Time for Sports Physicals!

Posted by on April 8, 2014

Sports Physicals in Franklin TN

Are your kids excited about going to camp or participating in a sports program this spring or summer? Millions of others are lining up to sign up for the fun as well, so make sure you’re up to date for any sports physicals or health visits required for your child to attend and take part in these exciting activities.

Why get a sports physical?
Sports physicals are important check-ups designed to protect your children from illness and injury. When your kids play hard, you want to be sure that they are healthy and strong. Sports physicals ensure that kids enrolled in sports activities and summer camps are in good shape for participating in their chosen sport or program. Whether playing baseball or joining a swim team, you want to be assured your child is physically capable to be her or his best and to have fun.

Did you know that if you schedule an appointment with your family physician you could wait up to six weeks for a sports physical? If you don’t have six weeks, come into Physicians Urgent Care today. No appointments necessary! Our competent, compassionate staff and health care providers are here to serve you at your convenience. We’ll make sure that necessary immunizations are up-to-date, too. You can rest assured that your athlete is prepared to face the challenges on the field when the doctor signs the certificate.

Physicians Urgent Care is your one-stop health care center for sports physicals, and we are here to care for most sports injuries as well. With treatment and exercise, your star player will feel better and get back into the game quickly if injury strikes. Kick-start your kid’s spring or summer athletic program with a sports physical at Physicians Urgent Care in Franklin, TN, and rest assured that they’re ready to be the best team members they can be!

PHYSICIANS URGENT CARE ANNOUNCES NEW BRENTWOOD LOCATION

Posted by on March 6, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 6, 2014 – Physicians Urgent Care (PUC) of Franklin, Tenn. recently announced that they will open their second location in spring 2014 at The Shops at Seven Springs, a new retail center located on Old Hickory Blvd. in Brentwood, TN.

“We’re expanding our services to Brentwood to be closer to many of our patients,” said Dr. Brian Fengler. “We strive to make convenience a priority while continually offering the highest quality urgent care services available in Middle Tennessee.”

Physicians Urgent Care has proven that high quality care is a standard by consistently averaging a 99% customer satisfaction rating. ER visits often have long wait times and can cost thousands of dollars, but Physicians Urgent Care can have you out the door in less than an hour, often costing under $150.

The 4,200 square foot urgent care facility will be open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed by a group of experienced, emergency room doctors, including Dr. Nabil Boutros, Dr. Brady Allen, Dr. Brian Fengler, Dr. David Whetstone and Dr. Stephen Anderson. Unlike other minute or walk-in clinics, patients are seen by one of these skilled ER physicians every time.

The Brentwood Urgent Care location will offer on-site x-rays, fracture management and laceration care, as well as treatment for a number of illnesses and injuries, from sinus infections and pneumonia to insect bites and poison ivy relief.

Physicians Urgent Care also offers sports physicals and specializes in pediatric care; in fact, among the 5 partners in the group they have 17 children! Appointments are not necessary, but patients are encouraged to check-in online through InQuicker to allow for a faster and more convenient visit.

If you are sick or injured and need an experienced physician fast, visit their website at PhysiciansUrgentCare.com, call them at (615) 472-1550, or drop by the clinic today.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Fengler.
155 Covey Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 472-1550

Signs and Symptoms: Is It A Cold Or The Flu?

Posted by on February 11, 2014

Flu Shots Franklin TN Urgent CareAre you feeling “under the weather?” Cold and flu season is upon us, and if you’re runny nose or nagging cough has turned into a full-blown cold, then it may be time to drop by Physicians Urgent Care for a tune-up. Flu symptoms often start the same as a cold, but do you know when you’ve crossed over into the realm of influenza?

Cold or the Flu?

Both a cold and the flu may give you a sore throat, runny nose, chest congestion and a cough, but the flu will add a fever, muscle soreness and a headache. Cold symptoms usually last about a week with a contagious period of around 3 days. Flu symptoms usually last about the same amount of time (roughly 5 days) but are usually more severe and often leave you feeling run down for a week or more.

Taking precautions such as washing your hands and getting plenty of sleep during the cold and flu months is always wise, but if you haven’t yet had your seasonal flu vaccine, it’s not too late to get one. If you’re miserable with the symptoms of a cold or the flu, or want to get a flu shot to keep from feeling miserable later, come into the Physicians Urgent Care clinic in Franklin, Tennessee. We can help you find relief when you’re feeling the aches and discomfort of cold or flu-like symptoms. Open seven days a week with no appointments necessary, our experienced medical staff is here to help you.

For any injury, illness or pediatric medical needs, you can count on the compassion, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment at Physicians Urgent Care.  With convenient hours, we’re here for you and your family with on-site X-rays, diagnosis and treatment. At our facility, we are able to care for illnesses and injuries that most doctors’ offices are not equipped to handle. Your health care is our concern. When you are ill, in pain or in a rush, we are in your neighborhood to provide you with quality medical care.

Winter Allergies vs. a Cold – Am I Sick, or Are These Just Winter Allergies?

