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Fast Results for Fractures with Onsite Digital X-Ray Services

Posted on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Whether you fell off your bike on the local trails or your child failed a cool ninja move in the living room, if you think you may be dealing with a fractured or broken bone, trust in eMedical Urgent Care’s onsite digital X-ray services to get you the results you need - fast.

Fast Onsite Digital X-Ray Services Mean Fast Results

Faster imaging means you’ll be able to get treatment for your injury or illness quicker. Results are typically ready to view within a few minutes and allow providers the ability to digitally enhance and zoom in on the images for better viewing and a more accurate diagnosis. Plus, all of your images will be stored on a CD and handed to you before you leave so you can easily share them with other healthcare providers and specialists.

Common Conditions That Onsite Digital X-Ray Services Can Help Diagnose

Diagnosing a fracture can be complicated, as it depends on the location and how the fragments are aligned. And the first step in treating a fractured bone is to get an X-ray to determine the type of fracture (complete, incomplete, greenstick, compound or simple).

In addition to fractures, here are a few conditions our onsite digital X-ray services can aid in diagnosing:

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  • Stress fractures of bones in the foot
  • Hairline bone fractures
  • Knee problems
  • Minor bone fractures
  • Bone infections
  • Dislocations
  • Minor broken bones
  • Presence of foreign bodies
  • Congestion in the lungs
  • Pneumonia
  • Stomach issues
  • Kidney stones that may be opaque to regular X-rays
  • Fluid surrounding lungs
Is it a Break, Sprain or Strain?

Simply put, breaks involve bones, sprains involve ligaments, and strains involve muscles and tendons.

More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, according to the CDC. Falls also can cause injuries in the wrist, arm, ankle, knee or multiple areas at once. Not sure if it’s a sprain, strain or a break? Your eMedical Urgent Care provider will examine the area, review X-rays and determine the severity of your injury to offer appropriate treatment options without the long wait (and price) of an ER visit.

Symptoms of a Fracture

Symptoms of a broken bone vary depending on the particular bone and the severity of the injury, but may include:
  • Pain, especially when flexing
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Deformity
  • Inability to use the limb
Onsite Digital X-Ray Services with Immediate Results

At eMedical Urgent Care, our walk-in digital X-ray services will provide you with fast results so you can learn your diagnosis the same day and begin treatment.

Both of our state-of-the-art facilities offer onsite digital X-ray services to quickly assist in the diagnosis of your injury. No appointment necessary! Available 7 days a week, including holidays, our low-radiation digital X-rays are an excellent option when you need results fast. We’ll even give you a CD of the images to share them with other medical providers, such as an orthopedic surgeon.

Visit us in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey, 732.957.0707 today!

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Urgent Care Center Advises That You Turn Around, Don't Drown

Posted on Tue, Apr 04, 2017

311035-eMedical_Flooding_social-(1).pngEach year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous floodwater. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near floodwaters.

“People underestimate the force and power of water,” explains Jane Sennett, D.O., medical director of eMedical Urgent Care. “Too many people ignore barriers and walk or drive into flooded roadways and walkways.”

eMedical Urgent Care encourages residents to be safe and follow The National Weather Service’s warning message, “Turn Around, Don't Drown®.”

Follow these safety rules:

• If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys and ditches.
• Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast-flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
• Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
• Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Most vehicles can float away in only two feet of water.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washouts, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
• Be especially cautious when driving at night, as it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.
Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather-related information.

More information on flood safety is available through the National Weather Service, noaa.gov/floods or the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

eMedical Urgent Care provides complete immediate medical care, lab services, X-rays and more, delivered by board-certified emergency physicians, family physicians and internists working with highly trained nurses, radiology techs and medical assistants. Its state-of-the-art electronic medical record system means a patient’s treatment information can easily be sent to his or her primary doctor for follow-up care.

Our physicians diagnose and treat a variety of urgent conditions, including colds, coughs and sore throats; ear infections; nausea and vomiting; allergies and rashes; urinary tract infections; sprains and strains; cuts and fractures. And, when patients require additional care, physicians can provide referrals to specialists, such as primary care physicians, orthopedists, allergists and ophthalmologists.

Located in Berkeley Heights and Middletown, N.J. eMedical Urgent Care is open seven days a week, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis without appointment, or may schedule an appointment online by visiting www.emedicalurgentcare.com.

