[viewmedica]

STRIVING TO PROVIDE ALL OF YOUR HEALTHCARE NEEDS

Carolina Specialty Care excels in the following services:

 

Allergy Shots

Carolina Specialty Care offers ongoing allergy evaluation and can provide allergy shots for those patients who are particularly uncomfortable during allergy season and who may not get enough relief from over the counter options.

Allergy shots are a form of treatment called immunotherapy. Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substance or substances that trigger your allergic reactions. These are called allergens. Allergy shots contain just enough allergens to stimulate your immune system — but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction.

Over time, your doctor increases the dose of allergens in each of your allergy shots. This helps get your body used to the allergens (desensitization). Your immune system builds up a tolerance to the allergens, and your allergy symptoms diminish over time.
Back to Top

Bone Density Tests

Our rheumatologist can help diagnose and treat osteoporosis, a degenerative bone condition that is common in aging females and others with certain condition.

We provide onsite bone density screenings to determine if someone has the disease and the progression. A bone density test is painless and uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the spine, hip and forearm. The results of the bone density test make it possible to know how advanced the condition is and how to best treat it.
Back to Top

 

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a technique that uses an extremely cold liquid or instrument to freeze and destroy abnormal skin cells that require removal. The technique has been in use since the turn of the century, but modern techniques have made it widely available to dermatologists and primary care doctors. The technique is also known as cryocautery or cryosurgery.
Back to Top

 

EKG & EMG Tests

An electrocardiogram — also called an ECG or EKG — records electrical signals as they travel through your heart. Each heartbeat is triggered by an electrical impulse generated from special cells in the upper right chamber of your heart. Your doctor can use an electrocardiogram to look for patterns among these heartbeats and rhythms to diagnose various heart conditions. An electrocardiogram is a noninvasive, painless test. The results of your electrocardiogram will likely be reported the same day it’s performed.
Back to Top

 

Hako Med Pain Blocking Services

Carolina Specialty Care utilizes Hako Med treatment to help reduce pain immediately by changing the way the nerve fires. It works in a similar way to a pain injection but without the needle or dangerous side effects. This electric device produces long-term benefit in any type of nerve-based pathology.

The Hako Med has been cleared by the FDA for a number of pain indications. Unlike other electrical therapy devices used by physical therapists and chiropractors in the United States, this equipment has been engineered for the physician involved in clinical pain management. It has a closer relationship to surgically implanted electronic simulators, but it is effectively delivered through the skin, without needles. The device delivers electronic signals that can be used to block the pain signal and help heal the nerves without invasive maneuvers or dangerous medications. We use the Hako Med on all patients who enter our program.
Back to Top

 

Immunizations

It is important to discuss your immunization needs with your physician. Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Contrary to what many believe, immunizations aren’t just reserved for children. Whether traveling to foreign countries – or requiring a booster for tetanus, immunizing is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year.
Back to Top

In-Office Infusion Therapy

Intravenous Therapy is a way of “feeding” nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This is helpful because the process bypasses the GI tract and goes directly into circulation to be used in the body. IV therapy can create therapeutic blood levels of certain nutrients. Carolina Specialty Care utilizes in office IV therapy for a variety of needs including long-lasting arthritis drugs.
Back to Top

Joint and Trigger Injections

Trigger point injection (TPI) is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body. In the TPI procedure, a health care professional inserts a small needle into the patients trigger point. The injection contains a local anesthetic that sometimes includes a corticosteroid. With the injection, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Injections are given in a doctor’s office and usually take just a few minutes. Several sites may be injected in one visit. If a patient has an allergy to a certain medication, a dry-needle technique (involving no medications) can be used.

TPI is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. In addition, TPI can be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches. TPI also is used to alleviate myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain involving tissue that surrounds muscle) that does not respond to other treatments.
Back to Top

 

Laboratory Services

Our in-office laboratory provides accurate quality lab results and reporting of many of the most commonly ordered lab tests including cholesterol and lipid panels, thyroid function testing, complete blood counts, PT / INR for anti-coagulation monitoring, Hb A1C and micro-abumin measurements for diabetes, PSA, and chemistry profiles.
Back to Top

 

Nerve Conduction Studies

An electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerve conduction studies measure how well and how fast the nerves can send electrical signals. If you have leg pain or numbness, your doctor may order an EMG to find out how much your nerves are being affected. The EMG can be performed right in the Carolina Specialty Care office

Nerves control the muscles in the body with electrical signals called impulses. These impulses make the muscles react in specific ways. Nerve and muscle problems cause the muscles to react in abnormal ways.
Back to Top

 

An EMG is done to:

Find diseases that damage muscle tissue, nerves, or the junctions between nerve and muscle. These problems may include a herniated disc, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or myasthenia gravis (MG).

Find the cause of weakness, paralysis, or muscle twitching. Problems in a muscle, the nerves supplying a muscle, the spinal cord, or the area of the brain that controls a muscle can cause these symptoms. The EMG does not show brain or spinal cord diseases.

A nerve conduction study is done to:

Find damage to the peripheral nervous system, which includes all the nerves that lead away from the brain and spinal cord and the smaller nerves that branch out from those nerves. This test is often used to help find nerve problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome or Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Back to Top

Pap Smears

A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina.

Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. Detecting these cells early with a Pap smear is your first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer.
Back to Top

 

Physical Examinations

Our primary care providers offer complete physical examinations to help diagnose any medical issues and to monitor ongoing acute and chronic conditions.

During a physical examination, a health care provider studies a patient’s body to determine the presence or absence of physical problems.

A typical physical examination includes:

•       Inspection (looking at the body)

•       Palpation (feeling the body with fingers or hands)

•       Auscultation (listening to sounds)

•       Percussion (producing sounds, usually by tapping on specific areas of the body)
Back to Top

Removal of Skin Lesions

A variety of techniques are used to remove skin lesions. Some techniques, such as a biopsy or cryosurgery, can be performed in office by one of our primary care physicians.
Back to Top

 

X-Ray Services

X-ray services are performed in the office for routine studies, such as chest, bone and joint and abdominal films.

Back to Top