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Essentia Health offers walk-in care in Brainerd for orthopedic injuries

Dr. Andrew Zhao among the staff


Essentia Health now offers walk-in care specifically for orthopedic injuries.

The Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Orthopedics Clinic, located at 2014 South Sixth St. in Brainerd, is open for walk-in care from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The clinic’s care team includes Dr. Andrew Zhao, a sports medicine physician.

“The walk-in clinic is a great way for patients to receive high-quality orthopedic care for any new injuries,” Zhao said in a news release. “My team and I are here to help you keep up with your active lifestyle.”

The clinic will provide care for a wide range of injuries, such as:


  • Sudden injuries that cause swelling or pain.
  • Simple bone breaks (no bone sticking out of the skin).
  • Muscle, tendon, ligament and joint strains and sprains.
  • Broken collarbones.
  • Shoulder injuries.
  • Torn biceps, triceps or quadriceps.
  • Wrist and forearm injuries.
  • Lower extremity (foot, ankle, knee, hip) injuries.

Onsite services include X-ray, casting and splinting, braces and stitches for simple lacerations. Also, one floor before the orthopedic clinic is St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center, so if patients need physical or occupational therapy, it’s available in the same building.
Visit https://www.essentiahealth.org/find-facility/profile/essentia-health-st-josephs-orthopedics-clinic/ for more information.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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