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Acute Care

Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management

Family Medicine & Weight Management located in Manassas, VA

Your family medicine doctor is the first person you call when you feel a tickle in your throat or a pain in your neck. That’s why you need a doctor you can trust to provide professional, compassionate acute care. At Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management in Manassas, Virginia, Nicholas Tavani, MD, PhD, offers same-day appointments, telehealth services, and even an after-hours on-call nurse to deliver the most comprehensive acute care possible. Call Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management or book an appointment online to learn more.

Acute Care Q & A

What is acute care?

Acute care is interim treatment for illnesses or injuries. The most common type of acute care is a sick visit, but you can also use these short-term services for allergies, insect bites, and sudden injuries. To ensure you receive all-inclusive acute care, Dr. Tavani offers same-day appointments and telehealth visits in many cases.


What is a sick visit?

A sick visit is an appointment you schedule with Dr. Tavani when you’re not feeling well. If you’re experiencing sudden symptoms after hours, he has an on-call nurse that you can talk to for health advice. Some of the most common reasons to schedule a sick visit include:

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

A UTI is an infection of the urinary system. It’s more common in women than men and often occurs in the lower part of your urinary tract. If you have a UTI, you may have a persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, or cloudy urine. Dr. Tavani typically treats UTIs with antibiotics.

Seasonal illnesses

Symptoms of seasonal illnesses, such as the flu and strep throat, occur suddenly. You may wake up with a high fever, lethargy, or even white spots in the back of your throat. Before recommending treatment, Dr. Tavani can perform a rapid strep test, a flu test, and more to determine the cause of your symptoms.

Insect bites and rashes

Tick bites and poison ivy rashes are particularly common in the summer, when you’re more likely to go hiking or camping. If you experience flu-like symptoms after a tick bite, Dr. Tavani may recommend a Lyme disease test. For poison ivy or oak rashes, many over-the-counter (OTC) corticosteroid creams can help relieve itching and discomfort.


When else do I need acute care?

Pain that hasn’t resolved itself within a few days often requires acute care. In addition to treating back, neck, and joint pain, Dr. Tavani can diagnose and treat:


A strain, or a pulled muscle, happens when you stretch or tear a muscle. While this can happen anywhere on your body, most strains occur in the lower back or back of the thigh.


Bursitis causes inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs in your joints. Most people with bursitis experience pain, stiffness, and swelling in the hips, knees, elbows, or shoulders.


Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in your joints. While it almost always happens in the base of your big toe, gout can develop in any of your joints.

To learn more about the acute care services available at Battlefield Family Medicine & Weight Management, call or book an appointment online today.


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