When You Should Turn to Urgent Care

When You Should Turn to Urgent Care

Two decades ago, going to a doctor’s office for urgent care wasn’t even an option for most people. Back then, the concept of urgent care was relatively new, and most practices didn’t offer urgent care as part of their services.

Today, that’s changed — a lot. In fact, in the United States alone, there are nearly 90 million urgent care visits every year. 

At Grassroots Healthcare, we understand the importance of convenience when it comes to getting the care you need for urgent medical issues. In addition to regular office visits, our team provides comprehensive urgent care services to help patients manage their health quickly and effectively.

We also know it’s not always easy to know when an urgent care visit is the best choice. If you’re not sure if urgent care is right for you, this post will help you sort it out.

The basics of urgent care

Medical visits can be divided into three broad categories based in part on the services that are provided: “regular” office visits, urgent care visits, and emergency care visits. 

Emergency room visits are the best choice for any medical issue that’s life-threatening or has the potential for severe complications. That includes chest pain, severe breathing problems, most fractures, or other problems that require immediate treatment in order to avoid more serious consequences.

Regular medical visits are probably the type with which you’re most familiar. These visits include appointments you make ahead of time for routine things like physicals, immunizations, mental health services, or weight management issues. 

When to use urgent care

Urgent care is kind of a hybrid between emergency care and regular medical visits, focusing on providing care for all those issues that require prompt medical care but aren’t medical emergencies. 

At Grassroots Healthcare, we offer urgent care for issues like:

Unlike a physical exam or other regular office visit, there’s no need to make an appointment for urgent care. You can just walk in, and we’ll make sure you see a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

What to expect during your visit

During your urgent care visit, a member of the Grassroots Healthcare team will begin by reviewing your symptoms and performing an exam to evaluate your medical needs. Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend testing, like blood tests or tests for strep throat or other infections.

After your evaluation, we’ll prescribe treatment to relieve your symptoms and help you feel better. Our team uses a holistic approach focused on your “whole health,” for optimal results based not only on your current symptoms, but on your overall wellness, too.

It’s perfectly fine to visit us for urgent care without an appointment, but if you prefer to schedule your visit, you can book an appointment online or by calling our office in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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