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One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
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We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
After 29 years of suffering and tolerating constant back and neck pain, I finally began experiencing 'long-term' relief after finishing just several appointments with Dr. John R. Schmitt, D.C. After many visits with medical doctors, physical therapists, specialists, and other chiropractors throughout the years, I was left with the false mindset that this was life for me and I would continue life tolerating the pain. Also, I have had numerous other health issues over the last six years, and Dr. Schmitt has successfully addressed each of those as well. Undeniably, he has effectively aborted the chronic pain I had suffered for so long. Dr. Schmitt has certainly made every effort to make sure every question and concern I've had has been addressed completely. He has been intentional about making certain I am healing, and he has made my well-being his priority for which I am truly forever grateful! Dr. Schmitt is an expert in this field and I have never felt unsafe or apprehensive in his care. There has never been any pressure on me at all to return. He has given me the information, education, and advice I had been lacking and left the choices up to me. Without hesitation, I would recommend Dr. John R. Schmitt, D.C. to all my friends, family, and anyone who is concerned with their health and well-being!!
My daughter was looking for a pediatrician. We attended the Blue Rdige Pediatrics " New Born Conference" which is every first and third Tuesday of the month. No need to sighn up, just show up at their Blue Ridge office at 7:30pm a Pediatrician is there waqitng to meet you. There was 4 other couples on the Tueday that we went. We meet Dr. Vijay. She is a lovely, compassionate person. She spent atleast an hour with us giving us a tour and than spening additional time with us answering all our questions. We knew immediately that this was the practice for us. They have walk in hours M-F every morning. So if your child is sick, you can just wake up and bring them to the Blue Ridge office. The staff is very friendly and extrmely nice to my new grandson. Especailly nurse Edna who weighted him and gave him his first shots. The front desk staff and the other staff members all seem to be very helpful and went out of their way to escourt is to their " new born room" which is a lovely living room with couches and a very comfy and relaxed environment. We have only been going to the practrice for 7 months, but every visit has been a pleasant experience. We will most defintely suggest this practice to others.
Dr Goode is a decent Dr however her Fees are Outrageous! Plan on spending HUNDREDS on your first visit if you follow through with her plan! In fact you can not even book an appointment without paying almost $100 at the time you CALL over the phone to schedule the appointment even if you can't get in for 2 months they want a VISA Card DEPOSIT that day you call! I went with my Aunt and at the 1st visit (almost $200.00!) Dr Goode wanted her to get Vit C but not ANY C only this buffered C that she sells through her office and some other supplements my Aunt left dishing out over $400.00! The poor woman broke into her mortgage money! Sure every Dr deserves their fair pay but Dr Goode is ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! If you can pay HIGH DOLLARS up front and if you can't pay a 'DEPOSIT FEE" the day you MAKE the appointment don't even bother with this Dr! To make her outrageous fees worse she has NO HEART, she did not care if my aunt could not get back to her (the woman was broke!) Dr Goode would NOT call in a refill for her medicine. We found my Aunt a FAIR Dr in the same town! Dr Goode is all about the money and THAT is ridiculous!
Both of my kids go here. I live in fuquay varina now and I refuse to switch doctors for them. When my daughter was born she had a different pediatrition and I had the worst experience the doctor diagnosed my daughter with asthma at a couple of months old and had her on albuterol and had me give it to her 3 times a day she gained alot of weight due to the medications and she had a sleep study test NOTHING wrong with my daughter and when I went back to talk to the doctor she refused to see me and said that I lied when I had the pescription and also a witness. Blue Ridge has been so good to my kids. When I had my son I was so happy to find out that they came to the hospital and checked my son out and did his curcumsision. They have even seen my son on a very short notice when my daughter was playing with his stroller and it tipped over and he hit his head they said to bring him in asap. All the doctors in this practice are GREAT doctors. I would definatly recommend them to anybody. They really care about the kids, I even had one of the doctors tell me that he considers all his patients like family and he shows it.
