When (and Why) You Should Seek Urgent Care

What should you do when you’re not feeling well? You could schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, visit urgent care, or head to the emergency room. 

Deciding where to go makes a huge difference in how quickly you’ll receive treatment.

For conditions that don’t warrant a visit to the ER, you may benefit from urgent care. Our providers at Express Lane Urgent Care offer both same-day appointments as well as walk-ins. 

Not sure when (or why) to visit urgent care? We’ve created this guide to help you determine the benefits of urgent care — and what services we offer.

Why should you seek urgent care?

When you come to Express Lane Urgent Care, you receive medical care when you need it most — no need to wait for days to get an appointment. Our providers offer:

  • Quality care 
  • Personalized attention 
  • Same-day appointments 

In addition to same-day appointments, we also offer walk-ins. 

When should you seek urgent care?

Do you need tips for managing your diabetes? Do you have a fever? Has your back been hurting for a couple of days? Urgent care provides medical care when you can’t wait for your primary care provider, but you’re not experiencing a true medical emergency. You can seek urgent care for a variety of conditions, including:

Minor injuries

You might be wondering about the difference between a major and a minor injury. To put it simply, a major injury is one that could potentially lead to death. If you’re experiencing a minor injury, urgent care is a great option. Our providers can treat minor injuries, including:

  • Lacerations 
  • Mild fractures such as a broken ankle 
  • Sprains 
  • Strains

Depending on which type of injury you have, you may need stitches, splinting, or other wound care.


Feeling under the weather? Our providers can diagnose and treat illnesses, including: 

  • Strep throat
  • Pink eye
  • Colds and flu
  • Sinus infection
  • Bronchitis 

Tip: If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call before coming inside.

Other conditions

In addition to treating injuries and diagnosing mild illnesses, we can also help with:

  • Asthma
  • Rashes
  • Infections, including minor skin infections and urinary tract infections  

Safety first: If you’re experiencing difficulty breathing, heavy bleeding, or open fractures, call 9-1-1 or head to the nearest emergency room.

We’re here for you!

Whether you’re dealing with symptoms of urinary tract infection or struggling with a sinus infection, our providers are here to serve you.

Our clinic is open seven days a week and located at 711 East Hawkeye, Turlock, California. You can also schedule a same-day appointment by calling us at 209-664-1550.

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