Posted by on January 15, 2014

We offer winter allergy relief at Physicians Urgent CareWinter is here and you heave a sigh of relief because pollen allergy season is over. But before long, you’re sneezy, sniffly and stuffy again. Do you have a cold, or do you suffer from winter allergies?

Winter allergy symptoms show up when you hibernate indoors due to the cold, inclement weather. The furnace blows warm air through the house along with dust, mold spores and insect particles. These specks get inhaled and promptly set off an allergic reaction. Having your pet inside with you during the cold months may also trigger allergic reactions due to their dander. Common symptoms of winter allergies include coughing and sneezing, itching eyes and a runny nose. These symptoms may last through winter, or they may come and go.

So how do you know whether you have allergies or a cold? Several of the symptoms are the same, but the differences are indicative. A cold usually lasts from 5 to 10 days, and often includes fever, chills and pain. Allergy symptoms last longer, but fever and pain are not included in the symptom list.

Here are a few preventive measures you can take in your home to lessen the symptoms of winter allergies…

  • Clear out items that have mold
  • Wipe down surfaces with a bleach solution
  • Wash the bedding in hot water each week
  • Don’t allow your pets into the bedroom or upon the bed
  • Use a HEPA filter to draw dust from the air of your home
  • Use a dehumidifier to lower and maintain the humidity at 50%

Treatment for fighting winter allergies includes taking medications or injections to control the symptoms. Also drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Inhaling steam from the shower helps many allergy suffers by loosening mucus and relieving congestion. If you don’t receive the relief you need with these measures and medications, visit the Physicians Urgent Care Clinic in Franklin, Tennessee. Our trained health care professionals will check you thoroughly and treat you and your symptoms to give you the relief you seek. We might not be able to control the weather, but we can alleviate your discomfort.  Come in today, and start feeling better.

Common Holiday Accidents and How To Avoid Them

Posted by on December 17, 2013

clinics franklin tn - holiday accident image“‘Tis the season to be jolly”—and did you know that it’s also the season for a variety of holiday accidents?  Just as “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” car crashes, falls, burns, and stress-related heart attacks displace our celebrations.  According to statistics, 40% of annual pedestrian accidents happen during the holidays.  And decking the halls can become downright dangerous if we’re not careful.  So here’s a quick heads up from your local urgent care clinic to keep you safe this holiday season!

Holiday-related fires injure over 1000 people annually. Christmas trees cause over 200 fires each year and candles are the culprit in many of those fires.  Space heater burns and burns acquired while cooking multiply at this time of year.   Holiday decorating accidents send over 1200 people to their local health care facility.  Falls due to inclement weather and tripping over holiday decorations and wiring add numbers to the accident tally.  Car accidents occur as, “bearing gifts, we traverse afar” “in a winter wonderland.”   And packing up all those gifts presents another risk—injuries due to lifting presents and carrying luggage are part of the mix.

As if it wasn’t enough, we must also watch what we eat in order to guard against weight gain through all the festivities. And food-borne illnesses require our attention as well so beware the leftovers.  And it isn’t just calories that must be watched.  Holiday plants that are poisonous to children and pets include poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly berries.

Winter sports also contribute a share in the injury numbers.  Did you know that 35,000 sledding accidents are recorded every winter?  Treatments ranging from cut wounds to skull fractures factor into these winter injury statistics.

As your local emergency physicians, Physicians Urgent Care wants to remind you that most holiday accidents occur when our attention is diverted from what we’re doing.  Avoiding distractions and being aware of your surroundings can help to avoid mishaps and related injuries. If you do need medical attention the season, your Franklin Urgent Care facility is here to take care of you.  We wish you and yours safety, peace and joy this season, and a happy New Year!

Symptoms of Pneumonia and Bronchitis

Posted by on December 5, 2013

Does that cold seem to have a grip on you that you’re just not able to shake?  You’ve taken a ton of vitamin C, drank a river of orange juice, and you still have that cough and sore throat? Feeling feverish? Hurts to breathe?  As for energy, forget it.  That went out the window a long time ago, right? Maybe you don’t have a cold. Maybe you have pneumonia. Or bronchitis.

But how do you know? Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, and bronchitis, an infection of the airways, have similar symptoms. However, the differences are sufficiently distinct for diagnosis and treatment.

Pneumonia Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms for pneumonia may be mild or severe, affected by various conditions. Both bacterial pneumonia and viral pneumonia can become life-threatening, especially when coupled with age or overall ill health.

Pneumonia usually comes on quickly with symptoms. The symptoms are cough and irritated throat, fever and chills, aching muscles and fatigue, and fast, shallow breathing. Symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Children generally experience symptoms similar to adults. But in adults over the age of 65, the symptoms exhibited may be milder, or varied, with lower than normal temperature.

Pneumonia may present itself as the flu at first. “Walking pneumonia” is associated with milder symptoms similar to a cold, but lasting longer and is usually diagnosed in young adults.

