Immediate care clinics are VERY BENEFICIAL, especially with the shortage of primary care physicians in this country. There is a downfall: the topic of this week's post.
Unfortunately, we (including myself) are living at a time that this mentality is THE way of life. I cannot call it "A way of life" because if you live in the general U.S. population, urgency is THE way of life. For those of us with packed schedules, we don't have time to wait for someone with 2 carts full of groceries to check out before us, while we stand there with just a carton of eggs. WE NEED IT NOW.
When it comes to healthcare, there are numerous occasions that immediate/urgent care is required and necessary. Take a look at your local ER. I am very glad that ERs exist to care for those involved in MVAs (motor vehicle accidents in doctor-speak) and those experiencing acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). WE NEED THAT CARE NOW.
This is not to diminish or down-play someone's pain. This wrist pain may very well be 8/10 on the classic 1-10 scale. BUT, since that person has been experiencing pain for the last 12 months, an immediate cure should NOT be expected. This, of course, depends on the true cause of the pain; an immediate cure could very easily be plausible. MOST likely, a condition that is now chronic will usually take just as long to resolve.
The instant gratification world we live in FEEDS this mentality. We all want to go into a doctor's office, receive care, and walk out feeling instantly better. We want to be able to say "Thanks, I'm 100% better now!" Please, try to fend off this mentality of instant gratification.
REALITY CHECK...especially for the conditions I see on a daily basis. Quickly reducing pain is an obvious goal but eliminating pain after 1 treatment session is not a realistic goal. However, this DOES happen in my office. Many factors contribute to patient outcomes including: age, nutritional status, activity levels, hydration, medications and genetics.
So here's the take home message: EXPECT QUALITY CARE AND RESULTS, DO NOT ALWAYS EXPECT IMMEDIATE RESULTS.
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