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Where To Get A Pre-Employment Physical in Denver Area

Here’s where to go for a cheap pre-employment physical in Denver and the surrounding areas:

Whether you’re starting a new job or need medical clearance for a specific purpose, finding out where to get a pre-employment physical in Denver doesn’t have to be difficult. Our Denver urgent cares offer affordable physicals that are available on a walk-in basis. Here’s more about the process and what to expect.

$99 Flat Rate Physicals At Metro Urgent Care 

MUC offers $99 flat rate physicals at all our Denver urgent care locations. Simply call, check-in online or walk in and pay a flat rate off $99 for your pre-employment physical.

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Who Needs a Pre-Employment Physical?

Often, job seekers who are looking for roles in physically demanding roles will need a pre-employment physical. If your job description includes tasks like lifting, bending, and even extensive walking or standing, your employer may ask you to prove your physical fitness for the role.

Physical requirements vary by employer, but the physical evaluation covers abilities such as squatting and bending, along with checking your vital signs and any other notable conditions or issues. For corporate roles that are looking for a clean bill of health, the requirements may be less stringent, including only vital signs and a quick checkup.

Who Pays for the Pre-Employment Physical?

In most cases, the job applicant or employee must pay for their own physical. In some cases, companies may cover or reimburse the cost, but that practice is less common. Most of the time, employees are on their own, which is why it’s understandable that they’re looking for cheap pre-employment physicals.

Fortunately, our urgent care provides affordable pre-employment physicals for a flat rate of $99. While insurance doesn’t cover the cost, our rates make getting a physical more accessible than ever before. And, you can walk in anytime without an appointment.  Employers may require labs to be performed and while this is uncommon, we are able to perform these for additional cost.

What Does the Physical Involve?

Pre-employment physicals vary per provider and role of the employer in a specific job.  It may involve simple tests such as squatting, bending, checking your heart rate and breathing and other straightforward measures of overall health. The entire process takes around 15 to 20 minutes, so you can get in quickly and have your proof of exam immediately.

You’ll visit with a licensed physician for your appointment, and they’ll walk you through each simple step in the process. Depending on what requirements your employer has, your physical may cover additional tests or specific measures of health.

If you pass each item, you’ll receive a clean bill of health afterward. Then you can get started with your new job or role immediately.

Why Choose Metro Urgent Care?

Our urgent cares consistently receives 5-star reviews from patients in the Denver community. Our affordable pre-employment physicals are a helpful addition to our healthcare offerings, meeting a specific need for workers in our area.

With your personal physician, you can expect weeks-long wait times and additional fees or charges for a pre-employment physical in Denver. The fastest and cheapest way to receive the sign-off you need to begin a new job is to drop in for a $99 exam.

You’ll have a quick visit with a doctor, complete a few easy tasks, and have your vital signs read. Then, you’ll leave with confirmation that you’re in good health and ready to start working, all in record time and at a flat-rate cost.

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5 Red Flags That Indicate You Need Immediate Medical Care

If you have ever had a dog, you know that they try their best to communicate. Through looks, actions, sometimes sounds, they try to tell us how they feel, what they want. The problem is, we don’t always understand them or sometimes we don’t even pay attention.

Your body is like a pet that is trying to talk to you. You can learn a lot if you just listen and then think to act on what you hear. Your body doesn’t like to chit chat. When it complains, it is sending up “red flags” so you will know to look for something beyond some strange stomach noise or weird ache.

Metro Urgent Care has put together a list of 5 symptoms that indicate a credible need for immediate medical care. When these “flags” are raised by your body, see a medical care provider as soon as possible. Of course, we recommend Metro Urgent Care because we are convenient, fast, have extended evening and weekend hours, an in-house lab, and on-site x-rays. And unlike many alternatives, we see walk-ins fast and we generally cost less. Sometimes a lot less.

