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Wellness Matters: Need a Sports Physical Today?

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The following weekly column is written and sponsored by Virginia Hospital Center, a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals for the third year in a row.

Your teenager wants to try-out for their high school sports team. They will need good grades, a strong work ethic, demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship and complete a sports physical exam. They can’t even get on the field unless they bring their completed school athletic forms.

If you forgot to make an appointment for a sports physical, simply grab the forms and walk into Virginia Hospital Center Urgent Care. It’s convenient, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can choose to use your insurance or pay cash. Before you go, confirm with your insurer that the visit is covered. If not, we ask for a payment of $75 at time of service.

Virginia Hospital Center Urgent Care is the only urgent care facility in the area open 365 days a year. The center is staffed by physicians trained in family practice, emergency medicine and internal medicine, as well as a team of Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Radiology Technicians. The urgent care website has even more in-depth information about the facilities and staff.

Urgent care centers are a great resource for non-emergency conditions that deserve prompt attention, including cuts, colds, fevers, sore throats, sprains and fractures.

Remember, though, that urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. An emergency is a condition that is considered life-threatening or could cause impairment. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department:

  • Chest pain
  • Convulsions, seizures or loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stroke (loss of vision, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech or confusion)
  • Compound open fracture or joint separation
  • Severe trauma or bleeding
  • Acute abdominal pain
  • Poisoning

Virginia Hospital Center Urgent Care
601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA
Phone: 703.717.7000

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

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