Urgent Care

James M. Riser, MD -  - Family Medicine

Riser Medical Associates

James M. Riser, MD

Family Medicine located in Picayune, MS

Urgent Care Specialist
Dr. James Riser and the staff at Riser Medical Associates understand how important it is to receive prompt medical care for acute injuries and illnesses. The practice offers a comprehensive array of urgent care options to help patients from Picayune, MS, get the care they need to feel better quickly.

Urgent Care Q & A

by James M. Riser, MD

If you have an urgent need, our walk-in clinic is open Monday - Thursday from 8am until 7pm and Friday from 8am until 4pm.

How is urgent care different from emergency care?

Urgent care refers to care for conditions that require prompt attention but aren't life-threatening or extremely serious. A heart attack, stroke, compound fracture or other extremely serious conditions require immediate emergency treatment. In addition to providing treatment, an urgent care provider can administer or prescribe additional testing like blood tests, urinalysis, X-rays or other imaging studies to ensure the most appropriate treatment is provided.

What kinds of conditions require urgent care?

Urgent care situations are broad and include a wide array of issue like:

  • flu and colds
  • earache, ear infection and sinus infection
  • sore throat including strep throat
  • nausea or vomiting
  • allergies and mild allergic reactions (serious allergic reactions that interfere with breathing, swallowing or vision should receive emergency care)
  • sprains and strains
  • tendinitis
  • headache
  • back pain and neck pain
  • joint pain
  • insect bites or stings

What are the advantages of seeing an urgent care doctor instead of going to an emergency room?

Emergency rooms are designed to provide care for very serious, emergent medical needs, like heart attacks, strokes, seizures and life-threatening or very serious injuries. As a result, care is provided on prioritized basis, which means patients with less urgent care needs typically have very long waiting times before care is rendered. While waiting, patients can be exposed to an array of serious illnesses that increases their own chances of becoming sick. Practices that offer urgent care are able to provide treatment much more quickly, decreasing the time patients need to wait. In addition, the fees associated with emergency room care are usually much steeper than fees for urgent care provided at a doctor's office.

Is urgent care provided on a walk-in basis?

Urgent care can be provided on a walk-in basis, but it's always a good idea to call first so the office and the doctor are prepared for your arrival to minimize delays.

How long does it take to see a doctor?

Urgent care needs are prioritized over well visits and preventive care so that patients can receive care promptly.

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James Riser, MD
2274 Highway 43 South
Picayune, MS 39466