A sports physical exam, also known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE), is a thorough medical examination that determines whether or not it is safe for an athlete to participate in a particular sport. Sports physicals are often required for children and teens before they are allowed to join a team sport and are usually repeated before each season.
A sports physical includes a detailed medical history that is usually on a form filled out prior to the exam. The physical part of the exam includes:
- Recording height and weight
- Checking blood pressure and pulse
- Vision test
- Heart, lungs, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination
- Evaluating posture, strength and flexibility
Sports Physicals are welcome in our walk-in urgent care with no appointment necessary. The confirmed healthy results ensure that an athlete is physically capable of participating in his or her chosen sport. At Back in the Game, we offer sports physicals to provide confirmation for schools or other sports organizations of our patients' health.
Those aches and pains you are experiencing after your car accidentl are an indication that the spine has suffered damage. We understand back and neck pain can slowly rob you of your life. Our mission is simple. Provide you the very best care for your condition so you can get back to being you!
The doctors at Back in the Game have the tools to diagnose your injuries. We have ability to get x-rays, blood tests, and other diagnostic tools to locate and document the specifics of your injuries. Our patients love the personalized attention and learning how to promote healthy habits. Your attorney will be appreciative of Back in the Game's attention to detail and professional documentation.
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. Viewed from the front or rear, a normal spine appears to be straight. When a person with scoliosis is viewed from the front or rear, the spine appears to be curved. Common signs of scoliosis are uneven shoulders or an uneven waist. In advanced cases of scoliosis, the spine may rotate or twist, causing the ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than on the other side. Severe scoliosis may cause back pain and breathing difficulty.
Adolescents with a spinal curvature of less than 20 degrees usually do not require extensive treatment. They do, however, need periodic check-ups and X-rays to make sure the curve does not get worse. If the spinal curve is 25 to 40 degrees and the child is still growing, a 24-hour brace is often worn. Bracing is an attempt to prevent further progression of the curve, but it will not reverse or cure scoliosis.
Those who have spinal curves greater than 40 to 50 degrees are often considered for scoliosis surgery. While surgery will not perfectly straighten the spine, the goal is to make sure the curve does not get worse. During scoliosis surgery, the vertebrae are fused together so the spine cannot bend. This is called a spinal fusion. The process is similar to what occurs when a broken bone heals.
Workers Compensation Injuries
An industrial injury refers to any type of injury that occurs while working. They are usually the result of an accident and can be caused by unsafe work conditions, laziness, clumsiness or misuse of equipment. Chronic injuries may also develop as a result of repeated activities such as typing or improper techniques. Industrial injuries most frequently affect the neck and back.
If you are injured while working, it is important to report the injury and receive prompt and proper treatment. At Back in the Game we are experienced in treating work-related injuries and helping you achieve a quick and full recovery.
Runner's Video Gait Analysis
The Runner's video program is designed to help runner's improve their performance and avoid injuries. The program consists of multiple sessions with Dr. Lambert including (1) Running Video Analysis with Orthopedic Assessment; (2) Review of Video Analysis and Education on Running Injury Prevention; (3) Review of personalized Runner's Exercise and Flexibility Program. Optional ongoing training and physical therapy treatment may be provided based on the findings of the Runner's Gait Assessment. Included with the Runner's Exercise and Flexibility Program is literature on warm-up and injury prevention strategies.
Healthy bones are a necessity for a full and active lifestyle. Although we count on our bones everyday for physical support and consider them strong and rigid structures, our bones are actually living tissue that changes on a regular basis. Along with the calcium that gives them their strength, bones are also made up of a collagen protein that gives them flexibility and also makes them susceptible to weakening and injury.
Our bone health is directly affected by our lifestyle choices. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle will help to maintain healthy bones and fight against osteoporosis and other diseases. While some factors that cannot be modified, such as gender, age and body size, increase the risk of bone loss, others can be controlled to help protect your bones. These factors include:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Adequate calcium and vitamin D consumption
- Avoiding smoking and alcohol
- Avoiding medications like anticonvulsants and certain steroids
Since the risk of bone disease increases with age, it is important to take preventative measures throughout your life to decrease this risk. Childhood and young adulthood are especially critical times since bones are still developing and can solidify healthy bones.
At Back in the Game, we offer basic bone health preservation, as well as treatment of osteoporosis and other bone related diseases. Call us today to discuss your bone health options.