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Physicians Urgent Care opens new clinic in Berry Farms

Posted by on August 30, 2017

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Franklin, Tenn. — Physicians Urgent Care, a group of walk-in clinics with care directed by emergency room physicians, has opened a new location in the Berry Farms Town Center, 5021 Hughes Crossing, Suite 165 in Franklin.

Physicians Urgent Care brings a unique combination of quality, efficiency, comfort and accessibility to patients with non-life-threatening emergencies. Locally owned by Board-Certified ER physicians, the clinics can treat a majority of cases normally seen in a hospital emergency room, without the high cost or long wait times.

“Berry Farms is a new, up-and-coming community with lots of families, the perfect match for our clinics,” said Dr. Ty Babcock from Physicians Urgent Care. “Patients will love our convenient hours and our unique pediatric rooms designed especially for kids.”

The clinic is open 8am-6pm weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Physicians Urgent Care clinics look more like living rooms than doctor’s offices, with free snacks and soft drinks. Colorful pediatrics rooms feature toys, games, televisions and low seating to make children feel more at home.

“Care in our clinics is either directly provided by or coordinated through specially trained ER physicians, who bring an added level of expertise to our patients,” said Dr. Babcock. “At the same time, the average length of a visit is about 40 minutes, and our costs are a fraction of what you’d see in a hospital ER.”

Physicians Urgent Care clinics can treat a variety of illnesses from colds, allergies and infections to bronchitis and pneumonia. They can also handle minor trauma; burns and cuts; insect bites; fractures, sprains and dislocations; and work-related injuries. Physical exams, including sports physicals, are also offered.

On-site X-ray capabilities, labs and procedure rooms allow Physicians Urgent Care to treat many conditions that most doctors’ offices and other clinics cannot.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to get the care you need,” said Dr. Babcock. “No appointment is necessary, you can walk in at any time. Or you can call us and always speak to a real person who can answer your questions.”

In addition to Berry Farms, Physicians Urgent Care has two other locations — 155 Covey Drive, Suite 100 in Franklin; and 700 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 207 in Brentwood. A fourth location in Nashville West is set to open later this year. Most private insurance is accepted. For more information, visit

Back to School Physical Examination

Posted by on August 11, 2017

As the summer comes to a close, it is time for children to visit the doctor. While no kid relishes the thought of a physical exam, it is important to get a recent assessment on your child’s overall health. Depending on your school district, the annual exam may be required before your children begin attending classes or join athletic teams.

Why Schedule a Physical Exam?

The physical exam gives you and your doctor an idea of how your child is developing. In addition, you can discuss nutrition, sleep schedules and any pressing concerns you have about your child’s wellbeing.

Your doctor will talk about any prevalent illnesses in the community, as these can vary from year to year. As a parent, you may ask the doctor to talk to your older children about any issues they may feel more comfortable discussing in private and not with mom or dad.

Why Have an Exam Before School Starts?

A back-to-school doctor’s visit is convenient for many parents as it can be scheduled in addition to other errands to prepare for the fall. But there are also specific reasons to get this done before classes start.

Your school district may require certification of vaccinations for young children. As kids get older they may want to participate in physical education classes and you want to make sure they are physically able to do so.

If your teen is on any school athletic teams, they may require an examination by a school physician before they are cleared to play. Note that this exam typically only looks at whether your child can be on the school team and doesn’t address other health issues.

Taking the time to talk about any unexplained changes, like possible allergies, before school starts allows you to make preparations with the school. No parent wants to discover their child is allergic to nuts during a field trip before they have been able to educate their child and the teachers about steps to take in the case of a reaction.

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At Physicians Urgent Care, we make your child’s care our highest priority. To learn more, visit one of our convenient locations in Franklin or Brentwood, Tennessee.

Sports medical myths: Understanding fact from fiction

Posted by on August 10, 2017

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With the arrival of the fall sports season come concerns about injuries, training and conditioning. And with these concerns comes confusion.

“Unfortunately, there are many medical myths circulating that make it difficult to know fact from fiction,” said Dr. Ty Babcock of Physicians Urgent Care, which has clinics in Williamson county. “This can put the health and safety of athletes at risk.”

