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What Can My Bloodwork Tell Me? Jul 8th, 2024

Blood tests are like a preventive tune-up for your body - they give our health care providers the lowdown on your inner workings, helping us detect potential issues before they become major problems. When our team at Summit Primary Care in Colorado orders a blood test, we check for specific...

8 Troublesome Symptoms of a Thyroid Disorder Jun 19th, 2024

The thyroid, a small gland located in the neck, plays a crucial role in regulating various body functions through the production of hormones. Thyroid malfunctions can lead to a range of symptoms that often go unnoticed or are mistaken for other health issues. The experienced team at Summit Primary Care...

What's Causing My Frequent Debilitating Migraines? May 1st, 2024

Experiencing frequent and debilitating migraines can disrupt daily life, making it crucial to understand the potential triggers and underlying causes of these severe headaches. Migraines aren’t just ordinary headaches; they’re complex neurological events that involve various factors from genetic predispositions to environmental triggers. Our experienced team at Summit Primary Care...

5 Serious Conditions That Diabetes Can Cause Apr 2nd, 2024

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose), which is vital for providing energy to cells. While managing diabetes can be a part of daily life for many, it's crucial to be aware of the serious health conditions that it can lead to...

Help! I'm Struggling to Lose Weight Mar 21st, 2024

Many people struggle to lose weight despite following a diet and exercise routine. When you feel like you’ve tried everything under the sun to lose weight without results, consider medical weight loss through peptide therapy with the experienced team at Summit Primary Care. We help individuals lose weight with a...

High Cholesterol Levels: Can Dietary Changes Can Help Me Avoid Medication? Feb 1st, 2024

Managing cholesterol levels can feel like a daunting task, especially if you're concerned about starting medication. The good news? Adjusting your diet might help control your cholesterol levels and avoid the need for medication. The experienced team at Summit Primary Care offers the following information about dietary changes that can...

7 Invaluable Benefits of Annual Wellness Exams and Preventive Screenings Jan 12th, 2024

Preventing disease is always better than trying to find a cure. There's no better way to stay on top of your health needs than through regular annual wellness exams and preventive screenings. Our experienced team at Summit Primary Care offers proactive health care measures that can help you lead a...

Not Just a Sore Throat: The Importance of Treating a Strep Infection Dec 5th, 2023

Strep throat, a common and potentially serious bacterial infection, is often underestimated in its severity and impact on health. Understanding the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment of strep infections is crucial to prevent complications and promote overall health. Our experienced team at Summit Primary Care is here to provide...

I've Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes: Now What? Nov 6th, 2023

Prediabetes is a condition that affects millions of individuals, and if you've recently received this diagnosis, it's natural to have questions and concerns. Our experienced and compassionate team at Summit Primary Care is here to provide you with guidance and support on what to do next. Understanding prediabetes When you...

The Best Diet for Thyroid Problems Oct 1st, 2023

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, responsible for regulating numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. If it produces too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) thyroid hormone, it can impact your energy, mood, weight, and overall health. While medications are essential for managing thyroid disorders, dietary...

Shedding Light on Mental Health: A Behavioral Health Specialist's Perspective on Depression Sep 1st, 2023

Depression is a common and significant medical condition that causes adverse effects on your emotions, cognition, and behavior. Depression triggers sadness and a loss of enthusiasm for previously enjoyed activities.  Our experienced team at Summit Primary Care believes in taking a holistic approach to health care, encompassing both your physical and mental well-being. Our behavioral...

Got Chronic Pain? Here's Why You Should Increase Your Activity Levels Aug 2nd, 2023

Chronic pain can significantly impact your quality of life, making even simple, routine tasks seem challenging. While increasing physical activity might be a distant thought when you experience chronic pain, you may be surprised to learn that exercise can improve your condition and overall well-being. Our experienced team at Summit...

Migraine-Friendly Hacks to Survive the Summer Jul 1st, 2023

Many people look forward to the warm summer months, but for some who suffer from migraines, the summer season can pose unique challenges. The increased heat, bright sunlight, and outdoor activities can trigger migraines and make them more difficult to manage. Our compassionate team at Summit Primary Care understands the impact migraines have on...

5 Things You Can Do If You Don't Want Your Kids to Develop Diabetes Jun 1st, 2023

An estimated 283,000 American youth under age 20 have diagnosed diabetes, which is about .35% of that population. Youth-onset diabetes is linked to several health complications, including eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage. With the rising prevalence of diabetes, it’s crucial to educate parents about preventive measures. By taking...

What Most Don't Know About Neuropathy May 1st, 2023

Neuropathy refers to numerous conditions that affect your nervous system, with the most common form being peripheral neuropathy. The nervous system includes different types of nerves: Sensory nerves - transmit sensations like touch or pain Motor nerves - control muscles Autonomic nerves - regulate blood pressure and bladder function Peripheral...

Best Exercises to Do if You Have High Blood Pressure Apr 1st, 2023

If you recently learned you have high blood pressure, you probably also learned that you should be exercising more.  Exercise can significantly affect your blood pressure. Here, at Summit Primary Care in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, Colorado, our primary care team recommends the following exercises if you have high...

Embrace Healthy Habits To help Lower Your Cholesterol Mar 6th, 2023

Human beings need cholesterol to live, but did you know there are two kinds of cholesterol? There's HDL, considered "good" cholesterol, and LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. Too much bad cholesterol can lead to numerous health issues, which is why you should reduce the amount of bad cholesterol you consume while working to increase your good cholesterol. The primary care...

