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Primary Care vs Urgent Care | What’s the Difference?

If your car needs new brakes, you go to the mechanic. If you need a haircut, you go to the barber. These decisions are pretty straight forward. Other decisions aren’t so easy. In fact, lots of men struggle to figure out the right kind of treatment options for their current medical issues. Where do you go if you get terrible pain in your lower back at 5 p.m. on Saturday? What if that cough suddenly gets a lot worse at noon on Wednesday? When you’re feeling sick or injured, it can be hard to know where to go to conveniently get the care you need. When the choice is primary care vs urgent care, how do you choose? Each healthcare facility is best suited to handle various conditions, so follow our guide on where to go based on your illness or injury.  

Primary care vs urgent care, what’s the difference?

Primary care providers handle common medical needs and should be your first call in non-emergency situations. Urgent care facilities should be utilized when you need medical attention for an acute, but not a life-threatening emergency, outside of primary care office hours.

What is Primary Care?

Is it time for your annual checkup? Worried you might have athlete’s foot? Maybe you have ongoing health issues, long-term treatment plans, or diagnoses that you know how to manage already? Primary care is your first stop in getting healthcare. While you probably already know a primary care provider can treat a cold, a primary care provider actually treats in a broad field of expertise. Not only do they care for most diseases, but they also monitor your health over time and work to educate patients about preventing chronic diseases. Primary care is also where you get cancer screenings, immunizations, and other health evaluations.

Men’s Best Primary Care is equipped to handle common medical needs like physicals and the flu, in addition to preventative care for high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.  In fact, we are ready to serve all of a man’s primary care needs, including:

  • Preventative Care 
  • Performance
  • Men’s Issues
  • Digestive and Urinary
  • Dermatology
  • Eyes and Ears
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Testing

Men’s Best Primary Care saves you money, optimizes your health care, and makes sure you stay well. Plus, we offer several locations and convenient hours, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Book an appointment or just walk-in when you need us.

What is Urgent Care?

It’s the middle of the night, and that cough you thought was getting better is actually getting worse. Your primary care provider isn’t available, but you need to see someone right away. Illnesses or injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening but still require care within 24 hours should be treated at an urgent care facility. Urgent care facilities are open extended hours and often treat patients that need a minor procedure such as stitches, X-rays, or evaluations of musculoskeletal injuries.

Some examples include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Back pain
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infection
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Insect bites
  • Lacerations
  • Migraine
  • Minor broken bones
  • Nausea
  • Pneumonia
  • Rash
  • Sinusitis
  • Sprain
  • Strains
  • Sore throat
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Vomiting

It is important to remember that urgent care centers are not emergency rooms. Frequently, people assume that they can get about the same treatment that a hospital offers at an urgent care center, and that just isn’t the case. Life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or serious head injury, still require a visit to the emergency room.

At Men’s Best Primary Care, we are committed to helping men be their best, which is why we are a one-stop-shop for men’s healthcare. Primary care can save you money and optimize your health care. Ready to try us out? Stop by one of our facilities to get your $25 health screening in a relaxed environment with no wait times. Find a location to get started.

Key Takeaways

  • Primary care is your first stop in getting health care.
  • Men’s Best Primary Care is equipped to serve all of a man’s primary care needs.
  • Men’s Best Primary Care saves you money, optimizes your health care, and makes sure you stay well.
  • When your primary care provider isn’t available and you have an illness or injury that is not life-threatening but still requires care within 24 hours, you should be treated at an urgent care facility.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Men's Best will no longer be able to

provide primary care as of May 1st, 2020.

Please seek another provider for your healthcare needs.

For copy of your records contact:

Records Custodian

12200 Park Central Drive, Suite 110

Dallas, TX 75251



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