Sleep Apnea and That Sound Your Husband Makes: What It Says About His Health

A woman plugging her ears and man snoring in bedSleep apnea is a potentially serious medical disorder that affects between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States. Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is repeatedly blocked during sleep. Blockage of the airway causes snoring, and if severe, can cause low oxygen, elevated blood pressure and damage to the brain and heart over time. Sleepiness, fatigue, depression, and loss of sexual drive can also result. If your loved one snores and feels tired or sleepy after a full night’s rest, he may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea

Many factors can lead to Sleep Apnea and snoring including excess weight, problems with a small air passage and receding jaw or other problems with the airway. Excess weight is commonly associated with sleep apnea and that snoring sound. When an overweight or obese person is sleeping, his or her throat and tongue muscles become more relaxed, closing off the upper passages of their airway.

Loud, repetitive snoring isn’t only a nuisance, it’s one of the main indicators of sleep apnea. Here are three main indicators of obstructive sleep apnea:

  1. Loud, persistent snoring
  2. Pauses in breathing, along with gasping attacks while sleeping
  3. Excessive sleepiness while awake
  4. Morning headaches
  5. Difficulty paying attention
  6. Irritability
  7. Auto Accidents

It is important to note that many people who snore do not have obstructive sleep apnea, however most people who do have sleep apnea, snore.

Common risk factors of sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is often a byproduct of other health factors, including:

  • Excess weight
    Fat deposits in and around the upper airway may obstruct breathing
  • Neck circumference
    Surprisingly, those with thicker necks may have narrower airways
  • Narrow airway
    Narrow throat, enlarged tonsils or adenoids may also block the throat
  • Gender
    Men are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than women before menopause. After menopause women are as likely as men to suffer from Sleep Apnea
  • Age
    This disorder is most common in older adults
  • Genetics
    A family history of sleep apnea may increase your risk
  • Alcohol or drug use
    These substances relax the throat muscles, which can worsen obstructive sleep apnea
  • Smoking
    Smokers are three times more likely to struggle with sleep apnea

If you think your husband or anyone else in your family is struggling with sleep apnea or snoring, contact Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-536-1493. We can conduct a sleep evaluation and test, help treat underlying conditions and help you both rest more peacefully.

Male-Specific Diseases to Ask Your Doctor About

A man with a doctorMen have specific health risks they need to be aware of—particularly in regards to the reproductive system. The male reproductive system is designed to produce, maintain and transport sperm. The testes, a part of the male reproductive system, are also responsible for producing testosterone. Testosterone is an essential hormone that helps maintain bone density, fat distribution and muscle strength in men.

Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about these male-specific diseases

If you’ve been reluctant to go to the doctor, the experienced physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers urge you to make an appointment. That sluggishness you feel may be attributed to a busy schedule or lack of sleep could be something more. Here are the male-specific diseases you should ask your doctor about:

  • Prostate cancer
    About one in nine men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. Prostate cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland. This walnut-sized gland, located between the bladder and penis, is responsible for producing seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. The good news is that it can be cured when it is detected and treated early. Common symptoms of prostate cancer include pain during urination, difficulty urinating, more frequent urges to urinate at night, loss of bladder control and decreased flow of urine. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to seek medical attention.
  • Testicular cancer

Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 men develop testicular cancer each year. Testicular cancer occurs when the cell growth inside one or both testicles becomes abnormal. It is the most common cancer in 20-35 year old men. Like prostate cancer, testicular cancer has an excellent cure rate—when it is detected and treated early.

For more information about getting treatment for male-specific diseases, please call Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-536-1493.

Tips for Living Longer: Six Things Men Should Do to Live 5 Years Longer

A man tired at the wheelLiving longer is often attributed to living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that really mean? For men, it has a lot to do with focusing on heart health—the leading cause of death among men in the United States.

Living longer with heart-healthy living

The good news is people are living longer than ever before. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, here are six things you can do right away:

  1. Eat more whole foods
    It is well known that processed foods (chicken nuggets, hot dogs, soda, etc.) are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Instead, reach for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains when hunger calls.
  2. Move your body
    Regular exercise is the key to good health and a healthy heart. A quick, 15-minute walk each day is one of the easiest ways to living a longer and healthier life.
  3. Get plenty of rest
    Focus on living longer by getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Up the ante by going to bed and waking up at similar times each day.
  4. Get social
    Socializing with friends is a good way to start living longer. Laughter, humor and happiness help you manage stress and strengthen your immune system. As it turns out, laughter really is the best medicine.
  5. Schedule—and keep—doctor appointments
    Regular health screenings protect you, so you can continue caring and providing for your family. Call Pomona Valley Health Centers and schedule your check-up today.
  6. Stop smoking
    Though it can be difficult to break a nicotine addiction, your blood pressure and circulation improve shortly after quitting. Your risk of getting cancer (the second leading cause of death among men) also decreases every smoke-free year.

The physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers are equipped with the latest technologies and skills to help the people in our community live longer lives. It’s time to call 909-536-1493 and schedule a check-up today.

Is Urgent Care for Kids Too? Yes! (Plus Five Reasons Moms Prefer It to the ER.)

A doctor examining a boyMoms, dads and caregivers work hard every day to keep their kids happy, healthy and safe. They also rely on services like urgent care and the emergency room when their children get hurt or become ill unexpectedly. While the pediatrician’s office should always be the first line of defense, sometimes it just isn’t an option, like during weekends or after regular business hours.

If your child has a life-threatening injury or illness, the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers urge you to go to the nearest emergency room. However, for parents who have a child with a sore throat, fever, earache, diarrhea, or mild to moderate injuries, it’s best to go to the closest urgent care instead.

The Pomona Valley Urgent Care Centers in Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne are available to children of all ages.

Moms prefer urgent care to the emergency room

Here are five reasons more moms are choosing urgent care centers over emergency rooms:

  1. Germs, bacteria and viruses
    Emergency rooms are known for drawing a crowd of injured or unwell people—and their germs. This means you and your little one could be unnecessarily exposed to a lot of communicable diseases. Unless your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, opt for a nearby urgent care facility instead.
  2. Shorter wait times
    The average emergency room patient wait time 4 hours, whereas urgent care facilities are able to see walk-in patients within 15-45 minutes. If you’re looking for fast, efficient and effective care, try urgent care first.
  3. Lower prices
    The average emergency room visit costs more than $1,300, whereas urgent care visits are a fraction of the cost at $70 to $125, depending on your insurance. Save yourself high out-of-pocket costs by opting for urgent care instead.
  4. Convenience

In the United States there about twice as many urgent care facilities as emergency rooms. If you’re looking for quality care that’s also close-to-home, you’re more likely to find it at an urgent care center.

  1. Less intimidating
    Emergency rooms can be busy, loud and sometimes scary places for children. Visiting an urgent care center is often calmer and may feel more like a visit to the doctor’s office.

