Nova Health Willamette St. Clinic to Resume Urgent Care Services

Nova Health Willamette Street clinic in Eugene to resume Urgent Care Services. COVID-19 safety measures in place to keep patients and staff safe.

EUGENE, Ore. – June 25, 2020 – The Nova Health clinic located at 2710 Willamette Street in Eugene, will resume offering urgent care services effective Monday, June 29. The clinic will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For immunocompromised patients or those who prefer to seek virtual care, Nova Health offers telemedicine. Appointments are available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In mid-March, Nova Health adjusted its clinic service offering strategy as part of its COVID-19 safety response plan. Since the adjustments, the Willamette clinic has provided primary care and routine wellness services only to minimize exposure to those individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE). With adequate PPE supplies and a low disease prevalence in the Eugene area, the Willamette clinic will resume treating patients in need of either primary care or urgent care treatments.

To ensure the continued safety of its patients and staff, as part of its ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the clinic is following rigorous patient and staff safety and sanitation guidelines. These procedures include:

  • Enforcement of social distancing practices in clinic waiting areas
  • Face mask use requirement for all patients
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all clinic staff
  • Frequent sanitization of common surfaces and equipment
  • Elevated training for all clinic staff
  • Dedicated patient screening protocols to identify at-risk patients based on present symptoms and exposure
  • Options for patients to wait in their vehicles to reduce exposure

“Our clinic staff—across all our locations—has worked tirelessly and selflessly over the past three months to help treat the community during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Marc Schnapper, Urgent Care Medical Director. “I could not be prouder of their efforts and am pleased that we can now confidently resume both urgent and primary care services at our Willamette Street clinic.”

For those patients who believe they have contracted COVID-19, Nova Health is maintaining dedicated treatment in its Thurston (Springfield), Harrisburg, Coburg Road (Eugene) and West 11th Street (Eugene) locations.

“We recognize that while disease prevalence is low, we need to remain vigilant and cautious against exacerbating the virus spread,” said Schnapper. 

About Nova Health

Nova Health provides urgent care, primary care, physical therapy services, and musculoskeletal clinic services. Our focus is on providing the best patient care to patients in our communities. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, we have grown to 18 clinics in Oregon and Montana.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & When to Get Help for Wrist Pain?

A large portion of Americans spends a significant amount of time during their workday typing on a computer. Those in the telecommunications and technology industries spend over 82 percent of their days typing on a keyboard. Workers in the financial and insurance industries spend nearly 79 percent of their days typing, and even those in the hospitality, food service, and hotel industries spend close to 43 percent typing.

What this data means is that the average American office worker is putting significant strain on their hands, wrists, and fingers, and this data does not even include individuals in manual labor positions who spend their days building, wrenching, lifting, moving, driving, creating, or operating fine instruments. It should be no surprise that carpal tunnel syndrome is one of, if not the, most common nerve disorder, affecting four to ten million Americans. Fortunately, it is treatable, which means for the millions of people living with pain and discomfort, there are hope and help.

 

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder that causes hand weakness, numbness, and tingling. Also known as median nerve compression, the condition occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve that runs the length of the arm and passes into the wrist via the carpal tunnel, ending in the hand. The median nerve controls the movement and sensation in all fingers except the pinky.

 

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome vary. Patients often report side effects beginning gradually before intensifying over time. Symptoms include:

  • Numbness or tingling of the hand and fingers except for the pinky that feels like an electric shock
  • Pain or numbness that travels from the wrist up into the arm, particularly while holding something in the hands
  • Hand weakness, particularly in the muscles that allow the thumb to make a pinching movement that can cause the dropping of held objects

 

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is most often linked to another underlying health condition, most specifically:

  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Fluid retention caused by pregnancy or menopause
  • A past trauma to the wrist, such as a fracture

When one repeatedly overextends their wrist, an underlying case of carpal tunnel syndrome can become exacerbated, as the repetitive movement contributes to swelling of the median nerve. Behaviors that can worsen carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Excessive keyboard use
  • Prolonged exposure to power tools or hand tools that vibrate
  • Playing the piano or other hobbies that require repeated hand and wrist movements

 

Who Is At Risk of Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome primarily impacts adults. Individuals with chronic health conditions that are known to be associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, such as diabetes, are most at risk. Women are also three times more likely than men to develop the condition during their lifetimes. Individuals whose jobs or hobbies might require repetitive wrist movements are more at risk. Such work includes assembly line operations, including manufacturing, sewing, cleaning, and meatpacking, as well as excessive computer keyboard use.

 

What Treatment is Available for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Both surgical and non-surgical therapy options are available to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, depending on the severity of symptoms. Those who seek a diagnosis and treatment from a doctor early have the best odds of recovering fully. For early carpal tunnel syndrome cases, your doctor may encourage you to rest your hands frequently when performing repetitive tasks, wearing a wrist splint, and applying cold packs to help reduce swelling.

Your doctor might also recommend the use of an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, to help relieve discomfort and pain. Other treatments include the injection of corticosteroids to decrease swelling and inflammation. In the most severe cases, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure known as a carpal tunnel release procedure, which aims to relieve pressure by cutting the ligament pressing on the median nerve.

