Tips to Avoid Injury While Exercising

Posted June 5, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
Categories: Fitness and exercise, Safety Reminders

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Health and fitness are important to most of us and implementing an exercise routine into our daily lives is an accomplishment to be commended.  However, it is equally important to remember the benefits of stretching in order to avoid injury.

Stretching and warming up prior to launching into your typical exercises are instrumental in reducing the chances of injury.  Preparing your body, both mentally and physically, for your workout is important since it not only warms up your muscles, but also increases your flexibility.

So what type of warm ups should you be doing?  Here are some tips to help you get started:


  1. Remember that not all warm up routines are the same – The goal, no matter the routine, is to increase flexibility in order to decrease the chance of injury.  Your warm up routine should be tailored to fit the type of exercise you plan on doing.
  2. Aim for active warm ups – Avoid trying to warm up cold muscles.  What does that mean?  Well, lifting your foot onto your porch and stretching your leg out a bit before heading out for a run can actually increase your chance for injury since you are attempting to stretch a cold muscle.  Instead you should start with a brisk walk or light job, before moving into your run.  An active warm up helps to slowly warm up your muscles as you stretch.
  3. View stretching as a complement to your exercise routine – Stretching should be considered an important component of your exercise routine since it promotes flexibility and muscle health.

ER-DOX is available throughout Long Island and Brooklyn to treat a wide variety of injuries.  We love being trusted with the care of our community members.  While we value the trust placed in us, and love to see our patients, we also love helping people avoid injury whenever possible! Remember that proper stretching is key to avoiding workout related injuries.

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.


How to Treat a Sprain

Posted June 2, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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Photo credit Luis Solis

Photo credit Luis Solis

Sprains happen to the best of us!  Throughout each day, ER-DOX will see a host of injuries related to sprains caused from everything to playing sports, working out, to something as simple as taking a walk or stepping the wrong way off of a curb.  They can affect any ligament in the body, but most often occur in joints.

It is important to remember that for almost every sprain, except the most minor, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.  Only a doctor can ensure that there is not broken, fractured, or chipped bone associated with the injury.  In addition, after ruling out any bone issues, a doctor can determine if the sprain is severe enough to require additional treatment such as physical therapy and/or surgery.

When faced with a sprain, here are some tips for care until you are able to get to your local ER-DOX office:


  1. Rest the area – Until you are seen by a doctor, treat the affected area with care.  Do your best to rest the area.  Avoid walking on sprained ankles or knees, or moving sprained elbows or wrists.
  2. Ice the affected area – While waiting for a ride to the doctor, apply ice to the area for 15 – 20 minutes every hour.  Be sure to use a towel or other thin cloth as a protective barrier between your skin and the ice.
  3. Compress the area – To combat swelling, lightly wrap the area in a specialized brace or ace bandage.  These may not always be readily available, so it’s important to get to your nearest ER-DOX who can properly wrap the area after x-rays are performed to determine the extent of your injury.
  4. Elevate the area – If possible, try to keep the affected area elevated above your heart, which can also help to decrease swelling.

Remember, only a doctor can determine the exact injury you are facing and the correct course of treatment.  ER-DOX is committed to providing quality, convenient care so that common injuries, such as sprains or strains, can be treated effectively without the inconvenience of an emergency room wait.

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.

New York Veggie Guide: Arugula in May

Posted May 29, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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ER-DOX believes in promoting healthy lifestyles in our communities throughout Long Island and Brooklyn, as well as across the whole of New York State.  As an urgent care provider on Long Island and in Brooklyn, we understand the importance of healthy habits and the impact that healthy habits have on the overall health of our patients and community members.  One of the easiest ways to better health is by eating foods that are natural and good for you!

We are proud to introduce our New York Veggie Guide – a guide to all that is tasty and seasonal in New York.  We’ll let Long Island and Brooklyn know why each veggie is good for you as well as share some yummy, easy recipes, so that you can experiment and have fun with your food.  Get ready to hit your local Long Island or Brooklyn farmers’ market and feel confident picking out fresh fruits and veggies that you can add to your diet to promote overall good health and well-being!