Pomona Valley Health Centers offers safe, effective—and fast—urgent care for kids in Claremont. Walk-in or call 909-536-1493.

Living Healthy During COVID-19

Stay Home Save Lives sign in window

Staying safe at home during the COVID-19 outbreak has changed the routines of our lives, perhaps even quite dramatically. 

We aren’t going to the gym, our eating habits may have changed, and many people aren’t sleeping well. Many are coping with shifts in their mental health. And we’re all concerned about ourselves and the people we love. 

At Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC), your family’s health and well-being are our foremost concern…and our purpose for being here. So, during the shutdown, we’re doing what we can to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle with these essential tips from our own Premier family physicians, Dr. Michael Deanda, Medical Director, PVHC La Verne and Dr. Libia Wohlert, PVHC Pomona.

Basic Health and Wellness

  • Focus on getting adequate sleep – Set and keep a reasonable sleep schedule of at least 8 hours per night, and put down your smartphone
  • Eat nutritious meals – Cook at home rather than getting take-out, and watch portion sizes
  • Exercise regularly – Don’t let a closed gym stop you from staying healthy. Walk, run, ride, lift weights, do yoga at home…always following COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Slow down, unplug and nurture relationships – Take this time to rest and relax, unplug from electronics and pay attention to your personal relationships

Find A Healthy Work-at-Home/Life Balance

  • Remember to take breaks – Take time for yourself, such as taking a walk
  • Set and adhere to a work schedule
  • Try to go to a separate room to work

Prioritize Health and Combat Loneliness

  • Look within your community – If you’re lonely or have specific needs, look to and accept help from your family, friends and neighbors
  • Call and connect – Reach out to friends and family via telephone or videoconferencing. It’s important to stay connected!
  • Let us help with loneliness – PVHMC’s residents started a new program of reaching out to our communities’ elderly to check on them and offer a friendly voice. Call (909) 378-9180 if you know of someone in your community who can benefit from this service.
  • Stay away from or reduce consumption of alcohol and other substances

Resources for Patients and Community Members

COVID-19 Guideline Reminders 

The best way to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus is to follow the CDC’s guidelines, which include:

  • Wash your hands often – Use soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If unable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact – Maintain six feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a face mask – Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others
  • There are other guidelines – Visit the CDC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) online resources for more information. 

As this virus outbreak continues, please remember that it is temporary, and we will make it to the other side together. At PVHC, we’re here to help, not just with guidelines to stay healthy but with comprehensive, compassionate care and telemedicine appointments from the safety of your home. 

Important Notice About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To our valued patients:

As your healthcare provider, Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) has taken the necessary steps to ensure we are prepared to care for our patients and the community during this coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Screening processes are in place for all patients entering clinical areas. Patients experiencing common symptoms of coronavirus including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, are questioned and cared for appropriately.

Our facilities are safe, and we are taking every precaution possible to ensure we provide quality and safe care for you. We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, and the appropriate protocols in place to protect patients, visitors and staff in the event that a person with coronavirus seeks care at any of our five Pomona Valley Health Centers in Claremont, La Verne, Pomona, and Chino Hills.

We now offer telemedicine appointments

Our top priority at Pomona Valley Health Centers and Premier Family Medicine Associates is the health and safety of our patients, our staff and the communities we all share. That’s why, during this coronavirus outbreak we’ve added the option for you and your doctor to conduct certain appointments remotely using telemedicine.

For additional information on telemedicine appointments, please click here.

What should you do if you’re sick?

  • Stay home, except to get medical care – avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
  • Monitor symptoms – seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
  • Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other reasons
  • Remember to put on a mask when visiting your doctor, which we can provide for you
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

What should you do to limit your exposure to the virus?

The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which at this time is thought to spread mainly person-to-person. How do you avoid being exposed?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water – frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain “social distancing” between others (about six feet apart)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)

Testing for COVID-19

We have access to tests and will be testing patients who meet the criteria for testing. Your school, work or family members may ask that you get tested, however, there are specific signs and symptoms along with the type of exposure that physicians must follow, and not all requests for testing will be fulfilled.

For additional information from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, please click here.
For additional information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, please click here.
For additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please click here.

At all times, we prioritize optimal health, safety and infection control, and during this outbreak, we are continuing to do so with special vigilance and focus. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation, carefully following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and the communities we serve.

As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we intend to keep you informed about the best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved one safe.

From the physicians and staff at Pomona Valley Health Centers.

Ten Tips to Improve Your Child’s Health

healthy children

Every parent wants to keep their kids healthy and happy so they can grow and develop into healthy, successful adults. Educating your children about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle is essential, perhaps now more than ever. In the United States alone, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.

While genetic factors are difficult to change, parents can play a role in teaching children about healthy lifestyle choices so they can maintain a healthy weight now and well into their future.

Ten Tips to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

Here are ten things parents can teach their children through words and actions:

  1. Eat dinner together
    Families who eat together stay together and kids benefit academically, socially and mentally. While it would be great to share a meal together every day, that’s not always a reality in today’s world. Make it your goal to enjoy a family meal three to four times per week.
  2. Eat the rainbow
    Introduce a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, prepared simply, to help them develop a broad palate that will serve them well into adulthood.
  3. Drink lots of water
    Kids are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because they have higher body water content and higher metabolic rates. Keep them hydrated with easy-to-access water throughout the day and plenty of nutritious high-water-content foods.
  4. Exercise for fun
    Make exercise fun by playing hopscotch or freeze tag and riding bikes outside. Guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services recommend children and adolescents age six and older get at least an hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity each day.
  5. Be safe
    Your kids will notice your safety habits, so take care to look both ways before crossing streets and wear your seatbelt or bike helmet. Remind your kids to do the same and provide ongoing guidance to your children about the importance of safety.
  6. Be kind
    About 20 percent of students report being bullied each year. As adults and parents it’s important to model violence-free mediation and conflict resolution so when children leave the home they have a wide variety of skills and strategies to negotiate conflict.
  7. Be together
    Time together as a family helps you build strong relationships that will help you though any tough times. In addition to family meals, try to spend time one-on-one, with each other and your children.
  8. Visit the doctor
    Preventive medical care is essential for overall health. Talk to your children about the importance of clean teeth and healthy bodies. Let them see you take care of your body too, with regular checkups.
  9. Limit screen time
    Life is busy and sometimes we want to relax in front of the TV, kindle or iPad. However, the American Hospital Association recommends one hour of screen time per day for children age two to five and no more than two hours for kids and teens age eight to 18.

Annual checkup are important for everyone, so call Pomona Valley Health Center at 909-630-7829 to schedule your appointments. Our team of skilled physicians is ready to help with the unique needs of your entire family.

 

Cold and Flu Season: How to Stay Healthy

You know the signs: runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. It’s the start of a cold or worse—the flu. Each year in the United States millions of people suffer with cold or flu symptoms. Adults get between two and three colds a year on average and kids, well, they can get even more. Though most people tend to get sick in the winter and spring months, it’s possible at any time throughout the year.

