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What to Expect at Your Child’s Sports Physical Exam

Signing your child up to play sports is an incredible opportunity for them. No matter which sport they plan, they learn the importance of teamwork, diligence and confidence. Physical activity is the perfect balance to a day spent learning in the classroom. However, there are some risks involved with organized sports. With a rise in injuries, especially during practice, it’s important to understand your child’s physical health.

Without regular sports physical exams, small injuries can turn into much bigger problems. Everything from a concussion to a small stress fracture can be compounded if you aren’t aware of your child’s baseline health. Before next season begins, be sure to bring your child in for a complete sports physical exam.

What is a Sports Physical Exam?

A sports physical exam consists of a series of tests performed by a doctor to determine your child’s level of fitness. While the doctor is not looking to decide whether your child is in ideal shape or not, they are looking for any reason why playing sports would be dangerous for your child. Sports physical exams have been mandatory for more than 40 years as a way for schools to keep children safe during their practices and regular season games.

A typical sports physical exam will give the doctor, and your child’s school, enough information to determine whether they are safe to play most sports. For some sports, especially those that are particularly physical, it’s important to ask for additional tests, like a brain physical. We’ll talk more about that later, but it’s important to know that you can ask for more than the standard sports physical exam tests during a doctor’s appointment if you’re worried about your child’s specific health conditions.

Why Does Your Child Need a Sports Physical Exam?

The main reason your child needs a sports physical exam is to set them up for success during their season. The doctor is not looking for ways to disqualify your child, but rather, they want to know what steps to take to get your child ready to play at their full potential.

For example, if your child has a history of a broken ankle, a doctor might show you some specific stretches to do before and after practice to lower the risk of reinjuring the area again. A routine sports physical exam also helps you understand what your child’s natural physical state is. By looking at the same physical exams year after year, you can start to identify any possible long-term effects your child might have as a result of playing sports. Sometimes there are no effects at all. But it’s always worth the time it takes to do the exam when you catch something potentially dangerous. For example, deteriorating muscle mass in a certain part of the body or other concerns.  

Is a Sports Physical Exam Covered by Insurance?

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A sports physical exam is not covered by insurance companies. Statcare understands the positive impact sports can have on a child’s life, especially for those who are looking for scholarships in the future. Year after year, we do everything we can to maintain an affordable $60 rate for our sports physical exam. Not only do we make sure our physicals are cost effective, but we also provide additional tests when necessary, all at one location. The ease, convenience and accuracy of our sports physical exam makes us a favorite for many families when the school year starts.

Are Brain Physicals Part of a Standard Sports Physical Exam?

As we mentioned earlier, brain physicals do not yet come standard in a sports physical exam. Despite the importance of brain health, some doctors don’t even have the equipment in their office to do a proper brain physical. All Statcare locations have both the staff and the equipment to do a full brain physical for your child during their sports physical exam. Just ask us to perform one during their appointment and we’d be happy to help!

Even if your child doesn’t have a history of brain injury, it’s still a good idea to ask for a brain physical. Testing your child while they’re healthy gives you a good idea of their base level. You can check against these results year after year to make sure that no injury goes undetected and no permanent brain damage is being done. As we learn more about the horrific side effects that come from chronic brain injury, asking for brain physicals during every sports physical exam will become a no-brainer.

What to Expect at Your Child’s Sports Physical Exam

The sports physical exam will start with questions about your child’s medical history. As always, be as honest as possible when answering these questions because it will help your doctor make the best recommendations for your child. Be prepared to tell the doctor about any illnesses in the family, any previous hospital stays your child had, any past injuries or current pain, and any medication they take. If your child is old enough, they can answer these questions for themselves. Just make sure they’re prepared with the answers when they arrive.

From there, the doctor will start the physical exam. They’ll check the regular stats, like your child’s height and weight. They will evaluate your child’s lungs, heart and blood pressure. They will also check your child’s vision and hearing. At Statcare, we check near vision, far vision, and color vision.

Finally, the doctor will check your child’s skeletal system and the brain, if you request it. Once they’ve recorded all the results, they will offer any medical advice your child might need to successfully compete in their sport of choice. The entire process of a sports physical exam should be quick, painless, and full of information for you and your child.

