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Acute Care Specialist

Thomas E. Sulkowski, MD -  - Family Medicine

Sulkowski Family Medicine

Thomas E. Sulkowski, MD

Family Medicine located in Murfreesboro, TN

A relentless cough, sore throat, or pounding headache — these are all symptoms of acute health problems. You don’t need to go to the ER for these health issues, but you do need to see a doctor. With nearly 30 years of experience in family medicine, the team at Sulkowski Family Medicine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, offers accurate diagnostic skills and experienced medical care. Get the care you need today by calling or booking a consultation online.

Acute Care Q & A

What is acute care?

Acute care is a form of medical care for a broad array of unexpected illnesses or medical conditions, ranging from a sinus infection to strep throat. Acute care is right for you if your health issue isn’t serious enough to need to go to the emergency room.

As specialists in family health, the team at Sulkowski Family Medicine provides acute care for people of all ages. Their staff includes physicians, nurses, other health professionals who quickly evaluate your symptoms and suggest the right treatment plan to restore your health.

What are the signs I need acute care?

If you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to call the team at Sulkowski Family Medicine so they can diagnose your condition:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands
  • Aches and pains

If your symptoms are more serious, such as severe bleeding or a broken bone where the bone has punctured your skin, call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.

What does acute care treat?

Acute care is designed to treat illnesses that hit you out of the blue — but aren’t severe enough to need emergency care. Here are examples of common conditions that require acute care.


Also called an upper respiratory infection, a cold causes a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, a headache, aches, and other symptoms.


The symptoms of the cold and flu can be similar, but the flu is much more severe.

Sore throat

A sore throat can come from a virus or bacteria, such as strep, which is why you need to seek medical attention for the appropriate treatment.

Sinus infection

Sinus infections often occur after a cold, causing headaches and feelings of pressure behind your eyes.

Ear infection

Extremely common in children, an ear infection causes fever, ear pain, headaches, and other symptoms.

What should I expect during acute care?

The team at Sulkowski Family Medicine quickly assesses your symptoms. They’ll ask about your medical history, including any medications you’re taking, and may perform a physical exam.

If you have an infection, they’ll take a swab to send to the lab for testing. Once they’ve pinpointed the issue, the team provides you with treatment to help you feel 100% again.

If you feel like you’re getting sick, take charge of your health by calling or scheduling an online consultation today with the caring team of health care practitioners at Sulkowski Family Medicine.

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