Sick family in bed

How to protect yourself from a cold

Common colds are highly contagious between one and two days before you even realize you’re getting sick and until all of the symptoms are gone. So, the best way to stay healthy is prevention. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for the common cold, but here are a few things you can do to help keep you and your family healthy all season long:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
It’s important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds every time you wash. This helps ensure viruses that may be living on your hands are washed away. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands
Viruses that cause colds and flu can enter the body through the nose, eyes and mouth—making you sick. If you need to touch your face, be sure to wash your hands first.

• Stay away from people who are sick
Anyone who is sick can spread the cold or flu virus through close contact with others. Droplets from a cough or sneeze can spread out to about six feet, so keep your distance if you can.

• Keep your surroundings clean
To keep cold and flu viruses away; sanitize doorknobs, light switches, faucets and other surfaces that are touched at least one a day. This is especially important if you’re a parent or guardian of school-aged children.

How to protect yourself from the flu

Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) recommends getting vaccinated against the flu every year to protect yourself from severe illness. It’s best to get vaccinated before the flu is active in your community because it takes about two weeks for the antibodies (in the vaccine) to fully protect your body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting the flu vaccine by the end of October, though it can be beneficial throughout the entire flu season, even into January or February.

Stay healthy this cold and flu season with help from the skilled doctors at PVHC. We offer walk-in appointments for flu shots at all five of our locations: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont, Chino Hills Crossroads and La Verne.

5 Tips on Staying Healthy for Men’s Health Month

5 Tips on Staying Healthy for Men’s Health MonthSixty percent of men do not go to the doctor for annual check ups.

That statistic is staggering, especially when you consider regular checkups can detect early stages of a number of diseases that affect men—including prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among American men.

5 health tips for men’s health month

Men’s health month aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage regular preventative health screenings. Here are five things you can do to live long and healthfully:

  1. Schedule an annual physical (every year)
    Even if you are feeling okay, an annual physical is one of the best ways to promote good health. It’s a good opportunity to check cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure levels—three leading indicators of overall health.
  2. Get physical
    Take care of your heart and reduce stress with at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It can be as simple as taking a brisk walk or playing with your children, grandchildren, or animals.
  3. Get rest
    Men need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night in order to perform at their best. If you’re not getting enough restorative slumber, you’re putting yourself at increased risk for certain respiratory diseases,type 2 diabetes, stroke, or heart disease.
  4. Stop smoking
    Each time you smoke, you’re increasing your risk of respiratory disease, lung cancer, and emphysema. Ask your doctor to help you quit.
  5. Eat the rainbow
    Fill your plate with colorful fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Not only will these foods give your more energy than fast or processed foods, they are also helpful in preventing certain diseases, like prostate cancer.

If you’re looking for experienced, board-certified Family Medicine Doctors in Chino Hills, La Verne, Claremont and Pomona, make an appointment at one of our Pomona Valley Health Centers today. Call 909-630-7829.

Common Injuries: Should You Go to an Urgent Care or Hospital?

Common Injuries: Should You Go to an Urgent Care or Hospital? If you need immediate medical attention, you might only consider going to the emergency room. However, there is another, less expensive way to receive prompt, high-quality treatment for non-life-threatening conditions. Emergency room services can be very expensive, costing an average of 85% or more per visit than urgent care.

Common injuries and illnesses treated at urgent care

The Pomona Valley Health Center urgent care facilities were created to improve the patient experience through effective evaluation and treatment to quickly remedy common medical situations.

Urgent care facilities offer expert care and are equipped to treat a comprehensive list of illnesses and injuries, including but not limited to:
• Allergies
• Asthma
• Bites and stings
• Burns
• Colds and flu
• Children’s illnesses
• Eye irritation
• Fractures
• Infections
• Migraine headaches
• Minor broken bones
• Rashes
• Sprains and strains
• Sports injuries
• Urinary tract infections
• Vomiting
• And more

The skilled doctors at Pomona Valley Medical Center want to help you make the best, most cost-effective medical decisions.

Should I go to an urgent care or hospital emergency room?

It’s not uncommon for medical situations to occur at night or on a weekend—when your doctor isn’t in the office. If this happens to you, it’s important to know where you can get high-quality help fast. Emergency services should be reserved for only the most serious, often life-threatening medical issues. If you’re suffering from a sudden illness, injury, or other medical condition you would normally address with your primary doctor, urgent care is most likely the right choice for you.

La Verne, Chino Hills, Claremont and Pomona Urgent Care facilities offer expert care with a personal touch. Each of our facilities treats common injuries and illnesses with extended hours 365 days a year.

If you need to make an appointment with one of our board-certified family doctors, call 909-630-7829. All PVHC urgent care facilities are available on a walk-in basis only.

National Infertility Awareness Week: How Common Is Infertility in Women?

National Infertility Awareness Week: How Common Is Infertility in Women?

Getting pregnant is actually a lot harder than you might think. If you or a loved one has ever struggled with infertility, you are not alone. According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining pregnancy.

Infertility can affect both men and women. While cause is often difficult to determine, approximately one-third of infertility cases are due to female reproductive issues and another third is due to male reproductive issues.

What are the common causes of infertility?

For women, these are the most common causes of infertility:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other disorders that affect ovulation (e.g., hyperprolactinemia, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism)
  • Uterine or cervical abnormalities
  • Endometriosis
  • STIs or other infections
  • Uterine fibroids, polyps, cysts or other growths in the reproductive system
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause)
  • Pelvic adhesions following infection, appendicitis, or abdominal surgery
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Advanced age
  • Excess weight

These are the most common causes of infertility for men:

  • Abnormal sperm production or function
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Structural problems, blockages or other damage or injury to the reproductive organs
  • Overexposure to certain environmental factors (e.g., pesticides, radiation, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana) or medications (e.g., antibiotics, antihypertensives, anabolic steroids)
  • Frequent exposure to heat, such as saunas or hot tubs
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments

Common fertility tests for men and women

Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) offers many state-of-the-art fertility tests to help determine the cause of infertility, including:

  • Semen analysis (men)
  • Testicular biopsy (men)
  • Hormone testing (men and women)
  • Genetic testing (men and women)
  • Ovulation testing (women)
  • Hysterosalpingography (women)
  • Ovarian reserve testing (women)

When you’re ready to start a family, fertility issues can feel like an insurmountable obstacle, but you don’t have to go it alone. PVHC offers skilled, compassionate infertility services in Pomona Valley. Call 909-630-7829 for more information about our women’s health services.

5 Healthy Tips to Teach Your Kids

5 Healthy Tips to Teach Your Kids

It’s true, healthy parents have healthy kids. In fact, you are the most important influence on your child, especially when they’re young. One of the best things you can do to help your child’s health and wellness is to set a good example. When you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and attend regular check-ups with your doctor, your kids are more likely to follow suit.

