When should you go to urgent care vs ER?

Emergency care is meant to address the most serious and life-threatening health issues, while urgent care is meant to address urgent, same-day issues that are non-life-threatening. Call us for more information. We are conveniently located at 2000 W. Main St. Suite M St. Charles, IL 60174.

Urgent Care Near Me in St. Charles, IL
Urgent Care Near Me in St. Charles, IL

What is the difference between urgent care and emergency care?

Urgent care clinics are available as a one-stop medical care shop for all of your urgent care medical needs including Physicals, STD Testing, Treatment for Injury and Illnesses, Lab Tests and so much more!

Physicians Express offers an affordable treatment clinic for your urgent care needs, as well as we take health insurance! Call us to find out if we take your insurance. We are able to treat any non-emergency medical issues that may arise including:

  • Illnesses
    o COVID-19 Testing
    o Infections
    o Cold and Flu
    o Sore Throat
  • Injuries
    o Neck Pain
    o Back Pain
    o Lacerations
    o Puncture Wounds
    o Work Compensation Injury
  • Prevention
    o Lab Work
    o Employee Drug Testing
    o School and Sport Physicals
    o Confidential STD Testing

Plus, many more urgent care services! Urgent cares are also much faster to get into than emergency rooms, due to emergency rooms taking high priority patients that are dealing with life or limb-threatening situations first.

When would a patient utilize Urgent Care versus an emergency room?

Urgent cares offer medical care services like emergency rooms, but they are available within extended hours for your urgent medical issues. Urgent care centers deal with a lot of the following medical issues:

  • Minor fractures
  • X-rays
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Minor headaches
  • Lab tests
  • Bumps, cuts and scrapes
  • Fever
  • Ear or sinus pain
  • Vaccinations
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Animal bites
  • Stitches
  • Sprains and strains
  • Mild asthma
  • Foreign objects in the body (like eyes or nose)
  • Allergies
  • Rashes and minor burns
  • Burning when urinating
  • Eye irritation
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Cold or flu symptoms

Emergency rooms are open 24/7 to care for all medical emergencies as well as the above urgent care medical needs. Urgent cares however have shorter wait times, are much cheaper and take health insurance. Walk-ins are welcome at both emergency rooms and urgent cares, so there is no need to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Urgent cares can be found in very convenient and nearby locations, whereas emergency rooms are located in the busiest of areas which can be far for some.

Is it cheaper to go to urgent care or ER?

Urgent cares offer a more affordable medical care experience than that of an emergency room. The average cost of an emergency room visit can be anywhere from $1300 – 1400 or more depending on the reason for the visit, and if you have to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time.

Urgent cares also have the ability to accept most insurances at their locations, so you usually do not have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses when visiting an urgent care if they accept your health insurance.

What disease and injuries require the most immediate medical attention?

Urgent cares and walk-in immediate care clinics provide medical treatment for illnesses and injuries that are not life or limb-threatening. If you cannot immediately see your primary care provider, or you do not have a primary care provider, you are visiting from out of town, you can easily see a doctor for medical care at any urgent care and avoid a costly trip to the emergency room. Any of the below conditions that may require immediate medical attention but are not life or limb-threatening can be seen at an urgent care, they include:

  • Fever
  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Respiratory illness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary infection
  • Sprain or strain
  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Minor burns
  • Sport injuries
  • Sprains, strains, dislocations or broken bones
  • Suspected fractures
  • Ligament tears
  • Cast or splint issues
  • Overuse injuries
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Pediatric injuries

However, you should call 9-1-1 immediately or go directly to the closest emergency room department for any of these life or limb-threatening conditions:

  • Chest pain
  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizure
  • Bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Major burns or cuts

If you are in need of medical care, visit Physician Express today! Our medically trained staff are available and ready for when you need us most. We serve patients from St. Charles IL, Geneva IL, Batavia IL, South Elgin IL, West Chicago IL, North Aurora IL, Winfield IL, Bartlett IL, and Elgin IL.