Before you wait for hours in the emergency room and end up with a sizable bill, did you ever consider there might be a better option that could save you time AND money? On a recent episode of Community Health Matters, Dr. Ty Babcock, the “medical myth buster” and co-owner of Physicians Urgent Care, explained some of today’s quick medical care alternatives and debunked a few common medical myths. View his segment here.

If you or a loved one experiences an injury or illness that is not life threatening, it can be tempting to run to the emergency room. However, there are many alternatives providing faster and more affordable care. Here are a few examples of medical care options and the medical situations they typically treat:

Walk-in clinics or doctor’s offices

  • Ear, throat or sinus pain
  • Minor cuts or injuries
  • Cold or flu
  • Skin rashes, bites or poison ivy

Urgent cares

  • Bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Fractures, sprains, dislocations
  • Lab tests (urine, pregnancy)
  • X-rays, EKGs
  • Sports, school and work physicals

Emergency rooms

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe asthma attack
  • Major burns or injuries
  • Any life-threating illness

Finally, before the end of his segment, we asked Dr. Babcock, the “medical myth buster,” to debunk a few common medical misconceptions, including:

  1. Myth: The flu shot can cause the flu.
    Getting a flu shot can cause an individual to feel minor flu symptoms but you can’t get the flu from a shot. Also, even though a flu shot can’t completely prevent the flu some years, getting the vaccination can minimize the flu’s impact if you contract it.
  2. Myth: You should drink eight glasses of water every day.
    Truth: Your recommended water consumption depends on your individual height, weight and activity level. However, it’s always recommended to stay hydrated.
  3. Myth: Cold weather makes you sick.
    Truth: There is no evidence that temperature can cause a cold. Though some people may cough more in the winter in response to the change in air.

To explore your health care options by medical need and learn more about today’s different quick care alternatives, visit

For more information about Physicians Urgent Care and their locations in Nashville, Franklin and Brentwood, visit

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Community Health Matters airs on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Central Time, with an encore showing on the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m Central.