Where to Get a Sports Physical Exam

When your choosing a location to take your child for their sports physical exam, you’ll want to pick a facility that is capable of performing the standard test, but also any additional tests you want to consider. For swimmers and soccer players, kids who are performing high intensity cardio for extended periods of time, it’s smart to consider a sickle cell screening. Although it’s not required, it is helpful to know in order to keep your child healthy. Trusting that you’re with a doctor who can make those kinds of recommendations, while also keeping the whole exam cost-effective, is a very important factor in deciding where to go.

Statcare offers all those tests, plus a friendly staff who is ready to answer all your questions. Find us at one of our 5 locations every day of the year, including holidays. We are conveniently located by the train, so you don’t have to worry about a long commute. Come in whenever you’re ready to complete your child’s sports physical exam.

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What You Need to Know Before Your First Online Doctor Visit

Almost every part of our life is done online. We shop, date, bond with friends and entertain ourselves online. It makes sense that we start taking online doctor appointments too. If that sounds strange or maybe even a little scary, there’s no reason to be nervous. An online doctor visit is designed to make your life easier and simpler without sacrificing any of the care you’ve come to expect.

Here is all the information you need to know about an online doctor visit including how to schedule one, what to expect during an appointment and how to make sure you get all your questions answered.

What Is an Online Doctor Visit and How Does It Work

An online doctor appointment is similar to any standard doctor visit you’ve experienced. You schedule your visit if you’ve got a medical concern, you see your doctor and you leave with a treatment plan. The main difference is an online doctor visit is catered to you. We put your convenience and your schedule first. You can schedule an online doctor visit on your terms — no leaving work early or struggling to find extra time in your schedule for a commute to the doctor. Take your appointment wherever you are, when it’s convenient for you.

All Online Doctor Visits Are Private, Secure and HIPAA Compliant

Convenience is great, but not at the cost of your most private information. Just as an in-person appointment, all online doctor visits happen between you and your doctor in a private room.  None of your answers will be shared with any outside parties, unless necessary for your health. Your online doctor visit will also be done over a completely secure network, so there is no outside threat to your privacy.

Any Statcare online doctor visit you have is also HIPAA compliant. The Health InsurancePortability and Accountability Act creates regulations that protect a patient’sprivacy and health information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule made standards across the country that kept your health information confidential and the Security Rule extends those standards to digital health records.

No matter who you schedule an online doctor visit with, make sure that facility is upfront and transparent about their HIPAA compliance. It’s the only way to keep yourself and your records safe.

Online Doctor Appointments Are Focused on You

The convenience and personalized experience of an online doctor visit go beyond the easy scheduling. With an online doctor, you get the uninterrupted focus of your doctor for your entire visit. Don’t worry about another patient taking priority over you and your concerns. Unlike emergency rooms, you will beseen at the time of your appointment, not when your doctor can make time for you.

What to Expect During an Online Doctor Visit

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During your online doctor appointment, you can access your doctor with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. Each will offer a unique experience, but none will give you any lower quality care from your doctor. Make sure that you have access to a device with video functionality as it will help your doctor understand the medical concern you have. After the initial technological setup, you can expect the appointment to run the way you’d expect. Your doctor will cover your history, diagnose you and give you a treatment plan.

Patient History

Your online doctor needs the full picture of your health history inorder to give you an accurate diagnosis. If your symptoms and concerns are more than a common cold or cough, be as detailed as possible when describing your history. Lifestyle factors may not seem important, but they help your doctor find the right conclusion when they are trying to get you a diagnosis and get you healthy.

Diagnosis

Most of the time, you will leave your online doctor visit with a diagnosis from your doctor. Of course, some patients may have something more severe going on, in which case, your doctor will ask you to come in or refer you to a specialist. But for most people, you will get an accurate diagnosis from your doctor by the end of your visit. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you have after hearing your diagnosis. We want you to walk away from your appointment feeling like you got the best possible care.

Treatment

After the diagnosis, your doctor will talk to you about treatment options. In most cases, you can expect some medication or prescription to help manage your symptoms and treat your illness. For patients with physical ailments, your doctor might give you a physical therapy treatment plan or some exercises to do while you’re at home.

No matter what your treatment plan is, we guarantee that it will be personalized for you. If you feel uncomfortable with anything your doctor prescribes, talk to us! We’ll work with you to find the best treatment plan for you and your situation.

