The road to citizenship can be a long and hard one to travel. There are so many requirements and processes to complete. One requirement is getting an immigration physical. It’s basically a detailed check-up to make sure you’re healthy. What to Expect at Your Immigration Physical You will be asked questions regarding your family’s health. … Continue reading “What You Need to Know Before an Immigration Physical”

Men in the U.S. are not currently doing enough to look after their health and wellbeing. In fact, a large percentage of men don’t even have a primary care physician. There are countless benefits from a wellness exam for men – many of which are proven to save lives. Prostate & Testicular Cancers During a … Continue reading “Top 3 Benefits of a Wellness Exam for Men”

Even when they’re not sick, regular visits with the doctor are an important part of supporting healthy development for your child. Wellness exam appointments give you and your child’s primary care provider the opportunity to discuss important developmental and physical milestones. Why Do Kids Need a Regular Child Wellness Exam? Taking your child to the … Continue reading “What to Expect at a Child Wellness Exam”

When it comes to your health, even the slightest inaccuracy can make a substantial difference. Being under or over treated for a condition can be dangerous. If you need bloodwork drawn, chances are you want the lab results to be accurate. Biotin, or B-7, has been discovered by the FDA to yield incorrect lab results … Continue reading “How B Vitamins Affect Lab Results”

Acute medical care is a term that describes the type of services needed after a sudden illness or accident. It’s short term care, and it’s intended to help you once you’ve left the hospital, but still need treatment or some type of physical therapy. Acute medical care is often needed after specific cough conditions. It … Continue reading “7 Common Cough Conditions That Require Acute Medical Care”

There was a time when monitoring your heart meant a trip to the hospital or your doctor. You’d have to first make the appointment. After that, you’d have to wait and wait. Once you were seen, your EKG (electrocardiograph) technician would hook you up to wires and sensors that connect you to a machine that … Continue reading “Modern Technology Brings the EKG Home”

Ringing in the New Year is a time to reflect on the year that was and make a promise to yourself to do just a little bit better in the next 365 days. While resolutions seem doomed to fail because they are often unrealistic, set yourself up for success by making a pledge to take … Continue reading “Start the New Year with a Well Woman’s Exam”

Rheumatoid arthritis and anemia may seem like two unrelated conditions, but the two often go hand in hand. It is believed up to 70 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop anemia. What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the lining of your joints and causes … Continue reading “The Connection Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Anemia”

If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you are probably wondering which medications you can take. Cholesterol control is important in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Knowing which medications are designed to help with cholesterol control is a good place to start. There are a number of … Continue reading “3 Medications That Help With Cholesterol Control”

A high blood pressure diagnosis can be worrying, particularly when you’re not sure how to help the situation on your own. Fortunately, there are ways you can help to mitigate hypertension on your own with some simple lifestyle changes. Hypertension and Exercise 150 minutes of regular physical activity, or about 30 minutes most days of … Continue reading “3 Simple Ways to Help Hypertension”

Cholesterol control is easier than you think. Basically, it’s about getting rid of bad foods and eating healthier varieties. It’s all about balance. Foods for Cholesterol Control It doesn’t take long for cholesterol levels to skyrocket. In fact, unhealthy foods can do a world of damage to your body. The good news is, as bad … Continue reading “Cholesterol Control with the Right Foods”

A small gland in the front of your neck controls more of your body than you may think. When this gland, the thyroid, isn’t functioning properly, you may see quite a few symptoms and they may not point to thyroid disease until you are tested. However, there are some people who should be checked for … Continue reading “Who Should Be Routinely Tested for Thyroid Disease?”

A C-section is a major surgery that is used to deliver a baby for many reasons, from fetus distress to having had a prior C-section. There are several ways to close the outer incision and your doctor will decide which method is best for your situation. Staples are commonly used, and you will need to … Continue reading “What to Expect from C-Section Staple Removal”

As a young woman, you most likely are already familiar with the term “pap smear”. However, do you know what this test is and why it is important? And do you know when you should have the test for the first time? Let’s answer your questions… What is a Pap Smear? During a pap smear, … Continue reading “How Young Should the First Pap Smear Be Done?”

