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What to Expect When You Have a COVID-19 Test May 1st, 2021

Over 30.7 million Americans have had COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has swept across the globe. In California alone, an estimated 1.1 million people are tested every day. If you’re one of the fortunate people who haven’t yet been exposed to the virus or been tested, you might be curious...

How Often Do You Need a Physical Exam Apr 12th, 2021

There are many differing opinions about how often you and your family need to have physical exams. Some say the frequency depends on your age and health risks. Others go so far as to say that annual exams aren’t necessary as they don’t make you healthier and lead to unnecessary...

When Should You Visit the ER? Mar 1st, 2021

It's been approximately a year since COVID-19 changed our world and made us all think twice about going into public places unnecessarily. While you might have delayed your annual physical, there have no doubt been times that you've needed urgent medical care.  Here at American River Urgent Care in Orangevale,...

Do Sprains Heal On Their Own? Feb 9th, 2021

Ankles sprains are often associated with sports injuries, but you can just as easily sprain your ankle or any other joint while walking on uneven ground. This is probably how 25,000 Americans sprain their ankles every day.  Here at American River Urgent Care in Orangevale, California, our team provides walk-in...

5 Reasons You Should Take Advantage of Our Walk-in Clinic Jan 17th, 2021

In many cases, you have sudden and unexpected healthcare needs that require medical attention. Millions of Americans use walk-in clinics and urgent care when they get sick or injured.  Here at American River Urgent Care in Orangevale, California, our team provides walk-in services for patients of all ages. We want...

Understanding Occupational Medicine Dec 3rd, 2020

Many employers require pre-employment medical testing, such as drug screening, vision tests, or even full physicals. These services and more are part of occupational medicine — the specialty area that focuses on employees’ health and productivity, their families, and communities. Our team at American River Urgent Care in Orangevale, California,...

Are X-Rays Safe? Nov 4th, 2020

Every year, health care providers across the United States order X-rays to diagnose illness and injury in millions of Americans. Despite their prevalence, X-rays are misunderstood and often perceived as dangerous because of the radiation used to create the images. It doesn’t help that you also have to wear a...

When Should I Test for an STD Oct 7th, 2020

Every year, health care providers across the United States diagnose around 20 million new STD cases. People of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations can get — and spread — STDs. Many STDs don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, making getting tested critical to protecting your sexual and overall...

Top Tips for Coping With Stress Sep 10th, 2020

It’s probably not a surprise that stress levels in the United States are increasing. A report issued by Harvard Medical School and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill revealed that 55% of respondents felt more stress in May than in January.  Here at American River Urgent Care in Orangevale,...

Are Your Family’s Vaccinations Up-to-Date? Aug 21st, 2020

In 1952, over 60,000 children contracted polio, more than 3,000 died, and thousands more ended up paralyzed. The polio vaccine was introduced in 1955, and by 1979, the disease had been eliminated across the country, saving the lives of thousands of children. It still exists in other parts of the...

Have You Heard of the RICE Method? You Should If You’re Active Jul 2nd, 2020

Even if you warm-up and cool down before and after every workout, you can still experience tight, sore muscles from time to time. You might also be familiar with the pain and frustration of an injury. After all, millions of athletes injure themselves every year. You probably know that if...

How You Should Prepare for Your Pre-Employment Physical Jun 4th, 2020

Landing a new job is exciting, a new opportunity is open to you. However, before your first day, your employer might want you to have a pre-employment physical. After a lengthy interview process, this can feel like one more hoop to jump through. Still, for many roles, it's critical to...

Injured at Work? These Should Be Your First Steps May 12th, 2020

American work-related injury statistics are staggering. Every day 12,600 people are injured at work, which adds up to 4.6 million work-related injuries every year. While safety should always come first, accidents happen. If you end up getting injured at work, staying calm and following the correct protocols can help get...

Is Your Child an Athlete? Consider a Sports Physical Apr 17th, 2020

Whether it’s baseball, lacrosse, or tennis, lots of sports start in the spring. And with the milder months just around the corner, many parents are getting excited to sign their little ones up for different youth organizations that offer all the fun and exhilaration of competitive sports.    Most sports...

Why an X-Ray Might Be a Good Idea If You Are Injured Mar 11th, 2020

Maybe you collided with an opponent in your weekend soccer league or were involved in an automobile accident. You might have fallen down the stairs or had an accident at work. Whatever caused your injury, you should get checked out by a doctor. If they recommend an X-ray, you should...

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Visit: What You Need to Know Feb 1st, 2020

Maybe your little one has woken up with a sore throat and a fever, or perhaps you sliced your thumb open while preparing dinner — in situations like these, you head out for medical care. But how do you choose between urgent care and the emergency room?  Here at American...

SculpSure: Start Treatment Now and Be Beach Ready by Summer Jan 6th, 2020

Your New Year’s resolutions are going great. You’re hitting the gym and eating better and the holiday pounds are falling off. But the belly bulge just won’t budge. You’re not alone if you struggle to get the perfect body despite all your best efforts. Certain pockets of fat are just...