Medication

You can expect your online doctor visit to end with a prescription. At Statcare, we will send your prescription directly to your preferred pharmacy, so it’s convenient for you to pick up. It’s as easy as that!

Prescription Restrictions from Your Online Doctor

There are some restrictions to what your online doctor can prescribe. Controlled substances are prohibited from being prescribed to patients online. If you require one of the following medications, you’ll have to come in to see a doctor in person:

  • Medicinal marijuana
  • Narcotics like Vicodin or morphine
  • Stimulants like Adderall
  • Sleep aids like Xanax
  • Antipsychotic medication like Seroquel

Some online doctors may also be unable to prescribe lifestyle medications like Viagra, so make sure to ask about those, if applicable, at the beginning of your appointment to make sure that you’re making the most of your time.

Limitations of An Online Doctor Visit

An online doctor visit does have some limitations beyond just prescriptions. For physical injuries, we encourage you to come into one of our Statcare Urgent Care locations. Rashes and skin irritations can usually be diagnosed and treated during an online doctor visit, but broken bones, cuts, and burns require treatment from a doctor in person.

Where to Schedule an Online Doctor Visit

Visit our page to schedule your first online doctor visit. Pick from the available time slots and we’ll follow up with directions on how to sign in and start your online doctor appointment. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to give us a call. We can help you decide whether an online doctor visit is right for you.

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A Concussion Test Could Reveal More About Your Health Than You Think

Most people understand taking care of their health as eating right and getting regular physicals. We assume that giving our body nutrients and getting an annual check-up is enough to keep everything in working order. Unfortunately, most physicals don’t include a concussion test. Most physical examinations don’t include any brain tests at all.

At Statcare, we do things differently. We know that overall health includes keeping an eye on brain function and processing. It’s why we encourage our patients to get a concussion test, even if they haven’t suffered a head injury recently. A concussion test evaluates the brain’s thinking and processing to establish a baseline of brain health before any injury occurs. With an established norm, doctors can get a better idea of the immediate effects of a brain, post-injury.

The more information you have about your brain health, the better your doctors will be able to treat you if you happen to experience a concussion. Let’s start with the basics.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is usually caused by a powerful blow to the head. Although the effects are usually temporary, they can have a profound effect on the function of your brain.

Symptoms of a concussion vary but can include things like headaches, problems concentrating, memory issues, balance and coordination failures. In some cases, people lose consciousness when they get a concussion, but it doesn’t happen every time. The symptoms of a concussion can last for days, which is why it’s important to get a concussion test immediately if you’ve suffered a big blow to the head.

What Are the Signs of A Concussion?

The symptoms of a concussion vary from person to person and from injury to injury. Part of the need for a baseline concussion test is to figure out how your brain is reacting to any given injury. Concussions can go overlooked by trainers and coaches especially if your symptoms don’t match what usually occurs.

If you think you have a concussion, look for the following immediate symptoms:

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Forgetting the event that lead to the concussion
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed responses
  • Fatigue

Other symptoms to look out for in the days following the injury include:

  • Struggles with concentration and memory
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Disorders of taste and smell

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, take a concussion test immediately. The sooner you start treating your concussion, the quicker you can get back to feeling normal and functioning at your peak.

Who Is At Risk of a Concussion?

Put simply, anyone can get a concussion. There isn’t a way to make yourself immune to concussions, but there are certain activities that increase your odds of a concussion.

First, reckless driving is a common cause of concussions. Distracted driving due to texting, eating or just simply not paying attention causes collisions of all kinds. In fact, over a third of all concussions are reported to be caused by motor vehicle accidents. What’s more, distracted driving is fully preventable. You can protect yourself and those driving around you from a concussion, or worse, by deciding to drive only when you can give the road your full attention.

But, by far, the most common reason people seek treatment for concussions is sports.

Athletes and the Concussion Risks

Concussion rates for athletes are growing at an exponential rate. Between 2002 and 2012, the rate of concussions doubled, with 3.8 million concussions reported during that decade. Most concussions happen during sports practice sessions when people are being more playful and less diligent about their training.

If you’re a parent of a child playing in contact sports like football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, or any other major sport, be sure to start and end the season with a concussion test. In these tests, you’re looking for a couple specific things.

