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Physicians Urgent Care opens new clinic in Berry Farms

Posted by on August 30, 2017

Physicians Urgent Care Berry Farms

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 www.PhysiciansUrgentCare.com.

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.

Premium Medical Care in Tennessee

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

Urgent Care Services for Sports Injuries. ER Doctors Available In Brentwood, TN
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.

Tips for Staying Healthy Through the School Year

Posted by on August 5, 2015

Back to School Tips Physicians Urgent Care Brentwood, TNYou’re ready for them to go back to school. And you’re getting them ready to start the school year. Marking off the list of “must haves”: pencils, markers, note books, school books, backpack, and new clothes – for getting started. And one last family vacation weekend fling together before everyone is in a new grade.  As you check your list once more, your mind wanders to how to keep your children healthy through the coming school year. Physicians Urgent Care in Brentwood and Franklin Tennessee provide these tips to help you avoid the illnesses that come with kids going back to school.

There are some time-honored practices that serve to protect your youngsters from contacting, and from sharing, air-borne illnesses. Instill these as habits in your kiddos and help them stay healthy through the school year.

  1. “Wash your mittens, you darling kittens.” Does it get simpler? The habit of hand-washing goes the distance in guarding your little ones, and everyone, from germs. Teach your children to wash their hands with warm water and soap each time they use the bathroom, after recess and gym class, if at all possible, and before meal times. These habits will become ingrained, and you’ll have healthier kids.
  1. Teach your children that, while sharing is the right thing to do, they must not share their water bottle, drinking glass, or straw with their buddies.
  1. Make sure the children have breakfast before they leave home to start the school day. If a sit-down breakfast is out of the question, the meal can be on-the-go. A breakfast bar high in protein and drinkable yogurt give your kiddos a power-start to their morning. And include a chewable vitamin.
  1. A lunch box packed with easy, interesting, and healthy items will tempt your kiddos to eat. Finger foods might be best, and making each offering as convenient to eat as possible will go a long way. Include an icepack for safety’s sake.
  1. Get them moving after school. After a day of sitting and stress, kids need exercise to burn off some energy before sitting down to homework. And a quick snack of fruits and veggies before dinner will serve them well when they come home, too.
  1. The habit of a regular bedtime during the school year is important for your children’s health. Lights out, electronics off, eyes closed. Good luck, but give it the best shot. It truly is important.
  1. When your little ones are ill, keep them home. Remember the no-share rule. It goes for illnesses, too. Teach them to cough and sneeze into their elbow (or a Kleenex) rather than into their hands. Have them keep a Kleenex in their pocket for nose-blowing when they have the sniffles. And instruct them to not rub their eyes, that their unwashed “mittens” carry germs that can make them feel really lousy.
  1. Make sure that vaccinations are up-to-date, and keep the records in a secure place. Vision and hearing screenings prior to starting the school year could catch something you’ve missed and give your child the foundation for learning that every child needs – being able to see and hear in the classroom.

When you or a family member is ill or injured, come into your local Physicians Urgent Care in Brentwood or Franklin, Tennessee. You’ll be seen quickly by an ER physician at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit. And no appointment is necessary. Our care givers are ready to treat you well. When you need us, we’re in the neighborhood. Because your children staying healthy through the school year is your goal and ours.

 

‘Tis the Season for the Sniffles

Posted by on November 20, 2014

Upper Respiratory Infection Care in Franklin And Brentwood, TNYou’ve heard it called “the sniffles,” and you’ve most likely had “the sniffles.” It’s most common during the fall months, winter and early spring, and it’s the most common illness resulting in doctor visits and days of missed work and school. But “the sniffles” is an alias. This ailment is most likely a form of upper respiratory infection.

The majority of upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses. Symptoms include having a runny nose, a scratchy, sore throat and a cough. You may experience difficulty in getting a deep breath, and sometimes complications occur, but on the whole, the outlook is good since the symptoms of upper respiratory infections are treatable.

A meaner relative of the upper respiratory infection family is the sinus infection. The most common symptom of this illness is sinus pain.  When the cavities around your nose become inflamed, the swelling and pressure can cause headache and earache. It may feel that your whole face hurts. Add a runny nose and a sore throat into the mix and you’re in for a few days of discomfort.  These symptoms are generally worse in the morning, because of the fluid collection through the night.

Rest is important in combating upper respiratory infections.  Over-the-counter medications will counteract any fever and body aches.  Choose something that calms your cough so you can rest and a decongestant that will allow you to breathe easier.  Drink plenty of fluids to help flush your system and keep you hydrated.

Anytime you’re ill, and especially if you’re unsure of what is causing your illness, you should see a doctor.  If your illness is re-occurring, you may need specific treatment.

When you’re ill, in pain and in a hurry, come into Physicians Urgent Care. Just drive up and walk in – we’re in your neighborhood, and we’re here for you seven days a week. No appointment is necessary, and our ER doctors will see you in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit. When you need medical attention, we’ll provide prompt, qualified, compassionate care, and peace of mind. For directions, hours, and information in Franklin, Tennessee, call 615-472-1550.  In Brentwood, call 615-457-3864.

Food Allergies – When Moments Count

Posted by on May 28, 2014

Food Allergy Emergency Care - Brentwood, TNAre you among the 15 million Americans with food allergies, or parents of the nearly 6 million children who have food allergies?  Then you understand the potentially life-threatening medical situation of a food allergy emergency.  Managing food allergies to stay healthy includes protecting your children at school and being alert when you take your family out to eat. When you or your loved ones are affected, the skilled medical staff at the closest urgent care clinic becomes your hero.

Nearly any food can cause an allergic reaction, but only eight foods account for ninety percent of all food-allergic reactions in the United States:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

The only way to prevent a reaction when you’re allergic to a particular food is to avoid it entirely.

Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to a food or other substance, occurring within seconds or minutes of the allergen. Signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction include the following:

  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Skin rash, hives, flushed and pale skin
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Constriction of the airways; swollen throat and tongue, blocking normal breathing
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness and fainting

Once you or a loved one experiences an allergic reaction, serious reactions are a risk, and the severity of future reactions may increase. Ultimately, anaphylaxis can stop the breathing or heart beat of the person suffering under its effects.

Seek treatment at your nearest urgent care facility if you or your loved one experiences the symptoms of a food allergy or anaphylaxis. The Physicians Urgent Care, comprised of a team of specially trained and experienced medical professionals, is ready for your urgent medical needs.  You want an ER doctor without the wait of an ER. For the best walk-in medical treatment when you need immediate medical care, come to Physicians Urgent Care.