When X-Rays Lie: Important Orthopedic Diagnoses to Consider with Normal Imaging

When X-Rays Lie: Important Orthopedic Diagnoses to Consider with Normal Imaging

Urgent message:  Musculoskeletal pain is a common urgent care complaint, with x-rays very commonly ordered. However, a “normal” image does not necessarily support eliminating what could be a serious injury from the differential diagnosis. Arun Sayal, MD, CCFP(EM) Citation: Sayal A. When X-Rays Lie: Important Orthopedic Diagnoses to Consider with Normal Imaging. J Urgent Care Med. 2022;16(7):13-16. Medical tests lie. Not intentionally, of course, but their result may not align with reality. A test may …

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Management of Scaphoid Injuries with Early Specialized Imaging at Urgent Care Clinics

Management of Scaphoid Injuries with Early Specialized Imaging at Urgent Care Clinics

Urgent message: Timely employment—and informed selection—of the most suitable mode of imaging are essential for correct diagnosis and optimal treatment of scaphoid injuries in the urgent care setting, often negating the need for referral to a higher-acuity setting. Muhammad Asim, MBBS, FRNZCUC, FRNZCGP and Rabeeah Asim, MBBS INTRODUCTION The scaphoid is the most commonly injured bone amongst carpal bones at the wrist, accounting for 10% of all hand fractures and 50% to 80% of all …

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Top Procedures Performed at U.S. Urgent Care Centers in 2014

Data from the 2014 Urgent Care Chart Survey of 1,778,075 blinded visits by patients to more than 800 different urgent care clinics, conducted by the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, reveal that the top 3 procedures performed at U.S. urgent care centers in 2014 were as follows, in descending order: • Medication administration (vaccine, IV, steroid injection, anesthesia)—59.7 million procedures (39.8% of visits) • Rapid diagnostic tests and cultures—44 million procedures (29.4% of visits) • …

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