Emergency Health CareCorona, CA
When you suffer a health care emergency, your first instinct may be to head to the emergency room. However, urgent care clinics can often handle many non-life-threatening emergencies. This includes neck and back pain, injuries from minor car accidents, or sports injuries.
Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care at Corona is available on a walk-in basis for all your emergency health care needs. Our team can treat a range of medical issues, saving you the hassle of hours in an emergency room waiting to see a doctor. Dr. George Chidi, MD, and our team, will help provide the emergency health care patients need.
Differences Between an ER and Urgent Care
The waiting room inside the ER of a busy hospital can include people who do not need to be there. Serious medical events considered to be a true emergency are anything life-threatening, or that could cause irreparable harm if not treated immediately. This includes chest pain believed to be a heart attack, severe abdominal pain, a concussion, or a severely broken extremity.
People who are suffering from unexplained pain or a work injury, or who need to get checked out after a minor car accident, can visit a walk-in urgent care clinic to receive the necessary medical care without the wait. If there are questions about whether or not the injury is serious, call 951-272-5900 to discuss the concerns with our doctor. Our team will help determine whether urgent care is the right place to treat the injury or pain.
Emergency treatment process
After heading to an urgent care clinic, a patient can walk in and let our team know the reason for the visit. Emergencies are typically seen quickly, so the wait time should be short. We will need a photo ID, health insurance information, and some medical history, including any prescriptions being taken.
A minor who is not with a custodial parent will need a parental authorization form. Following the initial examination, we will determine the source of the patient's pain or condition and recommend treatment. Depending on the extent of the injury, the patient may need to continue with a follow-up appointment a few days after the initial treatment.
We will also go over methods the patient can use to further their recovery at home.
Benefits of Seeking Immediate Treatment
Increasingly, people recognize the benefits of urgent care. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed urgent care visits were up 119% from 2008 to 2015, while emergency room visits for injuries and illnesses typically seen at urgent care centers were down by 36%. They are a convenient option if an emergency happens while the patient is on vacation, or when a patient needs to see a doctor right away.
Often, people choose not to seek medical treatment for pain or an injury because they think it will just get better on its own. That is not always the case. Pain or injury that does not heal properly or improve may cause more problems in the future. In the case of a car accident, the patient could have suffered an injury, but may not feel any pain.
It is always better to be seen by our doctor for tests that can identify and treat it before symptoms get worse.
The Treatment Process
Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care is equipped to diagnose and treat emergency health care situations. If the patient is not sure urgent care is the right place to have their pain or injury addressed, call 951-272-5900 and talk to our team. We will ask a series of questions to determine the severity of the condition.
Back or neck pain can be diagnosed through examination of symptoms, the spine, and other varying factors. If there is concern that the patient has a concussion, then we will determine that as well during the examination. Additionally, urgent care clinics can manage any necessary blood or lab tests.
Sports injuries can include pain from a hit to the chest, shortness of breath, muscle aches or spasms, or pain when moving. Go to urgent care if the pain can be tolerated when taking a deep breath or with movement. Our doctor can address any swelling, bruising, or potential fractures.
If it is determined the patient needs to go to the hospital for more comprehensive care, our team will help make the transition smooth.
Our doctor will discuss the patient's diagnosis with them before they leave. During this time, the patient can ask any questions and bring up concerns. The patient will get follow-up procedures, the results of any X-rays and lab tests, a visit summary, written instructions, and a prescription if needed. We can also forward records from the visit to the primary care physician.
If there are any complications, the patient can return to the clinic at any time for a follow-up appointment.
Visit Us Today
Experiencing an emergency event can be a scary and sometimes confusing experience, especially when it comes to any injuries you may have suffered. Urgent care centers are available with extended hours most days of the week, evenings, and holidays to help treat non-life-threatening pain or injury. Visit Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care in Corona the next time you have an injury that needs immediate medical treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I visit urgent care after a car accident?
If you are in pain after a car accident, or if you are not even sure you suffered an injury, urgent care is the right choice for medical care. Our team will evaluate your condition and determine if you suffered an injury and might need additional treatment. Do not wait to see if your injury gets worse before going to urgent care.
Will I need an X-ray?
While patients might need one in some cases, this is not always the case. During the initial appointment, we will examine the patient and determine if an X-ray is necessary and how to proceed. In some cases, patients can call ahead if they have any questions.
Should I still go to urgent care if I am not sure my injury is severe enough for medical attention?
If your back is hurting, or you are suffering from shortness of breath after an emergency, call Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care at 951-272-5900. We can discuss your condition with our team. They will help determine the severity of your condition and whether not urgent care is the appropriate place to receive treatment.
Can urgent care diagnose a concussion?
A concussion can happen from a minor car accident or while playing sports. While a concussion is easy to treat, it needs to be diagnosed early to prevent serious complications. Our team can run a series of tests to determine if you suffered a concussion. It can be hard to recognize the symptoms, which is why it is a good idea to head to urgent care for an evaluation.
What can I expect after my urgent care visit?
Our doctor will go over the results of any X-rays or tests you had done. Before you leave, you will receive detailed follow-up procedures, written instructions, and a prescription if necessary. Records from your visit can also be sent to your primary care physician. Do not forget to ask any questions or to have your concerns addressed before you leave.
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