The Importance of Seeking the Right Medical Care
Medical issues are one of the scariest things that can happen to ourselves and our families. They can happen at any moment to anyone and could end up changing our lives forever. It’s important to act fast and be able to identify when you need immediate care and medical attention.
Urgent care facilities can provide that immediate care.
In the U.S., the urgent care movement started back in the 1970s and continued to grow around the world over the last 40 years. Currently, 3 million people visit one of the 6,800 urgent care facilities each week in the United States.
These facilities are so effective because they provide immediate medical attention to those in need, who might not be able to wait for emergency room treatment, or treatment from a primary physician the next available day. They provide confidential STD testing and various other testing and services. These facilities are created to assist patients with nonlife-threatening injuries and illnesses. If you believe that you are experiencing more severe conditions, call 911 or head to the emergency room.
Urgent Care Treatments
Again, urgent care centers are for those with serious medical conditions, but not to the point of immediate danger. These conditions are not emergencies but they do need to be addressed as soon as possible, so waiting to see a physician or the emergency room is not an option. You should consider going to urgent care:
- If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
- If you need special testing, like X-rays and lab tests.
- If you fell or had an accident and have consequent minor injuries.
- If you think you should take STD tests.
- If you are struggling with minor breathing or coughing issues.
Emergencies, on the other hand, should also be immediately addressed, but with greater importance because there is the potential for further damage or worse. You should go to the emergency room:
- If you are bleeding uncontrollably and it is not stopping.
- If you have been injured via burn, knife, gunshot, or any other penetrating wound or blunt force trauma.
- If you’re pregnant and begin experiencing strange issues.
- If you have severe head, neck, chest, abdominal, or back pain.
Knowing when to seek the right medical attention can save you from many more problems down the road. From STD testing to minor surgeries and more, urgent medical care can help you with any nonlife-threatening medical issue.
You should call 911 immediately for any issues that could be life-threatening.