The thyroid gland is located on the throat and wraps around the trachea in a butterfly shape. This gland is responsible for hormones that regulate metabolism and other functions in the body. When the thyroid is dysfunctional, it is often due to some type of thyroid disease that requires treatment to regular hormone production. Our medical team at Rapid Healthcare offers diagnosis and thyroid treatment at our primary care facility in Bolingbrook, IL.
Thyroid disorders are characterized by either too much or too little production of hormones through the thyroid. The thyroid secretes hormones for various systems in the body that impact metabolism, heart rate and energy levels. There are different thyroid disorders: when the thyroid secretes more hormones, it is called hyperthyroidism, while hypothyroidism is characterized by too little hormones from the thyroid. Our clinic provides diagnostic testing, management and treatment of thyroid disorders.
Symptoms of Thyroid Disease
Since the hormones released by the thyroid impact how the body utilizes calories for energy, disorders or diseases of the thyroid can disrupt this process. If too many hormones are created, patients may lose excessive weight, have increased heart rate and feel nervous or anxious. If too few hormones are released, the metabolism and energy levels can be sluggish, resulting in weight gain and fatigue. Other symptoms include changes in cognitive function, sleep irregularities, hair/skin problems and many other changes in the body.
Tests available in the clinic include blood tests which are the most used diagnostic tool for thyroid disorders, along with imaging tests and physical exams. Depending on the hormone levels of the individual as well as the cause of the thyroid condition, the clinic will administer effective approaches that are appropriate for the patient’s condition. Different treatments are to be given for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Patient education as intervention and prevention for developing the disease is also one of the clinic’s initiatives.
Most thyroid disorders can be controlled with the right medications and treatments. If you have symptoms of a thyroid disorder, come visit our walk-in clinic in Bolingbrook, IL. We offer effective, personalized primary care with the convenience of same day appointments. Contact our office for an appointment or stop by for a walk-in visit – we accept all PPO plans, Medicaid and most healthcare insurance.