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Published on August 19, 2014

Area student athletes can take advantage of free sports injury clinics this fall

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Is it a lump, bump or bruise, or does it need more specialized attention?

It’s a question that parents often face when their student athlete takes a hit or falls on the playing field or court.

To alleviate parents’ fears or to get a student athlete into necessary treatment, Georgetown Hospital System and Waccamaw Orthopaedics will once again offer free sports injury clinics for student athletes this fall. The free clinics will begin Aug. 23 and continue every Saturday morning through Nov. 1.

Staffed by orthopedic specialists, the clinics will take place from 8-10 a.m. at Waccamaw Orthopaedics, located at 4040 Highway 17 Bypass, Suite 101, in Murrells Inlet, and at NextStep’s Georgetown Outpatient Therapy Center, located at 219 Church St. in Georgetown. Dr. William Greer, a board-certified orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Gavin Vaughn, a board-certified sports medicine physician, and Shantae Siefert, a certified physician assistant, will staff the free clinics, which are open to all area student athletes.

Dr. Greer said the clinics have been born out of a necessity to see injured students on a day when parents don’t have to take off work and children won’t miss school. “A lot of events in school culminate at the end of the week, so when we hold our clinic on the weekend, there’s not a lag time between the student having an injury and being seen the following week. We can institute treatment quicker and not wait, and ultimately, the goal is to have a safe return to what they want to do.”

For more information about the free sports injury clinics, call 843.652.8160.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.