Here are a few common myths:

Myth: Stretching prevents injuries
Fact: Recent studies found that stretching before exercise or activity may actually hamper muscle performance. This is especially true for “static” stretching (holding a stretch longer than a few seconds), which instead of preparing muscles for a workout, actually weakens them, increasing the risk of injury. On the other hand, a warmup — which is different than stretching — is beneficial. Warming up, like taking a light jog or easy practice swings, primes the muscles before intense activity. You can also safely add high knee exercises, squats and lunges to a warmup.

Myth: Play through pain
Fact: Playing a sport or exercising should not be painful, especially for young people. If acute pain occurs, it’s likely due to poor technique or even worse, a serious injury that should be checked by a physician. Soreness, stiffness, and some discomfort can be expected, but sharp pain is never normal.

Myth: Weight lifting in preadolescents and adolescents causes growth plate injuries
Fact: Studies have found that growth plate injuries reported from weight training were due to improper technique, inadequate adult supervision or inappropriate weight selection. With proper technique and supervision, weight training for young people can be done safely. “It’s important to use a full range of motion, and you should avoid going too heavy early on,” says Dr. Babcock.

Myth: Being strong will prevent injury
Fact: Any athlete, no matter how strong, can get injured at any time. Building muscle strength is definitely important for lifting, jumping and running. But sports injuries will occur, especially if an athlete is over-exerting, fatigued, or dehydrated. Proper training and conditioning, while allowing appropriate time for muscle recovery in between training sessions, are still the best ways to reduce injuries.

Myth: Use heat to treat acute injuries
Fact: Ice is the best treatment for the first 2-3 days. After an injury, there’s a lot of blood flowing to the injured area, causing the swelling. Ice will help reduce that initial swelling as well as naturally numb the area to help diminish pain. Using heat could actually cause the area to swell more.

Myth: An ankle sprain is worse than an ankle fracture
Fact: An ankle fracture typically takes longer to heal than a sprain and may even require surgery, which can prolong the time away from sports. Even high ankle sprains, which take longer to heal than more common low sprains, heal sooner than most ankle fractures.

Physicians Urgent Care currently has three locations — 155 Covey Drive, Suite 100 in Franklin; 700 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 207 in Brentwood; and a new clinic in Berry Farms, 5021 Hughes Crossing, Suite 165 in Franklin. A fourth location in Nashville West is planned for later in 2017.

How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues

Posted by on July 13, 2017

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Summer can be the best time of the year – it usually means time off work, warm weather and fun vacations! But it can also be a dangerous time if you have to deal with respiratory issues. Problems like asthma, COPD or other breathing ailments can be exacerbated by the summer heat and humidity. Here are some tips for helping you deal with these problems during the summer.

Avoid Heat Exhaustion

The heat can be a danger for anyone, but if you have respiratory problems you need to take extra caution to avoid heat exhaustion. If you start to feel weak, have a headache or feel nauseous, make sure to tell someone. You should try to get to a cool place and let yourself rest without any physical exertion.

Avoid High Altitudes

Higher altitudes mean thinner air, which makes it hard for people with respiratory issues to get the oxygen they need. If you’re planning a summer vacation, try to avoid places with high altitudes. If you do have a mile-high destination in your plans, be sure to take extra precautions to protect yourself from getting short of breath.

Drink Lots of Water

Sip water throughout the day, not just when you feel thirsty. Thirst occurs after you’re already dehydrated and if you have a respiratory issue you need more water than others to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to extra mucus in your lungs, which can make breathing even harder.

Clean Your Air Conditioner

Indoor air quality is also a factor during the summer months when your air conditioner is turned on full blast. Make sure you clean the filter on your air conditioner regularly – at least twice a year. This will remove bacteria, mold and dust so that you can improve the quality of inside air and reduce the instance of breathing problems.

Stay on Top of Your Meds

If you take medication for respiratory issues, make sure you are never without it in the summer. It’s more important than ever to take your medications regularly in order to avoid further issues. If you have an inhaler, be sure to keep it on you at all times and make sure to have a spare in case it’s running low.

