Phoenix Family Medical Clinic provides a wide range of services for all members of your family. We offer below health care services and provide quality and compassionate care. Please contact us at (602) 773-5600 in Phoenix or (480) 751-1900 in Ahwatukee.
Is it ADD? Or ADHD? What's the difference?
The difference is mainly one of terminology, which can be confusing at times, whereas the "official" clinical diagnosis is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or AD/HD.
Most people use the term ADD as a generic term for all types of AD/HD. The term ADD has gained popularity among the general public, in the media, and is even commonly used among professionals. Whether we call it ADD or AD/HD, however, we are all basically referring to the same thing. According to epidemiological data, approximately 4% to 6% of the U.S. population has ADHD. That is about 8 to 9 million adults.
At Phoenix Family Medical Clinic we diagnose and treat mild symptoms of ADHD and refer out patients for expert treatment to Behavior specialists.
To assign Ad/HD diagnosis for a patient the most common features include:
- distractibility (poor sustained attention to tasks)
- impulsivity (impaired impulse control and delay of gratification)
- hyperactivity (excessive activity and physical restlessness)
ADD/ADHD that is undiagnosed and untreated can cause problems in virtually every area of your life.
- Physical and mental health problems. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD can contribute to a variety of health problems, including compulsive eating, substance abuse, anxiety, chronic stress and tension, and low self-esteem. You may also run into trouble due to neglecting important check-ups, skipping doctor appointments, ignoring medical instructions, and forgetting to take vital medications.
- Work and financial difficulties. Adults with ADD/ADHD often experience career difficulties and feel a strong sense of underachievement. You may have trouble keeping a job, following corporate rules, meeting deadlines, and sticking to a 9-to-5 routine. Managing finances may also be a problem: you may struggle with unpaid bills, lost paperwork, late fees, or debt due to impulsive spending.
- Relationship problems. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD can put a strain on your work, love, and family relationships. You may be fed up with constant nagging from loved ones to tidy up, listen more closely, or get organized. Those close to you, on the other hand, may feel hurt and resentful over your perceived "irresponsibility" or "insensitivity".
The wide-reaching effects of ADD/ADHD can lead to embarrassment, frustration, hopelessness, disappointment, and loss of confidence. You may feel like you'll never be able to get your life under control. That's why a diagnosis of adult ADD/ADHD can be an enormous source of relief and hope.
We Can Treat Mild Forms of ADHD at Phoenix family Medical Clinic, for severe symptoms we will refer the patient out to a specialist behavioral physician or counselor.
Stimulant medications, like methylphenidate (Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, and so on), do make people without ADHD more alert and awake; they stimulate activity in the frontal regions of the brain. The reason they don't make hyperactive adults more restless is that these parts of the brain are underactive in those with ADHD. There is not enough norepinephrine and dopamine to send signals between neurons to stimulate the mind to pay attention or sit still.
As far as we know, you can take it for as many years as you may need to manage your symptoms and reduce related impairments. At this time, manufacturers of such medications recommend that women discontinue taking ADHD medications when they become pregnant.
Our providers at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic treat Bronchitis. We provide same day and walk in appointments to our patients.
What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is an inflammation in the lungs that some people call a chest cold. It can be a miserable, but minor, illness that follows the common cold -- or a more serious condition like a chronic smoker's hack. A cough, phlegm, and feeling tired are typical symptoms of bronchitis, but these are also symptoms of other illnesses, so getting the right diagnosis is important.
The providers at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic treat chronic migraines and headaches with a new treatment methodology using repetitive transnasal applications using a special delivery mechanism applied to the nasal pathway.
Migraines are a highly prevalent medical disorder considered a leading cause of worldwide disability. Historically, migraine has been viewed as a self limiting episodic pain disorder, but there is growing acceptance in the medical community of a disease model whereby Chronic Migraine is considered end stage consequence of uncontrolled or poorly controlled episodic migraine.
The Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) contains the largest group of neurons outside the brain. It is located at the end of the nasal passage that innervate the mouth, soft palate, tonsils, and membranes lining the nasal cavity. The most common method for SPG blockage is the transnasal approach. Traditional methods involve Q Tips or cotton applicators and were ineffective in proper blockade. With the new delivery device, our providers can achieve SPG blockade and help relieve the migraine symptoms.
The treatment program suggests 6 weeks of treatment with a twice weekly schedule for a total of 12 treatments for full effectiveness for chronic headaches and migraines. The benefit of the treatment are observed at 15 and 30min post procedure time points and sustained at the 24hour time point. Over the 6-week injection cycle, there is a statistically significant reduction of the headache and migraine symptoms using the SPG block using bupivacaine.
The side effects are minimal and include unpleasant taste and mouth numbness. These are mild and short in duration and resolve spontaneously.
If you are experiencing headache or migraine symptoms, please schedule an appointment with the providers at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic to discuss potential treatment with the Nasal delivery device at one of our offices.
