When you find yourself dealing with an unexpected, rapidly evolving, or perplexing medical issue, it’s nice to know there are a variety of different services and experts available to help diagnose and treat the condition. That said, it can also be confusing, at times, to know which type of service provider or facility is actually best-suited to your specific needs.
At Southeastern Med, we appreciate that not every medical concern warrants a trip to the emergency room. So, to help paint a clearer picture of your options, today’s blog breaks down four of the most common destinations for professional medical care, along with some general guidelines of what they offer patients.
Primary Care Physician
Your primary care physician is often your best choice for non-emergencies, particularly when it comes to long-term preventative care, diagnosis of slow evolving conditions (such as diabetes or high blood pressure), and the treatment of mild infections; including weak cases of the flu or COVID-19. Since it’s often difficult to book a same-day appointment with your physician, it shouldn’t be presumed that he/she would be available to see you in the event of an unexpected injury or serious health concern.
As the name suggests, an Urgent Care Clinic is often a convenient and dependable option when your usual physician isn’t immediately available. While the Emergency Room of your local hospital is always the better option for more serious or life-threatening issues, Urgent Care is there for patients who may need treatment for an infection, minor burns, or common strains, sprains, and broken bones.
Orthopedic Injury Clinic
Some patients who have suffered a more serious break, muscle strain/sprain, or tendon injury may best be served at an Orthopedic Injury Clinic, such as the new facility now open here at Southeastern Med. Here, you can receive same-day care for your injury, overseen by an experienced sports medicine physician or an orthopedic surgeon.
As always, when there is any doubt about the severity of an injury or a health concern posing immediate risk, the Emergency Room is the no-hesitation destination. The ER provides same-day care that’s optimized for life endangering situations, including difficulty breathing, heart attack, stroke, severe bleeding, and more.
For more clarity on these various options and how Southeastern Med may be able to assist you or a loved one now or in the future, please contact us today.