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Four Services You Might Not Have Known Our Urgent Care Center Can Provide

There are many reasons people turn to urgent care facilities for medical help. But UrgentMED is more than a typical urgent care center.  While of course, we provide emergency care, we also offer many more services, uncommonly offered at other urgent care facilities.

We Do It All Right Here

Which other urgent care facilities can you visit, and get a multitude of examinations, various diagnostic tests, skin tag and wart removal, vitamin injections such as vitamin B12, plus – be able to pick up your prescription and non-prescription medications? And that’s just for starters. Here’s a small fraction of the emergency medical conditions for which we provide treatment:

  • Fracture and sprains
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Animal Bites
  • Cold/Flu Symptoms
  • Rashes

And of course, there are many more. UrgentMED is a good option if you aren’t sure whether your medical emergency is, indeed life-threatening or not. Plus – urgent care clinics can provide emergency care services at a fraction of the cost of going to the ER. And here at UrgentMED, you might be surprised to learn about the other services we provide.

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Service #1: Examinations

Besides non-life-threatening examinations, you can come here to see a general practitioner – more commonly known as a family doctor or primary care physician. They provide routine, often preventative health care. We do both pre-employment and post-operative clearance exams. We can also do gynecological exams and pap smears.

Service #2: Diagnostic Testing

We offer many different diagnostic tests, both urgent care tests and other tests not normally found at urgent care.  Come here for you EKG and X-rays, drug testing, land ab work (urine and blood). We also perform STD testing, and strep throat cultures (strep, mono, flu testing). We’ll typically give you the test results right here, in-house, and treat you with antibiotics.

Service #3: Specialized Care

Plan to travel out of the country? Visit us to get your travel vaccinations – Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B vaccines and more – quickly and easily. Additionally, we handle workers’ compensation cases.

We also offer IV therapy treatments, which are growing in popularity. More people are using intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy for a number of reasons, including to treat exhaustion, dehydration, fibromyalgia, to help cure a hangover, and to boost one’s energy.

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Service #4: Surgical/Non-Surgical Procedures

You don’t normally associate urgent care with specialized surgical procedures, but non-emergency urgent care surgery is one of our many specialties.  We perform a number of surgeries here, including skin tag & wart removal, wound care, ingrown toenail surgery, skin biopsy, laceration repair, and abscess/cyst drainage.

The non-surgical procedures we handle include breathing treatments, ear wax removal, immunizations/vaccinations for children and adults, injections (Vitamin B12, antibiotics, hormones), and more.

Visit UrgentMED

As you can see, the affordable clinics that make up the UrgentMED network, provide a number of urgent care services – diagnosis, testing, and so much more. We accept most insurance plans and offer affordable rates for uninsured patients.
With 15 locations, we’re conveniently located near you. UrgentMED is the largest comprehensive urgent care network in Southern California and offers the best urgent care services in the area. We look forward to helping you stay on a healthy track.

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Have Numbness in Your Legs? Here’s What It Could Be

Imagine touching your leg and realizing you can’t feel it. In fact, you can’t feel any sensation in your except maybe for some odd tingling – don’t panic, you are experiencing numbness in your legs.

You might feel like needles are poking you from inside, or even like ants are walking under your skin. If this happens to you, then you have come down with paresthesia. The name may sound intimidating, but it is simply just a medical term for that feeling of numbness and tingling.

Most people have experienced this at some point in their lives, whether in their legs or in other limbs. There are a number of conditions and situations that can cause someone to feel numbness in their legs.

Putting Pressure on the Nerves

This is the most typical cause of paresthesia. Whether you know it or not, it is something so normal that you have almost certainly done it before. It’s as simple as having your legs crossed, kneeling or sitting on your legs for a long period of time. Doing these can press on the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back to your toes and has roots branching out through the back of each leg. This can cut off circulation to the nerve, causing it to stop sending messages to the brain. When the nerves can’t signal the brain like that, the legs are considered numb.

While in this state, you might not be able to feel your feet stepping on the floor, which can make walking difficult. However, once you’ve assumed a more comfortable position that relieves the pressure, it should fade away within a few minutes.

A Symptom of Certain Diseases

Sometimes relieving numbness in your legs requires more effort than just uncrossing them and shaking it off. Various illnesses and medical conditions that affect nerves and the nervous system can produce numbness and tingling as symptoms because they pinch the nerves. These diseases include peripheral artery disease, hyperthyroidism, multiple sclerosis, and strokes.

Paresthesia also appears in about a quarter of all people with fibromyalgia and about three-fifths of all people with diabetes. Furthermore, it can be the result of conditions that disrupt regular blood flow, such as Raynaud’s phenomenon.

