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1212 W Lancaster AveFort Worth, TX 76102
I went to Health-South for putpatient threapy 0 monyhs after a stroke that paralyzed my left side. I hsd already had inpatient therapy ay a nursing home for 3 months and 3 weeks intensive therapy at Bsaylor Hospital. I chose Healh South because I thought it had alo of new high-tech equipment. …
1305 Airport FwyBedford, TX 76021
My mother has been there twice. The first day I made a complaint concerning the toilet seat wasn't cleaned after use leaving it filthy w/feces. The aides either hate their job or just plain lazy! The second time I had to throw the trash that had a diaper (smelling like urine) outside in the hall…
2001 Beach St Ste 101Fort Worth, TX 76103
From Business: DFW Pain & Injury Centers in Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas, are committed to your health and well-being. We not only take care of your aches and pains but we can assist in automobile injuries as well. At our 13 locations, our doctors focus on the cause of the pain and discomfort to see if we can get you back to …
7338 S Westmoreland RdDallas, TX 75237
From Business: The staff of Southwest Center Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is made up of a multi-disciplinary team that has worked together for over 10 years. This enables the staff to provide the highest quality of care, consistent customer service, and maintain long-standing professional and efficiency standards. Call us today for …
667 NE Alsbury BlvdBurleson, TX 76028
From Business: We currently have 3 locations serving Johnson County. We offer Outpatient Physical Therapy at all locations. Our location at 1014 N. Nolan River Road in Cleburne offers Aquatic Services for Physical Therapy, Work Testing Services and a full service Training, Fitness and Aquatic Center for the community. We accept Medicare …
1014 N Nolan River RdCleburne, TX 76033
From Business: realFitness Welcome to realPerformance Traning and Fitness Center in Cleburne, TX. We are Cleburne's first and only personalized training and performance fitness facility. We offer members a convenient and upscale facility along with the personalized services to make real movement a part of your everyday life. Our coaches …
220 E Seminary DrFort Worth, TX 76115
From Business: We treat Auto Accident Injury, Personal Injury, Neck and Back Pain, Post Surgical Rehab, Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Headaches, Neck Stiffness, Lower Back Pain,Sciatica Pain, Frozen Shoulder and Pain.
2615 Sundown LaneFort Worth, TX 76106
From Business: At Nu Physical Therapy Fort Worth we are a team of healthcare professionals committed to serving you and helping you get back to your highest level of health by utilizing the latest technology and techniques in the industry. We develop individual treatment plans to help each of our patients to get back on track with their …
4437 Liberty StreetFort Worth, TX 76120
From Business: At Buy Therapy Physical Fort Worth we are a team of healthcare professionals committed to serving you and helping you get back to your highest level of health by utilizing the latest technology and techniques in the industry. We develop individual treatment plans to help each of our patients to get back on track with their…
3621 Camp Bowie BlvdFort Worth, TX 76107
From Business: Baylor Scott & White Rehab Outpatient Services offers physical therapy and specialized services for individuals with orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, sports and work-related injuries, and treatment for oncology, neurology and balance disorders at more than 65 locations throughout north Texas. As the outpatient ne…
1000 Saint Louis Ave Ste 102Fort Worth, TX 76104
From Business: The Epic Health Services family of companies provides a unique, pediatric care continuum through each of its divisions to medically fragile children across the United States. Epic Health Services provides pediatric skilled private duty nursing; Epic Pediatric Therapy and Epic Developmental Services provide physical, occupa…
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
Dr Harrell answered all of my questions so that i understood my skin condition and treatment options. I was put into an exam room right on time and was seen quickly.
Dr J.L.. Speaker moved her practices to the lake worth or jackboro Hwy area. The office there is not friendly at all. I will go elsewhere.
Saw them twice last week, once for dexascan and then review of my results. Staff was incredible . Friendly knowledgeable, funny, etc . Review of my results by Adam were awesome, He spent nearly an hour with me, teaching me and my wife what my readings meant, and how to proceed to continue my recovery after serious spinal surgery. I would pick these guys hands down over any other.Dr Ron H
I found the staff to be professional, polite, and compassionate. All my concerns were dressed and treatment explained completely.
The staff was very nice and personable. Dr. Harrell was very informative and explained things on a level that was easy to understand.
My experience was WONDERFUL! I knew I was in the best care and completely trusted everything Dr. Kevin said. He is the best doctor I have ever had. The nurses, the lab, and the front office staff were all amazing. I cannot thank the CARE staff enough for the wonderful care they gave me.
I had surgery there for a hernia repair. There are over 500,000 of these repairs done each yr. Thought no brainer to have this procedure done there. Well the resident who perform the surgery was incompetent did not finish the job. A 2nd procedure was needed to fix or complete the job. I came to this hospital thinking I was going to get a better deal then the private hospitals. Since I was paying out of my pocket. In good faith I paid the required amount up front of 2500 dollars. At the first post op appointment at the surgical clinic they knew it was not fixed, so I had to have a sonogram which cost over 500 dollars no good deal there, also I had to return several times after first surgery. Got nickel and dime to death.. in between the 2 surgeries I paid the Anesthesiologist Bill of 2300 dollars My balance with the hospital was 6100 dollars in which a payment plan with no interest was set up with billing and myself to pay 300 dollars a month for 22 months. After a visit with the chief of staff a 2nd procedure was performed to fix what the resident did not complete. Even the chief surgey was asked point blank if this should have been fixed with the 1st surgery his answer was YES. The hospital sent me a bill for 28000 dollars and a Anesthesiologist bill for 6900 dollars. Pretty much a switch n bait.After 3 months of trying to get help with this bill the staff but one person has continued to lie to me. I have been very patient with this process but pretty much the hospital and it's staff don't give a Damm about fixing this issue. This issue has caused my blood pressure to go through the roof. This hospital is a good example why our health care in this country is in a mess. I will never set foot again in John Peter Smith hospital
For hospital and some of the medical professionals that are allowed on the premises:One is charged for a very brief hospital visit from a doctor(hospitalist) one does not know nor do they know you. A visit from these hospitalists are not wanted or needed but you get them anyway so they can make numerous bucks off the helpless person who has no say so in the matter. Of course they are always out-of-network and I am getting sick and tired of hospitals allowing E.R. Docs groups, radiology techs, and any other medical group or person, etc. of not taking the same insurance as the hospital and being in-network. Then it is the sick patient that has the on-going hassle with the insurance company, the hospital and the medical group to resolve billing and sometimes totally ridiculous charges since they are out of network and/or do not take Medicare period. I am grateful for doctors that do care about their patients and try to help out in situations like this.
I had suffered the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia for a few years before consulting Dr. Ellis. My pain could be relieved by medication, but progressively stronger meds were needed. The last caused my sodium level to drop to a dangerous level. All of these meds reduced the quality of my life. In my first appointment, Dr Ellis explained a proven procedure that he had used successfully many times before. The clincher was a video on his iPhone of one such procedure. In it, I saw him separate the irritated nerve from an adjacent blood vessel near the brain. He then inserted a teflon wool pad to keep them apart. I was convinced that this was the solution for me. Later I was admitted by Dr Ellis to Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth where he had a proven team to help him complete the procedure. I was assured that Dr. Ellis would be the only surgeon to work on me. Following the procedure and recovery, my pain has been eliminated. I can't recommend Dr. Ellis highly enough.
Same day appointments, docs who listen and extremely friendly staff that treat you like family.Fabulous!
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.