When to Go to Urgent Care
People who are experiencing an illness or injury often find themselves wondering whether they should visit their primary care provider (PCP), an urgent care center, or the emergency room (ER). If you don’t require prompt medical treatment, you may want to opt for a visit to your PCP, since he or she is likely familiar with your medical history. PCPs are great for preventative care, diagnosing and treating non-acute symptoms, managing chronic conditions, and providing specialist referrals. Keep in mind, however, that it can often take weeks or even months to get an appointment with a PCP, which isn’t an option when you need treatment fast.
For more pressing issues, rely on either an urgent care clinic or the ER. The decision between these two comes down to whether your injury or illness is life- or limb-threatening — if it is, get to the ER as soon as possible. Conditions requiring a trip to the ER include:
- Heart attacks
- Severe burns, lacerations, and other wounds
- Compound/open fractures
- Difficulty breathing
- Hearing and vision loss
But, if your condition isn’t life- or limb-threatening, urgent care is often the smarter choice for prompt treatment. Urgent care centers tend to have considerably shorter wait times than ERs, and their fees generally aren’t as high.
Musculoskeletal Urgent Care in Carson City, NV
If you’re in need of urgent care treatment for a musculoskeletal issue — like a sprain, strain, fracture, or laceration — in Carson City, Nevada, turn to the experts at Tahoe Fracture Quick Care. And, for chronic orthopedic conditions, choose Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, our full-service practice that’s been serving this community since 1966. Stop into our urgent care clinic on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and please feel free to contact us with any questions.