Bronchitis Signs and Symptoms

Bronchitis symptoms include cough (“wet” or “dry”), mild fever and chills, chest discomfort, and fatigue. The inflammation and narrowing of the air passages from the nose to the lungs causes difficulty in breathing, and often develops after a cold. The cough may last weeks, or even months.

If shortness of breath worsens, your cough produces blood, your fever is persistent and high, or your skin or nails become gray, seek treatment immediately. Complications can quickly become dangerous. Tests will be done to diagnose your illness. After receiving treatment, don’t rush your recovery. Rest, be certain to take the prescribed medications to completion, and drink plenty of hydrating fluids.

Our four Middle Tennessee Physicians Urgent Care locations are open seven days a week to care for you should you experience any summertime illness!

West Nashville –  On Charlotte Pike, in front of the Nashville West Shopping Center

Brentwood –  Off Old Hickory Blvd, near Firebirds and the Well Coffee Shop

Berry Farms – Located off the Goose Creek Bypass in the Berry Farms Town Center, just down from Publix.

Franklin – On the corner of Route 96 & Carothers Parkway in front of Williamson County Medical Center.

 

 

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Posted by on October 8, 2013

Halloween Safety Tips Franklin, TN Urgent CareHaving fun on Halloween follows only Christmas and their own birthday for days that make kids happy. But what was, in the past, a carefree evening for kids in the neighborhood has become a night of concern for parents everywhere.

There has to be a balance in the mix of how to allow your children to have a great evening of innocent fun and still manage to keep them safe from harm. There are ways to make it work, and parents can incorporate several Halloween safety tips that will give them peace of mind while the kiddos have an exciting night.

Let’s look at some ideas that afford both parents and children just what they’re looking for on Halloween.

Visibility

Visibility is a major concern for parents and drivers after dark. Dress your children in light-colored costumes, and add strips of reflective tape to both the front and back of the costume. Flashlights or glow sticks are also a good idea for the kiddos to carry. Together these “tricks” will make the kids easier to be seen.

Remind your children of general safety rules for crossing the streets when they are out for Halloween. If they’ll check both ways before stepping out into the street, and have their flashlight and reflective clothing, they’ll see cars before there is danger, and drivers will be able to see them.

Costume Considerations

Well-fitting costumes that are the right length for your child protect him from tripping over his own clothes, lessening the risk of falls. She may want to wear high heeled shoes, but she’ll be safer and more comfortable in flatter-soled footwear.

Flame-retardant costumes, whether of manufactured fireproof fibers, or through chemical treatment, will help keep kids safe. Do-it-yourself sprays are also available if you make up the costume from home clothing.

Face-painting wins out over a mask in offering children a full field of vision. If a mask is part of the costume, be certain the eye holes are large enough for good range of vision, and that the nose holes allow for easy breathing.

Name tags that include a phone number may be a good precaution.

Treats

Feed your children well before they go out to gather treats. This will help them to follow your rule of not eating any of their candy until they return home and you have opportunity to examine it. After you’ve gone through everything, let them know that eating only a few pieces of candy at a time allows the treats to last longer. Not that anyone really expects that “trick” to work, but you can always try.

Accompaniment

For ultimate protection and peace of mind, accompany your children on Halloween. Take a group for even more fun together. If you are unable to go with your kids, pay a trusted teen-ager to herd them for you. Remind them that they are not to go into any houses, nor get into any vehicles with strangers. Only going to doors where the home’s porch light burns is a good rule to follow.

Halloween safety is important to us all. Following these few tips can go a long way to making this Halloween a happy night for everyone. And when you tuck your children safely into bed, remember—only a few pieces of candy at a time!

Physicians Urgent Care
155 Covey Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 472-1550
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The Affordable Care Act: Countdown to Coverage

Posted by on September 10, 2013

How will the affordable care act affect me?How, exactly, will the new health care law, The Affordable Care Act, affect you and your family?  Who will answer your questions?  Who will be covered?  What conditions will be covered?  What are the premiums to be, and how are they set?  When does all this start, anyway?  Where do you go for information that will clear up the confusion that abounds right now?

One site to search for your options for health care coverage that lays out information on the various plans offered, private insurance plan comparisons, comprehensive benefits and qualification information, and facts regarding cost to you is http://www.healthcare.gov/. This site has the latest data for determining which insurance plans are available to you in your state, and how to enroll in your selected plan.

All of the coverage plans offered under The Affordable Care Act are required to cover a comprehensive set of benefits including doctor visits, wellness care, hospital stays, and prescriptions. Denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions is prohibited, and everyone must be fairly treated under the prescribed plans.

Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014. Check out the government’s healthcare site as soon as possible for how all this works for you and what your benefits will be.  There are key deadlines, so visit the site for resources and checklists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in English and Spanish and other languages.  Find out if you qualify for programs such as Medicaid or CHIP or lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

The Affordable Care Act is set to make changes in the lives of millions of Americans. Health insurance billed to fit your budget and meet your health needs is set to take effect with the coming New Year.  If you need to speak with a knowledgeable customer service representative, call 1-800-318-2596. Get informed, get coverage, and get ready for government-provided health care.

Physicians Urgent Care
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Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 472-1550
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