Blog Archive

Myths and Facts About Vaccines Oct 1st, 2022

Vaccination preempts infection, stops the spread of disease, and saves countless lives every year. Also known as immunization or inoculation, this invaluable preventive healthcare tool has effectively eradicated one deadly contagious disease (smallpox) and taken another (polio) to the verge of eradication. It has also brought many other serious illnesses under...

Answers to the Questions We Get Most Often About Flu Season Sep 1st, 2022

It may be hard to believe, but summer is nearly over. As the northern hemisphere begins tilting away from the sun, shifting toward shorter days and cooler autumn weather, it’s a good time to remind you that the next flu season is right around the corner.  At American River Urgent Care in Orangevale, California, our...

4 Important Reasons to Consider a COVID Test Aug 1st, 2022

Here in the Sacramento area and across the United States, mask mandates have mostly gone away, COVID-19 case counts aren’t a top news story, major events are happening as scheduled, and people are enjoying their summer vacations to the fullest.  While all of that may be true, it’s also true...

Why You Shouldn’t Skimp on Liquids When You Have a Cold Jul 1st, 2022

Drinking plenty of water every day is a simple yet vital part of staying healthy — your body requires adequate hydration to regulate its temperature, deliver nutrients to cells, maintain organ function, digest food, and keep joints lubricated. Being well-hydrated also boosts your cognitive function and enhances your mood. Getting...

What a Urine Test Can (and Can’t) Reveal About Your Health Jun 1st, 2022

Your urine can reveal a lot of valuable information about your health — from just one small sample, a health care provider can diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI), detect early signs of chronic disease, or find important clues about the nature of worrisome symptoms.  When you visit American River...

How to Care for Your Fracture Before You Can See a Doctor May 4th, 2022

Every year in the United States, tens of millions of people sustain a broken bone, or fracture. While many broken bones happen on the sports field, in a car accident, or during a traumatic fall, a significant number of fractures are caused by osteoporosis, a progressive condition that weakens bones...

What to Do About a Dislocated Joint Apr 3rd, 2022

A dislocated joint occurs when something — usually a traumatic impact — forces the ends of the bones within your joint out of position. A dislocation injury can affect any joint in your body, but shoulder and finger joints are more vulnerable to this painful problem. Whether it’s the result...

5 Common Infections Treated Through Urgent Care Mar 7th, 2022

When you’re experiencing the early symptoms of an acute infection, you want to know what’s ailing you — and you also want to feel better fast. Whether you’ve caught a contagious illness or some other type of infection, you need prompt, expert care that puts you on the path to...

How to Prepare for a Sports Physical Feb 2nd, 2022

Sports physicals, also known as preparticipation physical exams (PPEs), evaluate a young athlete’s health history, current health status, and physical readiness to confirm whether they can safely participate in a specific team sport or school-sponsored athletic activity.  The state of California requires all student athletes who are enrolling in a...

Different Types of COVID-19 Tests Jan 11th, 2022

With the abrupt arrival of the highly contagious Omicron variant just before the holiday season, the world is heading into 2022 — and the third year of the coronavirus pandemic — in the midst of a record-breaking wave of COVID-19 cases.  Given that Omicron appears to be causing a rapid...

When Does Stomach Pain Warrant a Trip to Urgent Care? Dec 7th, 2021

The feeling that something isn’t right with your stomach is a common complaint shared by virtually everyone. Sometimes, you know the cause of your discomfort, such as overindulgence in a holiday meal or a reaction to medication. Occasionally, the source of pain is a mystery, but the symptoms pass quickly. ...

4 Common Signs of a Sprain Nov 1st, 2021

Here at American River Urgent Care in Orangevale, California, we treat acute injuries on a regular basis. Some are caused by a simple misstep or an accidental fall, while others are sports related or a result of repeated musculoskeletal (muscle, bone, or joint) stress.   For many people who arrive at...

The Flu vs Bronchitis: How to Tell the Difference Oct 1st, 2021

You began feeling tired and achy late in the day. By bedtime, you were nursing a sore throat, a persistent cough, and a low-grade fever. You wondered whether you had caught a bad cold or the flu — or if you were coming down with something else altogether.  As infectious...

5 Reasons to Seek Urgent Care Sep 8th, 2021

If you’ve ever developed an irritating rash, sustained a painful ankle sprain, or come down with a severe sinus infection, you’re probably familiar with urgent health care services.  Urgent care and walk-in clinics facilitate approximately 89 million patient visits every year in the United States. These visits account for nearly...

Who Gets Tetanus? Aug 1st, 2021

Stepping on a rusty nail is one way you can get tetanus, but it’s not the only way. The bacteria that causes this serious, incurable disease is widespread in the environment, and any cut, burn, or puncture wound that exposes you to it can be problematic.  Luckily, there are only...

Reasons You May Need an X-ray Jul 11th, 2021

Every year around 70% of Americans have medical (or dental) X-rays, so there’s a pretty good chance you will need one eventually. Despite being such a commonly used diagnostic tool, X-rays aren’t fully understood, and many people are surprised when their healthcare provider orders an X-ray. We offer in-office X-rays...

We Have COVID-19 Vaccines: Here’s What You Need to Know Jun 21st, 2021

COVID-19 took the world by storm in late 2019. And, by January 2020, the first reported cases in the United States began appearing. At the time, the best way to protect yourself from exposure was through social distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated areas. While these...

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...