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Modern medicine offers a great variety of specialized treatments so you can find care for all sorts of conditions, but navigating this whole medical system can be difficult to do on your own. It can be especially hard if something is already wrong. So having someone you can turn to for guidance, as well as prevention, is very important. To learn more about all the ways that a primary care physician can be of help contact the professionals of Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA.

The Benefits of Knowledge

It's a mistake to try to find a doctor only once you are already sick or injured. You can always find care in an emergency room, but those visits should be reserved for severe ailments. But sometimes deciding what is or is not an emergency can be difficult.

A primary care physician will not only help you make that decision when you may suspect it, but there may be times when you may not be aware of how severe your symptoms really are. Other symptoms might be easy for your doctor to treat right then and there during a visit.

What makes your primary care doctor so necessary for these decisions, is that typically this is a doctor you go to on a regular basis who is aware of your medical history.

These checkups are key to maintaining your health and keeping surprises to a minimum. They become much more essential if you suffer from a chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease, among others. This is also the case the older you become, and it is usually at about the age of 50 that screenings for certain cancers and the aforementioned chronic illnesses need to begin to take place on a regular basis.

Primary Care Physician in Danville, CA

If you don't already have a primary care physician it may be time to consider having one. To explore your options, make an appointment with your local Danville, CA, experts of Blackhawk Medical Group by dialing (925) 736-7070 for the main office and (925) 309-2700 for the walk-in clinic location.

By Blackhawk Medical Group
December 30, 2020
Category: General Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Maybe you are about to teach abroad, start a new school, or need boosters. Getting immunizations doesn’t need to be a headache. Blackhawk Medical Group serves Danville, CA, by providing immunizations so that you have the most up-to-date records possible.
 

According to the CDC, the most common immunizations provided are:

  • Pertussis
  • Diphtheria
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A, B, C
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus
  • Zoster
  • Pneumococcal
     

This list is not exhaustive; sometimes, a patient will need another kind of vaccine due to travel or work expectations -- for example, anthrax. Maintaining good immunization records is handy for work, school, and vacation to other countries.
 

What if I can not find my immunization record?

That is fine. We will work with you to figure out which immunizations you already have and which ones you probably need. Our staff will be happy to start a record for you to refer to it anytime you need it.
 

Some tips for good records keeping:

  • Leverage technology: if you are app savvy, use one like ReadyVax and CDC to keep on top of all your medical records.
  • Filing systems: some patients prefer hard copies of the medical records. Make sure these are tucked away in a safe space from the elements.
  • Keep records fresh: at least once a year, review your records to ensure that you are up-to-date on all of your immunizations.
  • Contact your parents: if you are sure about your earliest immunizations and they are still available, contact your parent, guardian, or caregiver regarding your vaccination information.
     

While you can go to other places for immunizations, Blackhawk Medical Group provides patients in Danville, CA, with comprehensive care. We can answer many questions that other care providers might not. Contact (925) 736-7070 or (925) 309-2700 to schedule an appointment to start or update your immunization records today.

By Blackhawk Medical Group
December 10, 2020
Category: General Health
Tags: Checkups  

How your primary care physicians in Danville, California can help you stay healthy

It’s important to stay healthy, and a big part of that is visiting your primary care physician for a yearly checkup. When you visit your doctor regularly, it can help identify medical issues while they are minor and easily treatable.

The primary care physicians of Blackhawk Medical Group offer comprehensive medical care, including regular medical examinations. They have two convenient office locations in Danville, California to help you stay healthy.

During your regular checkup, your primary care physician will perform a comprehensive physical examination, recording your vital signs, height, weight, and other baseline information.

Your primary care physician may also order blood tests and other lab work to check for underlying medical issues like diabetes and high cholesterol.

If underlying medical issues are diagnosed, your primary care physician may recommend prescription medications to control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and help maintain your health.

Lifestyle modification may also be part of your checkup. Your doctor may recommend dietary changes to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need. Your doctor may also recommend increasing your level of exercise.

Annual vaccinations may also be part of your regular checkup. Flu and pneumonia vaccines are especially important as you get older.

There are also specific annual exams for women, to check the health of the reproductive system and men, to check the prostate.

Annual checkups may also be adjusted to deal with specifics relative to your age. Bone density studies, a colonoscopy, and other tests may be recommended for you, to check for osteoporosis, colorectal cancer, and other medical concerns.