If you are suffering from respiratory issues, don’t hesitate to call or visit Physician’s Urgent Care. We can help you with any medical problems or emergencies.

How to Stay Safe in and Around Your Home During National Safety Month

Posted by on June 2, 2017

June is National Safety Month, which makes it a great time to review your safety procedures. The following are several important ways to keep you and your family safe this summer.

How to Stay Safe in Your Home

There are a few simple ways to keep your home safe. First and foremost, make sure to always keep all of your doors and windows locked, both when away from your home as well as when you’re in for the night.

Since it’s the summer, you might be taking a trip with your family. While it’s tempting to post photos on social media, you should avoid doing so until you are back home. Posting vacation photos in real time gives someone the opportunity to break into your home with the knowledge that you and your family are hundreds of miles away.

Avoiding Accidents in and Around Your Home

During the summer months, you might have more people in and around your house than usual. From children home for summer vacation to BBQs and other events, keeping your home decluttered can prevent stubbed toes and other, perhaps more serious, injuries.

When you clean hardwood floors, make sure to dry them before anyone walks on them, or at the very least, make sure everyone in the home knows that the area is slippery.

Keeping Your Kids Safe During the Summer Months

During the school year, your children are under the supervision of educators for a significant portion of the day. During the summer, however, this is typically not the case. Finding structured activities for your children to get involved in, for example, summer camp, can keep them under adult supervision.

If they are home, make sure they understand the importance of keeping doors locked. If they are playing outside, emphasize the importance of staying out of busy streets.

If an unfortunate accident or injury does occur, it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Physicians Urgent Care provides high-quality care right when you need it. To get urgent medical assistance or to simply learn more about your community urgent care center, contact Physicians Urgent Care.


Spider Bites

Posted by on May 10, 2017

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Spiders are beneficial creatures — they help keep the insect population down. While they try to stay out of the way of humans, sometimes you can’t avoid crossing paths. The spider may defend itself by biting you if it feels threatened by your presence. In most cases, a spider bite isn’t anything to worry about, but there are a few dangerous species that require treatment.

Symptoms of a Spider Bite

You may feel pain and see redness and swelling around the bite area. In many cases, it won’t look much different from a typical bug bite. Bites from venomous spiders have an additional set of symptoms. You might have muscle cramps, start running a fever, or have a growing ulcer at the location of the bite. The pain also tends to spread throughout your body, rather than remaining localized.

Spider Bites That Require Treatment in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to many spider species, including the wolf spider and the zipper spider. You don’t have to go through any treatment for these types, as they don’t pose a threat to humans. However, brown recluses, black widows and brown widows are also in this region. These spiders have bites that can cause serious problems, especially if they go unaddressed. In some cases, they can have fatal consequences.

You start by cleaning the bite area and applying antibiotic ointment to it. Elevate the area if possible. Over-the-counter pain medications are appropriate to use for bites. Seek medical treatment if you are experiencing severe pain or suspect that the bite came from one of the three dangerous spiders. Black widow antivenom may be necessary.

When you go to a medical facility, provide as much information as possible about the bite and about the spider if you happened to catch a glimpse of it. Some spiders look similar to their venomous cousins but don’t require treatment when they bite.

A spider bite is a mild annoyance in most cases, but it’s important not to ignore it if you think you might have encountered a black widow, brown widow or brown recluse in Tennessee. The faster you get medical attention, the better chances you have of avoiding serious side effects.

Did you get bitten by a spider and need help? Visit Physicians Urgent Care in Franklin, TN and Brentwood, TN for fast, effective care.


Spring Break Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by on April 7, 2017

Spring Break Safety Tips for Kids

Spring break is a great time to take a vacation, as it’s before all the popular destinations fill up for the summer. Whether you’re going camping, heading to the beach or staying home for a week, use these safety tips to keep your kids safe.