5 tips to help your children live a healthy life

There is a large body of research suggesting physical activity and a healthy diet pay off in the classroom. When your kids are healthy, they are happier, more focused and do better in school. Help them stay healthy with these tips:

  • Get regular check-ups
    Give your children a healthy start by making sure they visit their pediatrician and dentist for regular checkups. Show them it’s important by setting and keeping your own health appointments as well. When you make health a priority while they’re young, they are more likely to continue with regular checkups into adulthood.
  • Limit screen time
    TV, computer games, iPads and smartphones can be fun and educational, but small minds and bodies need a lot of physical stimulation throughout the day. Limit screen time to two hours per day or less.
  • Eat the rainbow
    Teach your kids about food early, so they understand the value of a healthy meal. Introduce them to a selection of colorful fruits and vegetables, so it becomes a natural part of their diet. Food is like fuel, the more nutritious their diet, the better they’ll feel physically and emotionally.
  • Hydrate with H20
    Instead of reaching for soft drinks or juice, give your kids a tall glass of water when they’re thirsty. Store-bought juices and soda contain a lot of sugar and can lead to health complications like weight gain or even diabetes if consumed in excess.
  • Get moving
    Encourage physical fitness and show them that exercise is fun. Kids want to do everything you do, especially when they’re young. So go ahead, climb, swing and slide at the park with them.

Kids love to get up and get moving, but sometimes that means bumps and bruises. Pomona Valley Health Centers has your little one covered head to toe with convenient urgent care in La Verne, Chino Hills, Claremont and Pomona. Call 909-630-7829 for more information about our urgent care services.

How Long Does a CT Scan Take?

How Long Does a CT Scan Take?

A computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan is a medical procedure that allows doctors to see inside your body. They are commonly used to diagnose a variety of disorders within the brain, spine, extremities and vascular system. CT scanning is also used to perform needle guided biopsy and other interventional procedures.

CT scanning is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate

In an emergency room, people can be scanned quickly so doctors can rapidly assess, diagnose and treat their condition. Examinations typically take between 15 and 30 minutes of total time on the scanning table depending on the type of preparation needed and whether it includes the use of a contrast material (a substance that is either injected into the vascular system or taken orally to enhance visibility of internal structures).

The scan itself may take less than a minute to complete.

What can a CT scan detect?

Your doctor may order a CT scan for a number of reasons, including:

  • Complex bone fractures and tumors
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Emphysema
  • Liver masses
  • Internal bleeding
  • Tumors
  • Blood clots
  • Excess fluid
  • Infection

Benefits of a CT scan

CT scans rank as one of the top five medical developments in the last 40 years. Here are the top five benefits of a CT scan

  • Determine when surgeries are necessary
  • Reduce the need for exploratory surgery
  • Improve cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Reduce the length of hospital stays
  • Guide treatment of injuries, cardiac disease and stroke
  • Help show surgeons exactly where to operate during surgery

What’s the difference between a CT and MRI scan?

CT and MRI scans are different procedures and they have different applications depending on what your physician is trying to identify or diagnose. CT scans utilize radiation whereas an MRI uses a strong magnetic field. MRI is sensitive to patient movement and requires that you lay very still for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the procedure. CT scans are much less sensitive to patient movement and the actual scan generally takes only a few minutes compared to MRI. Patients that have implanted medical devices such as pacemakers, stents, coils, etc., can have either a CT or MRI but there are precautions and you will need to consult your physician.

Pomona Valley Health Centers offer conveniently located CT scans in Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne. Call 909-469-9395 to schedule an appointment today.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: How to Tell If You Have a Concussion

Brain Injury Awareness Month: How to Tell If You Have a Concussion

Each year, approximately 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries range from mild to severe; concussions are considered a mild traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.

Motor vehicle accidents, falls and sports injuries are common causes of concussions. Though any sport that involves contact can also result in a concussion, particularly football, hockey and soccer are the most common.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

Signs and symptoms that may occur shortly after sustaining a concussion may include:

  • Headache or feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

Treatment options for concussions

All forms of concussions are serious. It’s important to seek medical attention from a local urgent care facility or emergency room as soon as possible to avoid complications. It’s very likely your urgent care or emergency room physician will recommend follow-up care and treatment from a primary care physician. If you play sports regularly, it’s especially important to seek continued care from a medical professional that is specially trained and experienced in the assessment and management of sports-related concussions

March is brain injury awareness month. A time to recognize the growing prevalence of brain injuries, empower the community and destigmatize the injuries. If you or a loved one has sustained a concussion, or repeated concussions in the past, the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers encourage you to share your experience. This will help others know they are not alone in their journey and help pass along seasoned advice and support.

If you are in need of expert concussion management, contact the skilled sports medicine physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-630-7829. Our physicians are committed to providing excellent care from the acute injury to return-to-play (RTP).

How Long Do Cold Symptoms Last?

How Long Do Cold Symptoms Last?

‘Tis the season of the nagging cold. If you have the symptoms, you know them well: The scratchy throat and cough. The sniffles. Mild body aches and a low-grade fever. Despite trying every remedy your grandmother recommended, your symptoms seem to be hanging around…and they’re starting to make you feel miserable. So, when will they go away?

How long do cold symptoms last?

Although the cold is labeled as “common,” the symptoms can be quite unique from person to person. Typically, symptoms begin one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus. For many people, they peak around day four and taper off around day seven. The most common cold symptoms include:

  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Fatigue

The complete life cycle of a cold is usually between seven and 10 days. Beyond that, especially if you have a fever that lasts five days or more, see your healthcare provider for immediate treatment.

For colds, flu and urgent care, we’re here to help you feel better fast

When a cold sticks with you for a little too long, or the flu is getting you down, Pomona Valley Health Centers are here to help you feel better, with urgent care services in Chino Hills, Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne.

Our urgent care locations are open from 8am – 8pm during the week, and from 9am – 5pm on the weekends and most holidays. Beyond urgent care, PVHC strives to support your every healthcare need with family, sports and occupational medicine, physical therapy, women’s health care, specialty care and more.

To schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.

American Heart Month: How Sleep Affects Your Heart

How Sleep Affects Your Heart

Hello, February. Hello, American Heart Month! This is the time when communities, health professionals and families collaborate to help friends and family members make healthier choices. You can be a part of American Heart Month, too. Learn about strategies for preventing heart disease and spread the word to educate and inspire people to live heart-healthy lives.

Need some information to get started? Sleep on this: Recent studies show connections between shortened sleep duration (defined as less than six hours of sleep) and increased risk of heart disease.

Here’s how sleep can affect your heart

You might have guessed by now: Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. Not getting enough sleep can put you at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease—no matter your age or weight, or whether you smoke too much or exercise too little.

Quality sleep, and plenty of it each night, is vital to lowering your risk of heart conditions, because while you sleep, your heart rests. Your heart rate and blood pressure lower; conserving energy and function to power you through the next day.

