The Relationship between the Physician and Physician Assistant, PA-C
This photo is of Dr. Michael Wright and his Physician Assistant (PA-C), Meagan Auch. At Missoula Bone & Joint there is a unique relationship between the physician and the physician assistant; one of mutual trust and respect. The PA-C is a representative of the Physician, treating the patient in the style and manner developed and directed by the supervising physician. Missoula Bone & Joint PA-C’s assist the Physician in clinic, in surgery, and staff our Walk-In Urgent Care Clinic. PA-C’s are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with Physician supervision.
What to expect when you come to our Walk-In Orthopedic Clinic
When you visit our Walk-In Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic your appointment will be with one of our experienced PA-C’s. The PA-C can do a variety of procedures, including; physical exam, diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, order and interpret x-rays (available at the time of your appointment), order MRI’s, CT’s and other health tests, counsel on preventative health care, write prescriptions, prescribe physical therapy or hand therapy, cast a fracture, fit a brace, give injections, and manage follow up care and referrals.
X-rays are available at the time of your appointment and explained to you in the exam room by the Physician Assistant. Bracing and casting are also available at the time of your appointment, if needed. If surgery is necessary a Missoula Bone & Joint surgeon will be consulted so surgery can be scheduled in a timely manner.
Hours and types of injuries
Our Walk-In Orthopedic Clinic is open Evenings, Weekdays and Saturdays for your convenience. So if your day out doesn’t end as planned, or you get injured at work, or you wake up with joint pain, or you get injured sliding in to third base, or you trip up the curb, or you hear a pop in your knee, or you twist your ankle getting out of your raft on the river …… we are here for you!
No appointment is necessary but if you have questions please call Urgent Care directly at (406)829-5581. If this is a work comp injury please call ahead.
Walk-In Orthopedic Urgent Care is a convenient option for treating the following acute injuries or conditions:
- Sprains or strains (anywhere except the neck/cervical region)
- Closed fractures/broken bones
- Minor dislocations (fingers and toes), hip or shoulder dislocations should go to the emergency room
- Painful, swollen or injured joints such as knees, hips, ankles and shoulders
- Wrist, hand & elbow injuries and conditions
- Sports injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries and conditions
- Acute pain such as sudden back pain (no neck injuries or conditions)
- Cast or wound dressing needs
Please keep in mind that some injuries or conditions are better treated in the emergency room.