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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…
I was suffering from extreme pain down my left leg and was really struggling with my work as I sit for long periods of time. I thought that I had a collapsed disk and was relieved to find out that this was not the case. After one session with Dr. Nguyen, I was able to move around again and I felt such a relief both physically and mentally knowing that I was in good hands. I was relieved and a little surprised; I never thought I would feel so much better instantly. After three visits I was able to stand up straight again as well as being able to get a good night’s sleep. My recovery was much faster than I expected as I have learned from the past that it can take up to six weeks but with Dr. Nguyen’s help I was mobile again after only a week. I am now watching how I am carrying things, how I sit at work and also do stretching exercises every day. With Dr. Nguyen’s professional experience I now know what the root cause of my back problems are, and with the exercises I have been shown I hope to put my back problems behind me for good. Overall I found the service very professional and friendly and I give it a AAA+. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Nguyen to everyone I know for her expert help and professional advice. Excellent service at a very reasonable cost.
I've been going to Dr. Joseph for 8 yrs. I find him to be honest, prompt, and he is extremely intelligent. He was the only doctor who was willing to help me figure out why I was having certain symptoms. As far as his staff goes. They are dependable, hard working, and to the point. Would you rather them to work like the employees at the health department. I have missed and changed appointments many times and they still showed me respect by moving quickly in order to help solve my problems. I'm so sorry that some of you do not understand that Dr. Joseph is one of the most respected Doctors in his field and he has many years experience in his practice. Therefore, he doesn't have need to baby sit and pretend that he is listening. He is a very smart man, and if you would really listen to what he says, even as little as it may seem, you would actually think about those comments he makes and you would understand what Dr. Joseph is trying to say to you. Don't make life harder for people than it needs to be. All the reports I'm reading about easy access to medication is absurd. What's really sad, is the fact that there are people out there, who actually go see Dr. Joseph and waste HIS time with their false intentions.
You have got to try this guy...just call him Dr. Magic Hands!I am extremely pleased with my experience from Dr. Shaw, not only because of the great results with my debilitating neck & TMJ pain, but also with the level of personalized care I received from him and his staff. As they patiently listened and attended to every need & concern I had, I felt treated with respect...never once feeling like a name on a chart or my time being held hostage in some waiting room. I don't know how he does it, but Dr. Shaw's magic hands have the healing touch! He just knew exactly where I needed the adjustments before I could even tell him. I finally found a doctor whose expertise could handle my aches & pains I had been dealing with for so long. Since I was in such good hands (literally!), I brought my son--who's a gymnast--in for a few adjustments too just to make sure the all the activity wasn't taking a toll on him physically. He loves going to see him because it has really made him feel better! Thanks, Dr. Shaw!
I find it very hard to believe that anyone could have a bad experience at Anders Chiropractic. Having been to a few area chiropractic clinics, Anders Chiropractic is the first one that made me actually feel more like a person, and not a checkbook. I felt like I was buying a used car at other clinics, as they always swore I needed orthotics, or some other modality to make me feel better. With Dr. Anders, I have found that all I needed was someone to listen and then use their skills, knowledge and education to get the desired results. I came to Dr. Anders in January 2013 with Plantar Fasciitis and some major calf issues. Having seen the benefits of ART (Active Release Techniques) in other fellow ultra-runners, I had to give it a shot. Six months later, I am running better than ever before, and even set a new 50k PR by an hour and a half. I could not have done that in the shape I was in prior to seeing Dr. Anders.
Dr. Cilbrith was our doctor for over 20 years. He was very knowledgeable and personally made sure my wife and I had the best care. He saved my wife's life with accurate and compassionate Care. We are looking for a new Internist since he has now retired and hope to find a doc with same kind of passion but since then have come to realize it is difficult to bond with a doctor who takes time to explain your labs and interpret them like Dr. Cilbrith. I don't understand done of the negative reviews. I know many of his patients and all if them are heartbroken to see him go but he deserves to be recognized as a physician who was passionate, advocating for the decency if his patients care and compassionate demeanor. He is sorely missed. Thank you for your understanding and compassion you consistently gave us.
In the many years I have been under the care of both Drs. Sherali and Yasmeen Gowani; I have always been treated with the utmost of care. They are oth very professional in their care, concern and love for their patients. The times I was hospitalized, their bedside manner is as professional as in the office; they both go over and beyond the call of duty. Every now and then, you may have a delay during an office visit; but, that's understandable, when there is an EMERGENCY situation and the doctors and staff are busily trying to assist. The office staff has been nothing but, caring, friendly and professional. I have recommended many others to this office and will continue to do so. By the way; they will work with and assist you with financial concerns. They are VERY understanding....
I do NOT understand the person's rating, or ranting who says he is arrogant... I love the guy, and his nurse Lynn. finally had to go to Rooster shots for the knees...I have read many horror stories of pain beyond belief, and little to no relief> I was given the injections by both doc and Lynn, and out of the six, only one hurt at all, the other 5, NOTHING ....painless. ( some pain and stiffness for a couple of days after, but not during the injections.... 4 weeks after the last shot, PAIN FREE! New knees, nope, at 62 I wont be playing racquet ball ....but I walk pain free, climb stairs pain free, and sleep through the night pain free!! Doc has always been great, never in a rush, very good bed side manner, if my knees get to the point of surgery....Dr. Burkhart will be doing it
I was nervous when I first started this journey but that went away as soon as I met Dr. Silva... he made me feel comfortable and hopeful; he was not only professional but also very caring and positive and made me feel good about the whole process. He answered all my questions, removed all my doubts, and eased all of my concerns... as promised and by the grace of God, he made our dream come true... I became pregnant on my first IUI cycle. I highly recommend Dr. Silva to anyone who needs help conceiving their little miracle.... the staff was also amazing, the nurses were all very sweet and always returned my calls and answered any questions I had. I have absolutely no complaints. Im eternally grateful to dr silva and his wonderful staff.
My personal physician sent me to an orthopedic surgeon because of my low back pain. The surgeon told me that before deciding on surgery, that I should try Dr. Shaw first. He said Dr. Shaw has helped several of his patients avoid having surgery. I am so thankful that he suggested Pro Care. Dr. Shaw was caring and knowledgeable. He used the Pro Adjuster combined with physical therapy exercises and I feel so much better. I have had 4 appointments with him and my pain is almost gone. His staff worked one on one with me just like a personal trainer does and the stretches and exercises really work. I had my follow up visit with the orthopedic doctor today and he doesn't think I will need surgery after all. Thank you Dr. Shaw.
The Dr. You Are Looking ForI am a patient of Dr. Hitchcock going on several years. She is superb! Love going to her office. Her prices are reasonable (I don't have insurance right now).She has helped me make strong progress in reversing my diabetes, blood pressure and identified that I had hypothyroidism--common in women 50+.She takes time with you, seemingly as much as you want, i.e., you don't feel rushed.Rarely kept waiting. The couple of times I have been kept waiting for too long, it was due to patients that truly required urgent care (if it were me, I';d want her to take time too).I can say enough about her! She is my hero as a doctor and a mother!Debbie Deland
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.