Month: December 2013

ID: 3392
Spirometry

A spirometry test is a test used to screen respiratory health. Doctors often use the test to diagnose and monitor conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The results of spirometry testing reveal how much air patients can forcefully exhale from their lungs after each deep breath, as well as how much air…

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ID: 3343
Abscess I & D

An abscess occurs when bacteria accumulate beneath the skin, resulting in the formation of pus. Eventually, the pus and bacteria create a raised pocket that may continue to grow until drained and treated. Also known as boils, abscesses are easily treated by an urgent care provider in the comfort of a doctor’s office. Abscess I&D (incision and drainage) is quick, simple,…

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Acute Management of Fractures

Fractures can occur in any bone of the body, causing pain, swelling, and immobility. Fractures can occur in people of all ages due to slip-and-fall incidents, car accidents, sports injuries, and any other traumatic impact. A fracture of any kind requires immediate medical attention to determine the extent of the injury and rule out the…

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ID: 3338
Cerumen

Ear wax – also known as cerumen – is a naturally occurring substance in the ear. Though it usually dries up or falls out of the ear on its own, ear wax can occasionally become impacted. This may occur due to an over-production of ear wax or cerumen that has hardened and too difficult to…

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ID: 3336
physical exam

DOT physicals (Department of Transportation physicals) are required by the Department of Transportation for all commercially licensed drivers. The physicals are mandated for CDL drivers to ensure that they are physically capable of safely operating a commercial vehicle. Did you know… the results of a DOT physical will either qualify or disqualify drivers from acquiring…

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ID: 3333
Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a diagnostic test used to measure the heart, its chambers, and blood flow. The test uses sonogram technology to convert sound waves into visible images. This allows doctors to evaluate the health of a patient’s heart and how well it can pump blood. Echocardiograms often reveal underlying conditions and abnormalities that could…

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EKG

ID: 3330

Electrocardiograms, or EKGs, are diagnostic tests used to detect, diagnose, and monitor many types of heart problems. They are designed to detect heart rate and record electrical signals as they travel through the heart. Not only are EKGs painless and non-invasive, but they are also performed relatively quickly and easily from the comfort of a…

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ID: 3328
Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails are nails that have grown into the soft skin that surrounds the nail bed. In many cases, it is the corner of the nail that curves downward into the skin. However, the entire side of the nail may grow into the skin as well. Many ingrown toenails can be resolved at home by…

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Laceration and Cut Repair

Millions of people visit urgent care centers every year for treatment and repair of cuts and lacerations. Doctors have several ways of repairing a wound, depending on the type and extent of a laceration, its location on the body, and the ability of the patient to protect the cut during the healing process. Often, stitches…

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Management of Acute and Chronic Illness

Acute health conditions occur suddenly, whereas chronic conditions produce symptoms that are ongoing. Occasionally, chronic illnesses produce acute conditions. Osteoporosis, which is a chronic condition, may cause a patient to break a bone, which requires acute care. Acute conditions can also occur independently of chronic illnesses. Examples include injuries, headaches, sudden chest pains, first-time asthma…

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ID: 3322
school physical exam

Back-to-school is a busy time of year filled with books, class schedules, school supplies, and shopping for new clothes. It is also the time of year when students head to the doctor for school physicals. Though not always required, school physicals are a way of monitoring a student’s general health and physical abilities, as well…

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ID: 3320
Sports Injuries

Athletes are at high risk for developing injuries – especially those pertaining to the muscles and connective tissues. Sprains are diagnosed in patients who have stretched or torn a ligament, whereas strains are identified by a stretch or tear in a tendon or muscle. Sprains and strains may occur suddenly, or they may develop gradually…

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Treatment of Minor Burns or Skin Irritations

The skin is the body’s largest organ and is made of many layers. It is sensitive to both internal and external irritants and may become inflamed, infected, or injured when exposed to certain substances or extreme heat. Millions of Americans develop rashes, skin infections, and burns every year – many prompting visits to urgent care…

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Warts and Skin Tags Removal

Warts and skin tags are skin growths that grow to the size of a few millimeters. Warts grow quickly, are bumpy, and are caused by the human papilloma virus. Skin tags, on the other hand, are simple overgrowths of flesh often found on neck, back, and in the armpits. Both warts and skin tags can…

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X-Rays in Urgent Care

X-rays are one of the most common types of diagnostic tests used in modern medicine. During an x-ray, electromagnetic waves are aimed at a specific area of the body, taking pictures of the bones and any calcifications within the body’s soft tissues and organs. Patients often visit an urgent care center for x-rays following an…

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