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Urgent care clinics and emergency centers are an essential part of the healthcare sector. These facilities are imperative for dealing with everything from a bad cold to a major head or neck injury. While 44% to 65% of all visits to emergency centers could have been treated at urgent medical care facilities, there are certain times when it’s much more appropriate to seek out medical treatment at emergency centers. 

Here are some various injuries and illnesses that require emergency room visits: 

  • Severe flu — If you simply have a cold, you should be okay to either wait it out or visit an urgent care facility. If you have a fever, or symptoms rapidly worsen, it could be the flu. The flu is much more serious and often requires some emergency treatment if symptoms are severe enough.
  • Intense chest pain — Chest pain can be terrifying, which is why it’s best to have an ER medical professional take a look at you right away. Emergency room experts know exactly how to deal with all kinds of chest pain, from minor aches to full-blown cardiac emergencies. Don’t ignore any kind of chest pain; get help right away.
  • Fractures and broken bones — If you break a bone, you’re obviously going to seek some sort of medical attention. It’s best to skip the visit to your local urgent care center, though, because there are additional health and bodily risks involved after breaking a bone. ER professionals can help get you feeling back to normal and will take care of your injury almost immediately.
  • Deep cuts — Cuts are one of the most common injuries found in emergency rooms. Lacerations should be addressed and taken care of as soon as possible. Even if you are simply washing your dishes and accidentally cut yourself, if it’s deep enough, no matter what part of your body it’s on, you are going to need emergency treatment.

If you’re in need of immediate medical assistance and want to visit quality emergency centers, contact LegacyER right away.