7 Secrets Every eMedical Urgent Care Physician in NJ Wants You to Know

Urgent Care Physician in NJWhether you wake up sick on New Year’s Day, take a spill on the ice or need a fast physical eMedical Urgent Care is your best bet to get treated quickly. But there are probably some things you didn’t know about us. Here are seven secrets every eMedical Urgent Care physician in NJ wants you to know:

7 Secrets Every Urgent Care Physician in NJ Wants You to Know

1. You Don’t Need an Appointment

The next time your regular doc tells you it will be months before you can get an appointment, walk-in and see us; we may be able to help. We offer complete urgent care, onsite laboratory and X-ray services at both of our centers and we’ll even electronically send your visit information to your primary care doctor on request. No appointment necessary.

2. We’ll Even See You on a Holiday

Illnesses and injuries don’t take a holiday vacation. Which is why we’re open seven days a week, including holidays! Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and other national and religious holidays, we’re open!

Our Berkeley Heights clinic is normally open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week. The Middletown clinic is normally open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

3. You May Be Surprised By What We Can Treat

If you’re concerned about a fracture or broken bone, the ER is not your only choice. We are equipped with state-of-the-art X-ray technology so our staff can explore every possible source of your pain during the visit. We’ll also provide IV fluids for dehydration and routine annual physicals that you may need to get quickly for work, school or a sports team.

4. We Provide Workplace Health Services

As a full-service, physician-staffed resource for workplace medicine, we’re here to support New Jersey employers. From medical exams and pre-employment testing to D.O.T. physicals and worker’s compensation services, we’ll help you custom-design a workplace program, provide compliance support and manage costs.

5. You Won’t Wait Long

At eMedical, you’ll receive the same quality care you’d receive at an emergency room…but without the long wait and expenses. Since emergency rooms attract people with life-threatening ailments, you could be waiting as long as 4 hours before being seen by a physician. Our pledge is that you’ll be seen by one of our professional providers within 30 minutes on average.

6. We Offer Autism-Friendly Services

eMedical Urgent Care has specially trained staff and an autism-friendly urgent care examination room located away from the bustling nurses’ station and public waiting area. Our autism-friendly urgent care room is equipped with iPad apps that help our staff communicate with patients who have autism as well as others who may have verbal impairments.

7. No Insurance? No Worries.

If you don’t have insurance, we offer affordable prices though our eCard membership. This discounted cost for your office visit is only $89 (compared to the usual office visit cost of $140-183).

Find Your Trusted Urgent Care Physician in NJ at eMedical

Looking for a trusted Urgent Care Physician in NJ? eMedical Urgent Care has two locations in New Jersey, both of which are prepared to handle the full spectrum of you and your family’s urgent care needs. From pediatrics to work physicals to those unfortunate accidents that may result in a sprain or even broken bones, we provide the best medical care. Fast.

Call to learn more about our services in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, (908) 464-6700, and Middletown, New Jersey, (732) 957-0707.

November is American Diabetes Month: Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

Symptoms Of DiabetesDid you know that 1 in 11 Americans today has diabetes? Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible disease. It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes. Often there are no outward signs from the 29 million Americans who fight this chronic illness every day. That’s why there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many.

This is exactly why the American Diabetes Association marks each November as American Diabetes Month: to bring extra attention to the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.

American Diabetes Month 2016: This is Diabetes

This year, the organization will showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes. The 2016 campaign is inviting us to use #ThisIsDiabetes to share personal stories and start a dialogue about what it means to live with diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is more than the medications and devices used to manage it. For many, diabetes dictates how they organize their day, what they eat at every meal, how they choose to be physically active and how they spend their money. People with diabetes can have health care costs that are 2.3 times higher than someone without diabetes, as type 1 and type 2 require very specific forms of treatment.

  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and there is no known way to prevent it. Approximately 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, which means their body does not produce any insulin. Insulin is critical for the body to transport glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into cells for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to live.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of cases in the United States, and is caused when the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a family history of diabetes and having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes). Some people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose (sugar) with healthy eating and being active; others may require oral medications or insulin, especially as the disease progresses. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as older adults.
  • Some women develop gestational diabetes, high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy, which requires treatment to protect the health of the mother and the baby. Gestational diabetes affects approximately 9.2 percent of pregnant women.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes: Know if You’re at Risk

If you experience any of these symptoms, please consult with one of our physicians for a diabetes screening. Early detection and proper treatment is key in preventing the symptoms of diabetes from manifesting into more aggressive medical complications.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Weight loss (even with a proper diet)
  • Incessant thirst
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequent urination
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Nerve pain

If you think you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or that you may have prediabetes, you should know that diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. For example, studies show that people at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by losing 5 to 7 percent of their weight.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases states there are two keys to success: getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week as well as eating a variety of low-fat foods and reduce the number of calories eaten in a day.

