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First Med Urgent Care Reveals The Truth About Sit-Ups

First Med Urgent Care: Saving You From Pain

Keeping with the theme of exercising in the new year, as we know many of you fine folks have planned to do for your New Year’s resolution, our urgent care is here to discuss a few side effects of completing sit-ups. In the world of fitness sit-ups have been quite a controversial topic for quite some time. Some people say they’re they best thing for building core strength and other fitness experts are completely against the action. From a medical and a safety point of view, our urgent care staff would suggest a few, safer alternatives for core strengthening.

Let’s take a look, first, at a few injuries that can be caused by doing sit-ups.

  • Sit-ups can cause force in the spine that can lead to disc bulge or disc herniation.
  • Sit-ups can cause Posterior Ulcers (basically blisters on your bottocks).
  • Sit-ups can work hip flexors and if they’re too tight or strong they’ll tug on the lower spine.

While sit-ups were once deemed to be the magical way to a slimmer waistline, safer alternatives have been emerging. Our urgent care staff would recommend planks or leg lifts as two safer ways to achieve core strength without nearly as much injury risk. Of course, there is a proper way to do both of these exercises and we’re providing the details here.

The safest way to perform a plank:

Allow your weight to bear through the forearms and toes, with the body maintained in a horizontal position elevated above the ground. Easy modifications can be made to make it even easier on your pelvic floor. Kneeling forward and putting the weight on your knees rather than your toes is one way to reduce the pressure and while it does work the abs a little less it’s still a very good workout for beginners.

The safest way to perform leg lifts:

Lie on your back (preferably on an exercise mat) with your legs together and extended in front of you. Place your arms down beside your torso, palms facing down. Try to keep your lower back on the floor to prevent injury and slowly lift your legs toward the ceiling while keeping them straight. Stop when your feet are over your hips. Lower your legs back down and repeat until you’re unable to control the movement. If your lower back lifts off the floor it’s a good indication that you’re tired and may need to relax for a few minutes or stop until you’re ready to go again.

Our urgent care staff hope that these tips help some of you out there to exercise safely and prevent injury in the new year. If you do find yourself in need of medical assistance, we’re here to help! There’s no need to book an appointment with any of our urgent care locations, simply walk-in or check-in online by clicking here!

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First Med Urgent Care Provides Information For Proper Push-Ups

Urgent Care: Saving You From Lower Back Pain

One of the most popular “trouble spots” for men and women are their arms, chest, and triceps. Many men are self conscious about their upper body shape while many women are worried about the “pudge” that may form around the armpit region and their arms. Thus, these people tend to turn to push-ups as a primary way to exercise these troublesome areas, but be careful as bad form can lead to lower back pain. As the new year starts out with everyone aiming to get in shape, our urgent care staff felt it would be a great time to provide some information on performing proper push-ups.

It might sound silly to hear an urgent care doctor say that as a side-effect of pushing yourself up improperly that you can cause stress on your spine, but it’s true. It is all in the way one positions themselves. For example, when you lower yourself down, do not let your hips sag as this is the most common mistake people make! Most often allowing the hips to dip too low is a result of having a weak core so it would be smart to focus on building up some core strength in the abs to help yourself prevent injury in the lower back (planks and leg lifts are a nice option).

Our urgent care staff hopes that you’ll agree that injuring yourself beyond repair is not worth the risk. To complete a proper push-up know that you should be creating a straight line with your body from your shoulders to your heels. You’re going to need to make use of your abs and quadriceps to keep yourself engaged in the proper form. As you lower down to the floor, it’s important to remember your straight line posture and push yourself back up in a steady motion. Don’t worry about pumping in the reps too quickly, just take it as slow as you need to go.

If you happen to get a little sore, that’s obviously normal and you’ll just need to rest.

If you need urgent care medical assistance, First Med Urgent Care has 6 locations to serve you from the hours of 8am- 7:30pm, every day of the week! If you need us, be sure to check-in online for a quicker visit. Good luck with your 2017 workout plans!

