WHAT WE TREAT
Diagnostic testing, minor procedures and vaccinations
MedWise® Urgent Care tests for common viral and bacterial infections and can conduct minor procedures such as splinting of a fractured bone. We also offer lab, x-ray and limited vaccinations as well as certain types of testing, e.g., for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Diagnostic testing is used to determine whether an infection, injury or other diagnosable symptom is present.
MedWise providers can diagnose a variety of conditions. We offer lab testing, x-rays, EKG, vision screening and fluorescein eye exams.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that causes coughing, sneezing and other cold-like symptoms. Symptoms are typically mild. Infants, toddlers, elderly patients and patients with underlying respiratory conditions are at risk for more severe symptoms.
MedWise has rapid RSV tests available that can help diagnose this specific virus within minutes. Our providers will evaluate each patient to determine if this test is appropriate, then create a treatment plan specific to their individual needs.
- Runny nose
- Sometimes wheezing
- Symptoms typically appear
within 4-6 days of infection
- Symptoms typically improve
in 1-2 weeks
How to prevent
- Wash hands
- Cover coughs or sneezes
- Sanitize surfaces
Influenza (commonly known as “the flu”) is a contagious respiratory condition caused by influenza viruses. This seasonal virus is seen in all age groups and is primarily spread by coughing, sneezing or while talking in close proximities. Infants, toddlers, the elderly, and those who have a compromised immune system are at risk for serious complications from the flu.
MedWise offers rapid testing for influenza A and B. Our providers will determine the most appropriate plan of care on an individual basis, as recommendations for treatment vary based on the patient’s current illness and past medical history.
Types of flu
- Influenza A
- Influenza B
- Body aches
- Symptoms appear within 2-4
- Symptoms typically resolve in
- Symptoms may persist >2
weeks in elderly or
Strep throat, also called streptococcal pharyngitis, is a common, contagious bacterial infection. It is typically spread by coughing or sneezing. Strep can also be transmitted by hand-to-mouth contact after touching a contaminated surface as well as eating or drinking after a person who has strep throat.
MedWise offers rapid strep tests that can help determine if you have strep throat within minutes. Our providers will assess your symptoms, discuss the most appropriate antibiotics and treatment for your specific case, and advise on how to help prevent the spread of strep to others.
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes in neck
- Swollen tonsils (may have white patches)
- Symptoms appear within 2-5 days
- Symptoms typically reduce within 48 hours of starting antibiotics
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), previously known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that can be caused by a virus, bacteria or parasites and are nearly always spread by sexual contact. Symptom presentation may vary with each STI.
MedWise offers STI testing for some of the most common causes, and results are usually available within 1-2 days. Our providers will collaborate with each patient to determine the most appropriate plan of care, as recommendations for treatment vary based on the patient’s current illness and past medical history. Local health departments also offer extensive STI testing, if needed.
- Penile or vaginal discharge
- Pelvic pain
- Testicular pain
- Lesions on genitals
Types of STIs
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
How to help prevent
- STI testing before sex with a new partner
- Proper use of condoms
- Vaccination for HPV
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV
Eye pain or redness
MedWise provides initial care for eye pain or redness and can diagnose infectious and other causes. Many of these causes can be treated in our clinic. As a part of the assessment, MedWise performs common visual acuity screenings. This is a common exam performed for sports physicals as well as minor eye injuries. This exam is not the same as those performed by eye specialists to determine prescription strengths for corrective lenses.
Patients with acute vision-threatening injuries are encouraged to visit the emergency department immediately.
An x-ray provides an image of the bones and joints of the body to detect fractures and breaks as well as rule out other diagnoses.
A MedWise provider may determine the need for an in-house x-ray in the case of certain symptoms (e.g., pain and/or limited mobility of a body part). We also utilize x-rays to further evaluate other concerns, such as possible respiratory and abdominal abnormalities.
X-ray services we provide
- Bone and joint
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common concern in an outpatient setting. They are often caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract and migrating upward toward the bladder, and sometimes further to the kidneys. Due to the various possible locations of infection along the urinary tract, symptoms may vary.
MedWise providers can diagnose and treat a UTI. We offer in-house testing to help determine if a UTI is present. Treatment may include increased water intake, over-the-counter medications as well a possible prescription for antibiotics.
How to prevent
- Stay properly hydrated
- Take showers instead of baths
- Wear cotton underwear
- Increased frequency of urination
- Feeling need to urinate when bladder is empty
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating
- Bloody urine
- Abdominal or pelvic pressure or cramping
Vaccinations, or vaccines, stimulate the body’s immune response to provide protection from a specific disease.
MedWise offers some common vaccinations and immunizations to help protect patients from infection. MedWise does not perform routine childhood immunizations for well child checks (e.g., MMR, IPV, varicella). Please check with the appropriate organizations (e.g., your child’s school, CDC guidelines) to determine which vaccinations are required or recommended for you and your family.
Types of vaccinations we provide:
- Influenza (seasonal)
MedWise providers are well-trained to conduct the following minor procedures in our urgent care clinics.
Common procedures offered:
- Laceration and wound repair
- Ingrown toenail removal
- Splinting of fractured bone
- Abscess incision and drainage (I&D)
- Earwax removal
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail digs into the skin. Not trimming toenails properly and wearing poorly fitting shoes are the most common causes for an ingrown toenail.
MedWise® Urgent Care can diagnose and treat helps many patients with ingrown toenails. Treatments may include foot soaks in warm water, manually lifting using floss or cotton, over-the-counter medications or possible prescription of antibiotics, as well as full or partial toenail removal for severe cases.
Cuts, wounds and lacerations
A laceration is a wound in which the skin is cut or torn. Lacerations with likely damage to tendons, ligaments, neurovascular systems, vision, and facial aesthetics may require evaluation in the emergency department.
Depending on the size, depth, location and shape of the wound, MedWise providers can repair lacerations with sutures, staples, liquid adhesive or adhesive wound closure strips. Treatment may also include the need for a tetanus immunization and topical or oral antibiotics. Our providers may recommend further evaluation in the emergency department, if needed.
An abscess is a collection of pus, which is indicative of an infection. This can present anywhere in the body.
MedWise providers can diagnose skin abscesses and perform an incision and drainage, if necessary. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to treat the underlying infection.
- Swollen lump under skin
Earwax (aka, cerumen) does not always need to be removed. It acts as a self-cleaning agent with protective, emollient and bacteriocidal properties. However, sometimes individuals can have what is known as an impaction. Cerumen impaction is a common diagnosis, which can be a single occurrence or a recurring concern.
If MedWise providers determine that you have a cerumen impaction, we can treat you in our clinic by manual removal or performing an ear irrigation. Ear irrigations involve gentle pulsations of warm water into the ear canal to break up the impaction. After the impaction removal, our providers will also discuss home treatment to help prevent future occurrences.
- Decreased hearing
- Clogged ear sensation
- Minor discomfort in one or both ears
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