Injury Evaluation and Care Clinic offers outreach

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Photo courtesy of Injury Evaluation and Care Clinic STRETCH­ IT OUT—Courtney LaFreniere (left), graduate assistant and certified athletic trainer demonstrates an injury exam on Katie Pryor, also a graduate assistant and certified athletic trainer.

Emily Harper

Those with a passion for fitness know that sometimes injuries happen. The Injury Evaluation and Care Clinic [IECC] located in the PIEF offers NMU students and community members various services from athletic taping to injury treatment. 

Common injuries people who seek help from the clinic have include ankle and ligament strains, contusions, pre/post orthopedic surgeries and musculoskeletal aches and pains.

Without proper treatment, injuries will not heal and can lead to chronic problems, said Nicole Coleman, the clinic manager and athletic trainer. A typical visit consists of discussing previous medical history, what activities increase or decrease the pain and leading the patient through a range of motions followed by tests to narrow down potential diagnoses. 

Following the evaluation, the patient is given different treatment options that could include rehabilitation at the clinic, a home exercise plan or referral to a doctor. The decision is ultimately up to the patient, but the clinic offers a professional opinion Coleman said.

“Sometimes people will try to Google something and will find a bunch of different answers. We give you a better idea of exactly what is going on from start to finish,” she said. “We figure out what your diagnosis is and then how we would best be able to treat you or if we need to refer you to a doctor for X-rays or further imaging.”

The IECC is open to full time students, faculty, staff and their dependents, and community members. The initial visit for students is $10 and a return visit is $5. Students must provide a valid NMU ID and the visit can be charged to their student account. There is no out of pocket expense for NMU faculty and the initial visit for community members is $50 and $25 for a return visit. 

In addition to treating students, the clinic is a learning site for NMU students working towards their master’s in athletic training and also provides opportunities for internships. The IECC serves as a clinical rotation where students can practice the skills they learned on real patients while under supervision Coleman said. 

Haley Clark, one of the certified and licensed athletic trainers at the clinic completed her clinical rotation at the IECC as a student. 

“It’s a really good rotation to do a lot more hands-on work and for asking questions and refining skills,” Clark said.   

Appointments are not required but are strongly recommended to ensure patients can be seen quickly. The IECC can be reached at 227-2174 or at [email protected] and is located in the PIEF at suite 226.