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First Med Urgent Care: Preventing Hip Fractures This Winter

Urgent Care: Safety Tips For Not Falling

Winter time in Oklahoma can be quite brutal, mostly due to the fact that it’s unpredictable. Our urgent care staff likes to prepare as much as possible in the event that icy conditions become a problem during the winter months. Taking precautions is important, because unexpected falling can lead to hip fractures, especially for the elderly. Today, our urgent care staff would like to provide some safety tips to keep you upright so that hip fractures can be avoided this winter.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Choose a practical shoe with good traction when having to walk on slippery sidewalks, stairs, and slopes.
  • Take a cell phone for help: If you find yourself leaving the house during inclement weather having a cell phone to connect with friends or family is a smart move. In case you do fall down you’ll have the necessary means to call for help.
  • Use that sidewalk salt: It may be silly to only purchase salt for a minimal time, but the salt does work to keep pathways clear so that you can avoid slips.
  • Try exercising indoors: If you’re an avid exerciser remember that winter conditions may make it unsafe for you to stay active outside. That doesn’t mean stop working out! Simply consider moving your routine indoors.
  • Get regular check-ups: Taking care of your body on an ongoing basis is the best way to ensure overall health. Getting check-ups by an urgent care doctor to make sure you’re in great condition may be able to help you prevent injuries.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Maintaining your health and forming strong bones starts with your diet, too. Consider plenty of foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.

We hope you’ve found this informative!

If you should fall down and find that your hip isn’t fractured, but there are some minor injuries causing you pain, our urgent care would be happy to take a look.

There’s no appointment necessary to enjoy the convenience of services at First Med Urgent Care! Simply walk-in or check-in online between 8:00AM to 7:30PM any day of the week! You can check-in online by clicking here.

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Urgent Care Tips: Avoid Flu This Christmas Season

First Med Urgent Care: How to stay healthy

Influenza (or the the flu) really started hitting hard around October, but now that the weather has cooled off quite a bit more a lot more cases are circulating. Patients that failed to get the flu shot early on may be at greater risk now that the flu infection is becoming more prevalent. While First Med Urgent Care staff are here to care for you if you need us we’d like to provide you with some tips for avoiding the flu this Christmas season.

  • Dress warmly: This might seem too simple, but it works! Since our summer and fall weren’t really all that terrible it makes sense that when it did finally get chilly your body would be more susceptible. To avoid feeling that icy sting, wear plenty of layers to keep warm.
  • Keep your hand clean: People sneezing, coughing, and rubbing their runny noses are everywhere and spreading germs! The best thing you can do is wash your hands as often as possible. If you use the same hand drying towel, consider washing it often, as well. It may be best to use disposable paper towels (and if you’re environmentally conscious recyclable ones are a great option).
  • Eat the right foods: Choose foods with plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc for an immune system booster. Vitamin C can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. Zinc can be found in meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking water is vital as it flushes out kidneys washing away any toxins that may have entered the body. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep the flu out.
  • Get plenty of rest: Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule keeps your body happy and relaxed. Doing so helps to avoid stress on the body. When you’re less stressed you can naturally fight off illness more effectively.

Sometimes you just catch the flu too late. It is possible to try everything on the list for prevention and still get sick as your immune system isn’t always stable to begin with. If you get sick, First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help! All 6 of our locations are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time. Of course, checking in before you come can save you some time. You can make use of this handy feature by clicking here.

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What Is an H. Pylori Infection?

H. Pylori Bacterial Infection

Have you ever visited an urgent care for stomach pain? When you have stomach pain it’s important to determine what is causing it as in some cases it could be Helicobacter pylori bacteria also known as H. pylori. This is a bacteria that is more likely to develop in children due to lack of proper hygiene, but it also causes infection in about 1 of 3 adults in the United States. Our urgent care team is here to discuss a little more about this tiny bacteria.

