Blog Archive

What to Do When Your Pain Seems to Come From Nowhere Jun 5th, 2022

Dealing with chronic pain is difficult, and uncertainty about how you’ll feel each day can be frustrating. Pain makes it hard to plan your daily activities, and interferes with employment, social life, and family commitments. And pain can be especially frustrating when it strikes out of nowhere and persists. If...

Go Beyond BMI With Body Composition Analysis May 10th, 2022

Body mass index (BMI) is a formula for estimating body fat. While it’s helpful for getting a baseline idea of how much body fat you’re carrying, it’s a limited measurement. If you’re looking to lose weight and/or increase lean muscle, body composition analysis (BCA) is a superior approach compared to...

How Leg Swelling Is Tied to Cardiovascular Problems Apr 12th, 2022

Leg swelling is common, especially as you get older, but could your leg swelling be telling you something about the health of your heart and blood vessels?  At Total Care Family Practice in Henderson, Nevada, family medicine physician Dr. Evan Allen provides a full range of services to keep the...

What to Do About Back Pain Mar 15th, 2022

Back problems are incredibly common. In fact, back pain is the leading cause of missed work days and work limitations. It affects adults of all ages and can strike seemingly without warning. For some adults, back pain is a brief nuisance that resolves on its own after a couple weeks...

Allergy Skin Testing: What to Expect Feb 13th, 2022

Things like mold, pet dander, bee stings, and peanuts can all cause an allergic reaction in some people. That’s why it's important to have allergy testing. The test results can help you take steps to manage your allergies. By understanding which allergens are causing your symptoms, you can work with...

Understanding Your BMI Number Jan 4th, 2022

Body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat, and it’s used to measure if you’re at a healthy weight. BMI is calculated using your height and weight and is a good gauge of your risk for weight-related diseases. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain...

Four Effective Treatments for Chronic Pain Dec 5th, 2021

An estimated 50 million American adults are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks and can be related to certain conditions, such as arthritis. In other cases, the exact cause is unknown.  Achieving adequate relief often involves working closely with a health care...

When to See Your Doctor About Asthma Symptoms Nov 8th, 2021

Even well-controlled asthma can sometimes cause unexpected and unpredictable flare-ups that may be difficult to control. Sometimes a change of seasons can bring environmental triggers that worsen asthma, while other times there's no explanation for an increase in symptoms.  Because asthma is variable, it's necessary to stay on top of...

Five Types of Allergies Oct 7th, 2021

It’s estimated as many as 50 million people in the United States have allergies. You can develop an allergy to almost anything at any time. However, some allergies are more common than others. At Total Care Family Practice, our experienced family medicine physician, Dr. Evan Allen, specializes in diagnosing and...

Are You at Risk for Heart Disease? Sep 12th, 2021

Everyone should be concerned about their heart health. Each year more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease. In the United States a heart attack strikes every 40 seconds -- that's roughly 800,000 heart attacks each year. Your primary care provider is your main resource for preventive health care. Scheduling...

Finish Off Your Weight-Loss Journey With SculpSure® Body Contouring Aug 17th, 2021

You’ve done the hard work and reached your ideal weight, or very close to it. After weight loss, you can still have pockets of stubborn fat that don’t seem to go anywhere no matter how many calories you count or how long you stay in the gym. There’s nothing more...

Five Common Myths About Weight Loss Jul 25th, 2021

Even under ideal circumstances, losing weight is tough. It’s made harder when you don’t know what information to trust, thanks to a host of conflicting statements about weight loss coming from all sorts of sources.  Turn to medical professionals you can trust when your goal is permanent weight loss. Primary...

What You Can Learn From an Elimination Diet Jun 23rd, 2021

A medically supervised elimination diet can help you find out how certain foods make you feel. If you’re feeling unwell and your health care provider suspects a component of your diet is the cause, they may recommend an elimination diet to determine if certain foods are contributing to your symptoms....

Could You Be Among the Millions Who Have Type 2 Diabetes and Don’t Know It? May 24th, 2021

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, affects your body’s ability to produce insulin, which helps to regulate your blood sugar. The exact cause of diabetes is technically unknown, but the disease has been documented since at least Ancient Egypt, Greece, and India. In fact, ‘diabetes’ means, ‘to go...