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Injuries and Damage to the Skin

Disease is not the only form of harm that can cause numbness in the legs. Injuries and inflammation can put enough pressure on your nerves to cause paresthesia. Peripheral nerve tumors, scar tissue, herniated disks, and carpal tunnel syndrome are all examples.

Skin damage, like rashes and injuries, can also lead to paresthesia. It is a symptom of frostbite, a condition that can also cause Raynaud’s phenomenon; and shingles, which can damage the peripheral nervous system.

Infection

While not as common, infections such as Lyme disease, bone and disc infections such as osteomyelitis or spondylodiscitis, and viral infections such as herpes zoster or HIV, are sometimes known to cause leg pain, numbness, and tingling.

Anxiety

People who suffer from anxiety and stress commonly suffer from symptoms that vary wildly. But many people experience tingling, numbness, heaviness, and pain in the extremities as a result of chronic anxiety or stress that can worsen when trying to go to sleep or during a panic attack.

Recovering From Back and Spine Surgery

Herniated discs and protruding spinal bones can be the source of pressure on a nerve. Sometimes doctors perform surgery on the back and spine to relieve this pressure. Some patients immediately stop feeling leg numbness after surgery. If it doesn’t disappear right away, it could just be that the muscles and nerves are still recovering. Give your body a bit of time to lose foot numbness after back surgery.

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In some cases, a simple deficiency of vitamins can be the culprit. Electrolyte imbalances can also cause tingling in the legs. Potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium are the four main electrolytes that carry an electrical charge and help regulate nerve impulses. When they are out of balance, numbness can occur.

When to See a Doctor

Of course, if it persists even after surgery, you should definitely ask a medical professional to check out any numbness in legs. You should also see someone if none of the causes given above seem to be the reason, if the numbness doesn’t go away after some time, or if you experience confusion or lose consciousness while also feeling numb. It might even be a sign of an emergency if you experience this after suffering an injury to your head or your neck.

Visit the UrgentMED Network for Relief from Numbness

If you live in the Los Angeles area and any of this applies to you, the UrgentMED Network can take care of you quickly and effectively, without needing to make an appointment. Check out our on-site lab and receive medication any day of the week and every day of the year. Our 18 Southern California convenient walk-in clinics are here to provide quick and affordable medical support and services, insurance or not.

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Gastric Sleeve And Lap Band Surgery: Your Weight Loss Options

The Gastric Sleeve and Lap-Band surgeries are two serious types of bariatric weight loss procedures for the morbidly obese. Patients interested in undergoing one of these two procedures sometimes get stumped by all of the different considerations. They don’t know which surgery to choose and leave overwhelmed and unable to move forward. If this includes you, don’t worry! The UrgentMED Network is here to help. 

What are your weight loss options? Here’s our guide on Gastric Sleeve versus Lap-Band surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

A Gastric Sleeve (aka “sleeve gastrectomy”) is a restrictive bariatric surgery designed to help patients lose weight. The procedure restricts the amount of food you can eat via reducing the size of your stomach.

In a Gastric Sleeve surgery, a large portion of your stomach is removed leaving you a new, smaller stomach which is about the size of a banana (1/10th the size of your original stomach). Your newer, smaller stomach size will effectively limit the amount of food you’re physically able to eat. After the surgery, you’ll be restricted to eating a number of small meals throughout the day (3-5 recommended per day). Another one of the surgery’s major benefits is that it will increase your feeling of fullness (i.e. it will make you feel fuller for longer). Food is absorbed normally after the procedure because, unlike a gastric bypass, during a Gastric Sleeve surgery, your intestines and the digestive system still function as usual. The surgery also removes the part of your stomach that makes a hormone that boosts your appetite, ensuring that the new size of your stomach is properly matched to feelings of hunger.

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How Gastric Sleeve Surgeries Are Performed

Prior to undergoing a Gastric Sleeve surgery patients are put to sleep via a general anesthetic. A sleeve gastrectomy is normally done using a tiny camera called a laparoscope that is placed in your stomach and allows your surgeon to see inside your stomach. Your surgeon will make several incisions on your abdomen in order to remove a large portion of your stomach. Finally, the remaining portions of your stomach are joined together with surgical staples. The procedure takes anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes in total.

Most candidates stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days after surgery, and begin normal activities within 3 to 5 weeks. If the surgeon has to make a larger cut given the size of the patient, or if the patient has other medical conditions, healing takes longer.