Sinus issues don’t have to be alleviated with medication. Rather, the Neti pot, a natural alternative, can improve sinus care without all the chemicals. Sinus care just got greener. A natural remedy, used by grandmothers, just became a common alternative to sinus and allergy medications. The Neti pot makes clearing sinuses easy and pain-free, and … Continue reading “The Neti Pot: Natural Sinus Care that Helps”

For every sexually active adult, it is important to ensure health through regular STD screening. There are seven tests that should be conducted regularly or in certain situations. Let’s take a look at each. HIV HIV is the most important test out of all seven. It can cause death if it turns into AIDS. Prevention … Continue reading “Top 7 STD Screening Recommendations”

Work physicals are used to determine a potential or current employee’s ability to perform within any particular role. The reality is, the majority of companies in the United States now require all employees to take work physicals throughout their tenure. The detail and length of time work physicals take will largely depend upon the requirements … Continue reading “What Type of Employment Requires Work Physicals?”

Knowing when to see a doctor for a minor cut can save you time and money. Not all cuts need a physician’s care, but some may look minor and yet may need the attention of a professional. Your minor laceration may need stitches in order to heal properly or it may be fine with a … Continue reading “When Should You See a Doctor for a Minor Laceration?”

When it comes to your health, there are two main types of concerns or illnesses that may need treatment: acute and chronic. While chronic issues are continuous and long-term, an acute condition is usually temporary and short-term. Acute medical care addresses issues that appear suddenly and need immediate treatment but can be short-lived if the … Continue reading “What Constitutes Acute Medical Care?”

An electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a standard test used to monitor and record the beating of the heart. It is one of the quickest tests that can identify heart problems without invasive procedures. For as simple as the test is to perform, it can be a life-saving tool to detect serious issues with the heart. … Continue reading “What Does an EKG Show?”

When going through the application process for an immigrant U.S. visa, one of the requirements is to undergo an immigration physical. This is a medical exam that is designed to ensure the individual meets the health requirements to obtain an immigrant visa in the U.S. Unlike a general physical, an immigration physical focuses on specific … Continue reading “Immigration Physical Requirements”

One of the best ways to maintain your health is with annual exams with your physician. While both men and women should have a yearly physical, the exams may be slightly different. A well woman exam includes a general health physical but may also include a pelvic exam to monitor reproductive health. To get the … Continue reading “3 Questions to Ask at a Well Woman Exam”

As a parent, it can be stressful when your child doesn’t feel well. And this is especially true when they have a fever. You might be wondering how you can help them feel better and when you should take them to get medical help. An urgent care clinic is here to see your child when … Continue reading “A Fever Guide”

What is an ankle sprain? It can be as simple as rolling your ankle inward on a step, or getting your foot caught in a hole. Either way, what happens when you sprain your ankle? The ligaments in your ankle get stretched too far, or torn. A sprained ankle is also known as a twisted … Continue reading “Ankle Sprains At Home”

In a stitch? You can head to an urgent care center for that, since chances are you’ll get seen sooner, and experience the same quality of care. But what about afterwards, when your stitches are healing, and you’re not exactly sure what you should be doing next? Well, your doctors will give you aftercare instructions, … Continue reading “What’s The Stitch?”

As you get older, little aches and pains seemingly become a way of everyday life. Seniors face unique health issues as usually, they can’t bounce back as easily as their younger counterparts. They also may have more underlying issues, like heart problems or joint issues — and for many seniors, sometimes it can feel like … Continue reading “Seniors In Urgent Care”

Fall and Winter mean more stuffy noses, but how do you know when a sniffle is something more serious? Many cases of the common cold and flu can develop into sinusitis, or the inflammation of the sinus tissue. Better known as a sinus infection, this common winter condition happens when the sinuses become blocked, fill … Continue reading “Sinus Infection Lowdown”

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and everyone getting ready to welcome their families, it’s also a good time to remember that the holidays are some of the busiest days of the year at urgent care clinics and emergency rooms. Some people don’t do well under holiday stress, while others may not be going about … Continue reading “Thanksgiving Injuries”

What’s the most common reason people put off a visit to the doctor? They’re scared — and they shouldn’t be. Though fear is rarely rational, it’s important to learn how to conquer this fear. Putting off going to the doctor only makes something worse, and by the time someone with medical-related anxiety goes to a … Continue reading “Fight Medical Anxiety”

We all like playing sports. There’s lots of studies about how sports are good for kids, and teach them sportsmanship from day one. However, sports can have a negative effect sometimes — kids who want to get back into a game no matter what may lie about the injuries that happen. Well-meaning adults may want … Continue reading “When Sports Injuries Need More”

Sports injuries happen every day, from the minor to the more severe. As many as 25,000 Americans might sprain their ankle on any given day while recent media coverage of the prevalence of concussions in professional sports has shed new light on the potential dangers of athletics at any age. If you or your child … Continue reading “Where To Go For A Sports Injury”

