Joints, Allergies & Flu Shots All Are Winter Concerns

Quality of Life

It’s winter! Do your knees and joints feel more achey with the colder temperatures?

You don’t have to suffer. There are many treatment options for any knee or joint pain due to osteoarthritis that can be considered before surgery. Our cutting-edge technology and treatments include:

  • Physical therapy, home exercise, swimming, aqua therapy
  • Medications, topical gel
  • Braces, sleeves and splints
  • Platelet Rich Plasma injection (using your own blood product)
  • Viscous injections
  • Stem cell treatments

At Thumb Butte Medical Center, we do not want your quality of life to be impaired by health issues. Our VAT testing helps patients prevent future falls. For those suffering from obesity, we can help patients lose weight through diet coaching and medical treatments. For those afflicted with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma, there are treatments to help avert further cardiac and lung disease. The TM Flow Test can detect and prevent early diabetic neuropathy.

Winter allergies and local prescribed burns

Many people associate allergy flare-ups with springtime pollens. Yet 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 and not falling asleep easily.

Here at Thumb Butte Medical Center, we can identify your allergies by a simple blood test or skin test. We then 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 one 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:

  • Asthma
  • Lung Disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Compromised immune systems
  • Diabetes
  • COPD

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 multispecialty clinic, offering care to patients of any age. Walk-ins and new patients are always welcome.
Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we have two locations to serve you:

Prescott
3124 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-445-7085

Prescott Valley
6496 E. Highway 69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
928-775-9007