If you are experiencing chronic pain, tingling, or numbness in your wrist, hand, or arm, and you believe carpal tunnel syndrome may be the cause, talk to your doctor. He or she can provide a diagnosis and provide a recommendation on an appropriate treatment plan.

Return to Work Safety Tips for Employees Post COVID-19

As a nation and a globe, we are not entirely safeguarded from the COVID-19 virus. However, thanks to the relentless efforts of healthcare workers, hospitals, sanitation crews, researchers, and other COVID-19 heroes, many states are allowing for the reopening of many types of businesses with some safety restrictions and precautions. Whether you work in a restaurant, office, school, retail space, or another venue, if you will soon be returning to work onsite, follow all the safety measures outlined by your employer and consider the additional guidance below as general return-to-work best practices.

 

1. Do Not Go to Work if You have a Fever or Cough

Every person must remain hypervigilant of their health and do their part to stop the possible spread of this dangerous and deadly virus. If you have a fever, cough, or believe you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, particularly if you have been exposed to a patient diagnosed with the virus, call out of work and stay home.

 

2. Take Advantage of Services Available from Your Employer

Many employers are partnering with healthcare entities to offer COVID-19 antibody or antigen testing and disease management counseling. Find out what options are available to you and consider leveraging them to assess your risk so that you can protect yourself, your family, and your co-workers accordingly.

 

3. Continue to Maintain Social Distance

Your employer will likely invite you back to your workspace with requirements for staff members to maintain a safe distance from one another while working. Take every precaution possible to maintain a safe social distance while working, on breaks, when passing through hallways, while traversing designated parking areas, and while in meetings.

 

4. Wear a Face Covering

Follow your employer’s requirements regarding the use of face coverings while on the premise. This safety measure is particularly crucial if you work in the service, retail, or restaurant industries and will be interacting with a variety of customers throughout your shift.

 

5. Continue to Telework, if Possible

Many businesses have found during the safer-at-home mandate, that they can productively conduct business with the majority—or entirety—of their workforce working remotely. If you are an employee who can telework, and your employer is continuing to allow staff to telework on an individual basis, do so at least for the short-term. Until there is a cure or vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, maintaining social distance is still the best way to mitigate possible contagion. If you can work from home, plan to do so.

 

6. Open a Window

To help minimize the risk of the airborne virus circulating your office or retail space, open windows or doors and use fans to help circulate air.

 

7. Minimize Exposure to Common Areas

The virus may be more likely to spread in common areas frequented by employees, such as breakrooms, cafeterias, conference rooms, locker rooms, waiting rooms, fitness areas, and lobbies. As much as you can, minimize the amount of time you spend in common areas.

 

8. Sanitize and Wash Hands Frequently

Continue to follow the CDC’s best practices for personal sanitation habits. Disinfect common areas in your workspace and wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day. Disinfect and sanitize door handles electronic devices and equipment, per your employer’s safety and sanitation guidelines.

 

Many Americans are elated by the prospect of returning to work and the activities they enjoyed before COVID-19. Still, keep in mind that the COVID-19 virus has not been eradicated. It remains present in our society and is putting peoples’ lives at risk. Do your part to reenter the workforce safely. There is no returning entirely to life before COVID-19, but there are ways to adapt to the new normal, while still keeping yourself, your family, friends, peers, and co-workers safe.

What Factors Increase Your Risk of Brain Cancer?

More than 700,000 Americans are living with a brain tumor today, and nearly 80,000 more will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year. These staggering statistics remind us that this dangerous and deadly disease can strike anyone at any time and that too many of us have lost friends, colleagues, family members, and loved ones to this devastating disease. Fortunately, there are health and lifestyle choices you can make now to help reduce your risk of developing brain cancer in your lifetime. Understand what factors might put you at risk, and then get help from your care provider to make positive changes so you can live a long, healthy life.

Brain Cancer Defined

Brain cancer is an overgrowth of cells in the brain that forms a mass or tumor. When malignant, or cancerous, brain tumors tend to grow rapidly, which can cause dangerous side effects, and ultimately be deadly.

What are the Symptoms of Brain Cancer?

Symptoms associated with brain cancer vary wildly and can include:

  • Headaches, which can be severe, especially in the morning, or during activity.
  • Seizures, including motor seizures, which are sudden involuntary muscle movements.
  • Personality or memory changes.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Fatigue, sluggishness, or drowsiness.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Memory problems or changes in judgment.
  • Difficulty performing daily tasks or activities.
  • A loss of motor skills or balance (if the tumor is in the cerebellum).
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis (if the tumor is in the frontal lobe of the cerebrum).
  • Partial or total vision loss (if the tumor is in the occipital lobe or temporal lobe of the cerebrum).
  • Changes in speech, hearing, or memory.
  • Difficulty remembering words (if the tumor is in the frontal and temporal lobe of the cerebrum).

Who is at Risk of Brain Cancer?

