The Top 10 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care

The Top 10 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care

by Stephanie Meadows

When you are sick or injured, deciding where to get care is the last thing you want to worry about. It can be very stressful, especially with the classic idea that a busy emergency department waiting room might be your only option. Understanding your options now will make decision time easier when you need immediate care. Of course, your primary doctor is usually the best place to start when you're sick or hurt. They know your health history, including any underlying conditions you may have. When you visit your doctor for an illness or injury, they can make informed choices about your treatment and necessary tests. However, what if you get sick or injured when your doctor's office is closed, or they cannot see you for several days or weeks?

Top 10 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care:

Urgent care centers are usually open after normal business hours, including evenings and weekends. Many offer on-site diagnostic tests and, in most situations, you'll find that you save time and money by going to urgent care instead of an emergency room. If your condition isn’t life threatening but needs to be taken care of right away, then urgent care may be the right choice for you. Remember, when you go to an emergency room, they triage patients based on immediate life-threatening concerns. This means that if you are there with a painful ankle sprain or a nasty cough, you could be waiting for a long time while more severe cases are treated. Urgent care can help you with common conditions such as:

1.       Accidents and falls

2.       Sprains and strains

3.       Moderate back problems

4.       Breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)

5.       Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests

6.       Fever or flu

7.       Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration

8.       Severe sore throat or cough

9.       Minor broken bones and fractures (i.e. fingers, toes)

10.   Skin rashes and infections

When it comes to health care, today's consumers have a lot of choices. And with the increasing popularity of urgent cares around your area, choosing the right one can be a challenge, but it is important. Here are tips on how to choose the right one:

1. Choose the one closest to you

2. Make Sure they have experienced and qualified providers

3. Make sure the urgent care has convenient hours

4. Do research

It's a good idea to know where the closest urgent care centers are, so you know where to go. Colonial Urgent Care, provided by Colonial Family Practice, has locations in Columbia, SC as well as outside the city, in nearby Sumter. For more information about hours or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 256-1511 for Columbia, or (803) 773-5227 for our Sumter Urgent Care.