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When to Visit Orthopedic Urgent Care

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One thing’s for sure: That spill you took hurt. But does the pain require immediate attention from a specialist? Maybe it can wait for a scheduled appointment. It can be tough to tell.

If you suffer an acute orthopedic injury – a sudden injury that causes severe or intense pain – you should visit a specialist at Twin Cities Orthopedic Urgent Care to make sure your injury is treated correctly from the start. Visit an Orthopedic Urgent Care for:

  • Simple bone fractures

  • Any acute injury with crunchiness when moving or touching

  • • Muscle and tendon strains and ligament and joint sprains

  • Broken collarbone or AC joint sprain or separated shoulder

  • Torn biceps, triceps or quadriceps tendon

  • Wrist and forearm injuries with an inability to roll your arm back and forth without pain

  • Hamstring injuries from waterskiing or “splits”

  • Lower extremity injuries (foot, ankle, lower leg, knee and hip) with an inability to put weight on it.

We understand that life happens, so our Orthopedic Urgent Care clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week to provide more convenience for your busy schedule. You don’t need a referral or appointment to be treated by an orthopedic provider who specializes in muscle, bone and joint care.


There are orthopedic conditions that don’t require immediate attention and are more suitable for an appointment with a TCO specialist at a later date. If you’re already being treated for a specific condition by a physician, schedule an appointment with a specialist. Also schedule an appointment for:

  • A chronic issue

  • Being referred by a primary care physician or pediatrician to follow up with orthopedics

  • Non-acute – more than three days since the injury/pain began – injuries to the neck, back or extremities

  • Lower extremity injuries – foot, ankle, lower leg, knee or hip – where you can still put weight on it: foot, ankle or knee sprains, suspected meniscus tear


Even though our orthopedic experts provide you with outstanding care each time, there still are certain injuries that are best handled in an emergency room. Please visit an emergency room when:

  • The bone is visible

  • There’s an open wound over the fracture (compound fracture)

  • The bone is fractured at a severe angle

  • There are cuts and/or deep lacerations

  • The area is burned

Find a TCO Orthopedic Urgent Care location near you

Unsure where to start with an orthopedic need? TCO provides concierge care coordination and priority scheduling support for SportsEngine athletes. The TCO Clinical Navigator provides easy access to:

  • Specialty provider appointments, including; physician, physical therapy, concussion, and chiropractic

  • MRI/imaging appointments

  • Sports performance & return to sport programming

To contact, call 952-456-7415 or email [email protected].
For urgent medical advice or concerns, please contact your clinic directly. For medical emergencies, please dial 911.

For urgent medical advice or concerns, please contact your clinic directly. For medical emergencies, please dial 911.

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