Urgent Care vs. Primary Care

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Many people are unaware of when to choose urgent care vs. primary care. We take a look at what each can diagnose and treat as well as when you should go to each.

Please note, for all life-threatening conditions please always call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

When Should I Visit An Urgent Care? 

Have congested sinuses or an ache that just won’t go away? Urgent care can help with both of those things! There are many different conditions that urgent care clinics can diagnose and treat. These providers generally provide a wide array of services and can help you get to the bottom of any minor ailment you may face. The best part about visiting one of these facilities is that they have extended hours, highly-trained staff, and you don’t have to make an appointment. 

Urgent Care Services 

Urgent care facilities offer their patients a wide variety of services. Generally, people only visit these clinics due to minor illnesses or injuries. MainStreet Family Care offers urgent care services for four common categories.

General Illnesses

General illnesses consist of: 

  • Cold and flu
  • Sore throat and strep throat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Allergies and asthma 
  • Migraines and tension headaches 
  • Skin rash and poison ivy 


MainStreet Family Care can diagnose and treat the following infections: 

  • Sinus infection
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • UTI’s
  • Athlete’s Foot

Minor Injuries

Did you know many urgent care clinics offer services for minor injuries? Some of the minor injuries clinics can treat include: 

  • Minor broken bones
  • Twists and sprains
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Neck and back pain
  • Joint pain 

Other Medical Conditions

Sometimes life throws ailments at you that don’t fit within a perfect category. Urgent care can help with those, too! Some other medical conditions that can be treated include: 

  • Foreign object removal
  • Allergic reactions, bee stings, insect and animal bites
  • Eye injuries and pink eye
  • Minor burns and sunburn
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Wart and skin tag removal 

When Should I Visit Primary Care? 

Primary care providers differ from urgent care providers in their service offerings and the frequency they will see you. It is highly recommended that you see your primary care provider at least once a year. Additionally, these providers will know your complete medical history and be concerned with your long-term health. 

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Step 1: Signup for the Patient Portal 

Step 2: Schedule Your First Appointment 

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Primary Care Services

As previously mentioned, primary care providers are usually only seen once a year. These practices take note of your medical history in order to give you recommendations on how to live a healthier lifestyle and overall assist in preventative care. Primary care providers also aid those with chronic illnesses by referring them to specialists and then working with those specialists to provide excellent medical care to their patients. 

MainStreet Family Care is proud to offer primary care services seven days a week! 

Urgent Care Centers vs. Primary Care Centers: We Do Both!

Need to visit a great urgent care clinic? What about a top-notch primary care provider? When it comes to urgent care centers vs. primary care centers you don’t have to choose, we have you covered!

To visit a clinic for urgent care, you can register online and wait from anywhere. Once we are ready to see you, we will text you, and you can head to the clinic. 

Walk-ins are always welcome; however, please be aware that registering online reduces in-clinic wait times. Walk-ins are added to the same queue as those who register online. 

To visit our primary care providers, sign up for the patient portal! We will take care of the rest. 

Sign Up Now! 

Step 1: Signup for the Patient Portal 

Step 2: Schedule Your First Appointment 

Register New Patient Portal Account

If you already have a portal account, simply log in.