type of acute knee injury usually happens after experiencing direct trauma or a very powerful contraction of the muscles surrounding the kneecap (the quadriceps).
When you tear a ligament, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), can happen from overextension or blunt trauma. Diagnosing ACL injuries can be difficult and may even go unnoticed—you won’t take that risk when coming to your nearest Urgency Room as we specialize in diagnosing and evaluating acute injuries such as these.
Whether they’re caused by direct or indirect forces, a fracture can be a non-accidental injury, occult injury, pathological fracture or stress fracture. A non-accidental injury consists of injuries that were neglected or have a vague history. An occult injury is one that went unnoticed for a period of time. A pathological fracture is the result of a preexisting condition—like spina bifida—or if the bone is weakened by a cyst or tumor. Lastly, a stress fracture happens with an increase of activity, such as in sports, and happens mostly in lower limbs.
Dislocations are when a bone comes out of its joint—such as a shoulder being pulled from its socket. When this happens, the muscles surrounding the joint go into spasm while cartilage and tissues are stretched and torn, resulting in a great amount of pain. If possible, a dislocated joint will try to be relocated as soon as possible, even on the site of the injury.
Nearly any joint on your body can be dislocated and treatment should be sought immediately if treating on-site isn’t possible. You need quick care for dislocated joints as the bone could be damaging nerves, ligaments or blood vessels since slipping out of its socket. Dislocations happen as a result of unbalanced or blunt impact. Taking a hard and direct hit to one shoulder in the middle of a football game, for example, could cause that shoulder to dislocate. Once a joint is dislocated, moving that joint could be painful and extremely difficult. You might even feel numbness in the area of dislocation. Once a joint is dislocated, the ligaments surrounding the joint are weakened and the possibility of dislocating that same joint in the future increases.
Get Acute Injuries Treated Fast
Acute injuries happen suddenly and need immediate care. If you sprain, strain, break or tear something, get to your nearest Urgency Room. Each our locations can see you quickly to stop the pain and start the healing. And when you leave our care, you still aren’t alone. Our physicians have assembled an extensive library of at-home and aftercare videos for you after you leave our facility.
Stop enduring acute pain when you don’t need to. Instead, get to the Urgency Room for fast, accurate and high-quality treatment. Our physicians put the patient first so you can get back to living your life sooner than going to an emergency room.