Depression Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.
Depression affects 15 Million people in the United States. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Phoenix Family Medical Clinic treats the symptoms of depression in a variety of settings with in clinic help and with referrals to specialists.
The digestive system in an intricate system than can be disrupted by disease, diet, and emotional stress. Common digestive problems such as heartburn/GERD, IBS and IBD cause millions of Americans to suffer daily and limit quality of life. Digestive problems often results in symptoms such as:
- Stomach Pain
- Stomach Cramps
- Acid reflux
An electrocardiogram (ECG) measures the heart's electrical activity to help evaluate its function and identify any problems that might exist. The ECG can help determine the rate and regularity of heartbeats, the size and position of the heart's chambers, and whether there is any damage present. At Phoenix Family Medical Clinic we perform EKGs are a routine test for patients that present with symptoms like shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain and for chronic heart patients.
How Is an ECG Done?
There is nothing painful about getting an ECG. The patient is asked to lie down, and a series of small metal tabs are pasted to the skin with sticky papers. These electrodes are placed on the shoulders, the chest, the wrists, and the ankles. After the electrodes are in place, the patient is asked to hold still and to hold his or her breath briefly while the heartbeats are recorded for a short period. The information is interpreted by a machine and drawn as a graph. The graph consists of multiple waves, which reflect the activity of the heart. The height, length, and frequency of the waves are read by our medical providers to determine the health of the patient's heart.
A person's heartbeat should be consistent and even. ECGs look for abnormally slow and fast heart rates, abnormal rhythm patterns, conduction blocks (short-circuits of the heart's electrical impulses that cause rhythm inconsistencies between the upper and lower chambers) — and four types of heart damage:
- ventricular hypertrophy — an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle
- ischemia — caused by an abnormally decreased blood supply
- cardiomyopathies — abnormalities in the heart muscle itself
- electrolyte and drug disturbances — these can alter the heart's electrochemical environment
Computerized ECGs can be combined with other tests to provide a multimedia account of the heart. These additional tests includeechocardiograms (which are basically "ultrasound" tests that bounce sound off the heart and use the echoes to produce an image) and thallium scans (which are kind of like X-rays and use a radioactive tracer, injected into the bloodstream, to help draw a picture of the heart).
When Can I Get ECG Results?
Results of the ECG done at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic are available immediately. The doctors at our clinic will analyze and interpret the ECG.
When is an EKG done?
- Check the heart's electrical activity.
- Find the cause of unexplained chest pain, which could be caused by a heart attack, inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart or angina.
- Find the cause of symptoms of heart disease, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, or rapid, irregular heartbeats (palpitations).
- Find out if the walls of the heart chambers are too thick (hypertrophied).
- Check how well medicines are working and whether they are causing side effects that affect the heart.
- Check the health of the heart when other diseases or conditions are present, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, diabetes or a family history of early heart disease.
The providers at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic may decide to refer out the patient to a cardiologist for an expert or second opinion.
Having high blood cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. About 1 of every 6 adult Americans has high blood cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But, when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries. This can lead to heart disease and stroke.
Phoenix Family Medical Clinic offers immunization for your entire family. Immunizations are recommended because they protect against diseases (give immunity) and make a disease less severe if it is contracted. Thanks to vaccines, most diseases prevented by vaccines are no longer common in this country. Even the few cases we have in the U.S. could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases if we stopped vaccinating.
A migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days. Migraine headaches result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. During the headache, an artery enlarges that is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery). This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery.
What Is a Sports Physical?
The sports physical exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport at your college, school or university. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season.
The two main parts to a Sports Physical are the medical history and the physical exam. A sports physical should not replace an annual wellness physical.
What is the Cost of a Sports Physical?
Phoenix Family Medical Clinic offers Sports Physicals at an unbeatable price of $30.
Are Sports Physicals covered through insurance?
Unfortunately, insurance plans do not cover Sports Physicals.
What to expect at your visit?
- Sign in at front desk kiosk, No appointment necessary.
- Your practitioner will review your medical history and immunizations and perform a simple physical exam to determine if you are able to safely participate in your chosen sport. If additional immunizations are needed, those will be at an additional charge.
- Your practitioner may conduct a urinalysis if required. Please note that additional charges apply for additional tests.
- At the end of your visit, your practitioner will stamp any medical forms required and also provide you with a summary, a receipt and if required, appropriate educational material.
Do I need an Appointment for a Sports Physical?
At Phoenix Family Medical Clinic you can walk in for a Sports Physical, even though it is always advisable to make an appointment.
Phoenix family Medical Clinic participates in CDC Vaccines for Children Program
Phoenix Family Medical Clinic is proud to participate in Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The VFC helps families of children who may not otherwise have access to vaccines by providing free vaccines to doctors who serve them.