Habitual lack of sleep can cause myriad problems, including putting you at higher risk for type 2 diabetes and for heart and heart-related problems such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease

In addition to keeping your heart healthy, six or more quality hours of sleep can help you maintain mental well-being and boost immunity, along with a plethora of other health benefits.

Achieve your best health through high-quality sleep

Want to stay happy and healthy? Your physical and mental health hinge largely on consistent, quality sleep. At Pomona Valley Health Centers, our specialists are ready to help you overcome sleep challenges through expert sleep disorder treatment in Chino Hills, Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne.

Whatever you need, whenever you need it, PVHC surrounds you with family, sports and occupational medicine, women’s health and specialty care. We also provide urgent care from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm during the week and from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on the weekends and most holidays.

To schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.

Where Do I Get an X-Ray?

Where Do I Get an X-Ray?

If you’re asking about an X-ray, chances are you’ve had an accident, a fall or a sports injury. None of these are fun or easy to deal with, but all can benefit from an X-ray exam.

Whether you schedule an appointment with our sports medicine specialists, or walk into one of our urgent care centers, the experienced and caring doctors, nurses and radiologists of Pomona Valley Health Centers are ready to help.

Advanced X-ray diagnostics reveal the source of your injury

For acute musculoskeletal (muscle and bone) injuries to the limbs, or pain in your chest, head or neck, X-rays can provide an accurate evaluation of your pain and inform your treatment. X-ray exams produce images of the structures inside your body (more specifically, your bones) safely, quickly and comfortably.

At PVHC, you’ll find a range of advanced diagnostic imaging—from x-ray technology to radiology exams—all onsite—which can save you precious time and money.

Precision X-ray; expert sports medicine is right here

Whether you’re an elite athlete with a painful condition or injury that’s holding you back, or an active person dealing with recurring pain from overuse injuries or arthritis, come see us. At Pomona Valley Health Centers, our skilled specialists will guide you on a path to rapid healing, and get you back to your active life as soon as possible. PVHC provides X-Ray in Chino Hills, Claremont, La Verne and Pomona along with complete family medicine, women’s health care, urgent care, treatment for sleep disorders and more.

To schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.

 

Urgent Care Near Me: What to Look for In an Urgent Care

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We’ve all been there: You’re going for your personal best during a workout, trying to chop veggies like a pro or step awkwardly off the curb, and ouch! From pops and pulls to tweaks and twinges to cuts, burns and bites, it’s good to have a reliable urgent care near you. And, it’s important to choose the right facility, but how? Start by looking for services and features that can save you time, money and frustration.

The differences between urgent care and emergency care

There are distinctions between these two types of care. Urgent care is intended to treat non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that need attention right away. Even though your condition is not an emergency, don’t wait to seek treatment for things like:

  • Accidents and falls
  • Sprains and strains
  • Eye irritation and redness
  • Excessive vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration

An emergency room or emergency care center is set up to immediately treat conditions that can permanently impair or endanger your life, including:

  • Heart attack, stroke, difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Deep knife cuts or gunshot wounds
  • Compound fractures or bone breaks

What to look for in an urgent care near you

Does the facility accept your insurance? That’s a vital factor to look for, but when researching facilities, take note of features like:

  • Accessibility – Let’s say you sprain your ankle during your gym league basketball game. You need an urgent care that offers walk-ins and convenient appointments, 365 days a year. You need Pomona Valley Health Centers!
  • Location, location, location, location – The last thing you want to do when you’re in pain is to travel far for relief. Good thing PVHC offers four, conveniently-located facilities to treat you right, right now, with urgent care in Chino Hills, Claremont, La Verne and Pomona.
  • Insurance – We provide attentive, expert care for Workers’ Comp cases, and we work with most major HMOs and many private insurance plans.
  • Advanced technology – Speed is one thing, but in urgent care, quality and accuracy are even more crucial. This is precisely why PVHC provides advanced diagnostic imaging and fast results. Your health deserves the very latest technology, and we insist on working with it.

Compassionate, high quality urgent care is near you

Welcome to the place where superior quality and quick, easy convenience coexist. At Pomona Valley Health Centers, our board-certified physicians and skilled, caring nurses are here to help you heal quickly. Come see us for complete urgent care in Chino Hills, Claremont, La Verne and Pomona, or for head-to-toe family medicine, sports medicine or specialty care.

To schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.

What Is Occupational Medicine?

What Is Occupational Medicine?When you go to work each day, who’s watching out for you? Who’s focusing on your health, making sure you can safely perform your tasks? Is anyone monitoring the physical, chemical, biological and social factors of your workplace, and the impacts environmental exposures can have on your health?

Occupational medicine practitioners are doing that and more, including promoting healthy workplaces, and helping employers out for manage occupational and environmental injury, illness and disability.

Why everyone needs occupational medicine

Work-related injuries can be very costly. There are the direct costs of injuries, like medical and insurance costs. Then there are the indirect, employer-absorbed expenses associated with the disruption to your workplace, retraining and lost productivity.

It’s a commonly known fact: Healthy workers are more productive and cost companies much less than sick or injured workers. Employers would be wise to provide as many health resources to workers as possible, such as:

  • Health risk assessments
  • Nutrition & weight loss counseling
  • Fitness programs or membership discounts to gyms
  • Frequent talks or seminars about safety, nutrition tips, and making healthy lifestyle choices

Occupational medicine and more, when and where you need it

If you’ve been hurt at work, one of your employees needs expert care to get back to work quickly, or you need help with disability management, you can turn to occupational medicine at Pomona Valley Health Centers. Through physical therapy, fit tests, health and drug screenings and more, we can make sure employees are fit for work or duty, and employers keep costs under control. You’ll also find a complete range of healthcare at PVHC, including family medicine, women’s health, sports medicine and urgent care.

Discover the difference our caring staff and board-certified physicians can make in your healthy life. To schedule an appointment in Claremont, Chino Hills, La Verne or Pomona, call 909-630-7829, or use our easy online form.

8 Ways Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health

8 Ways Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health

We’ve all been there: Tossing and turning, worried about missing an early-morning flight, or thinking about tomorrow’s big meeting.

Lack of sleep is prevalent in the U.S. In fact, a recent study by the Center for Disease Control found that more than 2/3 of Americans are not getting adequate sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends at least 7 hours per night for adults aged 18 – 60.

We understand, the idea of sleeping for 7 solid hours may seem far-fetched. After all, we live in a 24-hour work and news cycle, not to mention the friends, family and social media that keep our brains going nonstop. But a steady dose of sleepless or restless nights can lead to physical and mental ailments, and increase the risk of serious disease.

