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He is the worst doctor I've ever met. No calls back, no informant consent - only heavy medication. He doesn't care about consequences of this medication nor about other peoples' lives.
HISTORY: 20 years ago, I hurt my back in a car accident that resulted in a bulging disc in the L4/L5 area of my backWhile clearing snow from around our vehicle this past winter (2015), something went horribly wrong. I experienced all kinds of spasms in my buttocks and shooting pain down the side and back of my legs.My doctor gave me 800mg Motrin 3x a day and assumed it was nothing more than inflammation and refused giving me an Xray or MRI. The Motrin did very little for the level of pain I was experiencing. Besides that, after a week, I didn't want to continue the recommended high dosage of medication for fear of possibly causing harm to my liver and or kidneys.I began looking for a chiropractor because I saw, many of them were offering an affordable examination, Xray and adjustments, through Groupon.The first chiropractor I found was more concerned about my insurance information and told me to not expect to be healed with the Groupon visits and expect to be seen for at least a year. That was on day 1. By the 3rd day, I knew that was not the place for me.I did more chiropractor research and learned about spinal decompression. After reading positive reviews about the procedure and hearing testimonials about how 20-30 year disc herniations were healed, I was better equipped with the knowledge of how to choose a chiropractor.The 2nd chiropractor found through groupon was better than the first but something was telling me to keep looking. Yes, the pain and symptoms were that severe.Then I found a chiropractor named Dr. Reza at the Optimum Chiropractic and Health Center. Every review I read was positive. I visited the website and watched a video where Dr Reza said, "if there is a 1% chance I can help you, I will do all that I can". I was sold with that statement alone.My first appointment at the Optimum Chiropractic and Health Center was on Saturday May 9, 2015. The staff was friendly and Dr. Reza gave me top notch service. He listened to what brought me in to the clinic. Gave me an examination, then the Xray. After the Xray, he explained the results then talked to me extensively about how the spine and nerves worked together.Because of my symptoms, he knew exactly what was happening and because my 1st MRI was 20 years old, he knew something else was going on. He agreed to talk to my doctor and after that conversation, my doctor agreed an MRI was needed. He assured me that if there was a 1% chance that he could not help me, he would tell me and not waste my time.The MRI came back and not only revealed the disc in my back was worse than it was before but also revealed another herniation in another disc.This was one of those rare times that I felt like I got much more than my money's worth and all from an affordable groupon.Dr. Reza set up a treatment plan and not only am I not taking any medication for pain, my sleeping has improved and there have been many days when I forget I have a herniation in my back. I'm walking further and longer than I was able to as well as standing straight up with much less discomfort in my hips.The awesome thing is, we are only half way through with the treatment plan.Dr. Reza is amazing and caring, his office staff is awesome and everyone works like a well built machine. Today is July 26, 2015. Look how long I took to write this review. Dr. Reza and the Optimum Chiropractic and Health Center is the place to be if you want your life back. If you need help, if you need answers, if you want better days and a better quality of life through improved health, do like I did and make an appointment. You're life is worth it.Thank you Dr. Reza, Judy, "AV" and administrative staff.
I am mother of two. And luckily she was my second child's doctor.I was always cared so much by her during pregnancy and whenever I was worried something about me, my body she gave me the professional,plus medical advice a lot . She is the excellent!
She is a good doctor but she doesn't seem to care about patients at all. Make sure you understnad what she says in the session, if you call her or email her, she will just ignore you and make you come back for another session and charge you for full session for 2 min consult. Hope we have a caring doctor around this area, not just someone who wants your credit card and cash.
Dr. Egan advice was given did not resolve my daughter issue after 2 office visits . We end up taken her to another ENT and matter resolved in one session. I do not recommend Dr. Egan
If I could give her ZERO stars I would. I suffer from ovarian cyst and had one ovary removed. Under a different OBGYN's recommendation in another state, I started IUD to prevent future cyst growth. When I switched to Dr. Kim, she recommended that I remove my IUD and it will be covered by my insurance. After the removal, I was charged full price as she states IUD removal was not covered. In place of IUD, she put me on birth control pills. When I wanted to renew my prescription, she flat out refused because of her pro-life beliefs. Then, Dr. Kim states at my age, my weight, and having some of my ovaries removed, chances of me getting pregnant is slim. Now, the whole reason for me using IUD (now birth control pills) is to prevent cyst growth. When I tried to tell her that all I was doing was following her advise from day 1, and the pills are not to prevent pregnancy, she wouldn't hear of it. Long story short, I am now looking for a new OBGYN.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.