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01/17/2009
By: worksalot
Elements Health Center
Just wanted to let everyone know about my experiences at Elements. I went in for massage therapy after having once again, back and leg pain. The therapist recommended that I see the doctor of chiropractic to make sure that I didn't have a disc herniation or more serious injury. I set an appointment with Dr. Kazandjian for the next day. He performed an examination and asked me questions genuinely concerned about my problem. Afterward I was told that I had muscle spasms in my low back and glute muscles. The therapist came in and did massage work and stretches, ahhhh it felt really good and I could tell was helping fix my problem. The doctor came in next and did more therapy including a cool stretch were I engaged my muscles and then relaxed. He mobilized my spine and did something called trigger point therapy. After 2 visits, I'm fixed. He gave me some exercises and stretches and told me to call him for a follow up visit in 1 month.Definetly the best doctor I've gone to.
Tips & Advices
Under most health insurance plans, urgent care visits will require a copay that is usually less expensive than emergency room visits, but more expensive than standard doctor visits - around $120 on average. Urgent care staff do not have much information regarding individual coverage, so be prepared and check with your insurance provider to understand costs.
It is common for urgent care physicians to recommend follow-up treatment after an initial visit. Most commonly, patients will be asked to return to the clinic or their primary care doctor if symptoms get worse or do not improve in a certain amount of time. Patients might be referred to a specialist for treatment of more complex conditions. Or patients may simply be given a few basic tips for recovering at home. In any case, patients should follow the doctor’s advice regarding next treatment steps.
If needed, urgent care doctors can prescribe medication to treat conditions. This may include antibiotics for an infection or pain medication for a broken bone. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions for taking these medicines.
Be sure to explain your symptoms to physicians in as much detail as possible. Note when or where the symptoms first appeared if possible. Inform urgent care staff of any medical conditions you may have, all allergies, and all medications you are currently taking. Also be sure to bring proper forms of identification, and any health insurance cards/information to help process your visit.
You should be able to find a 24-hour urgent care clinic by searching online resources such as yellowpages.com. Be sure the location is included in your health plan network before visiting.

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