First, you want to make sure that your child is ready to play for the season and that they’ll perform at their best. Secondly, you want to ensure that no concussion went unreported during the season. Kids have a tendency to not want to be left out of the activities, especially on a sports team, so they might not report a concussion if they have one. It’s better if you, the parent, step in and schedule the concussion tests as soon as you know the season’s schedule.

Ask for a concussion test during their sports physical exam or schedule during a separate appointment. Staying on top of your child’s brain health is the best path towards a calm, cool, collected sport’s season.

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Concussions and Work

Depending on the tasks you’re required to complete at work, you might also be at risk for concussions there. People who operate heavy machinery or work on top of ladders open themselves up to the risk of a concussion. If this is a concern at your worksite, start taking a regular concussion test. Get baseline metrics for the way your brain functions so you know if there is any cause for concern after a head injury experienced at work. In the event a concussion does occur at your workplace, be sure to alert your manager immediately.

What Is a Concussion Test?

We’ve mentioned a few times the value of getting a concussion test done for your child or yourself, but we haven’t covered exactly what it is. Think of it like an EKG that measures the effects of an injury to your heart. A concussion test is simply a way to understand the damage that was done to the brain tissue after a trauma.

Using an EEG, in 18-85 years age group, doctors can measure electrical injury patterns in brain tissue to determine how severe and widespread the damage is to your brain as long as it is done within 72 hours of the injury.

For big injuries, you want to skip a concussion test altogether and go for a CT scan instead, especially if you think there might be bleeding in the brain. For minor injuries that happen in sports or at work, try an EEG concussion test that can be administered by an urgent care doctor or your primary care physician.

Does It Really Matter If I Skip A Concussion Test?

What we’ve learned in recent years is that a concussion can lead to much more than headaches and dizziness. A person who sustains chronic concussions, like a football player, is at risk of something more dangerous: CTE. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative brain disease that happens to people who get repeated brain injuries. It used to be described by boxers as “punch drunk” but we now know it’s much more severe than that. People who suffer from CTE can become violent, suicidal and suffer from dementia.

Getting a full picture of your brain’s health and how it functions is the best way to prevent CTE and other diseases caused by constant trauma to the brain. Particularly, if you start getting a concussion test at a young age, you can understand how your brain is affected year over year and make the right decision for your health before it’s too late.

Where Can I Receive a Concussion Test?

For the most affordable and thorough treatment, we recommend not going to the emergency room to take a concussion test. Doctors could put you through a costly CT scan to check your brain for bleeding, missing the signs of a concussion completely. You also don’t want to risk going to your primary care doctor with something as serious as a concussion. Pediatricians are especially prone to sending a child home without the proper treatment plan. For example, a child with a concussion must avoid screen time at all costs. They will usually need to take a few days off from school as learning can stress the injured brain and make things worth. Without knowing this information, parents could do more harm than good to their injured child. Similarly, if you’re an adult who got a work-related concussion, you might need instructions to avoid screens at work or training sessions. A primary care doctor may not have the time and resources to explain the entire treatment plan to you.

At Statcare Urgent Care, our doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating concussions. We can administer a concussion test right away. It’s a state-of-the-art handheld technology that uses a disposable headset to tell your doctor whether you might have internal bleeding that requires immediate attention or if you have a functional injury that can be treated with rest and recuperation.

If you think you might have suffered a concussion or want to learn the right ways to prevent chronic head injuries, come into one of our Statcare Urgent Care locations. Our staff can give you a concussion test, answer any questions you may have and recommend the right treatment or prevention plan for you. Put your brain’s health and function first and visit a Statcare location today.

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8 Reasons Statcare Is Different Than Your Typical Urgent Care

Certain industries don’t require a lot of customer service. For example, if you order a slice of pizza, chances are the only thing you care about is whether or not it tastes good and how fast it arrives. With urgent care, the stakes are higher because your situation is more serious. If a patient comes to see an urgent care doctor, they’re either sick, injured or both. That’s why we work extra hard to deliver an exceptional experience and quality treatment at our medical centers.

At Statcare Urgent Care, we guarantee a  level of excellence when it comes to our service. If you haven’t yet experienced the Statcare difference, and you’re curious about the kind of difference our doctors are making, just read on. Explore our list of all the reasons we’re not a typical urgent care center.