Tips for Choosing a Primary Care Provider Feb 2nd, 2023

Finding and choosing a new primary care provider is an important step in your health care journey. At Summit Primary Care in Colorado, we’re a team of primary care experts who can help you find a primary care provider perfect for your health needs. Keep reading to learn some tips...

5 Signs of an Overactive Thyroid Gland Jan 1st, 2023

The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland in your neck that creates two hormones, thyroxine, and triiodothyronine, that are discharged into the blood. These hormones are important because they help all the cells in your body function correctly. But when your thyroid gland becomes overactive, also known as hyperthyroidism, it...

Understanding Your Complete Blood Count (CBC) Results Dec 1st, 2022

Your complete blood count (CBC) is a type of blood test to decipher your overall health. This includes detecting various disorders, such as anemia, infection, and leukemia. Your CBC test also measures components and features of your blood, like your red and white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and hematocrit.  While...

Is Winter too Late to Get a Flu Shot? Nov 1st, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the flu caused between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 52,000 deaths annually between 2010 and 2020. The CDC recommends getting your flu annual vaccine between September and October since it takes two weeks for the flu shot to become effective after...

Most Common Menopause Symptoms and Top Tips to Manage Them Oct 1st, 2022

An estimated 85% of post-menopausal women have experienced menopause symptoms in their lifetime. While the symptoms are not dangerous, they can interrupt and negatively affect your daily life. Menopause is the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. You may also undergo a...

How to Lower Your Salt Intake Without Feeling Deprived Sep 1st, 2022

Sometimes the foods we love aren’t exactly healthy for us. This is especially true if you’re someone who enjoys salty foods. Your health can be negatively impacted by a high-sodium diet over time, but there are ways to make changes. High sodium levels increase your risk of high blood pressure. High...

6 Common Causes of Chronic Shoulder Pain Aug 1st, 2022

The shoulder joint is complicated, containing three bones and several tendons, ligaments, and muscles. With all of the parts and movements associated with the shoulder, shoulder pain is very common and not usually caused by an underlying health issue. At Summit Primary Care, board-certified family physician Lawrence Scott Wilner, DO, and the experienced team...

5 Ways You Could be Making Your Knee Pain Worse Jul 1st, 2022

Knee pain can affect anyone at any age. From high school to college athletes, professional athletes, middle-aged adults, and senior citizens — knee pain doesn’t discriminate. Knee pain from injury, cartilage damage, or arthritis can prevent you from enjoying the activities you love and negatively impact your quality of life....

Understanding the Link Between Stress and Migraines Jun 1st, 2022

If you experience stress-triggered migraines, preventing migraines and dealing with the chronic pain they cause are a challenge. Stress causes your migraine, and then the chronic pain caused by the migraine creates more stress. It’s a lot like being on an endless hamster wheel! Even worse, if you typically experience...

I’m Over 50 - Is Chronic Pain Normal? May 3rd, 2022

Anywhere from 11% to 40% of Americans live with chronic pain, with the amount of reported chronic pain increasing with age. Board-certified family physician Lawrence Scott Wilner, DO, at Summit Primary Care doesn’t believe we should accept chronic pain as normal and unavoidable. As pain management specialists, our goal is to help patients of...

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Apr 1st, 2022

Having obesity puts you at a higher risk of developing diabetes. In fact, you’re six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you’re obese. The good news is — you can take steps to reduce your risk. At Summit Primary Care, board-certified family physician Lawrence Scott Wilner, DO, offers diabetes diagnosis and treatment. Do...

The Best Ways to Manage Your Joint Pain Mar 10th, 2022

If you’re dealing with chronic joint pain, going about your daily activities can be challenging. You probably avoid putting weight on an affected joint or try to modify your movements to reduce discomfort.  Maybe you’ve even given up activities that used to bring you joy because you fear they might...

Lifestyle Changes That Help Lower the Risk of Developing Back Pain Feb 7th, 2022

Back pain is extremely common and becomes more likely as we age. Sedentary lifestyles, obesity, poor nutrition, and stress can increase your risk of developing back pain. Many people have lived with it for years. You can help prevent back pain and protect your spine with some fairly easy lifestyle...

Why Annual Physical Exams Are Important at Every Stage of Life Jan 9th, 2022

Not everyone in America is convinced that they need annual physical exams. Only one in five adults gets them. At Summit Primary Care, board-certified family physician Lawrence Scott Wilner, DO, and our team want you to know that having an annual exam is one of the most critical things you...

How Pain Management Can Relieve Your Symptoms and Brighten Your Life Dec 10th, 2021

Chronic pain can stem from a condition like arthritis or an injury. It’s different from acute pain — pain that resolves in six weeks or less — in that it can go on for months or years. Many people who have chronic pain have lived with it for years.  At...

Trigger Point Injections Nov 8th, 2021

A muscle that has become stiff, sore from being overused, torn, or bruised, can become a point of origin for spreading pain known as a “Trigger Point”.  Pain from an injured muscle can cause headaches and aches in other areas such as the arms, legs, or lower back and neck....

Why You Should Care About Breast Cancer Oct 11th, 2021

Why You Should Care About Breast Cancer         October is finally here! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin carving, football season…and oh yeah, did you get your mammogram this year? According to the American Cancer Society, women have a 13% chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s...