8 ways lack of sleep affects your health

Night after night of disrupted sleep can cause much bigger problems than irritability and forgetfulness. It can make you downright unhealthy. Here are some key ways lack of sleep can affect your health:

  1. You feel “ditzy” – Not enough sleep can leave you unable to focus, problem solve or create.
  2. You’re moody – You frequently feel grumpy or irritable, or can get upset or angry quickly. You may even develop a mood disorder like anxiety or depression.
  3. You get sick often – Feel like you frequently have a cold or the flu? Not sleeping well weakens your immune system, putting you at risk for illness & disease.
  4. Your health risks rise – Without adequate sleep, you become at an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure & heart disease
  5. You gain weight – Not sleeping enough can stimulate your appetite and even increase cravings, leading to weight gain.
  6. You cause accidents – Sleep-deprived people have caused some of the world’s worst disasters and accidents. Don’t drive or operate machinery while drowsy or exhausted.
  7. You’re frequently off-balance – Lack of sleep can affect your balance and coordination, making you susceptible to falls.
  8. You’re not in the mood – Whether due to sheer tiredness or low testosterone, the sleep-deprived tend to suffer from low sex drive.

Effective care for sleep disorders and more, throughout the Pomona Valley

If getting the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night sounds like a dream to you, talk to Pomona Valley Health Centers about sleep disorder treatment. Whatever’s keeping you awake—insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, or work shift sleep problems—we can help. After learning all about you, your lifestyle and sleeping patterns, we’ll create a treatment plan to bring you better sleep.

And as always, PVHC offers complete healthcare for you and your family, from checkups to vaccinations to women’s health; urgent care to radiology and sports medicine.

Experience the difference our low-cost, hassle-free, high-quality healthcare can make in your life. To schedule an appointment in Claremont, Chino Hills, La Verne or Pomona, call 909-630-7829, or use our easy online form.

What Does a CT Scan Show?

What Does a CT Scan Show?

A CT scan is a diagnostic procedure that allows doctors to see inside your body without making an incision. It uses a combination of x-rays and a computer to create highly detailed 2-dimensional images of the organs, bones and other tissues. The data collected from the 2d images is then used to construct 3D images. These images can help your doctor diagnose and treat a number of conditions more effectively and without the need for surgery.

A CT scan is much more advanced than an x-ray because it allows the radiologist to capture x-ray images in multiple sections of the body and at many different angles. Instead of taking flat x-ray images of your chest or abdomen, a CT scan creates a “slice” or cross-section of your body. This allows your physician to view organs and tissues from any angle. This technology is also useful for monitoring a patient’s progress during or after treatment.

CT scans are especially useful for those who are unable to have an MRI. An MRI uses powerful magnets so it may not be safe for those who have metal in their body (e.g., hip or knee replacements or metal fillings). Be sure to check with your doctor to find whether an MRI or CT scan is right for you.

Why are CT scans used?

Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to:

  • Detect bone and joint problems, like complex bone fractures and tumors
  • Identify or detect changes in cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or liver masses
  • Show a tumor’s shape, size and location
  • Examine and diagnose internal injuries and bleeding (e.g., from a car accident)
  • Locate a tumor, blood clot, excess fluid or infection
  • Guide procedures like biopsies, surgeries and radiation therapy

The physicians and radiologists at Pomona Valley Health Centers have more than 30 years experience to CT technology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Call 909-630-7829 if you need a high-quality CT scan in Chino Hills, Pomona, La Verne or Claremont.

American Diabetes Month: Who Is at Risk for Diabetes?

American Diabetes Month: Who Is at Risk for Diabetes?

November is American Diabetes Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness of diabetes and its impact on millions of people. In fact, 1 in 7 Americans struggle with this disease every day and as many as seven million people are undiagnosed. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness, nerve damage, or other more serious health conditions like kidney disease.

Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States, which is driving the growing number of people with diabetes, but there is hope. People with type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than 50 percent if they make healthy changes like maintaining a healthy diet, getting more regular exercise and losing weight.

Three types of diabetes and their risk factors

The three major types of diabetes are:

  • Type 1 – Type 1 diabetes usually begins in childhood and is a lifelong condition often caused by genetics, diseases of the pancreas, infection or illness.
  • Type 2 ­– Type 2 diabetes usually affects adults, but it can begin at any time in your life. Having Type 2 diabetes means your body is unable to use the insulin it makes. The main risk factors include:
    • Obesity or being overweight
    • Impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes)
    • Insulin resistance
    • Ethnic background (nonwhite women are at a higher risk for gestational diabetes)
    • Gestational diabetes
    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • Family history
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
    • Age (people over the age of 45 who are overweight are at an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes)
  • Gestational – Gestational diabetes occurs in approximately four percent of all U.S. pregnancies and is caused by hormones made by the placenta or a lack of insulin. Things that can lead to gestational diabetes include:
    • Obesity or being overweight
    • Glucose intolerance
    • Family history
    • Age (older women are at a higher risk for gestational diabetes)
    • Ethnic background

How to delay or prevent diabetes

Whatever your risk factors are, there are four key things you can do to delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get 30 minutes of exercise daily
  • Eat a balanced diet

If you or a loved one is struggling with diabetes and you’d like to learn more about the easy and important lifestyle changes you can make to manage your diabetes and lower your risk for other diseases and conditions, contact PVHC at 909-630-7829.

What are the Benefits of Having a Family Doctor?

What are the Benefits of Having a Family Doctor

Continuity of care means the repeated contact between a person and their doctor. Studies suggest that continuity of care is linked to lower death rates, higher patient satisfaction and improved patient trust. Trust is a key element in the doctor-patient relationship because people are more likely to disclose important information with doctors they know and depend on. It is also helpful for doctors to personally know their patients’ health history because it helps them make better-informed healthcare decisions and give personally tailored advice and recommendations.

Top five benefits of having a family doctor

There are a lot of reasons why trusting the same doctor with your extended healthcare is beneficial. Here is our top five:

  1. They are a trusted confidant
    Whether you’re not feeling well, are struggling with a pain, or dealing with an embarrassing issue, it’s nice to see a familiar face that is familiar with your health history.
  2. They know and understand you
    When you see the same doctor over the course of many years, they really get to know you, your health, habits and general state of being. Because of this, they’ll be better equipped to diagnose and treat you.
  3. They are there for you
    If you develop a serious condition like heart disease or cancer, a family doctor will help find a specialist that fits your exact needs and personality.
  4. They are invested in your health
    Family doctors do more than just annual check-ups. They are there to help you navigate chronic medical issues, like diabetes or asthma, as well as acute medical conditions like injury or illness.
  5. They improve your health and longevity
    When you have someone on your medical team that knows you and your health history well; they are better equipped to help you make the right healthcare decisions.

If you want to live a long, healthy life in the care of a skilled, trustworthy family medicine doctor near you, contact PVHC at 909-630-7829. Our family doctors are highly experienced in the science of medicine and art of compassionate care.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Ways Breast Cancer is Detected

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Approximately one in eight (12%) of U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. The good news is; most women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. Each October, major breast cancer charities, like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Collation Fund, work to increase awareness of the disease through the National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. This campaign aims to raise funds for breast cancer research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Preventive health screenings, like mammograms and annual check-ups, are vital for early detection of breast cancer. While the most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass, it is important to understand breast cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms.