When it comes to our health, taking it easy as much as possible is not always the best option. This is especially true for the elderly. While it might be tempting to avoid injury and emergency care by living a sedentary lifestyle, you are only tightening your joints, decreasing muscle mass, and increasing your risk … Continue reading “Exercise For Senior Health”

Still splashing around in your pool? That’s great, but be careful not to do overdo it. One of the most common risks in particular is swimmer’s ear, something that seems to happen to everyone, but what is it, exactly? Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal, the part of your ear that … Continue reading “The Why Behind Swimmer’s Ear”

Do migraines frequently interrupt your life? Having to hit the pause button in the middle of your day because of a sudden migraine is painful and frustrating. If you often find yourself in this position, you may be looking for quick fixes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to control your migraine before it … Continue reading “Migraine Tips and Tricks”

Summer is the best time of the year to get out into nature with hikes in the wilderness, camping adventures, or even just some backyard fun. However, everyone — and especially parents — should be aware of the risks and signs of tick bites and lyme disease, and know when to seek medical help.   … Continue reading “Avoid Summertime Ticks”

Back pain is just that, a pain. Back pain can be uncomfortable, painful, and often times leads to missing work, social engagements, or delays in your normal daily routine. The good news is that it’s not a hopeless situation and surgery is rarely needed. Whether you want to try stretching at home, physical therapy, or … Continue reading “Ouch! Back Pain”

Ankle sprains are some of the most common injuries for active people. While they’re relatively minor and heal quickly, it’s still no fun getting hurt during the summer. Follow these simple tips during your summer activities to keep your healthy and prevent injury. Keep Your Ankles Strong: Weak ankles are more subject to sprain, so … Continue reading “Ankle Sprain 101”

You touched a hot pan, slipped when opening the oven, or spilled boiling water and now your skin is red and throbbing. When sustaining a burn, it is important to react properly. If you’ve burned yourself, be sure to take these steps to react quickly and seek proper treatment. Gauge The Severity: Before you do … Continue reading “Burn Yourself?”

Summer is a time for adventure, exercise, and outdoor play. While this is great for children’s health, it also means that there is an increased risk of accident or injury while engaging in physical activity. Most parents are well equipped to deal with their child’s minor scrapes, bumps, or bruises that occur throughout the season, … Continue reading “Kids and Urgent Care”

With warm weather quickly approaching, spring and summer activities are likely on your mind. While participating in your favorite sports and leisure activities, it is important to keep your skin healthy. One common threat to your skin is athlete’s foot, an uncomfortable fungal infection that can spread to your family if you are not careful. … Continue reading “The More You Know About Athlete’s Foot”

Whether you are playing a sport or hiking in the woods, if someone around you gets injured and you suspect it might be a fracture, it is important to react properly. By following the correct steps before seeking help, you can avoid further injury. Before getting the person to a medical clinic, follow the procedures … Continue reading “Fracture Care”

Dehydration is a common problem with dangerous effects. Simply not drinking enough water can have a serious and detrimental impact on your entire body’s function. As we live in Texas, where it’s already starting to feel like summer heat, it becomes even more important to drink enough water during the day. What does dehydration feel … Continue reading “Thirsty or Dehydrated?”

When a runny nose, cough, and fatigue sneak up on you, it can be hard to pinpoint the root cause of your ailments. Before reaching for the medicine cabinet, however, it is important to determine whether your sniffles are the result of seasonal allergies or a common cold. While the only way to know for … Continue reading “Cold or Allergies?”

Oftentimes, pain in your lower back feels much worse than it actually is. But while lower back pain’s bark is typically a lot worse than its bite, there are certain times when you should take your symptoms more seriously. In more severe instances, your pain could be an indicator of serious medical conditions like cancer, … Continue reading “Back Pain?”

Have you gotten your annual physical exam this year? If you haven’t yet, you’re not alone. Only 78% of Americans could report actually having a physical in the last year. It might seem a bit pointless to some, largely because it’s discussion-based rather than any tests. However, going to see a doctor when you’re healthy … Continue reading “Let’s Get Physical”

Many people struggle with lower back pain. Sometimes, it comes in the form of short, agonizing spurts after lifting a heavy object or twisting too quickly. Other times, people live with chronic low back pain that gets in the way of enjoying routine daily activities. Because our lower backs are responsible for supporting our entire … Continue reading “Lower Back Pain Prevention”

It can be hard to know what injuries require stitches, and don’t. It’s important to establish what stitches do first — they close wounds, and promote healing. Stitches also reduce scarring and make sure there are no side effects from the original wound. So when do you need to get stitches? If the wound is … Continue reading “When To Get Stitches”

What is a health hack? Well, you’ve heard of lifehacks, right? They’re little things you can do in your everyday life to improve your day — so a health hack is something you can do to improve your health. Recent health hacks include bulletproof coffee and high-intensity training. Here are some more, specifically aimed at … Continue reading “Health Hacks!”

