Urgent care centers are primarily used to treat patients who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care but isn’t serious enough to warrant a visit to a hospital emergency room.
Because most urgent care centers are outfitted with x-ray equipment, you can head there first for sprains and fractures. They can also provide IV fluids for dehydration. Some of the symptoms treated in urgent care centers include a fever without a rash, a common sprain, painful urination, diarrhea, severe sore throat, vomiting, urinary tract infections, mild asthma, or broken bones of the wrist, hand, ankle, or foot. Additionally, patients who experience a gradual onset of symptoms, or if they already know the problem but can’t meet with their primary care physician should seek treatment at an Urgent Care Center.
Urgent Care costs are lower than going to an Emergency Room and slightly higher than a regular doctor’s visit. Wait times vary, but these facilities are often have extended hours.
Conditions treated are:
- Minor cuts, sprains, burns, rashes
- Fever and flu symptoms
- Chronic lower back and joint pain
- Minor respiratory symptoms
- Urinary tract infections