Fifteen-year-old Isaac Delgado—a defensive tackle for West Aurora High School’s football team—was the very first patient to receive care when Fox Valley Orthopedics opened OrthoFirst, an immediate orthopedic walk-in care clinic, last month.
Delgado fractured his knuckle on his small finger playing football on a Friday night. His mother, Lara, wanted to make sure he received immediate care from a sports medicine specialist.
“I wanted Isaac to be healed in time for an upcoming football game with our rival team, East Aurora,” says Delgado. “I didn’t want to take him to the ER because they’d have just told me to go to see an orthopedic surgeon. I’d rather cut to the chase.”
Isaac was examined by Dr. Kevan E. Ketterling, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at OrthoFirst. The young athlete’s hand was x-rayed, a cast put on, and he was in and out of the clinic in a few short hours … and back on the field for the big game.
“It was a very good experience for us,” says Delgado. “To get him in as fast as we could with a walk-in service for orthopedics was wonderful. I’ll be telling Isaac’s coach about the service.”
Vicki Deane is another patient who walked into the clinic during OrthoFirst’s first few weeks of business. After injuring herself playing tennis one evening, she immediately left the tennis court and headed for OrthoFirst, where she was seen right away by a sports medicine surgeon.
Earlier that same day, Deane—a resident of Geneva and mother of three active children—had her son at OrthoFirst for a sports-related injury.
"It was really nice to know I could go right to the orthopedic specialists and be seen the same day; it’s very reassuring, and so much more convenient," says Deane.
When acute orthopedic injuries are diagnosed and treated in the emergency room or urgent care, what happens in most cases—according to Mary O'Brien, CEO at —is the patient is then referred to an orthopedic specialist for follow-up care. OrthoFirst has simplified the process by immediately connecting patients with the appropriate orthopedic specialist.
"By going directly to an orthopedic specialist, patients maximize convenience, reduce potential hassles, costs, and and save time," said O'Brien.
OrthoFirst provides immediate care for sports and workplace injuries, sprains and strains, broken bones, dislocations, and muscle pain, and treats children, adults, seniors, and athletes of all ages.
OrthoFirst accepts most major insurance carriers and self-pay. Details about OrthoFirst, Fox Valley Orthopedics’ new orthopedic urgent care clinic, can be found on the Fox Valley website at www.fvortho.com, or call 1-855-FVO-OPEN.
ABOUT FOX VALLEY ORTHOPEDICS (FVO)
FVO was founded in 1973 in Geneva, Illinois for the purpose of providing exceptional comprehensive orthopedic care in an environment that puts patients first. The practice provides a vast range of bone and joint surgery and care through its advanced imaging center, ambulatory surgery center, and CoSport physical therapy. Dedicated to the community, Fox Valley Orthopedics provides athletic trainers in many local high schools and is the official team physician group for the Kane County Cougars. The practice serves communities throughout Chicago with offices in Geneva and Elgin. For more information, go to www.fvortho.com.