With the option to go to an urgent care center as opposed to the emergency room, you may be wondering which conditions exactly can the staff at urgent care centers treat. Not all urgent care centers are created equal, premium ones can treat a wider range of medical conditions and provide services you would not normally receive in just about any urgent care center.
Let’s talk about the treatments you can get at an urgent care center versus an ER facility.
Treatments an Urgent Care Center Can Provide
Urgent care centers treat non-life-threatening medical conditions and provide the following:
- Relief for sore throat
- Relief for muscle or joint pain
- Alleviate mild to moderate allergic reaction
- Abdominal pain treatment
- Antibiotic treatment for strep throat
- Medication and supportive care for mononucleosis
- Apply proper wound care for scrapes and scratches, cuts, and lacerations
- Applying cooling treatment and bandaging minor burns
- Relieving inflammation from bronchitis with medication
- Dehydration prevention and medication for diarrhea
- Symptom relief and antibiotic treatment for pink eye or eye infection
- Pain relief for earache and antibiotic drops for ear infections
- Reduce the severity of skin rashes and provide relief
- Medication for upper respiratory infection
- Antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infections
- Antiemetics for vomiting
- Casting or bracing for sprains and strains, simple fractures, and dislocations
- Draining abscesses
If an urgent care provider determines that you need a higher level of care, you will be instructed to go to the emergency room.
Treatments an Emergency Care Facility Provides
Conditions that should be treated in an emergency room are:
- Severe pain
- A fever of 103 F or higher
- An unrelenting fever
- Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
- Sudden confusion or change in speech
- A weakness or drooping of one side of the body
- Compound fractures where the broken pieces of bone pierces the skin
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries such as concussion
- Loss of consciousness
- Pneumonia or severe coughing and difficulty breathing
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Difficulty moving a part of the body or sudden paralysis
It is not recommended that you drive yourself or a loved one to the emergency room for any of the abovementioned symptoms. Call 911 for an ambulance to take you or your loved one to the emergency room. There will be a paramedic and EMT (emergency medical technician) that can administer medical care in route to the ER.
Urgent Care Clinic in Rochester, NY
At Cornerstone Urgent Care Center, our healthcare providers provide expert medical treatment for a range of conditions that are non-life-threatening. We not only treat acute medical conditions but also provide treatment services to patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Additionally, we also provide occupational health services such as physicals.
The best part is that we are open daily and accept walk-ins, so you can get timely medical treatment for you and your family. We are located at 2968 Chili Avenue in Chili, Rochester. If you have questions, please call (585) 207-0088 or use our convenient appointment request form.