When you have a time-sensitive illness or injury, prompt care can improve your chances of making a fast and safe recovery. The primary care team at University Family Medicine Center, P.C. in Pueblo, Colorado, gives every patient the responsive acute care they deserve. From minor injuries to asthma attacks, the team takes a patient-centered approach to care. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Acute Care Q & A
What is acute care?
Acute care includes short-term health services and medical treatments. Unlike chronic disease management and long-term care, acute care focuses on time-sensitive illnesses and injuries. Many patients seek acute care when they feel unwell or suffer an injury that requires prompt treatment.
What does acute care include?
University Family Medicine Center, P.C. provides a wide range of acute care services for illnesses and injuries, such as:
- Strep throat: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a red, scratchy, sore throat. Small white spots may also appear on the back of the throat.
- Asthma: Asthma is a chronic respiratory illness that causes the small airways in the lungs to swell and produce excess mucus. Asthma can impact your ability to breathe, leading to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Bronchitis: Bronchitis is a potentially serious condition that causes the bronchial tubes to inflame. The bronchial tubes carry air in and out of your lungs. Painful coughing, shortness of breath, and excess mucus are common signs of bronchitis.
- Small fractures: A fracture is a bone break. While severe breaks require emergency care, the team at University Family Medicine Center, P.C. can treat small finger or toe fractures from the comfort of their clinic.
- Sprains and strains: Sprains and strains occur when your muscles stretch too far or at an awkward angle. The most common type of sprain affects the ankles.
- Flu: The flu is a common virus that causes fever, runny nose, sneezing, and lethargy. While similar to the common cold, flu symptoms are often more severe.
- Allergies: An allergy is an overreaction from your immune system to a substance that usually sparks no response. Diagnosing your unique allergy and identifying your triggers are essential to prevent sudden attacks.
When might I need acute care?
The team recommends seeking acute care when you have an illness or injury that requires prompt treatment or attention. University Family Medicine Center, P.C. offers extended hours from 8 am to 6 pm and welcomes same-day appointments.
Call University Family Medicine Center, P.C. today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about acute care.