Triage & Urgent Care

Orthopaedic Urgent Care: About the Urgent Care Center at OIC

When your child is injured, there are three reasons you should feel instant relief when you walk into OIC’s Urgent Care Center:  

  1. Your child will see a pediatric orthopaedic specialist right away.
  2. We are just as motivated as you are to fix your child’s injury.
  3. We’re not just motivated to do it, we’re exceptional at doing it.

 At OIC’s Urgent Care Center, our team of pediatric orthopaedic specialists is ready to treat your child, regardless of the extent of the injury or its cause. Our main goal is full recovery.


Why Bring Your Child to OIC's Urgent Care?

While hospital emergency rooms typically provide basic medical care—such as splinting—they might not be the best option for your child. Of course, if you have any uncertainty about how serious your child’s injury is, you should go immediately to the emergency room. But in general, you should seek emergency care only if the injury is very severe.

Children’s injuries require special attention to growth plates, special equipment for smaller bodies, and that special touch to put an anxious child at ease.

Also, the longer it takes to get a child properly treated for an injury, the higher the chance of a poor recovery. This is especially true if your child has a fracture.

Fortunately, OIC’s Urgent Care Center is equipped with the staff and tools needed to evaluate your child’s orthopaedic injury and provide timely, appropriate medical treatment.


What Happens at Our Urgent Care Center?

Each child’s injury is unique. That’s why our treatments are tailored-made to fit your child.
Medical care often includes:
  • Reviewing your child’s medical history
  • Evaluating the injury
  • Performing diagnostic tests or imaging—such as X-rays—when needed
  • Determining the best course of treatment
  • Providing onsite nonsurgical treatment—such as fracture-setting and casting—when appropriate
  • Immediate outpatient surgery, if needed, at our Ambulatory Surgery Center—the first of its kind in Los Angeles
  • Or, if necessary, bringing your child to our west side campus at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica for surgical treatment
  • Providing follow-up care through our fracture clinics or physical therapy programs


Who You'll Meet at OIC's Urgent Care Center

Your child might be seen and treated by several types of care providers at OIC’s Urgent Care Center. Each of these care providers is trained in various aspects of diagnosing, treating, and managing orthopaedic injuries in children.

These care providers include:

Emergency Physicians

  • Diagnose urgent medical issues
  • Provide timely, specialized care during a medical emergency

Nurse Practitioners

  • Provide your child with the necessary care, independently or as part of a treatment team
  • Prescribe, perform, and interpret imaging tests to diagnose your child’s injury
  • Order or prescribe treatments, procedures, or medications

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate orthopaedic injuries
  • Surgically repair bone, joint, ligament, muscle, tendon, and nerve injuries
  • Provide you and your child with information and education about treatment, recovery, and re-injury prevention


What to Bring to OIC's Urgent Care Center

We are always ready to provide care for the children who come through our doors. To make the process even smoother, please make sure you bring: 

  • Your child’s insurance card
  • Your picture ID
  • Court documents showing you have legal guardianship (if you are not the child’s parent)
  • List of the child’s current medications

If your child has already been seen in an emergency room (ER), please also bring: 

  • Any X-rays taken in the ER (the ER should be able to provide these to you on CD)
  • Discharge papers (when available)

We also ask that you not feed your child before coming to urgent care. This is because some medications we might have to give can cause nausea or vomiting if your child has eaten recently.


Go, Team, Go: A Special Note for High School Athletic Coaches

At OIC, we want athletic trainers and parents to feel confident that their young athletes are getting the best care, then getting back on the field or court as quickly and safely as possible.

If you’re a coach, reach out to us to establish a partnership with our Center for Sports Medicine. That way, if a student athlete gets injured and needs urgent care, we can work with the athletes and their parents to coordinate diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.