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By WOODRIDGE CLINIC
April 23, 2019
Category: Health
Tags: drug testing  

How drug testing from your doctors in Woodridge, IL, can help you

You may be dreading drug testing, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle! Today's drug tests have been simplified, streamlining the whole drug testprocess and letting you get on with your day. Read on to learn about how the doctors at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, IL, offer a wide range of services, including drug testing, to make your life easier.

 

More about Drug Testing

Drug testing may be a requirement for a new job you are applying for. It may also be required at certain times to help you keep your job. Many positions in manufacturing, healthcare, and other fields require drug testing at regular intervals to ensure a healthy workplace. These are some of the instances where drug testing may be required:

  • Pre-employment drug testing to promote a drug-free workplace; employers know that employees have fewer sick days and better job performance if drugs are kept out of the workplace.
  • Random drug testing, especially for jobs requiring the operation of equipment; operation of dangerous equipment puts lives at risk so a drug-free workplace is vital to employee safety.
  • OSHA drug testing, if an employee has been exposed to hazardous materials or chemicals; many common chemicals present a dangerous hazard to employees, so testing for hazardous exposure protects you and your coworkers.
  • Reasonable suspicion drug testing; this may be required if you have tested positive previously, or if you have had a drug-related injury or accident.

Drug testing can detect both prescription pain medications (opioids) and common street drugs. At the Woodridge Clinic, drug testing is easy. The doctors offer several hassle-free methods to ensure timely, precise results. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Synthetic drug testing
  • Expanded opiate testing
  • Alcohol testing
  • Steroid testing

 

Give Us a Call!

Drug testing doesn’t have to be a huge hassle—the doctors at Woodridge Clinic can help select the appropriate drug testing method to ensure a quick, easy process. For more information about drug testing and other medical services, call the doctors at Woodridge Clinic at 630-910-1177. Find out how hassle-free and easy drug testing can be by calling today!

By WOODRIDGE CLINIC
December 13, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Hearing Screening  

Hearing loss affects millions of Americans of all ages and walks of life—are you one of them? At Woodridge Clinic, our eleven physicians screen patients of all ages for hearing problems. Read on to learn more about hearing problems and what signs indicate that you need a screening.

 

What causes hearing loss?

People lose their ability to hear properly for a variety of reasons. Some are congenital (such as an auditory processing disorder); others are acquired through infection, trauma, auto-immune disorders, heredity, and simple aging. However, it is a misconception that hearing problems, screenings, and assistive devices are just for the elderly. That's why Dr. Umang Patel and the professional team at Woodridge Clinic discuss the importance of hearing screenings with each patient during annual examinations.

Types of hearing problems include sensorineural issues involving the acoustic nerve, auditory processing disorders, and acoustic conditions, which pertain to the bony structure of the ear itself. While a basic hearing screening may not conclusively pinpoint your particular type of hearing loss, it will indicate the need for further investigation through an audiologist or otolaryngologist (also known as an ear, nose, and throat physician).

 

Signs that you may need a hearing screening

There are many indicators that your hearing is changing. While you may be aware of some, you may be oblivious to other signs that are obvious to your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. These signs may include:

  • Struggling to understand conversations in a crowded room (party or restaurant)
  • Asking people to repeat words or whole sentences
  • Having trouble understanding high-pitched, soft voices (children's and women's)
  • Feeling excessively tired after prolonged social interaction
  • Having headaches after a party or concert
  • Experiencing Tinnitus (a constant buzzing, ringing, or whooshing sound)
  • Feeling the need to continually turn up the volume on the radio, computer, or TV
  • Being unaware of ordinary sounds associated with early morning (e.g. birds, alarm clock, cell phone, etc.)

The National Institute on Deafness and other Hearing Disorders says that hearing loss may impact interpersonal and professional relationships. Research also indicates that your hearing directly affects how well you think and understand new concepts.

Don't wait
If you suspect that you have an issue with your ability to hear properly, call Woodridge Clinic for an in-office hearing screening. We will help you on the path to better hearing when you visit one of our three locations in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard. Call for an appointment at (630) 910-1177.

By WOODRIDGE CLINIC
February 21, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Asthma   copd  

Asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are pulmonary disorders that affect millions of individuals all over the world. asthma, copdBoth of these conditions can cause respiratory symptoms. Woodridge Clinic, which has offices in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, provides treatments for people with asthma and COPD.

Asthma Overview

Asthma is a condition in which an individual's airways become narrow and inflamed and produce extra mucus, which makes it hard to breathe. Genetics can influence whether you'll get asthma. Exposure to allergens, certain irritants, or viral infections as a child has been linked to developing asthma. Exposure to dust or certain chemicals in the workplace may also play a role in the development of asthma. Asthma can be controlled with proper treatment. 