Experiencing Symptoms of Diabetes?

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms of diabetes and you have reason to suspect you might be ill, please come see us at either of our medical offices in Middletown, NJ or Berkeley Heights, NJ. We are open 7 days a week, including holidays, and offer walk-in immediate urgent care treatment. Contact us today with any questions.

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eMedical Urgent Care Offers Walk-in DOT Physicals

DOT physicals, also known as a “medical fitness for duty” exams, are required in order to operate a commercial vehicle. The purpose of this test is to check the individual’s current health, both physical and mental, to determine fitness for work and if they are “fit enough” to drive safely now (and in the foreseeable future).

Requirements for DOT Physicals

According to the Motor Vehicle Commission, below are the basic requirements for passing the DOT physical exam.

  • With or without vision corrections, each eye, as well as both eyes combined, need to have 20/40 vision.
  • Ability to distinguish color is necessary.
  • Should be able to perceive a forced whisper at a distance of at least 5 feet.
  • Blood pressure has to be lower than 160/100. Prescription medication to control blood pressure is permitted.
  • An applicant can have diabetes which is controlled through diet or medication. Diabetes which is controlled through insulin injections is not permitted
  • The maximum level of blood sugar an applicant is allowed to have is 200.
  • Use of schedule 1 drugs is strictly disallowed
  • If you are currently diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease such as collapse, congestive cardiac failure or cardiac insufficiency, then you will have to provide the Medical Examiner with a stress test as well as a note from your physician stating that you are able to drive a commercial motor vehicle without restrictions.

Most Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) drivers are required to take a DOT physical exam every 2 years to maintain their DOT medical certificate. Read more about DOT Compliance and Health Screenings on our blog.

DOT Physicals Required to Operate Commercial Vehicles.Preparing for DOT Physicals

To prepare for your appointment, make sure to bring a valid driver’s license, eye glasses or contact lenses, list of medications (and prescribing doctor contact information) and be prepared to give a urine sample. The doctor will review your health history with you and conduct a thorough physical examination.

Some friendly reminders:

  • Get a good night’s sleep so you’re well rested.
  • Take your medications as usual (bring all medications in original bottles to the DOT physical to show the doctor).
  • If you have high blood pressure, lay off the coffee and energy drinks. Caffeine can raise blood pressure which could turn a non-hypertensive driver into a restricted one…or disqualified.
  • Reduce your use of nicotine as much as possible to help lower blood pressure readings.
  • Drink plenty of water (remember that urine test?)
  • Get past the “white coat” syndrome, remember that we’re here to help you. Take a deep breath and just relax.

Employee Medical Care that Works

Looking for walk-in DOT physicals in NJ? At eMedical, we do DOT physicals quickly, accurately and hassle-free. No appointment necessary; walk-ins are always welcome!

We’re here to support your business as a full-service, physician-staffed resource. Your employees will receive the same quality care they’d receive at an emergency room – without the long wait and expense. eMedical Urgent Care offers various workplace health services, such as DOT physicals, for employers, which meet the regulations for all drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). View our employer brochure for more information or call our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey at (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey at (732) 957-0707. We welcome you to walk in, get your exam and be on your way.

What Causes Limb Pain and Weakness?

Reducing Limb Pain By StretchingMoving the “wrong” way, overworking a muscle group or tripping and falling can all contribute to an injury. You may first notice soreness when performing everyday activities such as picking up an object or walking up a flight of stairs. However, rapidly worsening symptoms could indicate a more severe problem such as an underlying medical condition. Below, we have outlined three common causes of limb pain and weakness and what you can do.

1. Overuse Injuries

The signs of aging are varied but can include tired joints, slower steps and longer recovery time from exercise. Sometimes joints can even age prematurely due to overuse during a particular period of time. Overuse injuries can occur during a short period, such as weeks or months, or over several years. Stretching regularly and maintaining good posture may help prevent severe damage, but over time limb pain and weakness can occur. Talk to your doctor about problematic joints, or visit an urgent care center for more immediate care if you experience a sprain, strain or fracture.

2. Labor-Related Injuries

The latest blizzard will not be soon forgotten, and winter still has a long way to go. Following these top tips for safety in the snow can help protect you from harm, but limb pain can still occur after a slip and fall. Shoveling snow could also contribute to a lower back injury that could send you to urgent care.

