Up to 69% of Americans say that low back pain affects their day-to-day lives, with four in 10 of those people exercising to attempt to relieve lower back pain. The U.S. workforce loses 17 million workdays as a result of the flu, costing about $11.2 billion each year. An estimated 32 million Americans suffer from food allergies.Reports estimate that 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain each day, with more than 80% being a result of inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle.
From lower back pain and urinary tract infections to food allergies, the flu, and sprained ankles, most people would immediately think to make an appointment with a doctor or primary care physician. If worse comes to worse, they would likely find a location offering emergency room care, waiting what could be hours to be processed and called back and sometimes waiting even after that occurs.
So what alternatives exist to waiting on an available appointment with a primary care provider or waiting endless hours in the emergency room to be treated for whatever you may be there for?
Treating everything from sports injury symptoms and offering x-ray services to std testing and other medical help, visiting one of many existing urgent care clinics is the best route to go for emergency care in a clinic setting.
Treating an estimated 89 million patients each year, urgent care clinics are visited by an estimated 3 million patients each week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. There are currently 20,000 physicians who practice Urgent Care Medicine today. 70% of urgent care patients only wait 20 minutes before being seen by a provider, and many urgent care clinic locations are open seven days a week.
Walk in clinics, or urgent care clinics, are generally covered by most insurance providers and offer minimal copay levels to the patient being billed. Some of the top doctors and physicians work in urgent care clinic settings to not only provide more intimate and immediate care but to direct patients to the correct therapy, local doctors for more intensive care, and much more.
With the immediate nature of urgent care facilities, as well as the expertise of practicing physicians (and nurses/assistants), why wait for a scheduled doctor’s appointment or emergency room care when you can receive the best treatment around?
For all of your aches, pains, sports injuries, tests, and more, check out your local urgent care clinic.