Here are a handful of red flags that merit urgent care:

  • Abdominal Pain – a tummy ache is sometimes more than just a disagreeable burrito. Severe abdominal discomfort, especially if it is sensitive to touch, could an impending appendicitis or an acute digestive malfunction. Or it could herald the first signs of food allergies, food poisoning, kidney stones, pelvic inflammatory disease, ulcer, or a life-threatening issue. If it is severe or even “not so bad” and doesn’t pass in a short period, don’t put off seeing a professional.
  • Acute Headache– a sharp pain behind your eyes of elsewhere can indicate a multitude growing issues. Migraines are not always just migraines; you might be dealing with a life-threatening aneurysm. Or there could be a severe psychological or stress issue you are trying to suppress that could lead to more serious, physical problems if left unattended. It is not worth taking the risk. If you hurt, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Dizziness & Fainting – these warning signs often indicate a stroke, circulatory obstruction, or serious nerve or back issues. Instability can lead to falls and potential injuries to bones or other organs. Find a ride to an urgent medical care facility. If it happens more than once, it is not an anomaly. Go see a doctor.
  • Joint Pain – active people – or people who were active in their youth – may have ligament and tendon damage that does not become apparent for years. A joint, like your hip or shoulder, can gradually wear away without any outward signs until one day – maybe slowly or suddenly – you are no longer able to participate in normal, everyday activities. This can include reaching, standing, or walking. An x-ray or MRI can get help sort out the cause. And remember, Metro Urgent Care has x-ray machines in all our locations.
  • Severe Cough, Shortness of Breath, and Fever – the combination of these three “red flags” mean you need to be three times more vigilant. They are prime indicators of respiratory problems like flu, pneumonia, a resurging tuberculosis, or coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever or coxie). Any of these issues are urgent medical problems and require immediate attention. Valley Fever and pneumonia can sometimes occur at the same time, and are almost impossible to diagnose and treat on your own. Catching any respiratory disease early makes it easier to treat and allows you to recover faster.

Don’t wait for a red flag. If a yellow flag is fluttering, visit any of the Metro Urgent Care locations. Our dedicated staff of doctors, nurses, and technicians encourage you to come in and see us. We would rather tell you that nothing is wrong than have you wait and suffer through a long recovery.

Did you know that your fingernails can also give hint or warning of an ailment?

  • Beau’s Lines are indentations that run across the nails most often caused by an injury, severe illness, or a zinc deficiency. But they are also warnings of uncontrolled diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and fever-causing illnesses like measles, mumps, pneumonia, and scarlet fever.
  • Nail Clubbing comes from the tips of the finger enlarging and forcing the nails to curve around the fingers. This can happen from low levels of blood oxygen, a sign of several types if lung diseases. It is also common with AIDS, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease.
  • Onycholysis is when the fingernails become loose and separate from the nail bed, turning opaque with a white, yellow, or green tinge. While this might come from injury or infection, it might also be a sign of a reaction to a drug or consumer nail product, but it could also be a warning that thyroid disease and psoriasis are present.
  • Pitted Nails, looking like they have been attacked with an ice pick, are often associated with scaly patches on the skin. However, they may indicate tissue disorders such as alopecia areata, which can cause hair loss, and Reiter’s syndrome.
  • Spoon Nails, where the nails curve inward sometimes enough to hold a drop of liquid, are caused by iron deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis, a liver issue in which your body absorbs too much iron from food. Sometimes spoon nails indicate heart disease or hypothyroidism.
  • Terry’s Nails are often associated with aging, but they can also indicate liver disease, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, or diabetes.

Yellow Nail Syndrome happens when nails thicken and new growth slows, resulting the nails turning a yellowish color and, occasionally, nails may lack a cuticle and detach from the nail bed. If this happens, get into a doctor. It is a sign of respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis or abnormal swelling of the hands (lymphedema).

Metro Urgent Care is part of a network of urgent care facilities located throughout the southwest. You can use the interactive map to find one near you or call (303) 555-5555 or even email [email protected] for more information. And never hesitate to just stop – we can are here for urgent care needs, primary care physicians, physicals, and to help with long-term health care strategies.

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10 Weight Loss Myths

If you do a search of the fattest countries in the world, you will find ten different lists on ten different websites. The one thing they have in common is that the US is in the Top 10, with an estimated 38% of the population overweight. A report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Colorado is doing pretty good, placing us at the bottom of the list with just about one-in-five people suffering a weight problem. That’s still a lot of people and the rate jumped from about 6% in 1990 to just over 20% and it is still trending up.

There are a lot of reasons people put on weight: a sedentary lifestyle, too much fast food, soft drinks (even diet drinks are high in carbs!), and processed foods can all help share the blame. And once on, taking off the excess weight is a major chore.

So why bother? We came across a fortune cookie once that said that “If everybody is fat, then the world is closer together.” That might sound good coming from a cookie, but your doctor will tell you that being overweight is like being on the expressway to diabetes, heart disease, back and leg pain, and a multitude of other issues. Maybe that is good for your tailor, who is always letting out your waistband, but it is a disaster for your health. So lose weight and enjoy a little more personal space!