The H. pylori bacteria may not cause symptoms right away, if at all, but they can lead to other conditions. In some cases, peptic ulcers, an inflammatory condition called gastritis, or an increased risk of cancer can occur. This is typically when the stomach pain occurs. Due to their spiral shape, the H. pylori bacteria can easily penetrate the stomach lining where your body’s immune cells are not able to reach them. These bacteria are able to survive in even the most acidic stomach.

Luckily, most cases of H. pylori are treated with one round of antibiotics, but depending on the severity treatment plans may vary. For those who develop other illnesses caused by a lingering H. Pylori infection, the outlook will depend on the problem, how soon it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. As stated by Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Your body is an amazing tool and if you listen to the signals it sends you, most of the time you will know when you aren’t at your best. With that being said, our urgent care staff can only urge patients to seek medical attention at the first sign that something isn’t right.

First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.

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Ways Your Diet Could Be Causing Kidney Stones

Things That Cater To Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are among the most common urinary tract disorders. They don’t always cause patients to have symptoms of pain, but the larger stones may block urine flow, which can later produce painful situations. Kidney stones may not have a definite, single cause, although several factors may increase your risk. One of those factors in question is your diet. Today, our urgent care team will be talking about a few reasons ways your diet can cause kidney stones.

1.) Not Drinking Enough Water: If you’re not drinking between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day, then you could be dehydrating the body. So if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels. Drinking water helps dilute the urine so minerals or stone-forming salts cannot develop into stones.

2.) Eating Oxalate-Rich Foods: According to Linda Massey, Ph.D., at Washington State University in Spokane, many soy-based foods have enough oxalate in each to potentially cause problems for people with a history of kidney stones. If you’ve had calcium oxalate stones in the past, it is recommended to lower the amount of oxalate in your diet. Other oxalate-rich foods include, but are not limited to: chocolate, peanuts, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, tea, colas and rhubarb.

3.) Overdose On Vitamin D & Calcium: The body does need vitamin D to survive, but if you take in too much you’ll be at risk for the formation of calcium kidney stones. Avoid taking vitamin D supplements unless directed to do so by a healthcare provider. You can get enough vitamin D each day by drinking fortified milk, eating yogurt, eating fortified cereals or by spending 15 minutes in the sun each day. Of course, if you’ve had calcium kidney stones in the past, then you’ll want to be careful about the amount of calcium packed foods that you consume.

These are just 3 common ways that your diet could cause you to have kidney stones. It should be noted that our urgent care staff understand that every person is different and has their own medical history to weigh in as a factor for everything they should or should not be doing. If you suspect that you have kidney stones of any kind, seeking the advice of a medical professional is advised.

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5 Tips For Fighting Against Sinus Pain

Sinus Headaches And Other Pains

When seasons change it’s common for different allergens to cause people to suffer from sinus pain. There are different types of pain that people experience which can include throbbing headaches to pressure around the eyes, nose and cheeks. When things get really painful it may be a case of sinusitis. This pain can be the result of bacteria in the mucus causing inflammation. When that happens it is better known as a sinus infection. So, what can you do? Today, our urgent care is listing tips to help you fight against sinus pain.

1.) Avoid smoke: Try to avoid going around people who smoke and if you smoke, it might be a good time to consider quitting. Cigarette smoke irritates the sinus passages causing them to swell and restrict the flow of mucus.

2.) Use a humidifier: Regulating the moisture in the air of your home can help cut back on sinus irritation from dry air. The level of humidity should be 30-60%.

3.) Inhale steam: Taking a warm bath or hovering over a bowl of warm water with a towel over your head can unclog sinuses and decrease pain temporarily. Try putting some Eucalyptus oil in the water to breathe in. A hot shower can also do wonders.

4.) Eat properly: They say you are what you eat. That’s why it’s important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Try some warm foods and don’t be afraid to add a little spice like cayenne pepper to really open up the nasal passages.

5.) Get rest: Sleeping is important in general, but even more so when your body is off balance. When your sinuses act up get a good night’s sleep to help your immune system fight off germs that cause infections.

