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Sports Physicals? – Check out What Our Providers Have To Say

While sports physicals seem to be a mere formality, they can be the key to uncovering certain signs or symptoms that can indicate the potential for something serious happening during a sporting event. Since prevention is ultimately the best practice, part of our mission is to prevent sports accidents.

Let’s take a look at some common questions answered by the professionals and also how to best prepare for your sports physical.

Sports Physicals – Check out What Our Providers Have To Say
What is the difference between a sports physical and the traditional physical exam? How often should patients get a sports physical?

Generally, sports physicals are done annually by most schools and recreational or team sport organizations. The sports physical focuses on your well-being as it relates to playing a sport. It’s more limited than a regular physical, but it’s a lot more specific to evaluating for athletic issues. You should still continue to have regular traditional physical exams annually or per the recommendation of your primary care provider.

How long does a sports physical usually take?

Generally, it takes about 20-30 minutes to gather all the necessary information and complete paperwork.

What if a problem is detected during the physical?

If you don’t get the “OK” from us, does that mean you’ll never participate in sports? No! Based on the reason the patient is not being cleared for participation at the time of the visit, our providers will arrange appropriate follow-up, either back at our clinic or with a specialist for further evaluation.

What is a sports physical comprised of?

As mentioned above, a detailed history is taken followed by a head-to-toe physical. A detailed medication history is taken from the patient or patient’s parent regarding any past medical problems, surgeries, medications, immunizations, or other pertinent information. Vital signs and vision screening are performed. Then, an in-depth physical examination takes place, usually with a chaperone present. Our experts are examining carefully for any concerning or abnormal signs that would raise a red flag for sports participation. Lastly, the provider will fill out any necessary paperwork.

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What makes sports physicals so important?

Sports physicals are important in determining an athlete’s medical capability to participate in sports safely. Sports can be demanding on the physique. Muscles are engaged and taxed, the heart rate is elevated, breathing is more rapid as the body requires more oxygen intake. These are just a few of the many changes the body can experience. Our providers want to ensure everything is working properly as it should so our patients can feel safe and confident in whatever activity they are participating in.

If you have additional questions not answered in this blog, please consult one of our experts to help you with that.
You can contact our trusted Family Health Clinic if you have any queries in this regard or you want to book an appointment. Call us at (210) 455-6253 or at info@innovativeuc.com. We can assure you will receive comprehensive and premium quality health care.

Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room

Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room: What’s the Difference?

Knowing where to go after an illness or accident can sometimes be tricky, especially when your primary care doctor is booked — or when you need help after hours.

Do you head to an urgent care clinic? Or is the situation severe enough to go to the emergency department?

Each option has its place, says Brad Uren, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine.

Choosing one requires self-evaluation. A sinus infection, after all, needn’t prompt a trip to the hospital.

“There’s an important distinction between a minor injury or complaint and a major injury that requires a whole medical team working together,” says Uren.

He spoke about the two types of care and how to pick the right one.

Choosing between urgent care and the hospital

Urgent care can fill in for your regular doctor: The stand-alone clinics, which often are open evenings and weekends, “provide the sorts of routine injury treatment and acute medical care that a primary physician would typically perform in their office,” Uren says. That includes treating cold and flu cases, earaches, sprained ankles and minor cuts that require stitches. Urgent care clinics usually lack an operating room but may offer X-rays and simple lab tests.

Hospitals are ready for almost anything: Although equipped to treat minor injuries or sickness, emergency departments are best suited for the bigger stuff. “They can generally respond to just about any emergency within the capabilities of that hospital — 24/7,” Uren says. Among these offerings: radiology labs, ultrasounds, CAT scans and MRIs, operating rooms and access to doctors of varying expertise across medical disciplines. Beds are available if a patient needs to stay over.

Wait times will vary: Urgent care clinics might be sparsely staffed (with only a doctor and a nurse practitioner or physician assistant clocked in), but the lower acuity, or sickness, of patients means that most can be seen quickly. An emergency department admits patients using a system known as triage, which gives priority to serious cases. “If you’re in need of immediate, lifesaving care, you will absolutely receive it,” Uren says. A stroke patient, for example, would take priority over someone with a sore throat.

Costs will differ, too: Most people face a higher copay for emergency room visits compared with an urgent care consultation. So, beyond the prospect of a longer wait in a hospital, those with illnesses that aren’t life-threatening might choose the latter setting for fiscal reasons. “In many cases, insurance companies have stratified copays that make emergency department visits more expensive,” says Uren. “It is worth considering if your concern can be addressed at a lower, and cheaper, level of care.”

Urgent care clinics know their limits: Although patients should try to pick the most suitable place for treatment on the first try, a severely ill person will be quickly and appropriately sent to an emergency department if he or she checks in at urgent care. But that lost time can be deadly when dealing with severe trauma, shortness of breath or loss of consciousness — scenarios ideally suited to hospitals. Says Uren: “In emergencies, every minute counts.”