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Safe Cycling
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Living in Texas we are apt to be outside and exercising more than in colder climates.  One of the most popular ways of getting aerobic and cardio exercise outdoors is bicycling.

Along with the benefit of fresh air, exercise and a rush of endorphins, comes a bit of a risk.  Cycling can be risky if you don’t follow a few basic safety rules before and while you bike the trails and streets of your community.

  • Always wear a helmet. It’s called a “brain bucket” for a reason.
  • Ride a bike that fits you. From the frame to the saddle, a good bike has to fit your body.
  • Gloves and shorts will make riding more comfortable. And protect key parts of your body from injury.
  • Remember to stretch before and after a ride. Like runners, cyclists need to stretch their hamstrings, back and forearms before and after activity.

What if you take a spill or suffer some other kind of injury?  Which injuries could take you to Frontline ER?

  • Whether at speed or standing still, knees and hands get scraped up, and your head could be impacted. Or you might suffer a break—arm, shoulder, other bones.
  • Knee pain. Remember stretching? Overuse of a knee or an out-of-condition joint can flare up and need treatment.
  • Neck and back pain. Long rides hunched over handlebars can enflame the neck and back.
  • Wrist and forearm pain. While good padded gloves can help. Tight gripping of the handlebars and a static hand and arm position can lead to pain.
  • Urogenital problems. A poorly fitted seat and not using padded bike shorts can cause these pains to flare up, especially in older men.

Go out and enjoy yourself on your bike and with cycling friends.  Just be aware of how to prepare and where to go when an injury occurs.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

 

Allergies, Allergies, Allergies
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Sniff, sniff.  Cough, cough. Scratch, scratch.

Hmmm.  Must be allergy season.

Well, since it always seems to be allergy season here in Texas, someone is always looking for relief. And if the cause isn’t seasonal, then they can happen anytime the body reacts to an allergen.

Allergies come in many types, sizes and causes.  And there are a range of symptoms.

Allergies are the immune system’s response to a foreign substance not typically harmful to the body.  Allergens range from foods to pollens to pet dander.  Some people are more sensitive to some allergens than to others and some people, not at all.

Symptoms range, too, from congestion, runny nose and swollen eyes for seasonal allergies; to allergic reactions that result in:

  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Sore throat
  • Hives
  • Swollen eyes
  • Itching and burning

As for relief, here are some of the things you can do to relieve your symptoms and breath again. Most are medications that include these over-the-counter (OTC) medication types:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Decongestants

There are also a number of prescribed medications that should only be dispensed and managed by medical professionals.

When should you seek professional help?  That is, when should you visit an acute care center?

  • When your symptoms become unmanageable and your regular physician is unavailable.
  • If your symptoms become life-threatening:
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Lightheadedness
    • Loss of consciousness

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Frontline ER’s Lab Capabilities
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Having appropriate laboratory services available for an emergency acute care facility and its staff is critical for proper and complete care.  That’s why Frontline ER’s lab services are always available.

This availability allows us to better assist, diagnose and treat a patient’s medical condition any time of the day or night, and day of the year.

Our lab and diagnostic services services include:

  • Routine lab tests, including urinalysis and lipid panels.
  • Blood tests, including CBC and PT.
  • Diagnostic tests including blood pressure, breathing tests and and vital signs.

Our access to and use of these laboratory services ensures that we can treat your medical issue more immediately so as to make any further decisions about what next steps to take.

Your care is of our utmost concern.

Operation Turkey Day 2020
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For Thanksgiving 2020, our Frontline ER Richmond team volunteered to be a part of Operation Turkey in the Houston area.

Sponsored by the Office of Veteran’s Affairs, the Frontline team was part of a joint effort with several agencies and supporting organizations.  The event fed the homeless and served meals to those who, otherwise, wouldn’t have food for the holiday.  All told, 500 turkeys were smoked resulting in 8,000 meals for families and the homeless from Katy to conroe, Texas.

Frontline ER is pleased and proud to be active in supporting the communities we serve.  Thanks to all who participated.

Telling the Difference Between Seasonal Allergies and COVID-19
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With allergy season coinciding with the global pandemic, it bears repeating that we should all consider the similarities and differences between the symptoms for the two afflictions. Before you run off to be tested, consider which symptoms go with with which illness.  Let’s list the symptoms of each and those they have in common (data courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control):

  • Symptoms more common of COVID-19
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever and chills
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Muscle and body aches
  • Symptoms more common of seasonal allergies
    • Itchy or watery eyes
    • Sneezing
  • Symptoms common of both:
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Headache

If you are showing signs of a fever, shortness of breath, coughing or headache, you should be seen by a physician to see if you require testing.  Older adults or people who have severe underlying chronic conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes seem to be at a higher risk.  Please do not hesitate to see a doctor.

Should you have any further questions, please consult this additional information on our website or give us a call.

 

Your EOB and Your Frontline ER Invoice
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After you’ve been treated at Frontline ER, we will submit your medical claim to your insurance company. Once the claim has been reviewed, you will receive an explanation of benefits (EOB) from your insurer. That is how the process for payment begins.

Please understand that an EOB is not a bill.

The EOB provides details about your medical insurance claim that has been processed and explains what portion was paid to Frontline ER (by the insurer) and what portion of the payment, if any, is the patient’s (your) responsibility.  You will also receive two bills regarding your Frontline ER visit:

  1. Facility bill.  This includes the use of the ER, medications administered, labs, imaging and supplies.
  2. Physicians bill.  This outlines the the physician’s charges for treatment.

Once you receive your Frontline ER invoices and you think you have been charged in error or do not understand the charges, please contact us.  We will be happy to speak with you and ensure that all the proper adjustments have been made.

Please contact us should you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for being our valued patient and client.