These are just a few simple rules to follow that may help you find some relief or even to prevent sinus infections from happening. If you experience an episode of sinusitis and need relief, you can visit any one of First Med Urgent Care’s clinics. Walk-ins are welcome at our clinics and we’re open from 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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The Flu Season Begins Again

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Every year influenza (flu) statistics are released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to indicate that society is still greatly impacted by the illness. Hundreds of people are hospitalized and several people have died from the infection. Of course, if someone is already sick with it they can spread the flu to others even before they feel sick. Do you have the flu?

Here are some symptoms that are common signs you have this infection:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

While some people do get very serious symptoms that need treatment, others may experience only mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick and have mild symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If you’re not certain about the severity of your illness, please feel free to come in and get tested. It’s better to be safe, after all.

First Med Urgent Care has already seen patients test positive for the flu this year. It can happen any time of the year, but the fall and winter months tend to be the worst. As always, the best way to avoid all of this is to be proactive in getting your flu shots. No one wants to be part of the statistics of 2016! Don’t wait for the attack of the flu season to get to you. Protect you and your family members, today.

First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help the public protect against the flu with immunizations. All 6 of our locations are stocked with ample supply of the vaccine. We are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time.

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About Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Signs Of Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Has your child been strangely ill with rash like spots, but you can’t quit figure out what is happening? At this time of year it is common for hand-foot-and-mouth disease to seemingly appear out of nowhere. Around summer and fall a lot of these cases pop up. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is something that is most commonly spread amongst younger children. This makes daycare centers and schools breeding ground for the virus. Today, our urgent care is talking more about this type of enterovirus to bring better awareness.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease can be spread most easily through coughing and sneezing. It can take up to 6 days before a person start to see symptoms of the disease after being exposed. Here are some warning signs that your child might have hand-foot-and-mouth disease:

  • Fever of 101 degrees
  • Blisters or sores may appear in or on mouth, hands, and feet (sometimes buttocks)
  • Sometimes a skin rash may appear

If your child is sick with this virus, here are a few ways to help your child find relief:

  • Offer child plenty of cool fluids (to soothe sore throat)
  • Avoid feeding child spicy foods or acidic foods
  • Use Tylenol or low-dose Ibuprofen to lower fever (DO NOT GIVE THEM ASPIRIN)
  • Keep your child out of daycare or school
  • Wash hands frequently

We hope that this information helps you to recognize the symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Likewise, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of what you can do at home. Should you feel that your child needs medical attention First Med Urgent Care is open 8:00am- 7:30pm, 7 days per week. There is no appointment necessary and our urgent care clinic is used to treating families and children.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we wish you all good luck fighting illness. Stay healthy!

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3 Simple Stretches To Relieve Stress

Easy Stretches For Anyone

Sometimes, sitting down at a desk all day long (whether it be for work or for school) can cause stress on the lower back. It can also cause other body parts to feel stiff. It’s important for those that have a stationary work life or sit in classrooms all day to get a little relief. When full on exercise isn’t an option, completing some stretches is an easy way to get some of that stiffness out. Today, our urgent care blog is centered around 3 simple stretches that anyone can do.

Here are 3 stretches to help you get through your day and they may also relieve some stress:

1.) Corner Wall Back Stretch: Stand facing the corner of a room with your palms facing the wall and elbows slightly below shoulder height. Place each hand and forearm on each side of the corner and push yourself towards it as if to complete a push-up. Hold this stretch for at least 20-30 seconds.

2.) Standing Quadriceps Stretch: Stand on one foot and bend the other behind you, grabbing your foot and pulling it in towards your buttocks. Hold this for at least 20-30 seconds and switch to other leg.

3.) Standing Arm And Neck Stretch: Place one arm down at your side. Slightly stretch the arm out and drop your head to the opposite shoulder. Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds and release. Repeat the process 3 times on each side.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this has been an informative blog for you, today. If you have any medical related questions feel free to come in to any one of our 6 locations. First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.