Handy Health Tips by Jessica Sticht

Office Manager, Rancho Santa Margarita
When you are around sick people, the best thing to do is wash your hands.  Good old soap and water is the best way to keep germs at bay.
 
If you are coming in to the Urgent Care facility and are able to keep your children at home with another family member or friend, it is best to do so.  That will keep the little ones from catching what may be going around in the office.

We are seeing a lot of strep throat cases right now in the area.  If you feel a sore throat coming on you may want to come in and get it checked out.

As the kids start to play their sports remember to keep them hydrated.  Don’t forget that those sports drinks have a lot of sugar in them and it’s a good idea to cut them in half with water.

Is it a Sprain or a Strain?  Did you know that these are actually two different things?

  • A Sprain is a stretch or tear in a ligament (the bands of fibrous tissue that connect our bones at the joints).

  • A Strain is also a stretch or tear, this time affecting the muscle itself or a tendon (the tissue that connect the muscles to the bones).


The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.
 

 

 

Athletic woman touching neck and back muscles by injury

Back Pain by Your Marque Team

 

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor, whether it is for lower back problems or neck pain.  Over 90% of the population will hurt their back or neck at some point in their life, usually while doing some routine activities.  Surprisingly, a lot of back and neck pain is not triggered by heavy lifting, but rather simple bending or reaching. Typically back pain is of sudden onset, without any warning sign.

So the million dollar question is why is this so common and what can we do to prevent back and neck injuries?  The simple fact is that our upright posture does not serve well for our spine!  The stack of vertebral bodies of the spine are not well designed for upright human activity, but would better serve a 4 legged creature! Thus, we are by nature more susceptible to back and neck injuries.

There are three major elements to prevent back pain:
1. POSTURE: Always try to keep your head, shoulders and hips in line, even when bending or reaching for something. This translates into more bending with your knees when standing and using some type of lumbar support when sitting, especially when sitting in a car or in front of a computer.

2. FLEXIBILITY: Stretching your neck, back, and leg muscles every day can help avoid pulls and strains. This is especially important after the age of 35 when we all gradually lose a lot of our normal tissue elasticity. Ask your doctor for a physical therapist referral on proper stretching to prevent injuries.

3. STRENGTHENING: Strengthening your back actually means strengthening your core muscles, especially your abdominal muscles; this can be done with simple "crunches" or by more formal training such as pilates or yoga.

In the unfortunate event of back spasms, your doctor will likely offer you anti-inflammatory medications as well as muscle relaxants to alleviate your symptoms.  The normal recovery course is typically 3-5 days.

 

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.

Sports-related Fractures by Richard Lu, MD

Board Certification: Family Practice
Recently, we have noticed an increasing number of sports related injuries at our clinic, most of which happened to teenagers active in different team sports, such as basketball, baseball and football.  An increase in pediatric sporting events has been attributed to the increase in pediatric sporting injuries that we witness. There are nearly 3 million emergency department visits annually for pediatric-related sports injuries and that number is still on the rise.
 
One of the major challenges that we face in the diagnosis of acute fractures in kids is the presence of growth plates, which can mimic subtle hairline fractures.  Salter Harris fractures refer to the acute fractures that involve the growth plates in skeletally young patients.  Salter-Harris fractures are classified into five different types. Type I fractures are fractures through the growth plate. On radiographs, a fracture usually will not be seen. It is common to see some widening of the affected bone. Type II fractures involve one side of the growth plate. Type III fractures involve the other side of the growth plate. Type IV fractures involve both sides of the growth plate.  Type V fractures are due to a compression injury of the gap between the growth plates. There will often be an absence of the normal gap of the growth plates on radiographs for Type V fractures.

 

The goal in treating Salter-Harris fractures is to realign the anatomic growth plate so the bone can keep growing. The risk of bone growth failure increases with Salter-Harris classification. Types I and II fractures usually can be treated with immobilization (placing a cast or brace). In instances where the fracture is displaced, closed reduction (manipulation) may be necessary, followed by immobilization with a cast or brace. Rarely is open surgery needed. Types III, IV, and V fractures usually require orthopedic intervention to avoid growth problems. These patients must be followed long-term to assess for growth problems. It is important in all sport injuries where a potential fracture has occurred to see a medical professional and consider X rays.

 

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.
 

 

 

Careers at Marque Medical



 

FAMILY PRACTICE/INTERNAL MEDICINE

Candidates will be Board Certified in Family or Internal Medicine with a California State Medical License (Physician) and DEA Certificate. BLS Certification required and ACLS preferred. Must be willing to work shifts including one weekend a month, EMR proficient and minimum 1-3 years experience in an urgent care setting.

REGISTERED NURSE

Registered nurse with current license to practice professional nursing in the state of California.  Preferred bachelor’s degree in Nursing.  Must have graduated from a National League of Nursing accredited program. Minimum one year of clinical experience required in a primary care or urgent care clinic. Excellent customer service skills, must understand regulatory compliance, and federal regulations including OSHA and HIPAA.

LICENSED LIMITED X-RAY TECHNICIAN

Must possess at least 2 years previous experience in: injections, venipuncture, EKG’s, ear lavage, nasal swabbing, bandaging, finger sticks, urine drug screening, UA’s.  Candidate must be willing to do front and back office as well as take X-rays.  Must be able to use an EMR system, be computer literate, and be a fast learner.  Must be willing to be flexible as schedules may change and willing to travel to our other location as needed.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Must possess at least 2 years previous experience in: injections, venipuncture, EKG’s, ear lavage, nasal swabbing, bandaging, finger sticks, urine drug screening, UA’s.  Candidate must be willing to do front and back office duties.  Must be able to use an EMR system, be computer literate, and be a fast learner.  Must be willing to be flexible as schedules may change and willing to travel to our other location as needed.

30 years of caring for the community

Our physicians have been caring for the community for over 30 years. We set the standard in urgent care medicine by offering our patients the best in immediate care including:

  • Exclusive treatment by Board-Certified Doctors

  • Advanced on-site X-ray capabilities

  • Electronic medical record filing for accuracy

  • A friendly staff with years of industry experience

  • Post-visit follow-up to ensure well-being

Newport Walk-In is now Marque Urgent Care

Newport Walk-In Medical Group  is now Marque Urgent Care.  We are located in Newport Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita.  Though our name has changed, the unsurpassed standard of medical care that our patients have come to expect from us over the past 30 years has not. You will recognize our friendly staff and physicians, and be treated with the upmost attention from the best medical providers in the area. We are certain that you will be pleased with your experience.

Our staff of established, Board Certified Physicians are available to see you during extended hours morning, afternoon or evening.  As a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, we strive to be the best urgent care facility in the area.

No appointment is needed to obtain treatment!