The checkout counter magazines will bombard you with diets, expert opinions on weight loss and reasons you are adding pounds, and a plethora of other useless information; most of it wrong, some of it harmful. Why the US – and Colorado – is putting on weight is food for a several-volume book series, not a blog post. But we have put together some of the most egregious myths, misconceptions and “conventional wisdom” concepts you should know.

Weight Loss Myths and Facts

There is “good food and bad food” for your health. You’ve heard in on the talk shows and read it in the tabloids: cut certain foods and stick to a diet heavy in specific nutrients – the “healthy foods.” But categorizing groups of food, especially when calorie counting, can create its own set of fat problems. One study (“Restrained and unrestrained eating,” Herman & Mack) discovered that people on a “good food, bad food” diet are not real good at estimating the calorie content of foods and consequently their meals have higher portions of “good foods” than they need. In other words, they are over eating. And relentlessly dividing meals into the “good” and “bad” categories generates stress. Unfortunately, stress causes spikes in cortisol, the “fat storage” hormone, so good food-bad food dieters often add more weight than they take off.

We can work it off! Not really. It is not uncommon to take a look at that glazed donut and figure you can work it off with just a few extra minutes on the exercise bike. But the chances are you are guessing wrong on the calorie count and way off on the time it will take to burn off that before-meeting indulgence. A regular glazed donut and a chocolate covered cream filled morsel will usually have the weight-conscious reaching for the glazed temptation. Not a bad choice, according to calorieking.com. One glazed donut from a popular chain is 190 calories and will take 26 minutes cycling to work off. The cream-filled wonder is 310 calories and requires a whopping 42 minutes on the peddles. This comes in at about twice what most people would guess. And it is never just one, is it?
Out-training a bad diet may sound good, but the reality is that most people undertrain to burn those excess calories. Perhaps a power performance athlete may get away with it, but most people risk serious injury or illness using rigorous training to compensate for overeating. Contrary to the popular belief, the pain you feel may well be setting you back, not moving you forward.

Most people think that they can count calories and just stop when they have reached their limit. Not true. It is not about how many calories you eat, but the kind of calories you consume. No, 30 calories of high-fiber blueberries are not the same 30 calories of a Twinkie. In an upcoming book by Steve Caparella, he recommends forgetting the calorie counting and using a 50/50 balance between grams of nutrients from fresh fruit and vegetables and your protein/carb base. He counts grams first, matching carbs and proteins to the number of grams of fruits and veggies. So if your goal is 1200 calories, get there by measuring enough grams of fruits and vegetables to make 600 calories. Then balance that with your protein, rounded it out with carbs. You may not see immediate weight loss, but you will see fat moving into cellular density, which is a good thing.

Keeping in mind tip number three, it is not essential to count calories but it is important to know your total daily calorie goal. Sedentary people need fewer calories than active people. Performance athletes may want to shoot for 2000 calories while a telephone customer service rep may be around 1200. Get with your Metro Urgent Care Primary Care Physician or our Weight Loss Specialist to see what works best for you. But the bottom line is that obsessing over calories at every meal all day is stressful, confusing, and frustration. Those conditions make it easier to add weight than lose it. And while “calories in, calories out” sounds good, it is incomplete: it ignores how your body uses different kinds of calories. Most Americans fall way short on the calories they need from fresh fruits and vegetables.

Taking on a weight loss program by yourself is usually a futile effort, especially if you are in a family group where people have different nutrient requirements. Your support system matters. And while some programs allow for a “cheat day” that allows your body to “reset” (this helps keep you from being hungry all the time and one day a week is not going to impact your weight loss program), you will need help keeping on tack the other six. Where friends and family fail, Metro Urgent Care’s medical weight loss plan can step in to assist. We have specialists who can help you shed those extra 5 pounds or make a life-changing difference in your weight. Taking off those extra pounds can also be a lifesaving decision, and making people’s lives happier and lasting long is all about what Metro Urgent Care had in mind when we opened our doors for the first time.

Don’t fall into the trap of believing all diets eventually fail. OK. Most do fail, that is true; but not all. Weight loss is often less an issue of dieting – eating less – than of eating the right diet for your body and in making some intelligent lifestyle changes. A good weight loss program is not fast, but slow and steady stemming from changes in eating habits, exercise routines, and personal choices. It is not a “diet” but a way of life. And you don’t need to become a Tibetan Monk to see real changes and to make them last.

