Broken bones and dislocated joints : Emergency Room

Broken bones and dislocated joints : Emergency Room

If you’re confused, disoriented or experiencing a head injury (even if there is no visible wound), it’s probably best not to wait in an ER. Head trauma has symptoms that mimic many other conditions, so it can be difficult for ER staff (who may have limited experience with evaluating such patients) to figure out what’s really going on. For example, confusion and dizziness could indicate a minor concussion, but could also point toward more serious causes like stroke or meningitis. If you suspect head trauma, it may be better—and faster—to visit urgent care.

The urgent care center is equipped to deal with more acute, short-term health issues than an emergency room. For example, if you’re suffering from a concussion or confusion—two symptoms of a stroke—an urgent care facility is better equipped and more appropriate than an ER. Additionally, if you’re just not sure if you should go to an emergency room or urgent care facility, it’s smart to first visit your primary physician. He or she can perform a medical assessment and let you know whether or not you should go immediately in for treatment or wait until morning for your regular appointment. Most urgent care facilities are open 24 hours per day, which means even after normal business hours, they’ll be available for those who need them most.

Just because you might have suffered a concussion or are having trouble thinking clearly doesn’t mean you need to go to an emergency room. Many urgent care facilities, such as Citrus Health Urgent Care Centers, offer CT scans, so you can get checked out right away and get some rest. And if it turns out that your symptoms weren’t caused by a head injury at all but by food poisoning or a sinus infection—or any number of non-emergency ailments—you won’t be put on an expensive bill for services you don’t need. After all, hospital bills can cost thousands of dollars, even with insurance! Make sure you know what tests and services your policy covers before seeking medical attention.