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Severe Spring Allergy Season - How to Find Relief

Posted on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Spring-Allergy-Season-(1).jpgSpring is one of the most beautiful times in New Jersey. With the warmer weather, blooming trees and sunshine, everyone is ready to start enjoying the great outdoors again. But, unfortunately, this time of year is also known for the infamous spring allergy season, which reports are saying is going to be one of the most severe we’ve seen in a long time.

Severe Spring Allergy Season: Payback for Our Mild Winter?

According to AccuWeather, much of the East Coast is predicted to have increased levels of pollen this year due to the mild end to winter. That freakishly warm February caused many flowers, trees and shrub buds to start blooming early, which directly impacts our health.

This that this early spring season not only brings on a longer and more severe pollen season, but can also bring early-season disease-carriers such as mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Sneezing and Sniffling Ahead of Schedule?

In spring, the primary allergens are tree pollen and mold. Because of our mild winter, trees have started to bloom weeks before they normally do and the warmer weather caused mold spores to grow rather than go dormant over the winter months.

The good news is that only certain tree species produce the pollen that causes allergic reactions. These include oak, ash, willow, maple, mulberry, hickory, eastern red cedar and eastern poison ivy. The bad news? Trees are prolific pollinators, meaning that their pollen, which is light enough to float on a breeze, can travel for miles.

So, what’s an allergy sufferer to do?

When you breathe in allergens, your body releases chemicals that can cause itchy eyes, nasal swelling, excess mucus production and a scratchy throat. But taking an antihistamine isn’t the only way to fight off allergy symptoms.

Your best defense is prevention.

• Keep your home as clean and clutter-free as possible.
• Regulate humidity levels. Keep humidity levels in your home between 40-45 percent.
• Wash your hair after coming in from outside to keep pollen off your pillow.
• Wash your bedding in hot water (at least 140 degrees).
• Keep Fido off of furniture and off your bed.
• Remove shoes when you enter the house to avoid spreading pollen on carpet or rugs.
• Vacuum regularly, at least twice a week.
• Change HVAC filters often, at least monthly.
• Eat foods rich in antioxidants to fight off inflammation inside your body, a critical factor to help control allergy symptoms. Antioxidants are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and green tea.
• Stay as stress-free as possible to keep your immune system strong.
• During peak pollen times, avoid being outside and keep your windows closed.
• Visit Pollen.com to stay up to date on the pollen counts where you live.
• Consider an over-the-counter allergy medication to control symptoms. Take them before symptoms appear or at the first sign of allergies.
• If symptoms don’t improve, visit your nearest eMedical Urgent Care center for an exam and possible prescription nasal spray or eye drops.
• Stay informed. Read more about allergies on our blog: What Causes Allergies? And Other Answers to Common Allergy Questions.

Find Spring Allergy Season Relief at eMedical Urgent Care

If your seasonal allergy symptoms become unbearable even with over-the-counter antihistamines, stop in to eMedical Urgent Care for an evaluation. Call our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707 for more information and get the relief you need.

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Lyme Disease in New Jersey Remains a Serious Concern

Posted on Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Lyme-Disease-in-New-Jersey-(1).jpgPredictions show that things could be worse this year for Lyme Disease in New Jersey.

Lyme disease is passed on when a tick bites an animal, such as a mouse or deer that is infected with Borrelia burgdorferi then it bites a human. It’s the most commonly reported vector-borne sickness in the United States, and because of the unusually warm winter we’ve had, ticks will be making an earlier appearance this year in northern regions, such as New Jersey.

Not Just Lyme Disease

In 2015, there were approximately 5,000 cases of Lyme in New Jersey. And according to the New Jersey Department of Health, Morris, Monmouth and Hunterdon counties accounted for a third of those cases.

But the battle is not only with Lyme Disease; ticks carry at least 11 other diseases. From Heartland virus and Bourbon virus in the Midwest, to the Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) in the South, to spotted fever in the West, since 1980, reports of new disease outbreaks have more than tripled every year.

Protecting Yourself from Ticks

If you spend a lot of time outside, you need to be able to protect yourself effectively. Ticks are more than just a nuisance; they’re a threat to our health. The next time you’re enjoying the great outdoors, consider these simple tricks to keep the ticks from latching on.

1. Cover Up or Lighten Up.

Tuck pants into your socks or boots, wear long sleeves when hiking or camping. If it’s too hot for long pants and long sleeves, at least wear light colored clothing and a hat so you have an easier time identifying ticks.