Use Plenty of Sunscreen

The temperatures might be nice, but that doesn’t mean the sun isn’t doing damage already. Look for sunscreen designed for sports and other activities. This formula won’t wash off when the kids get sweaty or jump in the pool. Reapply it every few hours or as instructed on the container.

Keep Cellphones Charged

Make sure that your children have a well-charged phone whenever they go on adventures. If they get into trouble or end up lost, the cellphone is a valuable tool for getting them back safe and sound. Set ground rules, including that your children must answer the phone when you call. You should also make it clear that they can call no matter what type of emergency occurs. Regular check-in times are another way to ensure that your kids are doing okay when they’re out of your immediate vicinity.

Put Together a First Aid Kit

You don’t need to cut a fun day short due to minor accidents. Pack a basic first aid kit in your bag so you can handle the cuts, scrapes and bruises that are a common result of childhood fun. Here are a few things to include:

  • Bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Burn spray
  • Aloe vera gel
  • OTC painkillers
  • Gauze pads
  • Surgical scissors
  • Medical tape

Research the Closest Medical Care Facilities in Advance

Sometimes kids get injuries that require capabilities beyond those of your first aid kit. Before you go to your spring break vacation destination, look up the medical facilities closest to the area. You don’t want to be trying to find this information when you’re in the middle of a crisis.

Want professional and fast medical care to help your kids in their time of need? Physicians Urgent Care in Franklin, TN and Brentwood, TN can get your vacation back on track by fixing serious situations and allowing you to avoid the emergency room wait and fees. Learn more about our services.

8 Poison Prevention Tips

Posted by on March 27, 2017

Children under the age of six account for almost half of all instances of poisoning in the United States each year, with infants and toddlers between age one and two at the highest risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home.

Accidents may not always be preventable, but taking a few precautions can help to safeguard your home and reduce the risk of accidental poisoning. Physicians Urgent Care offers these tips on how you can prevent poison-related accidents in your home:

  1. Have a Plan — The American Association of Poison Control Centers recommends programming the Poison Help number, (800) 222-1222, into your cell phone and keeping it handy so that it is readily available in the event of an emergency.
  2. Carefully Read Food, Medicine and Household Product Labels — Even items packaged and branded as “all natural” can contain ingredients that may be harmful if ingested or trigger a potentially serious or fatal allergic reaction. Taking a little time to read the entire list of ingredients and handling instructions for food, cleaning products, and prescription and over the counter medications can prevent accidental exposure.
  3. Practice Safe Storage — Keep all cleaning, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and electronic products safely stored out of reach and locked if there are children under the age of six in the home.
  4. Install Alarms — Make sure your home is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and frequently check the batteries (set a calendar reminder) to ensure the alarms are active.
  5. Practice Appliance Safety — If you have older appliances, like refrigerators, air conditioners and kitchen stoves, have them serviced by a professional to ensure that they meet all current safety standards and regulations.
  6. Ventilate — Open windows and make sure that clean air is circulating in the home when cleaning with products that contain chemicals like ammonia and bleach, and properly dispose of all used paper towels, rags and cleaning applicators by sealing them off and throwing them out immediately so that they are out of your child’s reach.
  7. Properly Dispose of Expired Medications
  8. Know Your Family’s Allergy Status — Consult with your pediatrician and family doctor about potential allergies to food or medication

What to Do in a Poison Emergency

If you suspect your child or a member of your family has been exposed to a poisonous substance, remain calm and call 911 if they have collapsed or stopped breathing. If they are alert, contact the Poison Control Center.

At Physicians Urgent Care we offer emergency treatment to walk-in patients, without traditional emergency room wait times. Contact us in Franklin, TN (615) 472-1550 or Brentwood, TN (615) 457-3864.

First Aid: What to Do If You Have an Allergic Reaction

Posted by on February 28, 2017

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Allergies are common, as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the U.S. have allergies. Knowing how to avoid your allergens is important, and recognizing an allergic reaction can save your life. Let’s look at some common allergens, some symptoms and what to do if you have a serious reaction.

Common Allergens

Some common allergens include things like pollen, certain trees or grasses, insect bites, medications, latex and many different foods like seafood, peanuts, and eggs. The key to avoiding your particular allergens is by knowing what they are; allergy tests are available which can nail this down for you.