5 common signs and symptoms of cancer

The skilled physicians and staff at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) want to help women understand the signs symptoms of breast cancer, so you can recognize them quickly and get the medical attention you need. Here are five common signs and symptoms of breast cancer:

  • Swelling in all or part of the breast, even if no lump or mass is felt
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness, scaling or thickening of the nipple or breast skin

It is important to be familiar with the size, shape and texture of your breasts so you can detect any changes as soon as they occur and seek immediate medical attention. The experienced physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers recommend performing a breast self-exam at least once a month.

5 ways your doctor can detect breast cancer

If you or a loved one is concerned about breast cancer, it is important to seek medical advice. Our physicians have the equipment and technology necessary to diagnose breast cancer as well as the skill and compassion to treat it. Here are five ways your doctor can detect breast cancer:

  • Breast exam
    Your doctor performs a physical exam and feels for any lumps or abnormalities in your breast and lymph nodes.
  • Mammogram
    A skilled technician takes x-rays of your breasts to screen for breast cancer.
  • Breast ultrasound
    Your doctor or technician performs an ultrasound to determine whether a breast lump is a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst.
  • Biopsy
    Your doctor removes a sample of breast cells for testing.
  • MRI
    An experienced technician uses an MRI scanner to generate images of the inside of the breasts.

For more information about women’s health in Pomona Valley, contact PVHC at 909-630-7829.

10 Safety Tips for School Sports

Safety Tips for School Sports

School sports are a terrific way to teach important life skills like leadership and teamwork, encourage confidence and build endurance. Signing up for a sports activity is exciting for both the students and parents, however, it’s important to consider the intensity, level and risk before making a commitment.

Choosing the right sport, level and intensity

If this is your child’s first time participating in team or individual sports, it’s important to understand what she wants to do and her anticipated skill level. Does she want a competitive or casual environment? Is she more interested in the technical or physical aspect of sports or the social bonding time it provides? Asking yourself questions like these will help you and your child choose something she’ll love.

Make sure the environment is safe

Winter sign-ups are right around the corner for school and club sports, here are a few things you can do now to make sure your child is ready for the start of the season:

  • Visit your pediatrician or family doctor for a full physical exam
    This will help determine whether he is fit enough physically and mentally to participate in regular and vigorous physical activity. (Most children with medical conditions will be able to participate safely in sports)
  • Confirm the integrity of the safety equipment
    For high contact sports, like football and hockey, it’s particularly important to check the integrity of the safety equipment. Check for cracks in the helmets or excessive wear and tear on shoulder or shin pads.
  • Talk to the coach
    Ask your intended coach or team captain about their emergency protocols for illness or injury and their policy on handling muscle fatigue during a game or practice.
  • Talk to your child
    Children who participate in school sports are at risk for injuries like ankle or hamstring sprains, pulled muscles, shin splints, tennis elbow and various knee injuries. Take time to teach your child how to prevent these common injuries.

Top 10 safety tips for school sports

School sports are a terrific opportunity to have fun, get to know new people and gain a sense of camaraderie. Here are 10 safety tips for school sports, so you and your child can enjoy the season:

  • Warm up BEFORE games and practices and stretch AFTER to release muscle tension and prevent injuries. Stop activity right away and seek medical attention at the first onset of discomfort or pain.
  • Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after play.
  • Get plenty of rest in between practices and games to avoid muscle fatigue or overuse injuries.
  • Wear properly fitted safety gear to prevent or reduce the severity of injuries.
  • Keep locker rooms, equipment and clothing clean to lower the risk of contagious skin issues like ringworm or athlete’s foot.
  • Eat a healthy diet of lean meats, whole grains, leafy greens and fruits to avoid feeling sluggish on the field, which can increase their risk of injury.
  • Play head-smart and watch out for any warning signs of concussion. When in doubt, sit it out.
  • Be educated about heat-related illness like heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Stay hydrated, take breaks and report any problems to the coach.
  • Protect their hearts from sudden cardiac arrest. Know where the nearest defibrillator is located in the unlikely event it is needed.
  • Make sure there is proper on-field medical care and know where to go for urgent medical care if it is needed.

Parents should always have an emergency plan in place for sports-related injuries should their young athletes become ill or injured. Pomona Valley Health Centers has over 30 years experience in sports medicine and orthopedics. Our state-of-the-art facility is well equipped to treat all minor and most major sports-related injuries.

Is There Any Treatment for Shingles?

Is There Any Treatment for Shingles?

f you or someone you love has had shingles, you know all about the painful rash it causes. Shingles is the same virus that causes chickenpox. When those itchy red spots of chickenpox disappear, the virus lies in a dormant state in our nerve cells, ready to strike again in later life.

In its reincarnated form, it is the varicella zoster virus, or Shingles. The condition can occur anywhere on your body. However, it most often appears as a single strip of blisters that wraps around the left or right side of your torso, waist, stomach or back.

Shingles typically lasts between two and six weeks. Most people get shingles just once, but it’s possible to get it two or more times. In rare cases, shingles can spread into the brain or spinal cord and cause serious complications such as stroke or meningitis (an infection of the membranes outside the brain and spinal cord).

Treatment for shingles

Although there is no cure for shingles, immediate treatment with prescription antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce the risk of complications. These medications include Acyclovir (Zovirax®) and Valacyclovir (Valtrex®).

For the severe pain of shingles, your doctor may also prescribe:

  • Capsaicin topical patch (Qutenza®).
  • Anticonvulsants such as gabapentin (Neurontin®).
  • Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline.
  • Numbing agents like lidocaine, in the forms of creams, gels, sprays or skin patches.
  • An injection including corticosteroids and local anesthetics.

Head-to-toe healthcare for all your family’s needs is close to home

At Pomona Valley Health Centers, we provide everything from routine exams to treatment for shingles, care for chronic illnesses and more. But the things we specialize in are compassion, convenience and on-time, hassle-free care. And with five locations throughout the Inland Empire, there’s a good chance you won’t have to travel far to get the quality healthcare you deserve.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to request an appointment online.

What are Common Radiology Services?

Radiology Services

When you or a family member breaks a bone, or is suspected of having an illness, tumor or another condition, a radiology exam may be ordered.

Radiology, through different types of procedures and techniques, uses imaging technology to see inside your body. A diagnostic radiology exam allows a physician to pinpoint the cause of symptoms you’re experiencing, screen for different illnesses, like breast cancer, colon cancer, or heart disease and monitor how well your body is responding to a treatment you’re undergoing.