As an employee of ROC, I hear the good, the bad and the ugly from the patients that are seen there. When my husband became a patient there last week, I became aware of how awesome they are from a person vantage point. After 2 days in a trauma center recovering from 7 broken bones, he was ready to be released on Monday afternoon. I called the clinic and was told to bring him in. By the time we got there the clinical staff had pulled all his records and had the paperwork ready (pain meds are wearing off at this point and we needed to get home to rest). Dr Wyker came in from home to see him!!!!! He discussed surgical options in a way that helped us make an informed decision and when we left, the surgery had been scheduled for the next day. Talk about service... I know I sound biased (and I am, frankly) In my 18 years working at Raleigh Orthopaedic, I have heard a lot of comments. Now that my family has been on the receiving end of the service, I will join the 5 star commenters of this fabulous clinic.
I never thought that getting a Vasectomy would be so much fun! I know it sounds crazy, but after watching all 9 of DR. Monteith's instructional videos I felt more knowledgeable about Vasectomies than most of the population. The whole experience, from the website, to the apportionment, to meeting the staff, to the immaculate facility, to how modern everything was, to how amicable the Dr. was; EVERYTHING was incredible! But here's why you are reading this review; NO, there was NO PAIN!! Biting my tongue is 100 times worse than what I experienced during and after my Vasectomy. In fact, the most "uncomfortable" part was when the Dr. had to "feel" me to find where to apply the anesthetic spray. I followed all instructions and had no sexual activity for 2 days. on the 3rd day I was completely back to normal (yes, it felt great!) By day 10 I couldn't even find the small incision!! I totally recommend this practice!!
After 10 years of unbelievable knee pain, I was at the point of having to consider giving up my career and mobility, I was seen by Dr. Smith. I had terrible arthritis in both knees. We did all the usual treatments but none of them helped. With Dr. Smith's advise and explanation of what needed to be done I decided to go with the bilateral knee replacements. He was correct in telling me I would probably regret it for the first eight weeks but that after that I would become very glad I had it done. He was absolutely correct. The first eight weeks I called him a few unpleasant names, but now I'm calling him great. My knees are doing well and I am able to work full time, standing most of the time and able to go for long walks with my husband. I cannot thank Dr. Smith and his staff, Jason and Paula, enough for giving me my norrmal life back.
I woke up early to see what time capital urgent care opened today and started reading these reviews. I have been going here for years. If you are not sick enough to go to the emergency room but can't get into see your personal provider, this is the perfect place to go. The nurses and Dr.s are quick and professional, just the way I want them to be. If you want to go somewhere where you sit in the over decorated waiting room for 2 hours to see a Dr, that wants to ask you a million questions and then tell you to see your regular physician, don't go here! This facility is clean and quick! Every time I have gone in the past 5 years, they have taken excellent care of me and charged me less than my personal provider. Thank you, Lisa
I tore my cartlilage in my knee while playing high school football and had to have open knee surgery. During the next 40 years my knee declined to the point medications didn't work and the steriod injection stopped helping also. At this point I went to see Dr. Vaughn and he recommended a total knee replacement. This has been the best decision I have ever made. My recover was good and best of all no more pain! I am back working full time and finally able to walk with no pain. Dr. Vaughn, his physican assistant Liz Fuller and his team were wonderful. I could not have asked for better care. They were there to answer any questions throughout my recovery. I would highly recommend Raligh Orthopaedics to anyone.
on Dec 15, I was brought in with a head laceration from a accident at work. My workman's comp person was not responding to the phone at corporate headquarters, in order to allow treatment. Covered in blood and in pain, Dr. Robinson chose to see me regardless of the insurance snafu. He e-rayed my hand that was crushed in a cable, and stitched up my wound on my forehead. When I left,I asked if they needed more signatures or anything. The receptionist just said I was all set. Dr. Robinson understands that people in pain and in need of medical assistance, shouldn't suffer because someone else cant pick up a phone or do their part of their job. I will be back in 5 days to get my 7 stitches out. Thanks Dr. Rob!
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.