August 17, 2020 – 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, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and Physical Therapists from Lakes Regional Healthcare (LRH) 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 29 through October 10. 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 east entrance. Appointments and physician referrals are not necessary to utilize the clinic. However, a parent or guardian must accompany athletes under age 18. Therapists will review the injury and orthopedic surgeons will be available to provide further evaluation 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. Those interested in an injury evaluation other than Saturday mornings are encouraged to call LRH’s Rehabilitation department at 712-336-8651 to schedule an appointment.