Signs of Asthma

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, recurrent wheezing, and chest tightness. Asthma symptoms are serious and can become deadly if left untreated. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, visit a doctor in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont for a diagnosis — and then develop an asthma action plan.

COPD Overview

COPD is a chronic lung condition in which the air passages in the lungs are constricted and limit the flow of air into and out of your lungs. COPD refers to two progressive diseases that may both be present, or each may be present alone. These diseases are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is one of the primary causes for both types of COPD. Other COPD causes may include air pollutants or secondhand smoke. 

Signs of COPD

Usually, the first signs of COPD include coughing with mucus. The most significant symptom of COPD is shortness of breath. Some individuals with COPD may develop chest discomfort and wheezing. Many individuals have attacks called exacerbations or flare-ups. This is when your symptoms suddenly get worse and stay worse. A COPD attack can be dangerous, and you may need to go to the hospital.

If you're experiencing respiratory symptoms, call Woodridge Clinic at 630-910-1177 today to schedule an appointment at our Woodridge, IL, office. Call 630-620-6225 to schedule an appointment at our Lombard, IL, office. Call 630-754-8710 to schedule an appointment at our Lemont, IL office. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available!

By WOODRIDGE CLINIC
December 04, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: drug testing  

It's not always easy to find a convenient testing location with friendly, professional staff when you or your employees require drug testing. drug testingWoodridge Clinic in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL, makes the process quick and simple. The doctors at the clinic offer a little information about drug testing and what you can expect.

Why is drug testing used?

Many employers require a negative drug test before extending a job offer. Others may require random tests to ensure that their employees aren't using illegal substances. Testing can also be used to detect the presence of performance-enhancing steroids or dangerous chemicals. In some cases, testing may be required if your employer suspects that you have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work, you had an accident while performing your job, or you're returning to work after a previous positive test.

What types of tests are used to detect drugs?

Urine tests are most frequently used to detect the presence of drugs in your body. The testing method is designed to determine if you've recently used drugs and can detect usage in the previous two to 10 days, depending on the type of drug used. Any of the following drugs will generate a positive test result:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • PCP
  • Barbituates
  • Opioids
  • Methadone
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines

Specimens are sent to outside labs for testing. In most cases, it will only take a day or two until your employer receives your results. In some cases, blood testing may also be required to test for the presence of drugs, alcohol or steroids. The test is quick and easy and involves withdrawing blood using a needle and syringe. Results are available in just a few days.

Are you interested in learning more about the drug testing services offered by Woodridge Clinic? Contact the Woodridge office by calling (630) 910-1177, the Lombard office by calling (630) 620-6225 or the Lemont office by calling (630) 754-8710.

By WOODRIDGE CLINIC
October 03, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: smoking counseling  

If you are ready to ditch this bad habit, we are ready to help you!smoking counseling

You have decided to quit smoking. Congratulations! There are many reasons why someone may finally decide that it’s time to kick cigarettes to the curb, whether you have a baby on the way or you are just ready to improve your health for the long term. Of course, our Woodridge, IL, physicians understand the challenges that come with trying to quit smoking on your own, which is why we believe that you should never have to go it alone!

A lot of people who try to ditch cigarettes on their own often find it too challenging. Our goal as your Woodridge doctors is to make sure that you quit smoking and quit for good. Having a doctor you can trust who is by your side is so very important, particularly when dealing with the trials and tribulations associated with quitting.

Of course, there are so many benefits to quitting smoking, as you may already know. It’s never too late to quit, as quitting at any time can greatly reduce certain health risks such as cancer, stroke, COPD and other serious or chronic health problems.

Here are some ways we can help you:

Provide counseling referrals: Whether you want to sit down with someone one-on-one or you want to go through counseling with other people who also are going through the same struggles, we can easily provide you with the individual or group counseling you need to meet your individualized needs.

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to right away. When this happens we can provide you with counseling groups you can easily call. There are tons of smoking cessation groups and help lines that are available 24 hours to help ease your mind.

Plus, remember that you can always pick up the phone and call us. We know it isn’t always easy to quit smoking but knowing that the help you need is just a phone call away can provide the reassurance you need.

Prescribe smoking cessation medications: There are a variety of different over-the-counter and prescription medications out there that can slowly reduce your cravings to nicotine. By weaning you off nicotine gradually you may find fewer negative symptoms. Talk to us about the different medication options that are available.

If you want to find out more about smoking counseling in Woodridge, IL, then it’s time you called our office to schedule a consultation. Let Woodridge Clinic help you quit smoking for good!