First up . . . arugula!  This yummy leafy green is an early sprouter, so you should start seeing it in local markets in May.

Here are some arugula facts:


  • Great source of folic acid (helps prevent birth defects and lowers the risk of high blood pressure)
  • Great source of vitamins A, C, and K
    • Vitamin A – helps promote normal vision and also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs to function properly
    • Vitamin C – acts as an antioxidant to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals, also needed to make collagen which a protein that helps wounds to heal
    • Vitamin K – essential for blood clotting and bone mineralization
  • Contains high levels of iron and copper.  In fact it has 4 times the amount of iron found in the same serving size of iceberg lettuce!  Iron helps transport oxygen throughout the body and a deficiency can lead to fatigue and/or anemia.  Copper helps your body make red blood cells and keep your immune system healthy.
  • Contains phytochemicals that battle cancer-causing elements in the body


Ideas for enjoying arugula:


  • A simple salad with lemon, balsamic vinegar, parmesan, and pine nuts
  • On a grilled cheese sandwich with garlic
  • In a pasta salad with Dijon mustard and goat cheese
  • As a pesto to serve with pasta or spread on warm bread
  • In a smoothie with pineapple, other mixed greens, and cashews


Share with us on Facebook your favorite arugula recipe!  Have you been to your local farmers’ market yet?  We would love to hear from you!


The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.



5 Signs It Is Time to See a Doctor to Fight Allergies

Posted May 28, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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Photo credit David Lat

Photo credit David Lat

Allergy sufferers need not suffer!  So many of us find our lives affected by allergies that are exacerbated by environmental conditions as well as the particular season in which we find ourselves, that we start to take for granted that we have to “suffer” through them.  It simply isn’t true.

Visiting ER-DOXabout your allergies can be an important step in providing relief and getting back to a healthier lifestyle unencumbered with allergy symptoms.

Not sure if you need a visit to your local ER-DOX?  Check out the following universal signs that it is time to seek allergy treatment:


  1. Quality of life has decreased – If you find that your symptoms are starting to affect your quality of life, it is definitely time to see a doctor.  Don’t allow the severity of your allergy symptoms to dictate when you can go outside, limit your outdoor activities, or prevent you from participating in activities or events.
  2. Over the counter medications are failing – If you find that the over the counter medications you typically take are no longer effective, or the side effects you face are negatively outweighing the benefits you may see from them, seek out your local ER-DOX for treatment.
  3. If you are unsure what is causing your allergies – Seek treatment to pinpoint exactly what is causing your allergy symptoms so that you can learn how to better manage symptoms and avoid triggers.
  4. If allergies are leading to illness – Very often people start experiencing chronic illnesses without realizing that allergies are the underlying cause.  For example, you may find yourself facing one ear infection after another, frequent headaches, or worsening of asthma symptoms.  Seeing a doctor can determine if allergies are the root cause of your ailments.
  5.  If you have thrown your hands up in frustration – If you find yourself unsure of how to treat your allergies, fed up with allergy treatments that don’t provide relief, or overall frustrated with how your allergies have worsened, it is definitely time to seek treatment.

This winter was long, cold, snowy, and did we mention long?  While we are all grateful for Spring to arrive, experts indicate that it will be particularly harsh for allergy sufferers.  ER-DOX is committed to helping our community members and neighbors STOP the suffering!  Visit your local ER-DOX and start enjoying Spring while it’s here!


The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.

New York Town to Crack Down on Unsafe Pools

Posted May 25, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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Photo credit Graham Briggs

Photo credit Graham Briggs

Every year, New Yorkers are saddened to hear of the senseless drowning deaths that occur each summer due to unsafe or unsecured pools.  With Memorial Day approaching, the unofficial start of summer, the Town of Brookhaven announced plans to crack down on unsafe pools.

Brookhaven intends to make random visits to homes they suspect have pools without permits.  The town also announced plans to inspect homes and pools when residents apply for permits in relation to other projects.

How can you help to prevent drowning deaths from occurring this summer?

