Free Clinic Addresses Sports Injuries

NorthBay Healthcare opened its first-ever Saturday morning sports medicine clinic in the fall of 2018, staffed by a team of orthopedic surgeons who know sports injuries well.

Take Robert Peterson, M.D., for example. Not only does he specialize in shoulders and joint replacement, he’s also a sports medicine expert. And, he’s walked the sidelines of local high school football games off and on for the past 20 years, including the last six years at Vacaville High School football games as the team doctor.

He was joined by colleagues Jay Parkin, M.D., and by Kevin Miller, D.P.M., who has sideline experience himself. He’s spent the last two years as the team doctor for St. Patrick-St. Vincent Catholic High School’s football team in Vallejo.

The trio alternated hosting the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic every Saturday morning at NorthBay Urgent Care in the Nut Tree Plaza in Vacaville.

The urgent care clinic has an X-ray and technician on duty, and plenty of exam rooms.

“We really see this as a community service, and also an opportunity to introduce families to NorthBay Healthcare,” said Dr. Miller.

Sometimes, an injury comes more into focus on the second day, following a Friday night football game or soccer match. The medical team can tell athletes if they are cleared for practice, come Monday, or if they need further treatment.

All athletes, even weekend warriors, received no-cost care. If someone came with a serious injury, like a concussion, they were directed to immediate care. The goal was to give families an alternative to the emergency room on weekends.