Another type of injury that can cause leg soreness and weakness is a lumbar disc herniation. This condition can be caused by wear as we age, but, according to WebMD, it also can occur following a sudden strain to the lower back.

3. Underlying Medical Issues

If you experience both limb pain and weakness on a regular basis, this could indicate a serious underlying condition. For example, although fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain disorder and diabetic neuropathy is a nerve-related disorder, both can cause soreness and weakness. Autoimmune conditions including multiple sclerosis, lupus and celiac disease also can cause joint and body pain.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), up to 22 million Americans have autoimmune disorders, and millions of them may be undiagnosed. These conditions frequently cause inflammation, which irritates joints and body parts. In many cases, these types of underlying medical conditions are first suspected following an urgent care visit for unknown symptoms.

Limb Pain Diagnosis and Treatment

If you are experiencing body soreness, tingling or severe weakness, visit an urgent care facility for prompt medical attention. eMedical Urgent Care has a team of experienced physicians in both of our convenient locations to help you determine and treat any unusual symptoms. Our walk-in clinics are ideal for busy schedules or times when your primary care physician is unavailable. Call to learn more about our urgent care, X-ray and lab services at our locations in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, (908) 464-6700, and Middletown, New Jersey, (732) 957-0707.

The Importance of Sleep and The Dangers of Energy Drinks

Dangers in Energy Drinks

Chances are, you or someone you know is suffering from sleep deprivation. Side effects include daytime fatigue, increased food consumption and slow reaction time.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night, while adults need 7 to 9 hours. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t get the sleep they need due to busy schedules or difficulty sleeping. In addition, many people of all ages are consuming copious amounts of overly caffeinated beverages, which further complicates matters. Read on for more information on proper sleep and the dangers of energy drinks.

The Importance of Sleep

Humans’ natural wake and sleep cycles are determined by the body clock, known as the circadian rhythm. Sleep is essential to repair muscles, rebuild the immune system, store information into long-term memory, and be strong and focused for the next day. Stimulants such as external light, computer blue light and coffee and other caffeinated beverages or food products can easily disrupt the circadian rhythm. For example, individuals may choose to stay up late to hang out with friends or finish working on a project, grabbing a caffeinated beverage to stay alert along the way. This quick decision may have lasting effects on one’s sleep patterns, however.

Unfortunately, friendly marketing often overshadows the risks involved when consuming a highly caffeinated beverage. In addition to promising an energy boost, many drinks advertise increased focus, stamina and mental performance. Some brands highlight their vitamin-based additives, further distracting from the drink’s possible consequences. These beverages are readily available and accessible to children, teenagers and adults, and their popularity may make them seem safe. In reality, however, there are many possible negative side effects to consider.

The Dangers of Energy Drinks

Research published in 2013 and 2014 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that the number of emergency department visits involving such beverages doubled between 2007 and 2011 to more than 20,000 cases. Potential problems caused by the beverages can include:

  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Irregular or racing heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Insomnia and other difficulties sleeping
  • Headache
  • Irritability

How could a can or two cause problems? Each can may contain five times as much caffeine as a single cup of coffee, so consuming them could lead to caffeine overdose. In addition, a 2015 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found a correlation between energy drinks and higher blood pressure, putting more strain on one’s system. The symptoms listed above may be amplified if the drink is consumed along with alcohol. It may not be worth these risks to continue a high-caffeine habit.

When to Visit eMedical Urgent Care

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above after drinking energy-boosting beverages, caffeine overdose could be the cause. Visit our walk-in clinic for a quick diagnosis and urgent medical care. We have convenient hours and locations in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, (908) 464-6700, and Middletown, New Jersey, (732) 957-0707.

Movember – Men’s Health Awareness Month

In honor of “Movember” and increasing the awareness for men’s health through the power of the mustache, eMedical Urgent Care has provided lifestyle tips that all men can make to stay healthy and strong. Movember is an annual campaign that runs throughout the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health. Led by The Movember Foundation – a leading global organization dedicated to supporting men’s health – the campaign challenges men to grow mustaches to generate conversation and raise funds for men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and other common diseases.

The Link between Prostate Cancer and Osteoporosis

Many common diseases that men often suffer from can be prevented. However, prevention starts with knowing how to protect ourselves and understanding the risks.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting American men. All men are at risk for prostate cancer, but most men diagnosed are 65 years or older. As men age, their risks for developing osteoporosis increases. Osteoporosis is of particular concern for men with prostate cancer as well as for prostate cancer survivors. Recently, a strong link has been found between hormone deprivation therapy, one of the treatments for prostate cancer, and the development of osteoporosis.

