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Back Pain? Watch out for these 8 Red-Flags

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

About 80% of people have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime. Factors that increase the risk of developing low back pain include smoking, obesity, older age, physically strenuous work, sedentary work, a stressful job, job dissatisfaction and psychological factors such as anxiety or depression.

A common feature of low back pain is radiculopathy, which occurs when a nerve root is irritated by protruding disc or arthritis of the spine. Sciatica refers to the most common symptom of radiculopathy. It causes a sharp or burning pain that extends down the back or side of the thigh, usually to the foot or ankle. It is associated with tingling and numbness. Occasionally, sciatica may be associated with muscle weakness in the leg or the foot.

Red flag symptoms - you must seek immediate help:

  1. If you are 70 years or older with new back pain.
  2. Pain that does not go away, even at night or when lying down.
  3. Weakness in one or both legs or problems with bowel, bladder, or sexual function.
  4. If you have back pain accompanied by unexplained fever or weight loss.
  5. If you have a history of cancer, a weakened immune system, osteoporosis, or have used corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) for a prolonged period of time.
  6. If the back pain is a result of falling or an accident, especially if you are older than 50 years.
  7. If pain spreads into the lower leg, particularly if accompanied by weakness of the leg.
  8. If back pain does not improve within 4 weeks.

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop by any of our clinics. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. We are open on weekends as well. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


10 Ways To Never Get Another UTI

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The urinary tract includes the kidneys (which filter the blood to produce urine), the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder (which stores urine), and the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside). A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract.

You can take these steps to reduce the risk of UTIs.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids (at least three to four glasses of water each day) to help flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.
  2. Practice good personal hygiene. Always wipe from front to back.
  3. Empty your bladder completely as soon as you feel the urge, or at least every three hours.
  4. Empty your bladder soon after sexual intercourse. Also, drink a glass of water.
  5. Get plenty of vitamin C. It makes urine acidic and helps keep bacteria down.
  6. Wear cotton underwear. Bacteria grows better in moist places. Cotton does not trap moisture.
  7. Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
  8. Diaphragms, unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can also contribute to bacterial growth. Using an alternate birth control method is suggested.
  9. Postmenopausal women who develop recurrent UTIs may benefit from using vaginal estrogen.
  10. Taking cranberry juice or cranberry tablets has been promoted as another way to help prevent recurrent UTIs. However, several studies demonstrate no benefit with cranberry and those studies showing that cranberry reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs are not convincing.

The typical symptoms of a UTI include:

  • pain or burning when urinating
  • frequent need to urinate
  • urgent need to urinate
  • blood in the urine
  • discomfort in the lower abdomen

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop by any of our clinics, we will do an in-house urinalysis on site. The results will be available in less than 5 minutes. Your urine may also be sent to the lab for culture based on the results. If an antibiotic is necessary, we will send it over to your pharmacy. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


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