See an Urgent Care Doctor on Your Time

We believe the point of urgent care is to be available no matter when you need us. People don’t get sick only during business hours, and they certainly don’t get hurt at convenient times, either. At Statcare, we make sure each of our urgent care locations are open every single day, including holidays and weekends for extended hours.

All of our locations are open:

  • Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm (with our Brooklyn location open until 10pm)
  • Saturday – Sunday : 9am – 5pm (with our Bronx locations closing at 3pm)
  • Holidays: 9am – 3pm

Our office hours stand, no matter what. Whether there’s a major snowstorm, a big parade or the Yankees win the playoffs, our dependable staff will be working our urgent care, ready to help you if you need it. And if you don’t feel like getting out of bed or the weather is bad, you can call us for a Statcare Online Doctor visit and get treated from the comfort of your home!

Statcare’s Emergency Room Staff are experts at providing high quality efficient medical care. Once you’re here, our doctors will make sure that we don’t waste any of your time. We don’t want you sitting in the waiting room, feeling uncomfortable, when you could be home resting and recuperating. We consistently maintain short wait times for all of our patients. Don’t wait on your doctor or your prescription. Our staff will send your prescription directly to your closest pharmacy of choice, so you can start to feel better as soon as possible.

Try Statcare’s Telemedicine Services

Some people dread the urgent care waiting room. Most people think the waits are way too long and they are afraid of what other illnesses they may be exposed to while they’re there. This is why Statcare created an online urgent care service. Our telemedicine services connects you to an urgent care doctor using your laptop or smartphone. All you have to do is sign up for an appointment, and you will have the doctor’s undivided attention for as long as you need it. Don’t hassle with a commute and avoid worrying about protecting yourself from other patients’ illnesses. Just log on from the comfort of your own home and receive an excellent level of care from one of our doctors.

Need a prescription? We can do that via our online doctors! Our online doctors will send your prescription directly to your local pharmacy. Our patients love being able to l schedule time during their lunch break so they can get treatment without having to commute to an urgent care location. Just another example of how Statcare Urgent Care works to make your life easier.  

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Doctors, and specifically urgent care doctors, sometimes may have a reputation for being short with their patients due to their busy schedules. Statcare Urgent Care takes pride in listening to and treating the people who come to us for help. We aren’t here to rush you in and out. We make efficient use of your time while also making you feel welcome to sit and ask as many questions as you like. Check out the thousands of 5-star reviews our customers have left us.

Our doctors understand that being sick or injured can be a helpless feeling and the last thing you need is a  doctor brushing off your concerns. That’s why our staff is trained to be polite, thorough and kind to everyone who comes into our urgent care (and those who use our telemedicine services). Experience the difference a kind, patient-doctor can make and visit Statcare Urgent Care the next time you’ve got a health concern.

Treat Your Whole Family at Our Urgent Care

Statcare Urgent Care offers excellent pediatric urgent care services as well. We don’t just cater to adults. Our doctors can treat your child when they aren’t able to see their regular pediatrician.

In fact, some of our most frequent patients are children. Between school, work and finding childcare if you have multiple children, finding time for the pediatrician can seem impossible. Our extended hours and convenient locations mean that you don’t have to take extra time off work or wait until the morning to get excellent pediatric care.

If, for some reason, we don’t have the correct equipment to treat your child, we are happy to refer them to a specialist who can give them the level of care they need. Don’t waste extra time or money with an emergency room visit. Bring your child into Statcare Urgent Care and we will make sure they are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Get More Services at Statcare

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At each of our Statcare locations, we offer more than just urgent care. Our doctors are trained to also perform the following services:

  • Complete a DOT physical
  • STD Testing & Gyn Exams
  • Test for concussions and other head injuries
  • Administer vaccines, including those for travel
  • Complete the Immigration Medical Exam
  • Complete school and other sports physicals
  • Test your vision and hearing
  • Treat work injuries & car accident injuries

With Statcare, you’re not just getting the standard; you’re getting exceptional service. Plus, we’ll offer you the best, most affordable treatment plan if you require one.

Our patients particularly appreciate using our urgent care locations to do their STD testing. Other centers sometimes make it obvious when  a patient is being tested for STDs, which can be embarrassing. When you come to Statcare Urgent Care, no one has to know why you’re there. We will be discreet, professional and helpful the entire length of your visit. Get the full lab work, plus treatment and prescriptions all at one location without the humiliation normally associated with STD testing.

