Sickness and injuries requiring immediate attention happen when you least expect it. Fortunately, there are many walk-in options today for medical services. But, which option is the best choice?
Understanding the difference in price and services of the clinics can help you make the right choice for your situation. Below are some guidelines to help you choose the clinic to serve your needs best.
Orthopedic Walk-In Clinic
- Sprains and fractures of ankle, foot, wrist and hand
- Shoulder injuries
- ACL tears and knee sprains
- Back and spine pain
- Sports injuries
- Overuse pain/injuries from work or home activities
- Weekend warrior injuries
Urgent Care Clinic
Urgent care handles many medical needs when you can’t get see your primary care physician that day. Use this clinic when you are sick and need urgent care—but don’t have an emergency. Co-pays and costs are less expensive than emergency rooms. Because most visits don’t require a lengthy evaluation, you get faster treatment. Urgent care clinics provide treatment for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries.
- Respiratory infections
- Sinus and allergy flare-ups
- Cuts and scrapes requiring medical care
- Flu, coughs and colds
- Fevers and infections
- Medical conditions not related to bones and joints
Emergency Room (ER)
When you need in-depth medical care for a life-threatening injury or illness, go to an ER. They have access to comprehensive diagnostics as well as expert medical professionals. Emergency room staff specializes in acute medical care of traumatic injuries and illnesses.
- Bone fractures with open wound or visible bone
- Fainting or seizures
- Deep lacerations with excessive bleeding
- Heart attack or stroke symptoms (chest pain, respiratory distress, etc.)