The following factors may increase your risk of developing brain cancer during your lifetime:

  • Age. Children and older adults are more likely to develop a brain tumor.
  • Gender. Men, in general, are more likely than women to develop a brain tumor.
  • Ethnicity. Those from northern Europe are more than twice as likely to develop a brain tumor as people from Japan.
  • Genetic factors. Researchers have linked five percent of brain tumors to hereditary genetic factors, including Li-Fraumeni syndrome, neurofibromatosis, nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, Turcot syndrome, and von Hippel-Lindau disease.
  • Exposure. Brain cancer risk may increase for those exposed to solvents, pesticides, oil products, rubber, or vinyl chloride.
  • Infection. Exposure to such infections, viruses, and allergens as the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which causes mononucleosis, and cytomegalovirus (CMV).
  • Ionizing radiation. Previous treatment with ionizing radiation, such as x-rays, may increase risk.
  • Head injury or seizures. Some studies have identified a link between head trauma and meningioma, a usually noncancerous tumor that arises from the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Brain Cancer

While you cannot prevent a brain tumor, by limiting your exposure to the risk factors listed above, and avoiding environmental hazards such as smoking, you can minimize your risk.

When to Get Help

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms previously listed, and believe that you may have any brain cancer risk factors, talk to your doctor. He or she can determine the cause of your symptoms and establish a care plan. Remember that early diagnosis of any form of cancer will give you the highest odds of a full recovery and long life.

Six Reasons to Choose Telemedicine for Your Next Healthcare Appointment

Across the country and here in the Pacific Northwest, communities are slowly reopening businesses and commerce as part of phased COVID-19 recovery plans. While these lifted restrictions mean that individuals can resume some work and personal interactions, government leaders are urging all Americans still to practice safe social distancing practices and sanitation habits when in public. Better yet, Americans are encouraged to continue working and staying at home when possible.

Telemedicine is emerging during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period not just as a temporary response to stay-at-home mandates, but as a short-term safety measure and a long-term convenience. For immunocompromised or at-risk individuals, traveling to a physician’s office even during the COVID-19 recovery phase may seem like it could produce unnecessary health risk exposure. For all others, telemedicine has proved to be a safe and convenient way to seek medical guidance for many non-life threatening health concerns.

If you are new to the idea of seeking virtual medical care, consider these five benefits of choosing telemedicine when appropriate.

 

1. It Saves You Time.

Busy parents, schedule-packed executives, cramming college students, and over-committed entrepreneurs all agree that there is never enough time in the day. All medical appointments require advanced scheduling within limited windows of availability that includes commuting time, a forced break from work, family, and other responsibilities to get to the appointment, time in the waiting room and with the provider, and then time to commute home or back to the office. Essentially, mid-day appointments are productivity disruptors. Telemedicine appointments break the cycle of interruptions by requiring only the time it takes to speak with your physician: no commuting, no waiting room, no lost productivity.

 

2. Telemedicine Appointments Save You Money.

Telemedicine offers several forms of cost savings. These include fewer lost wages due to less time away from the office (especially if you schedule your appointment before or after work or during your lunch break), fewer gas miles, and no parking lot or garage fees. Save your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars for appointments and prescription drug copays instead of traveling expenses. For those with eldercare responsibilities, at-home doctor visits mean you also don’t need to spend on childcare or eldercare services so you can travel to your appointment.

 

3. It Makes Care Accessible.

Not everyone has the convenience of being able to walk or take a short drive to their doctor’s office. For individuals who live in rural areas, particularly in Nova Health’s service areas of Northwestern Oregon and Montana, a round trip to the doctor’s office may require spending an hour or more in the car. Without having to leave the house, telemedicine makes accessing high-quality health care much more accessible for patients living in rural or remote settings. Telemedicine also alleviates the burden of seeking out transportation to appointments for those who do not own a vehicle or live close to affordable public transit.

 

4. Faster Follow-Ups.

Depending on the reason for your appointment, your physician may request to see you again for a follow-up visit. Such requests mean yet more of the inconveniences listed above—lost time, money, and transportation hassles—for in-person visits, but not for telemedicine visits.

 

5. It Minimizes Your Exposure to Germs.

Every physician’s office is highly sanitized, but it’s simply not possible to eliminate germs from an office space that sick patients visit to seek care. If you have ever felt that you caught a cold or the flu after going to your doctor’s office for a routine exam, you’re not alone. Telemedicine eliminates your exposure to fellow patients who might be carriers of airborne illnesses. In the era of COVID-19, this risk mitigation is crucial to our nation’s efforts to beat the virus.

 

6. Your Fellow Patients Are Trying it and Loving It.

If you’re still unsure if you might be comfortable trying this new form of healthcare, know that many patients who have participated in a telemedicine visit—both before and during the COVID-19 crisis—would express all the benefits listed above as well as others. According to a 2019 patient satisfaction survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, satisfaction with the telemedicine experience among its users ranks among the highest of any consumer category studied by J.D. Power. Among those surveyed, 84 percent were able to resolve their medical concern completely during their visit, 73 percent did not experience any issues with the service, and 87 percent felt the enrollment process was easy.

 

To learn more about telemedicine and how it can save you time and money, minimize your health risk, and enable a private and informative healthcare visit with a care provider you know and trust, watch the video below or click here to schedule an appointment with Nova Health.