Emergency rooms are designed to provide care for urgent medical problems. Knowing what problems require emergency room care, however, can be challenging. In general, those in doubt should go to the emergency room, but here are a few times when it is best to avoid it.
Toothaches often send people to the emergency room. While the pain caused by toothaches can be extreme, emergency room staff is often not equipped to provide relief. Further, patients must often wait for a lengthy period of time only to hear that nothing can be done. Patients should seek help from an emergency dental provider that is equipped to deal with toothaches and other dental problems.
Another common complaint that brings people to the emergency room is back pain. While back pain can be debilitating, it does not require emergency care, and most patients will be sent home with instructions to schedule an appointment with a doctor. Those suffering from back pain should rest and see a doctor as soon as possible.