Why You Should Have One Doctor for the Whole Family

It is very important that you have one primary doctor that coordinates all of your care. This is important because a medical practitioner that is so fully aware of your medical conditions and history is going to be best able to make sure that you don’t have any complications from interactions with other providers, especially specialists. This is why insurance companies require you to choose a primary care physician.

Yet if you have a family with children, a family practice doctor could be the best option for not just your care, but the healthcare of everyone in your family. There are several advantages to doing this instead of getting a different doctor for each member of the family.

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When to See a Doctor for a Cough

Most of the time a cough is nothing to worry about. Most coughs do not last long, and they are usually caused by things in our environment or irritation to the lungs. These coughs are nothing to worry about and will go away on their own. Some coughs are the result of a mild viral cold, but this too doesn’t usually require any type of treatment.

However, there are some situations in which you should see a doctor for a chronic cough. A chronic cough is a cough that does not go away after 8 to 10 days, and may actually hang on for months at a time. Some chronic coughs are unavoidable, such as long-time smokers cough and allergy symptoms, but for the most part a chronic cough is an indicator that some type of treatment is required.

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When to See a Doctor for a Fever

Many people are confused about when they need to see a doctor for a fever. Often, a fever is nothing to worry about. A 24-hour stomach bug can cause a fever. Even a bad cold can cause a fever. Obviously you don’t need to see your doctor for such matters. But when do you need to see your doctor? Here’s what you need to know.

Infants and Children

Infants and children cannot handle the same high temperatures that most adults can pull through. Infants should see a doctor if they have a fever over 100.1 for more than 24 hours. Children over two should see a doctor when their temperature reaches over 101 for more than 24 hours. If your child has a fever that will not go down with Tylenol or ibuprofen, you should take them to the doctor.

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Weight Management During Lockdown

With stay-at-home orders in place for weeks, many people are finding that they are having difficulty maintaining their weight. With gyms and parks closed, the opportunities for exercise are few and far between. That combined with poor eating habits can have a huge impact on your weight.

Even if you have the means to get some exercise, such as walking or jogging, it may be difficult to get up the motivation to actually do it. That’s normal right now, and you shouldn’t be hard on yourself. With social distancing measures in place, many people are feeling detached, depressed, and anxious. This can lead to executive dysfunction, which basically means that no matter how much you want to do something, you can’t bring yourself to do it.

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Key Factors to Physical Therapy Success

Physical therapy can be very beneficial. Often physical therapy can help you avoid surgery or other more invasive treatments, especially for injuries or joint pain. However, physical therapy will only help you if you follow some basic guidelines for success.

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Show Up to Every Appointment

Your physical therapy may be scheduled once a week, twice a week, or even once a month as you improve. These appointments are set this way so that your physical therapy can progress at a therapeutic rate. If you skip an appointment, it could throw off your therapy schedule, and you will need to be in the program longer.

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How to Get Your Sports, Camp, or Work Physical

It is about that time of year again, and your children are going to need sports and camp physicals for the summer. Work physicals can come up at any time that you change jobs or positions within a company. In all of these situations, there are some things to keep in mind to make getting your physical as easy as pie. 

Have Your Forms Ready

Your doctor is a busy person, and they only have so much time to spend with you. If you have physical forms that need to be filled out, have them ready with all of your personal information already filled out. Only leave blank those fields that must be filled out by the nurse and doctor examining you.

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Benefits of Meeting with a Nutritionist

Do you struggle to eat healthy meals? Even if you are not overweight or struggling with diabetes, it can be extremely beneficial to meet with a nutritionist. Learning about nutrition will enable you to make better, healthier food choices. This can help with a number of chronic issues, including fatigue. Here are just a few of the benefits of meeting with a nutritionist.

Tailored Approach to Diet

Every individual is different in many ways, including how they process and utilize food. For some people, a low carb, high protein diet works best to keep them feeling good and maintaining a healthy weight. For other people, decreasing fat and sugar are more important. Some people need more iron, while others may want to get more calcium in their diet.

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How Weight Loss Improves Your Overall Health

If you struggle to maintain a healthy weight, you are probably well aware of the benefits of losing weight. However, there may be some ways that weight loss improves your overall health that you have not yet considered. Here are a few additional reasons to lose weight.

Joint and Bone Health

For every pound that you weigh, you are putting four pounds of pressure on your knees. That is just one example of how extra weight can affect your joint and bone health. If you suffer from arthritis or other joint pain, losing weight can be an effective pain management tool. It can also help you improve your mobility so that you can get back to the activities that you enjoy.

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Three Reasons to Get Treatment Immediately After Car Accidents

In addition to being potentially dangerous, a car accident can be a huge hassle. If the accident happens while you are trying to get somewhere by a specific time, such as for an important meeting, it might be tempting to just move on with your day and worry about the effects of the wreck later. However, there are many good reasons to get treatment right away. Here are just three.

Injuries Can Be Invisible

You may think you just got banged up a bit and have a few bruises or scrapes, but there could be injuries that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Whiplash, neck and back injuries, sternum injuries from seat belt impact, concussions from air bag impact, and internal injuries often show no signs immediately following an accident. If you wait to get evaluated and treated, these potentially serious injuries could become more difficult to treat.

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Why You Should Get a Second Opinion for Work Injuries

As you may have noticed, we offer services to those who have been injured on the job. While we do work with some companies to provide this service to their employees, we will also help diagnose and treat people with work injuries whose companies are not partnered with us.

When you are hurt on the job, your company will send you to a clinic or doctor that they have partnered with for handling workers’ compensation claims. However, there are many good reasons to get a second opinion from an independent doctor for work injuries.

When you are hurt on the job, a workers’ compensation insurance company and their partnered clinic will handle your workers’ compensation claim and your diagnosis and treatment. These professionals are working on the side of the employer, not the employee. For this reason, some less ethical doctors may not give a full examination for an accurate diagnosis. They may also downplay the severity of your injury and refuse to allow for reasonable limitations.

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