Urgent Care Specialist

Front Range Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Aesthetics Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO

Whether you’ve been hit with a bad case of the flu, have a high fever, or fractured a bone, the care team at Front Range Family Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can tend to your urgent care needs on the very day you need attention. We reserve time every working day for urgent care appointments -- and we perform lab testing right in our office. If you need urgent care, call or make an appointment online today.

Urgent Care Q&A

What is urgent care?

An urgent care appointment is for health conditions that need care quickly, but aren’t life-threatening. If you need prompt medical attention to treat, for example, an earache or stomach bug, you would make an urgent care appointment with the friendly, experienced staff at Front Range Family Medicine.

What conditions do you treat during an urgent care appointment?

Urgent care is for conditions that you’d like treated right away because they’re painful, uncomfortable, or you fear they might get worse. If you’re confused as to what symptoms or type of condition requires an urgent care visit, you can call the Front Range Family Medicine office for advice.

Here are several examples of conditions that would be treated during an urgent care visit:

  • Flu
  • A sore throat
  • High fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Burns
  • Fractured, sprained, or bruised bones
  • Painful urination
  • Rash

What is the difference between urgent care and emergency care?

Many of our patients are confused as to when they should seek urgent care from Front Range Family Medicine or head straight to a hospital emergency room. Studies show that more than half of emergency room patients’ issues are not true emergencies.

Since emergency room care is much more costly than urgent care, it’s important to reserve emergency room care only for true emergencies, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A serious accident or injury
  • Severe bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness

An urgent care visit is for a condition that requires attention within hours or a day. An emergency room visit is for conditions that require immediate attention. Some conditions that, in adults, would be seen in an urgent care setting may require emergency room attention in children: high fever, for example.

How should I prepare for an urgent care visit?

As with any provider’s office visit, you should bring your insurance card and photo identification. It’s also a good idea to bring a list of medications you’re currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Be sure to inform your provider of any allergies, chronic health conditions, and previous surgeries or medical procedures.