Conditions We Treat
Modern telemedicine can address a surprisingly large number of health issues. Advances in technology, along with the widespread use of electronic health records and other infrastructure have allowed virtual primary care to become the healthcare success story it is today, for patients and providers alike.
At Show Low Family Clinic, we use telemedicine – virtual visits with your healthcare provider – to diagnose and treat a wide range of healthcare concerns. Best of all, this is done in a private and comfortable online atmosphere, with visits conducted using your smartphone, computer, or other internet-enabled device.
Conditions we treat via telemedicine include:
A chronic medical condition is anything that is persistent, long-lasting, and requires ongoing medical attention. Examples of common chronic conditions include:
Some chronic conditions are preventable – but all require medical management in order to keep symptoms under control or to prevent the condition from worsening. At Show Low Family Clinic, Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, can monitor your condition and make sure the medication or other treatments you’re using continue to work for you over time.
Even some of the most frequent illnesses – like a cold or the flu – can be treated quickly, conveniently, and effectively using telemedicine. In fact, telemedicine may be the preferred method for treating colds and the flu because by not going into a healthcare provider’s office in person, you reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
In most cases, a simple discussion about your symptoms can result in a diagnosis and, if medications are warranted, a prescription can be sent to a pharmacy near you. All of this is easily accomplished with a quick telemedicine visit.
The types of problems that can affect your digestive tract – which runs from mouth to anus – are varied and diverse. For example, GI issues include:
Treating a GI issue will depend on the cause of the issue and the severity of your symptoms, as well as possible additional factors. Talking to a healthcare professional, like Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, at Show Low Family Clinic, is a great place to start.
Telemedicine for GI problems allows you to access the knowledge of your healthcare provider, especially during symptom flare-ups, so you can get the quick relief you need.
There is no pain that can bring your daily activities to a crashing halt like the pain of a headache or migraine. If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, you know all too well how miserable the condition can make you.
Telemedicine is extremely useful for headaches and migraines, however, because you can discuss your symptoms and any questions you may have with your provider quickly and easily. In these cases, Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, may prescribe medications or recommend other options to ease your symptoms and prevent a future headache or migraine.
Incontinence involves the loss of control over your bladder or bowel, for purposes of urination or the passage of stool, respectively. If you unintentionally leak urine or stool between bathroom visits, it means something is wrong – and you should consult a healthcare provider you trust about the issue.
Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, at Show Low Family Clinic strongly advises her patients against simply “living with it” when it comes to incontinence. There are many different methods to treat or manage the condition.
By far the most common type of urinary incontinence is called stress incontinence. This is when sudden pressure on the bladder leads to a leak of urine – and the pressure doesn’t have to be that extreme. For many women with stress incontinence, a sneeze or cough is enough to trigger urine leakage. Laughing or lifting something heavy can also trigger urine leakage.
Most instances of fecal incontinence occur in older adults. When it occurs in younger adults, it may be associated with certain GI disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Insomnia is a particularly debilitating health problem. It involves difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. But what makes insomnia worrisome is that a chronic lack of good, quality sleep can, in turn, lead to many other health problems. This includes high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and stroke. In addition, insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness, which increases your risk of car crashes, and home or on-the-job accidental injuries.
Just because insomnia is common doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. Talk to your healthcare provider at Show Low Family Clinic today about how best to ensure you get the restful sleep your body needs.
There are certain types of common mental health issues that respond especially well to treatment via telemedicine. These include anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Certain types of mental health therapies, even when conducted entirely online, can significantly reduce symptoms in patients with these issues, according to recent research.
Find out more about the mental healthcare services offered by Show Low Family Clinic.
Medical care surrounding sexual health is particularly well-suited to telemedicine visits thanks, in large part, to the privacy telemedicine offers. Patients often find it easier to discuss sensitive issues, like sexual health issues, when it’s done via telehealth. Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, has abundant experience dealing with these topics – and is adept at making the conversations easy, no matter the topic. She offers expert, nonjudgmental, and compassionate care in all aspects of patient health, but especially when it comes to sexual health issues.
Some of the most common sexual health issues we address using telemedicine include:
Find out more about the sexual healthcare services at Show Low Family Clinic.
UTIs are extremely common – especially in women – and can be very uncomfortable or even painful. At Show Low Family Clinic, Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, can help you understand what may have caused the UTI and prescribe the right type of antibiotics to allow you to heal, quickly and completely. Find out more about our UTI telemedicine services.
There are a host of medical conditions that can be classified as women’s health issues. Some common women’s issues that we can treat or help manage via telemedicine include:
- Menopause symptoms
- Vaginal concerns, including yeast infections
- Birth control and family planning
- Menstrual disorders (heavy bleeding, painful periods, PMS, etc.)
- Pelvic pain
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic floor disorders
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Stress incontinence
Find out more about our women’s healthcare services.
Very often, despite our best efforts, we are unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. In these cases, physician-supervised weight management programs may be able to help. For those with chronic medical conditions, having physician oversight can ensure the efforts you are undertaking to lose weight are legitimate, effective, and safe for you. In most cases, slow and steady weight loss is more likely to stay off than fad diets that promote huge weight loss in a short amount of time.
Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, at Show Low Family Clinic can provide the medical care and guidance you need to get back on track. Losing weight not only helps you look better, but it can also improve many chronic health conditions – and prevent some from developing in the first place. Make sure you have a healthcare provider you trust who is on your side before undergoing any type of weight loss plan.
When deemed medically necessary, Family Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Zell, at Show Low Family Clinic will prescribe medications or order other treatments or additional diagnostic testing as a part of your telemedicine visit. Please note that at Show Low Family Clinic, we do NOT prescribe controlled substances (opioids, stimulants, etc.).
If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, this is considered a medical emergency and you should call 911 immediately or travel to the nearest emergency room.
Quick & Easy Online Medical Care
Do you have a health concern you’d like a medical provider to look at but don’t have time to wait for an appointment at your primary care provider’s office? Why not give telemedicine a try? A lot can be done without having to go into a doctor’s office. Telemedicine is also more convenient than urgent care because you don’t even have to leave your home or work. With telemedicine, medical care comes to you, wherever you are. At Show Low Family Clinic, we even offer same-day appointments when possible.
Contact Show Low Family Clinic to find out more about the conditions we treat, and how to begin receiving our healthcare services. You can also simply request a telehealth appointment now. Our telemedicine services are available to patients living in numerous states throughout the country.
*Show Low Family Clinic should not be used for emergency situations including, but not limited to, trouble breathing and severe chest pain, drug or alcohol overdose, severe bleeding, severe injuries, or for those having suicidal thoughts. For these situations or anyone needing immediate in-person evaluation or treatment, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room or hospital facility.