When to Go to Urgent Care?
Urgent care clinics are available to the general public as a way for patients to receive general urgent medical care for common illnesses and injuries in a short time frame when their primary care physician is not available, or they need urgent medical attention that cannot wait for an appointment and is not severe enough to warrant a hospital visit. We are conveniently located at 6310 Sashabaw Rd, Suite C, Clarkston, MI 48346. For more information, please contact us or request an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What are the most common urgent care conditions?
When should you seek urgent medical attention?
What classifies a patient as urgent?
What is the difference between urgent and emergency care?
Some of the most common conditions that we treat at Pine Knob Urgent Care includes:
– Sprains & Broken Bones
– Ear infections & Ear Aches
– Eye Irritations (including Pink Eye & Scratches/Infections)
– Food Poisoning
– Rashes & Hives
– Kidney Stones
– Poison Ivy
– Sinus Infections
– Vomiting, Diarrhea, & Stomach Flu
– Strep Throat
– Urinary Tract Infections
– Wounds (open cuts or abrasions)
– Pediatric Issues (Ear aches, Coughing, Rashes, & Sore Throat)
Emergency medical care provided by nurses, doctors, and other medical staff is available to those who are undergoing a medical situation that needs urgent medical attention, which is why urgent care was created.
If you are dealing with a medical situation that can be an illness like cold and flu that have become severe, an injury like a concussion, a cut, or a condition like heart disease, and other conditions.
When a patient begins to showcase signs of an illness or injury, it is important they take action. An illness or injury can be considered serious and will need to be treated as soon as possible. Fortunately, there is a way for patients to take care of themselves without waiting for their primary care physician to have an opening with their clinic, and it’s visiting an urgent care for medical attention. Calling or walking in for medical assistance when you need urgent medical care is known as self-initiated urgent medical care. This particular form of care is often useful for treating conditions including lung problems, heart disease, and other conditions.
If someone needs urgent medical attention, and they do not have enough time to wait at urgent care, as the condition is considered life-threatening or limb-threatening you can call for an ambulance, or walk into the emergency room for emergency care. Urgent care is quite different, as it takes medical cases that may require immediate medical attention from a doctor, but doesn’t classify as life-or limb-threatening. Whenever you decide urgent care is necessary for medical assistance, remember that urgent cares are available for illnesses, injuries, or medical conditions that are not life or limb-threatening.
You may have heard someone state that they are in need of medical attention for a medical problem that is considered an emergency, but what does a medical emergency consist of? The word emergency has many meanings within the medical field. It can refer to a particular situation that requires immediate medical attention or is a type of treatment that may require specific treatment due to an emergency situation. In some cases, the word emergency is also used in a situation that is considered life-threatening or limb-threatening, and is quite important, as we need to know the difference between each usage in the case and medical situation occurs that needs us visiting either an urgent care or emergency room for medical attention.
Urgent care services are available to treat injuries and illnesses which require immediate medical attention. A few examples of situations that would require urgent care medical services include appendicitis, broken or sprained bones, concussion, respiratory illness, and more. In most cases, patients who require treatment from an urgent care facility will also need to follow up with their primary care provider after, as a way to ensure the illness or injury doesn’t get worse. If the injury or illness is more severe than what an urgent care provider is able to provide medical care for, the patient will be referred to a hospital. Many patients will go to urgent care for less extensive treatments that also require less recovery time, as the injury or illnesses that are accepted at urgent care centers are based on non-life or limb-threatening situations. Urgent care centers are typically fast-paced and have limited spaces available, which is why it is important to book an appointment or show up as early as possible to see a physician.
We are conveniently located at 6310 Sashabaw Rd, Suite C, Clarkston, MI 48346. For more information, please contact us or simply walk-in! We serve patients from Clarkston MI, Waterford Twp MI, Oxford MI, Ortonville MI, Lake Orion MI, Pontiac MI, Springfield Township MI, Auburn Hills MI, and surrounding areas.