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MSU Sports Medicine Clinic Offers Alternative to Ease Emergency Department Burden

Posted at 8:45 AM, Apr 08, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — As we face the uncertainty of COVID-19’s full effects on our healthcare systems, MSU Sports Medicine wants to be a possible solution for patients before they head to the emergency room or urgent care centers. MSU Sports Medicine is currently open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with providers from both primary care and orthopedic sports medicine in the office.

If you are suffering from any musculoskeletal injuries, MSU Sports Medicine encourages you to call them first in an effort to decompress the emergency departments during this overwhelming time. These injuries would include any sprains, strains or fractures. Patients with any concerns of knee and joint injuries are also encouraged to contact MSU Sports Medicine. The clinic is stocked with casting and splinting supplies and has the ability to perform x-rays on site, as well. Patients may have the option of utilizing a Telehealth visit with a provider to address their health concerns.

“MSU Sports Medicine can be considered an orthopedic urgent care for musculoskeletal injuries that is available as an alternative to the emergency department when appropriate,” said Douglas Dietzel, DO, Clinic Director for MSU Sports Medicine. “Any open/bleeding fractures, dislocations or neck trauma are still emergent and should go to the emergency department.”

The clinic is taking necessary precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes:

  • Reconfiguring waiting rooms to meet social distancing guidelines.
  • Requiring mask protection for patients and staff
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of our clinic and exam rooms
  • Allowing only essential staff to be present in our clinic
  • Asking patients to limit the number of people they bring with them to appointments to follow new visitor limitation guidelines to limit the number of people within our patient buildings.
  • COVID-19 symptom screening for all employees at the beginning and end of shift

“Patient safety is a top priority for us,” said Amy Lim, clinic nurse manager of MSU Sports Medicine. “From adjusting our waiting room seats to allow patients to comply with social distancing guidelines to frequent cleaning of rooms and supplying our patients with a mask, we are proactively reviewing and adopting safety precautions.”

Please contact the Sports Medicine clinic at 517-884-6100 to speak with our staff with any questions about how to best address your medical concerns and get advice as soon as possible. Please note, MSU Sports Medicine is not a walk-in clinic and patients should call the clinic prior to arrival.

MSU Health Care is the multispecialty medical group practice comprised of teaching faculty from Michigan State University’s Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine. Many MSU Health Care providers are also actively involved in teaching and clinical research, keeping them on the forefront of the latest medical advances.

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