For many kids, spring and summer means it’s bike season! We love to see kids get the physical activity they need, but we also want to make sure they stay safe while having fun. Check out our bicycling safety tips to help keep your kids out of urgent care this season! A helmet is the single, most-effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes—always have your child wear one when they bike! Read on →

While adopting a gluten-free diet has become more popular in recent years, it’s easy to forget that there are some individuals who absolutely must adhere to a strict gluten-free lifestyle. Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder that damages the villi within the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms of celiac disease include: Anemia Anxiety Bloating or gas Constipation Delayed growth in children Depression Diarrhea Discolored teeth Fatigue/tiredness Headaches or migraines Infertility Irritability Itchy skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis) Joint pain Pale mouth sores Poor weight gain Thin bones Tingling/numbness Who is affected? Read on →

You might be surprised about some of the seemingly innocuous household items that commonly lead to preventable injury. The following are products you may just want to think twice about. Microwaveable Soups Grab-and-go soups packaged in plastic or Styrofoam cups for the microwave can get so unpredictably hot that people frequently burn themselves by the steam, or experience splash burns when steam hits their hand and they drop the soup. The result is often a second or third degree burn that requires immediate care. Read on →

One of the most incredible advancements in the history of medicine is transplantation. Yet despite continued advertisements in medicine and technology, America’s need for organs and tissue is much greater than the available supply. Transplantation provides hope to thousands of people with organ failure and offers many others renewed lives. Check out some of the facts about eye, organ and tissue donation: Anyone of any age, race, or medical history can be a potential donor. Read on →

Most of us understand the importance of practicing healthy eating habits and proper exercise, but few consider vision health. The best thing we can do to maintain long-term vision health is learn how to protect our eyesight. According to Friends for Sight, nearly 2,000 Americans injure their eyes while working each day. Among these injuries, a third are severe enough for treatment in the hospital emergency room. Most injuries that occur in the workplace are due to small particle abrasion of the eye or chemical splashing. Read on →

Significant abdominal pain is an extremely common problem due to a wide variety of causes and conditions. Many women associate their chronic abdominal or pelvic pain with their menstrual cycle and do whatever they need to do to suffer through it. But for some women, that pain could be an indication of something more serious. Endometriosis is a chronic reproductive system illness affecting 1 in 10 women in the United States. Read on →

You know that AFC Englewood is here for you when you have a non-life-threatening emergency or urgent medical need, but we also want to be a resource to the community, so we are ALL prepared in the event of an emergency. A recent study found that most Americans under 45 do not know how to recognize the signs of stroke, nor do they know how to react when a stroke occurs—even though a stroke can strike a person of any age. Read on →

When it comes to heart attacks, every minute matters, so it’s important to know how to identify possible heart attack symptoms. Unfortunately, those symptoms aren’t always easily identified. Make sure you’re aware of these commonly overlooked signs. Chest Discomfort Severe chest pain that doesn’t go away after a few minutes requires a call to 911. Chest discomfort is the top sign of a heart attack, but some people—including many women—will never even experience it. Read on →

This winter, the flu season has had a later start than usual, but we shouldn’t let that lull us into a false sense of security—it’s still important to take steps daily to protect our health and prevent illness. Diet can play a large role in boosting our immunity, so check out these helpful tips on eating for your wellness this winter. Some health experts recommend consuming at least one serving of Greek yogurt daily, to reap the benefits of the live cultures. Read on →

Urgent Care While urgent care is not the same as emergency room care, it is a vital option any time appointments are unavailable with your primary care provider, or if you need treatment outside of office hours. Our Englewood clinic is conveniently open 365 days a year, but you may be uncertain about when you should visit us or head over to the ER. Our urgent care clinics handle a very diverse variety of conditions that need prompt treatment, but aren’t life-threatening. Read on →