Common Symptoms

There are as many different symptoms of allergies as there are allergens themselves. For this reason, it is important that you notice when something seems amiss. This is especially important when taking new medications or traveling to a new area.

  • Outdoor allergens like pollens, plants, and grasses are most frequently to blame for watery eyes, clogged and inflamed sinuses, sneezing and breathing issues.
  • Inside allergens like cigarette or cigar smoke, pet dander, mold spores and even dust can cause allergic reactions.
  • Food allergies often result in tingling in your mouth, and your lips, tongue or throat might swell. Hives are common as well. In severe cases, anaphylaxis results.
  • Medication allergies typically manifest themselves as skin inflammation like itchy hives, facial swelling, rashes, wheezing and stomach problems. Some, notably the common blood pressure medication, Lisinopril, result in a constant dry cough. It is important to thoroughly read the list of side effects that your medicines have so you will be ready in the event of an allergic reaction.
  • Insect sting allergies result in large swollen areas around the bite, hives or itching, wheezing, a cough or shortness of breath.

Severe allergic reactions lead to anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening. The symptoms come on quickly; problems like breathing issues, throat tightness, swelling, hives, nausea, vomiting, fainting or dizziness. Some people also get a rapid pulse or their heart will stop beating.

Allergy Care

Luckily, most people who experience allergy problems only have mild to moderate symptoms that are easily managed. However, if you’ve had serious attacks or you are at risk for anaphylaxis, you must keep medication with you to counteract it; medicines like EpiPen, Auvi-Q and Adrenaclick are examples of these.

For those with less severe allergy issues, avoiding your allergens is the best course of action. When you accidentally come into contact with them, antihistamines or decongestants can often help.

If you still have symptoms, or they get worse or persist, stop by your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care right away. Our physicians are available seven days a week and no appointment is necessary.

10 Ways to Prevent Kitchen Burn Injuries While at Home

Posted by on January 24, 2017

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Did you know that fires and burns are the 3rd leading cause of accidental home injury deaths? Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a safe place, but it can also be a place in which many injuries can occur if you fail to take the proper precautions. One the most common injuries that can occur in a home is a burn injury, and one of the places people get burned the most is in the kitchen.

By taking the necessary precautions when cooking or using other kitchen items, and following a few safety rules, you can greatly reduce the risk of you or a loved one sustaining a burn injury.

  1. Don’t wear loose fitted clothing near open flames from the stove.
  2. Always use potholders and oven mitts that are in good condition when removing hot pans or pots from the stove.
  3. Don’t leave potholders, oven mitts or other flammable materials near the stove when it is on.
  4. Don’t overfill pots with water or other liquid to keep them from boiling over.
  5. Always use a lid or mesh screen over pots and pans on the stove to avoid hot great splatter.
  6. Don’t lean directly over pots when removing the lid; the steam could be scalding.
  7. Don’t leave food that’s still cooking unattended, especially fried or grilled foods. The heat of the pot or pan may rise higher than you thought, causing the handle to deliver an unexpected burn.
  8. Always keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen in case of flare-ups or electrical fires.
  9. If you have small children, don’t use a dainty tablecloth, which can be easily pulled out. This can lead to a burn injury when hot food or drinks on the table falls on them.
  10. Keep all flammable items and substances out of the kitchen. For example, air fresheners should not be used in the kitchen when the stove is on.

Often burn injuries that occur in the kitchen and other areas of the home typically happen when a person stops paying attention or acts in an unsafe manner. Even the smallest burn injury can be painful and severe, so it’s important to practice proper safety at all times when working and handling hot objects and kitchen appliances.

If you sustain a minor burn injury at home, be sure to stop by your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care in Brentwood, TN or Franklin, TN to be seen right away. Our well-trained, superstar doctors and staff are available seven days a week, with not appointment necessary. Get compassionate, emergency room care at a fraction of the cost without the long wait.

For information about what to do after you’ve been burned, check out our blog: “4 Steps After You’ve Been Burned.”