Most common radiology services

The most common types of radiology services include:

  • General radiology – General radiology exams use standard x-ray technology, which can detect arthritis, fractures and pneumonia.
  • CT scan – Also known as a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, this high-resolution imaging exam is performed to allow doctors to see many conditions and diseases that standard x-rays cannot detect, such as small tumors and disease progression.
  • Ultrasound – This technology sends out high-frequency sound waves that reflect off body structures. A computer receives the waves and uses them to create images of organs inside the body. Ultrasound is used during gynecologic and pregnancy exams, and to identify problems related to arteries in the neck, arm or leg veins, the abdomen, kidneys, thyroid, eyes and other parts of the body.
  • DEXA scan – Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that measures bone loss.DEXA is considered the standard by which bone mineral density is measured.
  • 3 Tesla MRI – 3 Tesla MRI uses radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer to produce detailed pictures of areas inside the body. With this technology, doctors can see the difference between normal and abnormal tissue when diagnosing or gauging the progression of diseases like cancer.
  • Screening mammography – These low-dose X-rays can detect unsuspected breast cancers in their early stages. Screening mammography examines a woman’s breasts to detect cancer too small to be felt as a lump.
  • Nuclear medicine – With the ability to identify disease in its earliest stages, nuclear medicine is a valuable imaging technology. The procedure uses small amounts of radioactive materials (radiotracers) that are injected, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels through the area being examined and gives off gamma ray energy, which is detected by a special camera and a computer to create images.
  • Interventional Radiology– Interventional radiologists perform a broad range of procedures (X-ray, MRI scans, fluoroscopy to see internal organs in motion, CT scans and ultrasounds) to capture images inside your body. This remarkable imaging technology can be employed to treat tumors, take organ biopsies or place stents by inserting tiny instruments or catheters via an artery or vein.  

Complete, compassionate health care is close to home

Your family’s optimal health is our priority at Pomona Valley Health Centers. From general checkups and physicals to OB/GYN care, sports medicine, urgent care and advanced, accurate radiology services, we make medicine accessible, convenient and hassle-free. We offer four locations throughout the Inland Empire, a choice of dozens of caring and credentialed doctors, and a longtime affiliation with Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Come see the difference we can make in your health and your life.

To schedule an appointment at a PVHC location near you, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.

Can Allergies Be Healed Completely?

Allergies

Pollen, dust, pet dander, cleaning products, food, drinks and more. Allergies can affect nearly every aspect of life, and if severe enough, change it completely. How prevalent are allergies? More than 50 million people in the United States have an allergy of some kind.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you likely know about some treatments, but have you ever wondered …

Can allergies ever be completely cured?

The general answer is “no,” but … some kids can outgrow allergies, specifically those to food. The key is to find out what you’re allergic to. Allergy tests today are more convenient and accurate than ever. Combined with your detailed medical history, allergy testing (via skin or blood tests) can identify the specific things that cause your allergic reactions.

Feel and live better with healing allergy treatments

It’s a fact. Sometimes you can’t avoid allergens. The good news is, there are two effective ways to manage your allergies:

  • Medications – Decongestants and antihistamines can help relieve a stuffy, runny nose and sneezing and itching. Corticosteroids are effective in treating inflammation in your nose. Other medications work by blocking the release of the chemicals that cause allergic reactions.
  • Immunotherapy – This preventive treatment is used to quell allergic reactions to things like grass pollens, house dust mites and bee venom. The treatment involves you receiving gradually increasing doses of the allergen to which you are allergic. The gentle increases of the allergen spark your immune system to become less sensitive to it, likely by causing the production of a “blocking” antibody, which reduces your symptoms when you come in contact with the allergen. Immunotherapy can also reduce the inflammation of rhinitis and asthma.

Urgent care and treatment for allergies; total care for your family’s health

Should you have an allergic reaction, mild or severe, Pomona Valley Health Centers is here for you. Our La Verne urgent care facility is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on a walk-in basis. Here, and at all our locations, our compassionate, highly qualified doctors and nurses can care for all your health needs, including general medicine, child development, women’s health, sleep disorders, sports medicine and more.

To schedule an appointment at a PVHC location near you, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.

Are You Given a Drug Test as Part of a DOT Physical?

Drug Test

If you drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), you will have to undergo a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam. The DOT physical assesses whether a driver is healthy enough to operate a CMV. For example, if you have health issues like sleep apnea, diabetes, poor vision and high blood pressure, you could be a hazard on the road if your medical condition becomes unmanageable while driving. There are a number of tests given during the DOT test.

Do you get a drug test during a DOT physical?

The DOT physical exam requirements do not include a drug test, but you will be required to submit a urine sample. This is used to screen your kidneys for potential medical conditions.

However, companies require a pre-employment drug test. Your employer may request that you have a drug screen done while you take your DOT physical. That drug test typically screens for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine and amphetamines/methamphetamines.

Accurate, certified DOT exams, drug and alcohol screening and more

Maintain your DOT medical certificate and commercial driver license through drug testing in La Verne, Chino Hills, Pomona, Claremont, and Chino Hills. The doctors and nurses Pomona Valley Health Centers know how stressful the DOT physical can be, so they provide total support and professionalism before, during and after your exam. For all your medical needs throughout your life, they’re here to prioritize your good health through knowledge, expertise and compassion.

To schedule an appointment at a PVHC location near you, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use the online form.

What Are the Top Issues for Women’s Health?

Women's Health

From family planning considerations to specific conditions and diseases, women face a different set of health challenges than men. For some, there are options to reduce your risk. For others, you may be able to lessen its symptoms.

The top issues for women’s health

  • Heart disease – The leading cause of death for women can also be preventable! Work with your doctor to recognize your potential risks, then make the necessary chances to diet and exercise. And of course, don’t smoke or vape, and limit alcohol.
  • Cancer – Although many people associate breast cancer with women, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it occurs more often in young women. Also, lung, colon and uterine cancers (together), account for almost as many cancers as breast cancer. So, what can you do? Perform monthly breast self-exams, wear sunscreen, avoid smoking, get that colonoscopy, and if your periods become abnormal or you notice abdominal problems, see your doctor.
  • Stroke – Did you know? 60% of stroke deaths occur in women. Learn the stroke warning signs and remember … FAST: Face drooping, Arm weakness or numbness, Speech problems, Time to call 911.
  • Menopause – Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and sleep problems. At the very least, menopause (which begins 12 months after your last period) can be an uncomfortable and frustrating time. To get through it, try to keep a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, get plenty of exercise and explore stress management techniques like yoga and meditation.

Experienced, dedicated women’s healthcare throughout the Inland Empire

From well-woman checkups to menopause and osteoporosis care, we’re committed to keeping women healthy throughout life. At Pomona Valley Health Centers, we provide a complete range of women’s health services in La Verne, as well as in Claremont, Chino Hills Crossroads and Pomona. Count on us for personalized women’s healthcare, along with comprehensive family medicine, radiology, urgent care, physical therapy and more.

To schedule an appointment at a PVHC location near you, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.