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Here at the Phoenix Family Medical Clinic, we believe that any time of year is a great time to start implementing sustainable, healthy lifestyle choices. this is the time of year where everyone talks about their new mantra: new year, new you. We agree! The new year can be a great time for a fresh and healthy start. We also know that it can be difficult to change old habits. Here are some tips that can help you get started.

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Trigger Point Injections or TPIs are an often-used pain management technique. It is so called because they are used to treat suspected trigger points or painful knots of muscle formed as a result of the muscle’s failure to relax. You can often feel these knots under your skin. They are most often found in the upper back and shoulder areas. Trigger points have the ability to affect the nerves around them and cause pain in other parts of your body. TPIs can treat a number of conditions like myofascial pain syndrome, tension headache and fibromyalgia.

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How do you find out if you are allergic to something? Most people come to recognize their allergy triggers of their own in time. They try to prevent any contact with these substances after they're realized they are allergic to them. While this works out fine, for the most part, it is more difficult to diagnose certain kinds of allergy. An allergy specialist can step in and run allergy tests to help you identify what's triggering your allergy in such cases. Allergy tests are not enough to diagnose allergy but are a good first step. A person's medical history and a thorough doctor's examination is also required to properly detect an allergy in a person.

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Depression is a disease, and like any disease, you should seek treatment for it. You can get through it with the help of proper treatment and medication. But there are little changes that you can affect onto your lifestyle that will help your depression immensely. Changing your line of thought, your behavioral patterns and the amount of activity you get daily can have a significant bearing on your feelings of helplessness and dejection. Let's look at some ways in which you can make yourself feel better naturally despite being diagnosed with clinical depression –

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The prospect of having to sit down and talk about your sex life with your doctor may seem uncomfortable, but it is fairly necessary. If you keep your doctor informed about your sexual health, he/she will be better able to help you manage your overall health. On top of that, doctors are usually a great information source for sex and birth-related topics. Below, we discuss ways in which you can go about broaching this subject to your doctor without making yourself or them uncomfortable in the process –

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BMI or Body Mass Index is an estimate of the amount of body fat you have. It is good measure to understand your overall fitness level and how prone you are to chronic diseases in the future. BMI is calculated by squaring your height and putting it in ratio with your weight. Taller people usually have a higher BMI as they contain more tissue in their bodies than shorter people.

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Our digestive system starts right from our mouths and ends at our anus. Its goal is to process the food and drink we consume and derive energy and nutrients from it to supply to our body. The energy derived is used to make our body function and repair our tissue. The digestive system also deals with the remaining food waste after we’re done extracting all we need from it.

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Medical technology has advanced a lot in the last decade. However, it has not been able to protect us from novel viruses, toxins or unhealthy eating habits. There is still a long way to go in making the human population disease-free. Numerous health treats have threatened to put us at risk over the last decade. Some of them have been almost harmless, others more serious but exaggerated and some actually lethal. Let’s take a closer look at the deadliest diseases that we’ve witnessed this past decade. Go through the list and tell us if it surprises you –

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2018 has been ripe with advancements in healthcare technology. Let’s look at some of these below –

  • A DNA test that can predict how likely side-effects are for a drug – Researchers at Japan’s Tohoku University have developed a DNA test for East Asians taking thiopurine drugs that checks any abnormal activities of the immune system. Scientists believe that DNA testing of drugs for side effects among Easterners is more effective than testing on Caucasians as Caucasians report fewer side effects.

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OTC medication is wildly popular. It is used to self-medicate for a variety of health complaints starting from headache, muscle ache, heartburn, fever and digestive issues to allergies and other skin conditions. Over 300,000 OTC drugs is available in the US market alone.

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Our healthcare industry focuses on treating illnesses rather than maintaining health. Pain is countered by administering synthetic drugs that push it beyond the surface only to reappear again. It is not dealt with in a conclusive manner. Healthcare has become a business opportunity for medical professionals to offer short-term stop-gap solutions to their patients so they regularly frequent their clinics.

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Integrative medicine is a complementary and alternative medicine practice focused on the individual being treated. It examines his/her lifestyle and then uses all available therapies. It is used in conjunction with traditional medicine to amplify its efficacy.

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Don’t be surprised if you walk into a job interview only to be asked for your physical examination reports. Many employers commonly ask their interviewees to undergo a physical exam before coming in. However, the requirement of this physical test depends on the nature of the job. There are legal procedures in place that regulate when and which tests can be asked for.

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The weather is cooling down and common colds may be just around the corner. We typically do not provide medication or antibiotics for the common cold, but hope is not lost! There are a few proven methods of fighting the common cold to restore your health quickly – or prevent illness altogether.

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Walk-in clinics score over Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) in many areas. These clinics provide regular medical care and also urgent care for injuries and illnesses. Often, they are called Urgent Care Centers for the same reason. Walk-in clinics save you the worry of scheduling a medical appointment beforehand. These clinics are open late into the night and also over the weekends, so you walk in for treatment anytime you like without having to wait for your physician’s chamber to open. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits offered by a walk-in clinic over PCPs-

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Screening tests function to detect potential health hazards in seemingly healthy children. It helps in early diagnosis and can encourage a child to live a healthy life with a proper diet and adequate exercise. If you find out that your child is overweight/obese, you can keep him from developing more serious health conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases by taking preventative measures accordingly. Screening is effective to assess vision impairments and hearing loss. It is not as successful in detecting congenital heart diseases and growth developments. In this article, we will cover the various screening processes available, and the common health risks children should be screened for.

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Many people only visit a physician when they are ill. Little did you know that one visit to the doctor while you’re healthy could prevent countless future visits for you. Catch your health before you get ill and stay on top of your health with a wellness check. At Phoenix Family Medical Clinic, there is an extensive range of services and ways that we can serve you; from children’s health to anti-aging medicine.

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Children require a daily nutritious diet for their development and growth. However, they are notoriously picky eaters. Parents can find it extremely difficult to get their children to eat right. Your child will always lunge for that pack of potato wafers over the bowl of fruit you serve him/her. Not eating enough fruits and vegetables can result in a nutrient deficit diet. Thankfully, there are vitamin and mineral supplements that your child can take along with the Doritos, to help him/her fulfill their nutritional needs. Below is a list of dietary supplements that are essential for any growing child-

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Athletics come with its risk of injuries. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional player or a hobby athlete, you are always two steps away from spraining or hurting something. You could be playing football, basketball, baseball or practicing your karate moves – the type of sport doesn’t matter. Certain parts of your body are more prone to injury than others. Here is a definitive list of the most commonly occurring sports-related injuries –

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If you detect symptoms of existing health conditions early, you can treat them more easily. It is critical to get all your doctor-recommended health care check-ups in proper time in order to lead a healthy life. Here is a list of some important health examinations for men along with the appropriate time for each-

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