Fall sports are an exciting time for the entire community, and local sports specialists want to ensure it’s a safe one for the athletes themselves. Local medical professionals collectively comprising Sports Medicine Northwest are providing care for area athletes in various ways. Orthopedic surgeons from Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons and Certified Athletic Trainers are offering a free Sports Injury Clinic and game coverage.
The free Sports Injury Clinic will be held every Saturday at 9 am or by appointment August 26 through October 7. Located within Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons’ Spirit Lake office, the clinic is offered free of charge to area middle and high school athletes. To attend the clinic, enter Lakes Regional Healthcare through the south entrance. Appointments and physician referrals are not necessary to utilize the clinic. However, a parent or guardian must accompany athletes under age 18. Orthopedic surgeons will evaluate the injury and specify treatment if needed. A free screening x-ray is also provided if warranted. Any follow-up appointments, further radiology tests such as CT scans or MRIs, or supplies such as casts, braces, or splints are charged to health insurance.