Lifestyle Tips for Bone Strength

  1. Nutrition: Maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet that is rich in vitamin D and calcium. Calcium builds strong bones, but vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.
  2. Exercise: Engage in moderate, regular weight-bearing exercise on most days of the week, such as walking, to help prevent bone loss and provide other great health benefits. Bone is living tissue (like muscle) that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Core strengthening is critical to strengthen muscles around the spine, which can prevent falls.
  3. Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid smoking and alcohol. Those who drink and smoke heavily are more prone to bone loss and fracture.
  4. Talk to your Doc: Many factors can affect bone strength, such as use of certain medications. Consult with your doctor at eMedical Urgent Care to explain your individual risks as well as prevention and treatment options. A bone mineral density test (BMD) DEXA scan (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) is the “gold-standard” bone test to determine the extent of your bone loss.

Movember – Men’s Health Awareness Month | Urgent Care Clinic

eMedical Urgent Care Raising Awareness for Men’s Health

It’s still #‎Movember. Mo’s are everywhere! It’s not too late to sign up and join the men’s health movement: Grow, Give, MOVE.

Imagine great doctors, superbly trained, available now (no appointment necessary), with lab and X-rays right in the office. Since 1984, you‘ve trusted us to provide state-of-the-art urgent medical care for you and your family. Our emergency medicine physicians provide urgent medical care to both adults and children. We also provide workplace health services to New Jersey employers.

Learn more about eMedical Urgent Care by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707.

Is Your Stomach Ache from Food Poisoning or a Stomach Bug?

Stomach Ache

We’ve all had those days when your stomach is twisting and churning…unsure if you just ate some bad seafood or if you’re feeling the symptoms of the stomach flu. Take a look at the differences below and learn ways to keep your belly happy.

What is Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning is an illness caused by bacteria or other toxins in food and causes vomiting and/or diarrhea. Food poisoning causes an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s difficult to tell the difference between food poisoning and the flu because they both have very similar symptoms.

How Does Food Become Contaminated?

  • Meat and poultry carcasses can become contaminated during slaughter
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables can be contaminated if they are washed or irrigated with contaminated water
  • Salmonella can infect a hen’s ovary causing an egg to be contaminated before the shell is even formed
  • Filter feeding shellfish can become contaminated when bacteria is present in the sea water or if human sewage is dumped into the sea
  • If a food handler does not wash his or her hands while being infected with a virus
  • If a food handler uses the same knife, cutting board, or other utensils without washing work stations in between preparing meals
  • Food left out over night can become highly contaminated

Most Common Foodborne Infections

Campylobacter: a bacterium causing fevers, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Eating undercooked chicken or other food that has been contaminated with drippings from raw chicken will bring this pathogen into your body.
Clostridium Perfringens: a bacterium that produces a toxin causing abdominal pains followed by diarrhea. It is commonly found in raw meat and poultry.
Salmonella: a bacterium that causes fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. It is carried in the intestines of birds, reptiles and mammals and is spread to the humans by eating foods with animal origin. If a person has a weakened immune system, it may invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

Viral Gastroenteritis (aka: The Stomach Bug)

The stomach bug, also known as the stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis, is unrelated to influenza viruses which cause respiratory illnesses as opposed to gastrointestinal. Gastroenteritis refers to the inflammation of the stomach and intestines and the most common cause in the U.S. is from the norovirus which spreads easily and quickly.

How Does the Stomach Bug Spread?

These viruses are transmitted through the fecal-oral route and can also be transmitted by ingesting contaminated food or liquids. The norovirus can survive on household surfaces for up to 2 weeks and can even survive some disinfectants, making it difficult to eradicate. Gastroenteritis symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea.

Preventing Food Poisoning and the Stomach Bug

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces where you will be preparing foods
  • Wrap raw meat securely and keep it stored away from other foods
  • Use a meat thermometer when grilling meats. Grilling meat may appear cooked on the outside, but it may not be cooked on the inside.
  • Don’t cross contaminate different foods
  • Keep everything refrigerated or frozen
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables to remove visible dirt and grime
  • Stay home if you are sick

Diagnosis and Treatment

Food poisoning and the flu can be very serious, and it can be extremely difficult to know for sure which illness you have, so it is best to be cautious and assume you are contagious. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, visit one of our eMedical Urgent Care offices in Berkeley Heights or Middletown, NJ to discuss your history, review symptoms and evaluate complications of vomiting and diarrhea such as dehydration. We will help diagnose and treat you to make you feel like yourself again! Learn more about our services by contacting us today! eMedical Urgent care is a great alternative when your primary care provider is not available. We can electronically send your visit information to your primary care provider upon request.