Common Questions – Rapid Access Ortho

Rapid Access Ortho is open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For assistance, please call the Rapid Access Orthopedics clinic (201) 569-2770

How is Rapid Access Ortho different from an urgent care clinic?

Rapid Access Ortho is an extension of our regular orthopedic clinic. Most insurance companies will charge a larger copay for urgent care and emergency room visits. Since Rapid Access Ortho is an extension of our regular clinic, patients typically pay a regular office visit copay.

Can I get an X-Rays at Rapid Access ?

We have a full X-Ray capabilities at all of our locations.

Do I need to make an appointment to be seen at Rapid Access Ortho?

No appointments necessary – just walk in during OrthoQUICK hours.

Who will see me at Rapid Access Ortho?

Rapid Access Ortho is staffed by PA-Cs (certified physician assistants) who have completed special training in orthopedics and are supervised by an orthopedic surgeon. You may also see a non-operative orthopedic physician or surgeon. There is always an orthopedic surgeon on call for more serious injuries.

What are the benefits of going to Rapid Access Ortho versus an urgent care or emergency room?

Providers at Rapid Access Ortho have special training in orthopedics and a better understanding of orthopedic injuries. If you are treated at an emergency room or urgent care for an orthopedic injury, they will typically have you follow up with an orthopedic office visit anyway. You can save time and money by going directly to Rapid Access Ortho. Wait times are typically much shorter at Rapid Access Ortho than they would be at an urgent care or emergency room.

Will my insurance company cover my visit at Rapid Access Ortho?

Englewood Orthopedic Associates work with many insurance plans. Whether or how your claim will be reimbursed is dependent on the details of your particular plan. For details about your specific benefits, refer to your plan’s benefit manual or your insurer’s website, or call the number on the back of your insurance card for details about your specific benefits.

What are a PA-C’s qualifications?

PA-Cs (certified physician assistants) are specially trained health care providers that are able to function with physician oversight but not direct supervision. The PAs at Summit working in Rapid Access Ortho have an extensive background in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. All of the PAs spend significant time with the various surgeons gaining valuable experience in care of all types of musculoskeletal injuries.

Most acute (sudden-onset) injuries are evaluated and treated in a similar way. PAs can immediately determine what injuries require further diagnostic care and treatment, such as an MRI, CT, splinting, crutches, ice, compression, and pain medications. These are all easily directed by the PA. With this treatment and direction, Rapid Access Ortho provides excellent care and further diagnosis, enables the patient to follow up with the right provider in the right time, and facilitates patients returning to activities of daily living just as quickly as if seeing a physician during that visit.

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