Here are some tips and ideas:

  • Never forget that most childhood drownings occur due to a momentary lapse in supervision.  In less than 5 minutes a child can slip away unnoticed and drown.
  • Ensure that pool parties are properly supervised by sober adults and that someone is always watching the pool.
  • Insist that anyone in charge of pool supervision does NOT get distracted by his/her cell phone or by other party participants.
  • Remind the adults in your household that children do not struggle or cry out in the water.  Drowning deaths are silent killers.
  • Find out about the laws in your town regarding proper fencing and protection of pools.  Be sure your own pool is properly safeguarded and advise your town officials if you are concerned that a pool in your neighborhood is not properly protected.

Pool safety is vital.  We all enjoy swimming and relaxing with our friends and family poolside.  ER-DOX, your Long Island and Brooklyn urgent care center, reminds our communities and neighbors to remain vigilant and proactive about pool safety.

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.


The Effects of Arguing

Posted March 17, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
Categories: Children's Health, Health tips

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Photo credit Robert Horvath

Photo credit Robert Horvath

Do you sometimes argue in front of the kids?  We’re all human, and anyone who’s ever been in a relationship can tell you that conflicts sometimes arise.  The way in which you and your partner handle these conflicts can have lasting health effects on your kids.

A recent study done in the UK suggests that the way in which we argue can impact our children’s health.  Arguments that are deemed “destructive” – for example involve walking away, slamming doors, ignoring one another – can negatively affect a child’s health.  Being exposed to this type of arguing can lead to stomachaches, headaches, long term mental health issues such as depression, as well as reduced growth.

Don’t be alarmed.  This doesn’t mean children shouldn’t be exposed to any type of arguing.  Children who were exposed to arguments that were deemed “constructive” – for example parents worked through their conflicts respectfully – reacted positively.

It’s important that we model for children the proper way to handle conflicts.  Continue to be respectful when in an argument, no matter how difficult it may be.  Avoid name-calling and other hurtful words.  If one or both of you need a break, walk away.  Resolve to discuss the issue again when emotions aren’t running so high.  Above all, remember the love you have for each other and your family.

Take a moment during an argument to reflect on who is witnessing the argument, and how your behavior could impact him or her.  It is a powerful way to center yourself.  It serves as a reminder that we are the greatest teachers in our child’s lives!

How do you teach your own children to resolve conflicts?  ER-DOX would love for you to share your tips with us on Facebook!

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.


Should the Term “Life Support” be Changed?

Posted March 3, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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Photo credit Wolf Friedmann

Photo credit Wolf Friedmann

Over the last two months we have seen the media focus on two high-profile cases of young women being kept alive through the use of medical technology.  The heartbreaking stories of Jahi McMath, a 13 year old girl declared brain dead after surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids, and Marlise Munoz, a 33 year old mother pregnant with her second child and declared brain dead after collapsing on her kitchen floor in the middle of the night, have brought up interesting moral, legal, and ethical issues.

Dr. Larry Kessler, of ER-DOX, discusses these issues in his book “We All Die Once.”  We seem to sometimes fall under the spell that life can be prolonged indefinitely.  Unfortunately, we all must die and the best we can hope for is that we be allowed to pass gracefully and with dignity.

The issues raised by these two cases specifically involve the term “brain death.”  Laymen sometimes equate that term with “coma” or “persistent vegetative state” – two other terms often heard in the news when the case of Terry Schiavo was making headlines.  However, brain dead is wholly different from those two terms.  Most people equate death with the stopping of the heart, and don’t realize that the cessation of brain function is a legal definition for death.  Because machines are capable of keeping one’s lungs and heart functioning, the illusion of life is preserved.  The reality is that someone declared brain dead will not recover and will not “live” in any sense of the term, and that is a painful thing for family members and loved ones to accept.  While the family of Ms. Munoz petitioned the court to order the hospital to remove life support, the family of Ms. McMath petitioned the court to order the hospital to keep life support going.

What we can all learn from these cases is to think about how each of us wants to face our death, should it come in the form of terminal illness or catastrophic injury.  Be sure to make your wishes known to family and loved ones.  Don’t shy away from discussing end of life care.  In the end, and the end comes for all of us, it could save your family and loved ones from anguish and indecision.

Be sure to check out Dr. Kessler’s “We All Die Once” Facebook page here!

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.