What is urgent care?
Urgent care addresses health concerns that require prompt treatment but aren’t life- threatening. While you may wish to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP), sometimes they don’t have last-minute openings. Urgent care clinics can see you right away, so you receive the immediate care you need.
Injury and Health Institute proudly offers urgent care visits. With personalized care and flexible appointments, you can take advantage of the clinic’s convenience and affordability compared to emergency room (ER) visits.
How is urgent care different from an emergency visit?
Urgent care health concerns are serious, but most can wait up to 24 hours for treatment. Emergency care addresses illnesses and injuries that demand immediate treatment. If you have a life-threatening health concern, you should head to your nearest emergency room.
Medical conditions that require emergency care include:
- Head injuries and concussions
- Chest pain
- Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Broken bones
- Loss of consciousness
- Sudden mental confusion
- Severe burns
- Fainting or dizziness
- Sudden vision changes
Emergency rooms have staff on call 24/7 to address your concern immediately. These facilities see more patients than urgent care centers. As a result, they are more expensive and have higher wait times.
What health concerns can urgent care address?
With an on-site urgent care center, Injury and Health Institute can diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems, including:
- Sinus infections
- Animal bites or insect stings
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Cuts and scrapes
- Sprains and strains
- Minor fractures
- Eye irritation
- Minor headaches
Acute care visits can also address symptoms of acid reflux and mild chest pain that don’t warrant an ER evaluation.
What can I expect from an urgent care visit?
When you arrive at Injury and Health Institute, the team records your vitals (blood pressure, temperature, and respiration rate). They may also check your height and weight. Once you reach the exam room, the team asks questions about your symptoms and performs any appropriate testing.
With a full-service urgent care center, the team can perform X-rays, strep testing, lab work, and other types of on-site testing.
The team creates your treatment plan and schedules any follow-up visits you may need before you leave.
Call Injury and Health Institute today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about urgent care.