Modern men know taking care of their health is macho

For generations, men have been raised to “walk it off” or “rub some dirt on it” and ignore the pain. It’s been a staple of macho posturing for countless generations.

But the modern man has evolved and realizes there are few things as macho as a solid grasp of common sense, especially when it comes to his health.

Ignoring injuries just isn’t the best way to show how manly you are. And with OSF PromptCare available to treat minor injuries with minimal or no wait, modern men can’t say they’re too busy to spend time getting treated.

Brandon Frizzo, the manager of OSF PromptCare – Godfrey, said most visits are over in less than an hour. You can walk in without an appointment and wait times are shorter than if you go to the emergency department with a minor injury.

Plus, expanded hours during the week and weekends mean most people can find a time that works from them around their work schedule.

“It’s convenient,” Frizzo said. “It’s a lot easier than calling your doctor and scheduling an appointment. A lot of providers don’t have availability to get you in the same day, and at OSF PromptCare, you park and it’s just a few steps to the front door.”

Don’t ignore the pain

While you might think ignoring the pain scores you toughness points, what it really does is put you at risk of more serious injury. At the very least, it can delay how long it takes to heal, or result in something not healing properly.

“Somebody came in several months after breaking their arm,” Frizzo said. “It was much harder to correct after the bones had tried to heal on their own for six months.”

If that person had sought treatment when the injury happened, their arm would have been healed already and they wouldn’t have had to grit their teeth for six months before finally deciding they’d suffered enough, according to Frizzo.

OSF PromptCare can get you in and out relatively quickly and conveniently, with no need to schedule an appointment. That’s a good thing for everybody, regardless of how macho you are.

“The less time you spend at the doctor’s office, the more time you can spend doing what you want to do,” Frizzo said.

About Author: Ken Harris

Ken Harris is a writing coordinator for the Marketing & Communications division of OSF HealthCare.

He has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a daily newspaper reporter for four years before leaving the field and eventually finding his way to OSF HealthCare.

In his free time, Ken likes reading, fly fishing, hanging out with his dog and generally pestering his lovely, patient wife.

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