Childhood is the most active time in most people’s lives – they’re growing and learning everything about the world. All of that activity, curiosity, high energy, and developing immune systems make them especially prone to injuries and illnesses. Today it may be a scraped knee, tomorrow may bring a runny nose. For whatever non-life-threatening medicalRead More
What is the difference between going to an urgent care clinic or a hospital’s emergency room (ER)? This is actually a very straightforward distinction. For life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or injuries sustained from an accident, you should visit the ER. For injuries or illnesses which should be handled soon but are notRead More
Why Urgent Care Works for a Fracture
A fracture – which is the same thing as a broken bone – happens when the physical force applied on the bone is more powerful than the bone itself, causing it to break. This can happen when we exercise or play sports, and it can also happen as we age. If you or a lovedRead More
Urgent Care, the ER, or Primary Care?
Almost every person will get sick or injured at some point in their lives. In fact, nearly 20 percent of all Americans visit an ER each year. But when they get sick, there are several options for health care. For routine health care, many go to a primary care physician, but that requires making anRead More
Winter Respiratory Illnesses
Every winter season, we look forward to the holidays, good food, time off work and school, and spending time with family and friends. But one thing we never want is to get sick. Unfortunately, there are a variety of winter respiratory illnesses that attack millions of people in the United States every year. Let’s takeRead More
Could My Sore Throat Be Strep?
Wintertime brings cold temperatures, holidays, and snow. It opens up all sorts of possibilities to play outside and enjoy winter sports. But exposure to the elements also increases your risk of catching a cold, the flu, or even strep throat. This is because people are coming in from the cold outdoors and breathing stuffy, recirculatedRead More
Causes of Winter Injuries
Winter is here and with it come the snow and ice. While many kids yearn for snow days and the chance to strap on ice skates or break out a sled, winter also brings with it a unique set of injuries. The most common types of winter injuries are strains, sprains, dislocations, and fractures. ProtectRead More
How to Choose an Urgent Care Clinic
Everyone should have an urgent care clinic selected as part of their medical care team. You have a primary care physician for routine checkups, a pediatrician for your child’s medical care, and maybe a few specialists for specific issues (for example, a cardiologist for a heart issue and an endocrinologist for a hormone issue). SoRead More
Should I Go to an Urgent Care for a Small Cut?
When faced with minor emergencies like a small cut, it can be hard to figure out if it’s appropriate to go to an urgent care facility. After all, you could also opt to see your primary care physician, or go to the nearest emergency room. To make this kind of decision, it helps to knowRead More
Is It Too Late for Flu Shots?
The flu season generally extends from October through May, with most cases making their mark between December and early March. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 influenza season was a high-severity flu season, with high levels of both outpatient clinic visits and emergency room visits due to influenza-like illnesses.Read More