Knees, Allergies & Flu Shots
It’s winter! Do your knees and joints feel more achey with the colder temperatures? While medical research hasn’t pinpointed a reason for why this happens, it is something frequently experienced in weight-bearing joints, such as knees.
There are many options for treating knee pain to consider before surgery. These include:
Physical therapy, home exercise, swimming, aqua therapy
Medications, topical gel
Braces, sleeves and splints
Platelet Rich Plasma injection (using your own blood product)
Stem cell treatments
Nobody wants to be laid up during the holidays, so it is also important to avoid injuries! Inside the home, make sure pathways are clear and well lit at night. When outside, be careful of icy walkways and trip hazards.
For senior citizens, we also can test for balance to help you avoid falls.
If you experience knee pain, please call our office at 928.699.7927 or 928.445.7085 for an appointment.
Winter Allergies and Local Prescribed Burns
Many people associate allergy flare-ups with springtime pollens. It’s not uncommon to experience winter allergy symptoms from prescribed burns, molds, dust mites, animal dander, foods and even your Christmas tree! You’re probably not allergic to your Christmas tree itself, but perhaps the tree sap, pollen and mold spores that come in with the tree trigger allergies.
It’s not uncommon to confuse allergy symptoms with a cold. With a cold, nasal secretions are usually discolored, you may have a mild fever, chills and body aches; and it usually goes away in a week or so.
Allergy symptoms persist for weeks, including sinus headaches, sinus pressure, drippy nose, itchy eyes and throat, not falling asleep easily.
Here at Thumb Butte Medical Center, we can identify your allergies by a simple blood test or skin test. We can develop a treatment plan to help you manage them.
Make Sure Flu and Pneumonia Shots are up-to-date
Influenza can be a serious health risk, especially for our senior population or those with chronic health issues. It is much better to prevent the flu and pneumonia than to treat it once the infection has occurred.
A yearly flu shot can help to keep you healthy throughout the flu season, and is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season,” according to the CDC website. "Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.”
Flu vaccines can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work/school. The flu vaccine is safe for children over 6 months, and pregnant women. It is especially important to get your flu vaccination if you have chronic health conditions such as:
Come see us at our two locations in urgent care or as a walk-in. No need for an appointment.
For those living in nursing homes or assisted living care facilities, it is also important they receive a flu vaccine. We can schedule a Nurse Practitioner to come to your location to administer flu shots to your residents. Please call to schedule a visit.
At Thumb Butte Medical Center, we are proud to be a state-of-the-art multi-specialty clinic, offering care to patients of any age. Walk-ins and new patients are always welcome.
Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8-5, and we have three locations to serve you:
3224 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301
6496 E. Hwy 69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
87 South Route 89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323