A yearly checkup is an important way to maintain your health. It’s also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about how you can stay healthy. To find out more about yearly checkups and other medical services, call the primary care physicians of Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, California at (925) 736-7070. Call today!

By Blackhawk Medical Group
June 23, 2020
Category: General Health
Tags: Pediatrics Office  

A parent always wants the best for their kids and have their interests at heart. At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, our five physicians and their team provide second-to-none pediatric care for children through the age of 21. We assure families we have the characteristics you require when selecting a Danville pediatrics professional for your child.

What is pediatric care?

Pediatrics is a specialty that focuses on the medical care, growth, and development of babies, children, and teens. The pediatrician provides routine physicals and vaccinations, tracks growth, screens hearing, vision and monitors behavioral, physical, emotional, and intellectual development.

Your child's Danville pediatrics professional manages chronic and acute illness and coordinates care with outside specialists too. Our pediatricians in Danville, CA, follow the guidelines for practice, care, and vaccinations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

What should you look for in a pediatrician?

The short answer is competency and comfort. Your pediatrician should possess proper credentials and have a range of experience in caring for children of all ages. Also, he or she should make both child and parent feel at ease and respected. The doctor sets the tone for the entire medical practice and each in-office visit.

So, if you're a soon-to-be parent or wish to look for a new pediatrician for your child, here are some tips:

  1. Start early, while you are pregnant. Ask relatives or trusted friends for a referral or two, or consult the American Academy of Pediatrics online for doctors in your area.
  2. Contact the office to arrange a get-acquainted visit.
  3. At the office, look for a kid-friendly atmosphere and waiting room. The staff should greet you warmly and on time.
  4. Ask questions of the staff and physician, including what insurances the practice accepts, what the sick-visit and walk-in policies are, and what their vaccination policy and schedule are.
  5. Ask if the office provides prenatal counseling and lactation consultation after birth.

Make the right decision

The March of Dimes says that your baby will see the pediatrician at least seven times during the first year of life. After that, there are well- and sick-visits, vaccinations, documentation for sports participation, and care when immediate, pressing needs do arise. In short, that's a lot of contact between physician and family.

Please consider your choice of Danville pediatrics service deliberately. May we suggest getting to know the fine staff at BlackHawk Medical Group in Danville, CA? We deliver the best in pediatrics. For a routine appointment, contact our office in Blackhawk Plaza Circle at (925) 736-7070. We also have a walk-in clinic in Camino Tassajara Road: (925) 309-2700.

By Meridian Kristi
April 10, 2020
Category: General Health
Tags: Nutrition  

At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, our pediatrics staff receives many inquiries about children's nutrition. Therefore, we are giving you answers to frequently asked questions from our parents and caregivers. Knowledge empowers, and we want families to be informed on good nutrition and how it benefits children and adolescents.

I worry about my child becoming overweight. How can we avoid this problem?

Childhood obesity is a big problem in the US. In fact, the AAP reports that one in three American children are clinically obese. As such, parents must safeguard eating habits at home by:

  • Modeling nutritious food choices (low-fat, high protein, high-fiber)
  • Limiting sugary sodas and snacks
  • Increasing outdoor activity/exercise and restricting screen time

At Blackhawk Medical Group, we carefully track your child's height and weight and other indicators of health, growth, and development through the annual well-child exam.

How much dairy does my child need?

The calcium in dairy products improves bone and dental health, as well as critical physiological function. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) publishes guidelines on the number and size of servings of milk, yogurt, and other calcium-rich foods.

Remember, as your youngster becomes a quickly growing teen, he or she will need more calcium. For those who have milk allergies, offer calcium-fortified OJ, cereals, and supplements as recommended by your Danville pediatrician.

When should my baby start solid foods?

Start offering iron-fortified cereal and pureed meats, vegetables, and fruits at six months. This is when your baby is able to sit in a high chair and likely has a baby tooth or two erupting. Also, breast milk does not have sufficient iron and zinc for babies of this age, says the AAP.

How helpful is water to my growing child?

Yes, hydration is good for oral health and physiological function. So, provide plenty, particularly when your child is very active and when the weather is warm.

Ask us any question!

At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA our professional team includes an on-staff pediatrician, Dr. Denise O'Riordan. She is passionate about your child's health and is available for telehealth appointments: (925) 736-7070.