An Affordable Urgent Care Option

Urgent care is often the most affordable option when you have a medical concern. A single trip to the emergency room can be thousands of dollars, even if you have insurance. At Statcare Urgent Care, we make sure you get excellent care at an affordable price.  Check out Statcare’s transparent pricing which is unique in the industry. Avoid the emergency room and save money. Also, Statcare does not participate in out-of-network billing.

Our locations accept almost all major insurance providers so that you can get the treatment you need without worrying about how much it will cost you out of pocket. Generally, for no more than the cost of your co-pay, you will receive top quality care and treatment. But more than that, our team works hard to keep the prices down for services not covered by insurance. We try to offer special pricing as often as we can so that people who need a DOT physical or STD testing can afford to take care of themselves without adding a gigantic bill to their monthly budget.

If you’re worried about cost, just call in to one of our locations. Our staff will work with you to figure out whether your insurance covers a visit and how we can make it affordable for you and your family.

Get Urgent Care in Your Neighborhood

Statcare Urgent Care locations are convenient for you, regardless of where you’re located in New York City. Each of our five urgent care centers, located in Hicksville, Astoria, The Bronx and Brooklyn, are picked with you in mind. They are all within a few blocks of a train or a bus station, so you won’t have to brave the elements outside when you’re feeling your worst. Plus, you always have the option of trying our telemedicine services so you don’t even have to leave your house!

Treatment that Lasts Beyond Urgent Care

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you visit one of our doctors, your care doesn’t end when you walk out of the urgent care doors. We believe in follow through. That means checking up on you, making sure your prescription is working, as well as offering you resources and treatment plans if there is no medicine available to help with your issue. We’ll even reach out when it’s time to make your next appointment if you come in for your CDL medical exam. Taking care of our patients is more than shuffling people in and out of the waiting room. To us, it means seeing that you return to your healthy, vibrant self as soon as possible.

If you’re still not convinced, we encourage you to come see for yourself! Visit one of our urgent care locations (or try out our online doctor). We guarantee you’ll know the difference as soon as you walk in the door.

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9 Reasons to Take Your Child to Pediatric Urgent Care

Nothing is more overwhelming than trying to help a sick child. Whether it’s a common illness  or a physical pain, when your child is hurting, it’s all you can think about. In that heightened state of panic, it’s hard to know which type of doctor to turn to. Do you wait to take your child to their pediatrician? Is it so bad that you need to go to the emergency room and risk paying high prices? Is the ailment something that can be handled at an urgent care?

As all of these questions are racing through your mind, all you want to do is help your child. We totally understand this scenario. One of the best ways to alleviate panic in the moment, is to have a plan before it happens. To help you make that plan, we’ve come up with the most common reasons you’d bring your child to pediatric urgent care.

1. Convenience of Pediatric Urgent Care

Regular pediatricians hold regular business hours. That makes sense for them, but rarely helps children who are experiencing unexpected illness or injuries. When your child is dealing with a health concern, it’s not always during the office hours of their primary pediatrician — let alone when you’re able to make a same-day appointment.

Pediatric urgent care, on the other hand, is designed to take patients at a moment’s notice. Statcare Urgent Care is open for extended hours every day of the year — including weekends and holidays. You don’t have to worry about fitting into our schedule, we’re here for you. A convenience you can’t always find with other pediatrician’s offices.

2. Pediatric Urgent Care is Cost-Effective

When your pediatrician is unavailable, you’re faced with two choices to help your sick child. You can either drive them to the emergency room, or you can bring them into an urgent care location. An emergency room is the right choice if the problem is truly life or death. But for everything else, you should choose a pediatric urgent care facility. We have the resources on-hand to help your child, plus we aren’t as expensive as the emergency room.

Don’t let a moment of panic cost you an arm and a leg. You may even want to make a list of reasons to take your child to urgent care and reasons to take them to the emergency room. Keep it on your fridge or somewhere you can easily see it when you’re taking care of a sick child. That way,  you can make a quick yet educated decision when something happens or your child becomes really ill suddenly.

If for some reason, you can’t bring your child into the office, Statcare also does Online Doctor visits for common conditions like Pink Eye and Rashes in children. The online visit with Statcare is covered by all insurance plans, so you can get the same great care from the comfort of your home.