Sinus problems can occur year-round, but they seem to be more prevalent during the cold months of winter. Sinus conditions like runny nose, congestion, coughing, headaches often coincide with the cold weather months. Why is that, you ask? The answer to this lies with several factors which conspire together to create the ideal environment for … Continue reading “Why are Sinus Problems So Prevalent in Winter?”

Migraine headaches can be extremely painful, and many patients suffer from chronic bouts of migraine. They can be accompanied by nausea, numbness, light sensitivity, or vomiting. Despite their common occurrence, however, there remains a lot of misunderstanding surrounding migraines. To better understand how to deal with migraine, we will examine some of the most common … Continue reading “Migraine Headache Myths”

With school in full session, that means the full range of school-related illnesses are back as well. Though it sometimes may not seem like it, school can be one of the best ways to expose your kids to germs so that they get used to it. Unfortunately, there are other epidemics that go around schools, … Continue reading “Back To School Lice”

As much as we plan for vacation, nobody ever plans to get sick on vacation. While hopefully it doesn’t happen….here’s what to do when it does. Be organized! If you’re traveling far from home, make sure you bring your insurance card and all your current medications with you. If you don’t want to bring the … Continue reading “On The Go?”

Of course you know what the flu is, right? It makes the news every fall, it seems like, and doctors will remind you every time you come in for an appointment that it’s time to get your flu shot! A lot of people opt to skip the vaccine, though, because they believe that the flu … Continue reading “Prepare for Flu Season”

A lot of people think that an urgent care clinic works like the emergency room — you should only go if you’re dangerously ill or injured. It doesn’t work like that at all. While clinics are great for treating the minor things that emergency rooms aren’t equipped for, like the flu or a sprained ankle, … Continue reading “For Kids”

Summer is here, and in Texas, summer is hot and humid. That’s no surprise to anyone who’s lived here for longer than a few months, of course, but many people still don’t know how to handle the heat the right way. First of all, drink water! Hydration is important, and because of how humid it … Continue reading “Stay Cool In Summer”

When you’re sick, injured, or simply not feeling well — you’re more concerned about feeling better right away than trying to figure out where to go. There are a few key things to consider when you go, though. What is your injury? How are you feeling? What time of day is it? How much will … Continue reading “Doctor’s Office vs. Urgent Care vs. Emergency Rooms”

Urgent Care is a great and good thing. If you’re throwing up, it used to be that your only option was going to the emergency room (expensive) or waiting to see a doctor (annoying.) Now you can go to a clinic and be seen right away, without the major costs emergency room visits incur. Here’s … Continue reading “What To Know Before You Go For Urgent Care”

In the summer, there are a few different illnesses it’s important to keep an eye out for. The top four are, as follows; food poisoning, bug bites, water bacteria, and poisonous plants. The warm summer temperatures make a perfect environment for bacteria to grow and spread, especially on food. People also like to cook outside … Continue reading “Summer Issues”

Summer is officially here! For a lot of people, that means it’s time to relax. There are more parties than ever, and more opportunities to wear very little. It’s only natural that summer might become one of the sexier times of the year, though that doesn’t mean we can just ignore it. CLA provides STD … Continue reading “Sexy Summer Fun”

Summer is here, and in Texas, summer is hot and humid. That’s no surprise to anyone who’s lived here for longer than a few months, of course, but many people still don’t know how to handle the heat the right way. First of all, drink water! Hydration is important, and because of how humid it … Continue reading “Stay Cool In Summer”

Sports season is upon us! If you’re getting ready to play this summer, come see us for a physical first. We’ll make sure you’re in the perfect shape to play ball. The Different Types of Physicals Here at CLA, we offer multiple types of physical exams. Why do this? There are three main types of … Continue reading “The Different Types of Physicals”

People tend to think of clinics as a place to go for emergency care, or when you can’t go anywhere else. While it’s true that CLA does a lot of emergency care, and has special extended hours, we can also take the place of a doctor’s office. As we’re more affordable, and have special hours, … Continue reading “Ditch The Doctor — Get To The Clinic”

We all know our health is important, but sometimes life makes it impossible to manage our health properly. Whether it’s health insurance blues, not being able to arrange childcare, or simply working an unusual schedule, CLA’s walk-in services fit every aspect of your life. Health insurance is something a lot of people struggle with. Many … Continue reading “Why Our Walk-Ins Matter”