2. Repel Bugs.

If you prefer not to use insect repellent, consider adding some essential oils on your clothing and skin as a natural alternative to repel mosquitoes, black flies and ticks. Try lavender, pennyroyal, lemongrass, eucalyptus or lemon.

3. Carry a Lint Roller.

Pick up a lint roller with adhesive layers and take it with you when you’re outside. Roll it on your clothing every so often. You’ll be surprised what you pick up in a very short period of time.

4. Check Yourself.

Buddy up and check yourself, your family and your pets when you’ve been exposed to areas where ticks are likely located. Be vigilant and do tick checks after being outside. Every time.

Read our previous blog, “ Tick Removal and Prevention” for more information on identifying a tick, preventing tick bites, removing a tick and treatment after a tick bite.

Treatment for Tick Bites

If noticed early, Lyme disease can be treated. Signs and symptoms include a bull’s eye-shaped rash (occurring in about 60 to 80 percent of those infected) and flu-like symptoms such as a fever, fatigue, headaches, stiff neck, joint pain and muscle aches.

Note: not all blacklegged ticks are infected, and getting bitten doesn’t necessarily translate to the disease. But if you experience a tick bite and a characteristic red rash appears, visit a doctor ASAP. Be sure to take a picture of the tick and send it to TickEncounter Resource Center to be identified.

At eMedical Urgent Care, we provide tick removal as well as blood work for diagnosis of Lyme disease and treatment of other insect bites. Antibiotics are commonly used for oral treatment of this inflammatory disease, and if caught early, patients treated with antibiotics usually recover rapidly and completely. Never hesitate to seek medical attention for a tick bite.

Walk-ins are welcome at eMedical Urgent Care; no appointment is necessary. Call to learn more about our services in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, 908.464.6700, and Middletown, New Jersey, 732.957.0707.

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Give Blood, Save Lives and Improve Your Own Health During National Red Cross Month

Posted on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

National-Red-Cross-Month-(1).jpgSince World War II, every president has designated March as American Red Cross Month. 

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the U.S. In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers community services that assist the needy; communications services and comfort for military members and their families; education on preparedness, health and safety;  international relief and the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products. 

A common question heard during this time is, “How can I give back?” Here are a few ways you can discover your inner hero during National Red Cross Month.

Donate

Change lives with your gift. Donate online. Visit RedCross.org to easily donate once or set up a monthly donation.

Take a Class

Get trained and certified so you know how to respond in an emergency. Programs include: first aid, AED, babysitting, CPR, BLS, swimming and water safety, lifeguarding, certified nurse assistant training, and more.

Volunteer

Your time and talent can make a real difference in other people’s lives. Whether you help one displaced family or provide care to an injured service member, it’s the effect of ordinary people that allows the Red Cross to do extraordinary things.

Give Blood

You’ve heard that donating blood is important, but do you know how important? In honor of National Red Cross Month, let’s take a look at the staggering numbers:

• Every 2 seconds, someone is in need of blood.
• Every single day, more than 41,000 blood donations need to be made.
• Without blood transfusions, 4 million people could die each year.
• 38% of the population is eligible for donating blood, but less than 10% actually do it.

As you can see, donating blood is extremely helpful to others (and by helpful, we mean life-saving). But what many don’t realize is that donating blood is beneficial to the donor, as well.

As a donor, donating blood can provide the following benefits:

1. Discover potential health problems. If you have any health problems, doctors can address them before more serious issues arise.

2. Decrease harmful iron stores. Hemochromatosis, a condition that causes an iron overload and can trigger heart attacks and strokes, affects one in every 200 people. Donating blood regularly can lower these effects.

3. Reduce heart attack risks. High levels of iron in the blood can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Donating blood once a year can reduce the risks of a heart attack by 88% and reduce the risk of a major stroke by 80%.

4. Lower risk of developing cancer. Those who donate blood regularly have a lower risk of developing cancer and suffering a stroke compared to those who do not.

5. Gives you a sense of meaning. The average donation is about 1 pint, and every pint can help save 3 people. Someone, somewhere will be getting the blood they need when you donate blood.

Bottom line: donating blood not only helps people in need, but it’s good for you, too.

Giving Back to Our Community During National Red Cross Month

In addition to the ideas above, there are so many other ways you can help the American Red Cross, such as fundraising or donating to international disasters. For more information and additional Red Cross resources, visit redcross.org.

Walk-In Medical Treatment

After work or on the weekends, we‘re available. At eMedical Urgent Care, patients are seen on a walk-in basis without an appointment; our convenient hours are designed to fit your busy schedule. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707.

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