New EMMC Injury Helpline Provides Immediate Assistance for Sports Injuries

08/06/2015

Soccer.jpg(Bangor, Maine) – There are many different ways to be active, from participating in individual and team sports to going for a jog or hike on the weekend to playing outside with the kids. Unfortunately, injuries can happen, sometimes at the most inconvenient times, and often when the emergency room is the only available option for care. Recognizing that another option would be beneficial for both athletes and “weekend warriors,” EMMC Sports Health has introduced a new injury helpline that provides access to an athletic trainer around the clock, seven days a week for non-emergency care.
 
“We have created a fast, convenient way for anyone who experiences an activity-related injury to get help,” says JP Stowe, ATC, CSCS, an athletic trainer at EMMC Sports Health. “When someone calls, a certified athletic trainer asks questions to learn more about the injury and then recommends next steps for care. Our focus is on ensuring people get the right care in the most appropriate setting in a timely manner.”
 
EMMC Sports Health athletic trainers are experienced at assessing injuries and working closely with local primary care providers, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and others to help people who are injured get back to their favorite activities as quickly as possible. The injury helpline can be used by people of all ages.
 
“We are available in whatever capacity the patient needs, which could include determining the next steps for care to coordinating the patient’s care throughout their recovery,” adds JP. “Because our sole focus is sports injuries, we understand the unique needs of active people and can improve the likelihood of a good outcome by making sure patients are getting the proper care after an injury. It’s what we’re passionate about.”
 
The injury helpline does not replace the emergency room and should not be used in a medical emergency. There is no charge to use the service, which can be accessed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling (207)974-7400. Calls are always answered by an athletic trainer in the Bangor area who is an expert on sports injuries and is familiar with all of the local options for care.