3. Speed of Pediatric Urgent Care

Because the emergency room is dealing with life and death situations, they usually have a longer wait. If your child has a low-priority ailment, you could sit in the emergency room for hours before being seen. Some patients have waited in a room full of other sick people all night to be seen by a doctor. It’s not an ideal situation.

Instead, come to Statcare urgent care if you’re not facing something life-threatening. Our pediatric urgent care services are designed to be fast and efficient. We know that kids find the whole process scary and overwhelming, so we don’t want to keep you any longer than we need to. Because all our patients don’t need to be seen in order of severity, we can generally see patients on a first-come, first-serve basis. This helps you know how long you’ll be there and when you’ll be ready to go home. It’s a convenience many of our patients appreciate.

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4. Common Illnesses Our Pediatric Urgent Care Centers Handle

If you’re not sure exactly what the difference is between a life-threatening illness and one that can be seen by a pediatric urgent care doctor, we have you covered. Here are the common illnesses that we can treat at our Statcare locations.

  • Ear infections
  • Cold and flu
  • Sore throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Strep throat
  • Allergies
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea and nausea
  • Poison ivy
  • Asthma attack
  • Pink eye
  • Stomach flu
  • Food poisoning
  • Headaches

If the weather is bad or you are running short on time, Statcare can do an Online Doctor visit for many of the conditions listed above. Of course, sometimes one of these symptoms can be a sign of something more serious. If that’s the case, our doctors will immediately refer you to an emergency room or specialist doctor to treat your child. We will do everything we can to get your child the right care for their health concern.

5. Common Injuries Pediatric Urgent Care Can Fix

Parents are more likely to visit the emergency room if their child is injured. Especially for injuries like broken bones, it’s easier to be safe than sorry. But you can get the same level of care with Statcare’s pediatric urgent care services. Here are some common injuries we routinely treat.

  • Cuts and wounds
  • Bone fractures and breaks
  • Toothaches
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Neck pain and whiplash
  • Dog bites and other animal bites
  • Burns
  • Spider bites
  • Bee and wasp stings
  • Nosebleeds

As with the illnesses we treat, if our doctors believe that your child’s condition needs to be seen by a specialist, we will not hesitate to refer you to one. We have the same goal you do — to get your child back to their happy, healthy self.

6. Do More with One Visit

One of the benefits of pediatric urgent care is that you can do more with a single visit. Visits to your primary care doctor or the emergency room require a single focus. Your child’s pediatrician, for example, won’t be able to administer a DOT physical if you wanted to be the most efficient with your time during their existing appointment. However, if you want to come treat your child’s common cold and also need to complete your DOT physical, or want to take an STD test or any of our other services, you can do both things at one location. Save time on travel, save on cost, plus get excellent care. It’s really an unbeatable option.

7. Location of Pediatric Urgent Care

Statcare Urgent Care has five convenient locations that are close to public transportation. We want to make sure we’re easily accessible to our clients — which means not requiring extra taxi rides or miles of walking. Whether you’re visiting us in Hicksville, Astoria, The Bronx, or Brooklyn, you’ll find us close to a bus or subway stop.

8. Business Hours of Pediatric Urgent Care

Statcare Urgent Care is open from 8AM-8PM Mon-Fri and 9AM-9PM on Sat. & Sun. and 9AM-3PM on all holidays except for the Brooklyn Office which is open longer on weekdays. So, if you are looking for an after-hours pediatric urgent care, you can rest assured, Statcare has you covered.

9. Insurance Is Easier at Statcare Urgent Care

Another major benefit of Statcare pediatric urgent care services is that we take most major insurance providers. While your regular pediatrician may be in your insurance network, they often don’t have the most convenient hours. And emergency rooms are always available, but you run the risk of paying too much in a co-pay or the visit not being covered at all. That could be devastating to your financial situation. With Statcare, you can see a doctor at a time that is convenient for you, while also staying within your budget. That’s reason enough to come see us, we think!

Our urgent care locations offer more than just pediatric urgent care services. Like we mentioned, you can get a DOT physical or STD testing there, too. You can even get vaccines if you’re looking for a convenient place to get your shot. We’re happy to help you through whatever medical concern you have.

 

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