Sports seasons in southeast Michigan usually mean a rush to the doctor’s office to get those much-needed pre-participation physicals on file with the school. And when kids come home with this last-minute request needed on a tight turnaround, there might not enough time to get an appointment.
So, where to turn? Ever wonder, “does urgent care do physicals?” The answer is actually, yes they do.
Urgent care sports physicals
There’s always a huge volume of parents bringing their kids to IHA Urgent Care and After Hours Care clinics in August ahead of the fall season, for example. Sometimes, doctors’ offices “just can’t handle that onslaught all at the same time,” he adds.
That’s where urgent cares can help. The No. 1 reason parents should consider this option? “The big thing that we offer is just the convenience,” Ajluni says. “We’re open seven days a week (and) on nights and weekends. People don’t have to schedule. They can just come whenever it’s convenient.”
For parents who do want to schedule an appointment, he says, IHA clinics now have a “save my spot” feature, which rolled out in January. Parents can basically pick a time online and “get in line.” Then, they’ll receive a text 15 minutes before the appointment. There’s no waiting around at the office.
“Or you can just walk in,” he says. “You have the choice.”
The doctors at IHA clinics also get updated annually on the latest evidence and standards, he says. “We do so many (sports physicals) that we have the routine down and we’re good at them and we know what to look for.”
As far as cost, sports physicals aren’t covered by most insurance plans, unless your primary doctor couples it with a well visit. IHA clinics charge $30 for a sports physicals, and Ajluni says that’s “definitely comparable to other urgent cares around town,” which can range anywhere from $25-$50.
But, Ajluni emphasizes urgent care physicals for sports participation shouldn’t replace a child’s regular well visit with their primary care physician.
Urgent care physicals and more
Check the list of local urgent care centers on Metro Parent’s website for a full list of urgent care clinics in southeast Michigan. Call ahead or check their website to make sure they can perform sports physicals.
Pre-participation check-ups aren’t the only convenient service you’ll find at your local urgent care. In fact, urgent care facilities can perform a number of non-urgent medical services, too.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.