5 Surprising Tests and Treatments You Can Get at Urgent Care
Many people see urgent care facilities as an alternative to an expensive emergency room visit or an appointment with a regular physician. However, there are several specialized tests, screenings, and treatments that you can receive right at your local walk-in clinic. Here is a list of the 5 most surprising:
- Treatment for sports injuries
If you fail to warm up properly for a soccer game or have an accident while exercising, you may sustain a sports injury. Many people think that they need to take a trip to the ER or see a specialist for immediate aid after a sports injury, but a walk in clinic is a great choice. Strains, sprains, fractures, dislocations, and more can be attended to by our skilled staff. We also offer digital X-rays, so if you have a broken bone, you’ll be diagnosed and taken care of properly.
- DOT employee physicals
If you are employed by the Department of Transportation and are designated as a “safety-sensitive employee,” you are subject to a physical that can be obtained at an urgent care facility. There are specific requirements in order to pass a DOT exam, and you’ll be able to get your results quickly.
- Travel vaccinations
When traveling outside the United States, chances are that you will need some kind of vaccination — especially when traveling to specific parts of the world. Some require multiple vaccinations over a number of weeks, so planning ahead is imperative; walk in clinics can provide the flexibility you need for lengthier treatments.
- STD tests
You don’t have to go to a special clinic to receive testing for HIV, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Getting STD tests done at a walk in clinic mean you don’t have to feel embarrassed about going to your primary physician, and because urgent care centers are open extended hours, you can be get your STD test when it’s convenient for your schedule. You’ll also receive accurate, fast results for your STD tests.
- Employment screening
If your employer has required you to to pass a drug/alcohol screening as a condition of keeping your job, you can head to urgent care to have the test performed at your convenience. Although urinalysis is the most common type of test for a drug/alcohol screening, walk in clinics can also perform blood tests, hair drug tests, breath alcohol tests, saliva-based drug screens, and more.
Walk in clinics offer so much more than what you might think. And because 57% of urgent care patients wait less than 15 minutes to be seen — and 80% of all visits last an hour or less — you can be treated quickly and get back to your daily routine in no time.