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How to Avoid a Visit to Urgent Care

stretchYou already know that urgent care centers are designed to give you fast, high-quality medical care in a variety of non-life threatening situations. Without the need for appointments or frustrating wait times, people are able to get the care they need and get on with their lives.

This is a great convenience—but it’s even more convenient when you don’t need urgent care in the first place. By studying the most common illnesses and injuries treated by urgent care centers nationwide, we can highlight five simple practices that drastically reduce your chances of needing urgent care.

Stretching

Sprains, strains and fractures are among the most common injuries treated at urgent care centers. These injuries occur when a sudden stress or movement causes trauma to the joints, bones or ligaments. Ankles and knees are most commonly affected.

Stretching properly before jogging, hiking, or more strenuous athletic activity will greatly reduce your chances of sustaining a musculoskeletal injury. When the muscles and ligaments are stretched and warmed up, they’re better able to handle sudden twists and turns.

Exercise

Regular exercise protects against traumatic injuries as well as viral and bacterial infections often seen in urgent care centers. Why? Because exercising not only strengthens your bones/muscles/ligaments, it also boosts your immune system and helps to cleanse your body of toxins. If you want fewer trips to the doctor in general, exercise is one of the most important factors.

Immunity

The human body has an amazing immune system that is capable of fighting off virtually any type of virus or bacterial infection. It’s when the immune system is compromised, weakened or overloaded that unwanted visitors are able to get through the security net.

A number of vitamins have been associated with stronger immune responses, include A, D, C, E, B2 and B6. However, Harvard medical school recommends a simple set of practices for a strong and healthy immune system, including:

  • Eatings lots of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables
  • Regular exercise
  • Not smoking, and only drinking in moderation
  • Establishing a regular and healthy sleeping pattern
  • Practicing good hygiene
  • It’s also important to understand how common bacterial and viral infections (such as cold, flu and strep throat) are spread, and what you can do to prevent them.

General Safety

Car accident injuries, cuts, burns, and bone fractures are very commonly seen in urgent care centers. Some of these injuries are the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but many are the result of carelessness. Take extra care while driving, playing sports, or handling objects that are hot or sharp. Paying closer attention—and urging your loved ones to do the same—may save you a trip to urgent care.

Urgent care is there when you need it

The common injuries and illnesses discussed here are successfully treated every day by qualified medical professionals in urgent care centers, without the need for an appointment. But people who engrain these simple habits into their daily lives will be much less likely to visit urgent care at all. No matter how fast, effective or economical it may be to receive medical care, it’s always better to avoid injury and illness altogether!

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