Urgent Care

Prompt, Immediate Care is Just Around the Corner

What is Urgent Care?

Urgent care is a category of walk-in care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency room. Urgent care centers primarily treat injuries or illnesses that can’t wait for your regular physician, but aren’t serious enough for the ER. Urgent care centers can treat routine injuries and illnesses such as the flu, perform physical exams, take X-rays, set broken bones, and more. Urgent care center wait times are often much shorter than an ER, and traditionally cost much less.

When Urgent Care Makes Sense

Did you know that many injuries and illnesses you might go to the ER for can be treated at an urgent care center? In fact, research shows that about 50% of everything seen in an ER could be seen at an urgent care instead. Here are a few examples:

  • Fever, cold, or flu
  • Setting and casting broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • X-rays and lab tests
  • Suturing minor cuts

    When to Visit the ER

    If your injury or illness is life-threatening, you should go to the ER instead of to your local urgent care center. Here are just a few examples of when to go to the ER:

    • You have chest pains or an irregular heart beat
    • You received an electrical shock
    • You have a severe allergic reaction
    • You fell from a height greater than 7 feet
    • You were severely burned