Lap-Band Surgery

Lap-Band surgery (aka the “gastric band procedure”) is another restrictive weight loss option for morbidly obese patients. It relies on, as the name suggests, the Lap-Band, a trademarked surgical device made by Allergan. Next, to gastric bypass surgery, the Lap-Band procedure is the second most popular bariatric surgery in the United States.

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How Lap-Band Surgeries Are Performed

During surgery, the Lap-Band is placed around the top portion of the stomach directly below the esophagus. A small opening for tubing is inserted under the skin and attached to the band. This involves the surgeon making 3 to 5 small incisions, each about one inch in length. The other incisions allow for the use of surgical instruments and placement of the band. The doctor will adjust the tightness of the band after surgery. Then the Lap-Band is filled with a saline solution that acts to restrict the overall size of your stomach. Food consumed/digested afterward will sit above this restricted area of the stomach, which will give you the feeling of being full much quicker. The food slowly makes its way into the rest of the stomach and goes through the normal digestion process.

Have You Made the Decision to Have Gastric Sleeve or Lap-Band Surgery? Visit UrgentMED Today

If you are interested in either Gastric Sleeve or Lap-Band surgery, visit The UrgentMED Network and consult with one of our weight loss specialists today! Our 18 medical walk-in clinics, located around Southern California, are part of a network designed to offer affordable rates for treatments, surgeries, and exams, whether you have insurance or not. Visit us today.

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The Benefits of Getting an STD Check at UrgentMED Network

Sexually transmitted diseases are surging in California. An epidemic of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia (the most common STDs) has been particularly rampant in Southern California. Not getting regular STD tests is dangerous to your health. These diseases are easily spread and can be fatal if untreated. But there are more benefits of getting an STD check than just a clean bill of health. Read on to see how STD testing can benefit your wallet, your relationships, and even your unborn children.

Why You Need STD Testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend individuals test for STDs at least once a year. You should get tested more frequently if you are sexually active with a new partner or pregnant. STDs affect quality of life and can be fatal if left untreated. It’s important to be aware of your sexual health – for the safety of your loved ones, just as much for your own sake.

The state of California as a whole has more than a quarter of a million residents infected with syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia – the second highest rates in the nation. Earlier this year, syphilis infection rates in Southern California were reported to have increased by 412 percent. Those numbers are predicted to be even higher due to the number of individuals who aren’t aware that they’re affected. Many cite the reason for avoiding testing is cost-related from lack of insurance but there’s much more at stake than money.

 

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STD Facts

STDs Can Make Sex Painful

STDs can make what used to feel good, feel very painful instead. While some symptoms affect the skin and cause little more than discomfort, some STDs cause burning, itching and inflammation in the genitals. Bleeding, abnormal discharge and residual pain can cause sex to be painful both during and long afterward. If sex becomes difficult, it can have an adverse effect on you and your partner’s relationship in the long run.

STDs Affect Pregnancy

Not only can sexually transmitted diseases affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant, but it can create complications, or affect the baby directly. Herpes, HPV, and HIV are all diseases that can be transferred to a newborn. Syphilis often leads to premature births. Chlamydia and gonorrhea damage the reproductive organs and in the case of pregnancy can cause miscarriage.

STDs Can Show No Signs

While symptoms can take months to appear after the initial contraction, for many, the symptoms never occur. Due to the lack of symptoms, many mistakenly think they are in the clear. They then go on to engage in sexual activity with others, causing the disease to spread even further. Perhaps what is most frightening is that some of these diseases can be transmitted without sex. Herpes can be spread through saliva and skin-contact, which means it’s potentially spreadable to those whom you haven’t even been sexually engaged with.

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STDs Can Be Transmitted By Virgins

Even if you or your partner have never had sex before, an STD can still be spread between you. Many STDs are actually spread by simple skin-to-skin contact. Other sexually transmissible conditions, such as oral herpes, may even be passed by casual affection between friends or family with no romantic basis. A substantial fraction of people with cold sores get them from sharing eating utensils or food and then spread the disease during oral sex or kissing.

Getting A Test Shows You Care

Getting tested for an STD shows you care about honesty and communication with your partner, and about their sexual health, which allows you to have better conversations about what you need from each other. That alone should be reason enough to get tested. 

Quick, confidential, and affordable testing are several of the many benefits of getting an STD check at any of the clinics in the UrgentMED Network. Take charge of your sexual and reproductive health, easily. Don’t let a lack of insurance stop you from being informed. All of our Southern California clinics that are part of the UrgentMED Network offer affordable rates whether you have insurance or not. Avoid the hassle of hospitals and long waits of doctor offices and visit one of our 18 convenient, walk-in locations today.