If you have ever needed medical care, you are aware of how difficult it can be to navigate the health care system. One thing that can help you is having a primary care doctor, who is also referred to as a primary care physician (PCP). Besides helping you navigate a very complex system, here are three reasons you need a primary care doctor. Your Health Insurance Plan May Require It
29 December 2016
Spinal compression can cause a number of symptoms, including pain, numbness, and incontinence. As a result, seeking treatment is necessary. Although there are surgical options available for treating the condition, your doctor will most likely recommend non-surgical options first. If you are suffering from spinal compression, here are some of the non-surgical options your doctor could recommend. Pain Medication Depending on the severity of the pain you are experiencing, your doctor could recommend using over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate your symptoms.
16 December 2016
Tinnitus is a moderately common condition, with 20% of the population having some form of it (and almost all of those suffering from hearing loss at the same time) at any given time. And while there's no cure to this chronic and annoying condition, there are different treatments, both prescription and natural, that can help alleviate symptoms. But what if there was a way technology could help you out as well?
30 November 2016
The name "foot drop" is blunt but perfectly describes the sensation you feel if this condition happens to you. Normally, you're able to raise your foot to make your toes reach upward. With foot drop, your toes cannot be aimed upward, and your foot wants to droop from the ankle down if you lift your leg. You may think a weak ankle is causing your foot droopiness, but there are several possible causes of foot drop.
30 November 2016
If you've always known you want to work in healthcare, you may still be overwhelmed by the number of available jobs and specialties outside the physician role -- from physician's assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) who are able to perform immediate medical care and prescribe medication and laboratory tests to certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who handle the day-to-day care of patients. How can you get started with your education while you're still deciding which path to pursue?
11 November 2016
Natural blue light is very prevalent in our environment. It makes the sky look blue. The natural form of this light comes from the sun. Your body uses blue light to adjust your natural sleep and wake cycles. This light also elevates your mood, increases feelings of well-being and boosts your alertness. However, it comes in artificial form as well. Artificial forms come from flat screen TVs, computers, energy efficient light bulbs and LED light.
26 October 2016
More people than ever before are visiting emergency rooms for medical care usually provided by primary-care physicians. Knowing ahead of time the level of care you can receive at an urgent-care center is extremely important, especially if you have a medical event that is more serious than an urgent-care facility is able to treat. Follow these tips when deciding whether urgent care is best for your medical issue or not.
13 October 2016
When most people think of pain management, they envision trips to the doctor or physical therapy center and even prescription medication. However, there is an alternative type of pain therapy that is usually offered at your typical day spa. A day spa offers a relaxing atmosphere where customers can go to rest, rejuvenate, and unwind, but many now focus on greater well being where health is concerned, and pain therapy is part of this idea.
26 September 2016
Your jaw may seem like a solid part of your skull, but it is possible to lose bone mass in your jaw due to a number of circumstances. Losing bone mass is bad not only because it's not normal (it might be common, but that doesn't make it normal), but it can also have side effects that make it difficult for you to function normally. Your jaw could become fragile, making it harder to eat, and your cheeks could sink in.
26 September 2016
Those who chronically suffer from allergies may be on prescription drugs just about all of the time. If you are a woman who takes allergy medications and you become pregnant, you need to take some precautions to ensure the health of your growing baby. A growing fetus could potentially be harmed by either allergy symptoms themselves or medications taken to prevent them. Discussing your allergy prescription with your doctor is important to finding a solution to your allergies that will be healthy while you are pregnant.
6 September 2016