So someone told you to get on a good “cardio” exercise program to lose weight. Get that old heart pumping and off goes the weight. But recent studies have shown that “chronic cardio” can actually result in weight gain. Cardio might help the heart, but not the waistline.

A weight loss chart is not a straight line. If you look at it on a daily basis, there are peaks and valleys, which is not a bad thing as long as the trend is downward. If you add a few pounds over a couple of days and then begin taking it off again, that is fine. Two steps forward, one step back is still moving forward. Besides, you may be adding muscle, not fat, which is a good thing! Watch your waist measurement. A good rule of thumb is to check your waist circumference. If it is x 2 less than your total height, you’re probably good. A balanced diet with fruits and vegetables may not exhibit immediate weight loss, but you will notice your clothes are looser, the belt needs a few more notched. Even if the weight is the same, your health is improving. Given time, that diet will also generate weight loss.

While eating several small meals and snacks every day is a pretty good idea for diabetics to keep the blood sugar balanced, it does little to help weight loss. There are a few things you can do to help cut down how much you eat at each meal. One is to start eating slower and the other is to stop about half way through and take a five minute break. You see, it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you may be full. Think of it as a dial up process vs. a cable connection. Your stomach uses dial-up. If you slow down and listen to your body’s needs, you may not be as hungry as you think you are just because the body has a habit of eating more.

Finally, there is the myth about high fat foods. This all started with Ancel Keys in the mid-20th century who decided fat was unhealthy. Keys’ research, the Seven Countries Study, suggested that a high-fat diet was responsible for the higher rates of obesity in Western countries. But the research was incomplete and completely ignored Polynesians, with a diet centered on high-fat coconuts and tropical fruits, and Eskimos who spend most of the winter eating fat from sea mammals. Here we have another case of bad/fad science. Carbs are necessary, fats are needed – especially in cold climates – and you can even have salt on those eggs and watermelon. Just don’t overdo it. Olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, and other natural foods rich in fats are just fine as long as you keep an eye on those with hydrogenated oils. Because they are unhealthy? No. Because they can oxidize and become rancid very quickly and rancid oils are a health issue.

The Truth about Dieting

Metro Urgent Care’s medical weight loss programs provide you with all the tools you need to embark on a successful weight loss program. Our specialists can recommend a program that is supervised by one of our staff doctors to ensure your program is efficient and healthy. Or programs are inexpensive and have produced outstanding results – without the risks or the pain of other programs.

We accept walk in people interested in starting on a healthy program of exercise, diet, and nutrition as well as appointments. We have a variety of programs to select from, so your personal needs will be met one-on-one not in a one-size-fits-all-program. Metro Urgent Care will provide customized data, a variety of weight loss aids, personalized dieting guidelines, a weight loss coach for support and encouragement, and much, much more. For long-term weight loss goals and short-term immediate care, Metro Urgent Care will get you started on a weight loss plan today. Just or speak with one of our representatives at (303) 555-5555 or even email [email protected] for more information or you can use our interactive map to find the clinic nearest you.

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Symptoms of Strep Throat and When to See the Doctor

During the fall and winter months, many people confuse strep throat with the flu and common cold. As we’ll see in this blog, strep throat has its own unique symptoms. But first, let’s define what strep throat actually is.

Strep Throat 101

Strep throat is a contagious infection that affects the inner mouth and upper throat, most notably the pharynx and the larynx. Nearly half of all sore throats in children are caused by strep throat, and it’s also the primary factor behind roughly 10% of sore throats in adults.

Diagnosis and treatment is fairly straightforward, and given the right dose of medication – more on that in a bit – strep throat should only hang around for a couple of days.

Signs & Symptoms

Strep throat varies slightly among different people. Young children and the elderly are impacted more than healthy adults, but there are a group of symptoms that strep throat is commonly associated with. In no particular order, they are:

If you’re diagnosed with strep throat, your doctor will likely put you on antibiotics. The antibiotics will help with the symptoms of strep throat, and also lessen the possibility that other complications will arise. With quick action and antibiotics, you’ll reduce strep throat’s duration by about one day. Normal strep throat lasts 3-5 days.

If you think you may have strep throat, the Metro Urgent Care clinic can help. Our doctors and team of medical professionals can confirm your condition, and also get you on the road to recovery. Along with antibiotics and other treatments, Metro Urgent Care also offers outstanding preventative care as well.

We serve the metro Denver Area – check out our clinic finder for the nearest walk-in medical facility. To learn more about Metro Urgent Care, please call us at (303) 555-5555 or contact our urgent care consultants via email at [email protected].

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