Statcare Urgent Care

Doc Talks

A Helpful Resource for Our Patients rss


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.


5 Things You Could Do To Help Fight Gray Hair

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Our hair color comes from a pigment called melanin. With age, melanin is reduced which is why our hair turns gray and ultimately, white once there's no melanin left.

In 2016, researchers discovered a gene that accounts for 30% of hair graying. The research study involved 6000 people living in five Latin American countries. They looked into these populations because they represent a good mix of backgrounds. Kaustubh Adhikari, a research associate in cell and developmental biology at University College London, was the lead author of the study.

The other 70% is likely due to factors such as age, toxic exposures, nutritional deficiencies and stress.

To limit gray hair:

  1. Avoid smoking: There is a significant association between tobacco use and graying of hair.
  2. Minimize oxidative stress by avoiding pollution and stress: Oxidative stress may be defined as a state in which our free radicals (from pollution, poor diet, stress) outnumber our antioxidant defenses (from healthy diet). Graying hair may be an indicator of oxidative stress-induced damage.
  3. Eat a healthy antioxidant rich diet: The following are rich in antioxidants: Goji berries, wild blueberries, dark chocolate, pecans, artichoke, elderberries, kidney beans, cranberries, balckberries, cilantro.
  4. Increase vitamin B12 intake: Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with graying of hair. The following are rich in vitamin B12: Shellfish, liver, fish, crab, fortified soy products (tofu, soymilk), fortified cereals, red meat, low fat dairy, cheese and eggs.
  5. Normalize weight: Obesity is associated with graying of hair.

Source: Adhikari, K. et al. A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features. Nat. Commun. 7:10815 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10815 (2016).


Perfect Valentine's Day Gift : Heart Health

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

One of the best gifts we can give our loved ones this Valentine’s Day is encouragement about living a heart-healthy lifestyle.


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year - that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. High blood pressure is the leading cause for heart disease.  Almost 70% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.


But most of those deaths are preventable. According to the World Health Organization, about four out of five of the nearly 600,000 who die in this country every year from poor heart health could be saved with proper care and sensible precautions.


  • Smoking is a major cause of heart disease. It’s never too late to quit. The risk of a heart attack drops within two weeks.

  • For those who don’t smoke, avoiding those who do is important because exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the chance of developing heart disease by 30%.

  • The American Heart Association recommends just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, fives days a week. But every little bit helps. Even getting up and walking around while talking on the phone or watching TV can make a difference.

  • A well-balanced, nutritious diet is heart-healthy as well. Portions are 100% under our control and learning how to eat smart portions is a big part of eating healthier. Cut down on sodium. Diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds,omega-3 fatty acids and low-fat dairy products is beneficial. Limiting consumption of red meat helps reduce saturated fats that clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes.

  • Stress is another factor. Focus on healthy outlets for stress, like taking a walk, journaling, volunteering or meditation. Getting a good night’s sleep - seven to eight hours - is also good for the heart.

  • There’s also a connection between dental hygiene and heart disease. Those who have gum disease often share the same risk factors as those with heart disease because the bacteria which causes gum disease can also inflame blood vessels. Daily brushing and flossing does more good health than just fight cavities.


A heart-to-heart discussion about a healthy lifestyle may be the best gift we could give our loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Sources:
CDCAHA



Categories

Tags

activity influenza USCIS 911 A1C ABC abuse age AHA albuterol alcohol allergen allergies allergy alzheimer anaphylaxis antibiotics antibodies anti-malarial antioxidant arms artery arthritis ASCVD asthma attack awareness b12 back balanced batteries bed bedbugs bike biking binge bite bladder bleeding blood bodyache bone bowel bowelprep BP brain bread break breakfast breath breathe broken bronchitis camp canal cancer car carbon cardiovascular care cdc cellphone cerebrovascular chair chest children chills cholesterol clean clutter coffee colon colonoscopy colorectal computer confusion control COPD cotton cough cover cranberry crohn daylight DEET dehumidify dementia dental desk detector diabetes diaphragm diarrhea diet disability discharge dissolvable distracted dizziness doctor dog drink drinking driving drowning drug dryer dust ear earwax easter eating effect eggs elevate emphysema erythema exam excessive exercise externa eyes face fall family fatigue FDA fever firstaid fitness flu flushing food foot football FPG fracture free fur furniture gas genital glucometer glucose goodies GPS grass gray greencard grey grooming hair hay HbA1C headache heal health heart hemorrhage HEPA herpes high hiking hiv hives home honey hotel HSV hunger hydration hygiene hypertension i693 ice immigration immobilize immune immunization infarction infected infection infectious inflammatory influenza inhaler injury insect insects insulin insurance intercourse itchy jaw joint judgment kidney kids killer kissing kneel laceration language leg leukemia lipid liquor liver low-income lungs lyme lymph malaria mdi measles medicaid medical medication melanin mellitus memory miscarriage mite MMR mold mononucleosis monoxide mood mosquito myocardial nausea nebulizer neck neonate net nosebleeds numbness nutrition nyc office OGTT older onions organize osteoarthritis otalgia otitis outdoors pain permethrin peroxide personality pharyngitis physical pigment pneumonia poisoning pollen polyp pool potatoes prediabetes prednisone pregnancy pregnant pressure prevent procedure protein puffer rabies radiculopathy radio rash rectum redness refrigerator repellent respiratory rhinitis risk road rockclimbing safety savings school sciatica screening seasonal sexual shortness shower side signs silent sit smile smoking sneezing soap sore speech sport sports spray spring staples statcare STD steroids stitch storage stove strep streptococcus stress stroke sugar summer suture sweats swelling swim swimmer swimming talking testing tetanus texting thirsty throat tick time tomatoes tract travel traveler tweezer tweezers ulcer ulcerative uncontrolled undiagnosed urgent Urgent Care urgentcare urinalysis urinary urination US USA UTI vaccine vacuum valentine veggies violence viral vision vitamin vitaminC walk walking water wear weight wheezing white work wound xray xrays
No Appointments or Referrals Necessary! Open 365 Days a Year!
Our Locations
Hicksville, New York

232 W. Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY 11801

(855) 9 FOR DOC

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Holidays: 9 am – 3 pm

Directions

Astoria, Queens

37-15 23rd Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105

(855) 9 FOR DOC

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Holidays: 9 am – 3 pm

Directions

Bronx, NYC

932 East 174th Street
Bronx, NY 10460

(855) 9 FOR DOC

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 3 pm
Holidays: 9 am – 3 pm

Directions

Bronx, NYC

2063A Bartow Avenue
Bronx, NY 10475

(855) 9 FOR DOC

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 3 pm
Holidays: 9 am – 3 pm

Directions

Brooklyn

341 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11216

(855) 9 FOR DOC

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Holidays: 9 am – 3 pm

Directions