Eat that Apple a Day, But Know Your Doctor’s Number Just in Case
Staying healthy and fit is an important aspect of comfortable daily living. Those who put in the work and effort to exercise and eat healthy generally experience a higher quality of life from day to day. But even the fittest and healthiest individuals can run into issues. Whether it is a major sprain, an accident, or a sudden severe illness, everyone should be prepared should the need for medical help arise. Of course, if it is serious enough, you should call 911, but in other cases it may be necessary to have an emergency room number handy.
Using an emergency room number
There are cases in which you may not need to call 911, but having the emergency room number would still be helpful. For medical issues that are severe enough to need the attention of a doctor quickly but not severe enough to warrant an ambulance ride, it could be wise, should you have the presence of mind in that moment, to call ahead not only to give the nurses and doctors a heads up for the incoming situation, but also to get a jump on the initial admitting process, or to find out what kind of wait could be ahead of you and what you can do to help the injured or ill person in the meantime.
Common issues that could lead to a doctor visit
Whether or not you do your best to stay informed on the best ways to keep your health and fitness up, it is never a bad idea to have a list of doctors available just in case, particularly in regards to your family if you are not the only one in your household. It is always a good thing to have available for babysitters or family members who are helping to care for the kids, especially if there are any serious allergies to know about. And even for the most careful individuals, accidents and illnesses do happen.
- Common medical issues
It is estimated that about 25,000 people in the United States encounter an ankle sprain each and every day. And sprains can occur in several different joints, from the knee to the wrist.
- Back pain
Back injuries are also common, and can sometimes lead to chronic pain. As much as 69% of people in the U.S. have reported that they have lower back pain that can interrupt their daily activities.
- Coughs and colds
One of the most common diagnoses in urgent care centers is some sort of upper respiratory condition. During colder months or when kids are going back to school and sharing germs, colds and bugs can spread like wild fire, just as they can in a close office setting.
The second most common issue that are heard in a doctor’s office is dizziness. At some point in the lives of about 70% of the population, dizziness will be an issue. And an estimated 65% of people over the age of 60 will experience loss of balance or dizziness, and for some it occurs every day.
It is best of course to always strive for a fit and healthy lifestyle. But when accidents, injuries, or illnesses do occur, be sure that you have a plan and a doctor you trust.