Why Are Sports Physicals Important?
As the weather heats up for the spring and soon summer seasons, kid’s sports go into full swing. Many athletic programs require that kids and teens have sports physical performed before starting a new sport or begin a new competitive season. We all know that sports are a good way for both stay fit, socialize and meet new people. As an adult or parent, you may already understand why your child should have a sports physical completed before the start of a new season, but for a kid or teen the question is “Why?”
What is a sports physical?
Sports physicals, also known as a pre-participation physical exam (PPE), in the sports medicine field helps determine if your child is healthy enough to partake in a specific sport. These physicals are also designed to help identify kids who are high risk for injuries, illness, or sudden death while playing sports. Most states like Tennessee require that a PPE is on file before kid or teen can participate in a new sport or start in a new season. Even if a sports physical is not required, most doctors still highly recommend getting one.
There are two main parts to a sports physical which include a review of medical history and the physical exam.
What to Expect in a Sports Physical?
To start the sports physical your healthcare provider will review your child’s medical history. The medical history is the most important part of the PPE exam. Immunization records are also reviewed to make sure they are up-to-date.
The doctor will want to know the following about your child’s medical history, including:
- Previous hospitalizations
- Past injuries, such as broken bones, fractures and sprains.
- Serious illnesses that run in the family, especial heart issues
During the second part an overall general physical exam will be performed. The sports physical exam is the same for both girls and boys, unless your child has started puberty. The physical exam involves:
- Vision Test
- Record weight and height
- Checking the heart, abdomen, lungs, ears, throat and nose
- Taking the blood pressure and pulse readings
- Asking about alcohol, drug, dietary supplement use
If your doctor considers everything to look good, they will sign off on the physical form. If not, a follow-up exam or more tests may be scheduled to look into potential medical problems.
Understanding the parts of a sports physical helps to highlight why it’s important for your child or teen to have one before participating in sports. Sports physicals help kids and teens understand and treat health issues that may keep them from playing a specific sport. Your child’s doctor may also be able to recommend specific stretches or strength training exercises to help them safely grow and develop in a sport.
If you or your child needs a sports physical completed before they can participate in spring or summer sports stop by your neighborhood Physician’s Urgent Care facility in Franklin or Brentwood, Tennessee. Just walk into any location to be seen by any of the wonderful emergency doctors on staff. No appointment necessary.
Is It a Spider Bite? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
Spider bites are not as common as people might think. In fact, they happen relatively rarely.
Unlike other insects like mosquitoes, spiders don’t usually bite unless they feel threatened. Regardless of the rarity of bites, a spider bite is something to take seriously and should be treated immediately. Those who are bitten by spiders typically are unaware that it’s a spider bite, which delays them from receiving immediate treatment.
There are two types of spiders in the Middle Tennessee area that are venomous: Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. You should seek treatment immediately if you’ve been bitten by one of these spiders. Bite from black widows and brown recluse spiders can have life-threatening side-effects if not treated as soon as possible. Harmless spider bites will only appear to be red, inflamed and sometimes itchy or painful, but won’t produce other symptoms.
Spider Bite Symptoms
As listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following symptoms can result from spider bites:
- Itching or rash
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle pain or cramping
- Reddish or purplish in color or a visible blister
- Nausea and vomiting
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you believe you’ve been bitten by a venomous spider. Your doctor can help diagnose the bite and decide what kind of spider bit you. Spider bites are serious and should be treated as such.
If you or someone you know has any of the symptoms of a spider bite, visit your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care clinic in Brentwood, Tennessee or Franklin, Tennessee. The staff and physicians are ready to provide you with the emergency care you need without the emergency room wait.
4 Steps After You’ve Been Burned
You’re in the kitchen cooking dinner after placing the freshly baked cookies onto the counter when your three-year-old walks in. He sees the cookies cooling on the hot baking sheet. Although you warn him he can’t have a cookie before dinner, he reaches up to get a cookie. You turn to look at him just a second too late as he screams out and the pan hits the floor.
As you fix your hair in the morning, you set the flat irons down on the counter. Your two-year-old has been watching you, fascinated with this strange object. You leave the bathroom for just a second, and she eagerly grabs the hot flat iron.
Burn injuries are ranked as one of the most common type of home-related accidents. These situations can happen to the most careful and watchful parents. Physicians Urgent Care has four steps for you to take immediately after a burn accident.
4 steps to take immediately after a burn:
- Stop the heat. Submerge the burn area in cold water as fast as you can. If the burn area is on a part of the body that can’t be submerge, then immediately pour cold water over the area several times or rinse the area under a faucet or shower. Remove any clothing or jewelry covering the area, then pour more water over the burn. Pouring cold water on the area as quickly as possible is the single most important factor that can minimize the burn damage.
- Do not use ice or ice water. This can cause tissue damage to the skin, which can make the burn worse.
- Do not put any butter, grease or powder on the burn.
- Continue to run the burn area under cold water for at least 20 minutes. Most children will protest holding the area under cold water. If you are unable to calm them you can use washcloths repeatedly soaked in cold water.
After the first initial 20 minutes of cold water, you should assess the burn. There are three degrees of burn injuries, which represents the severity of the wound. Most first and second degree burns can be treated at home. However, burn treatment depends on what kind of burn you have.
Seek immediate medical attention if:
- 1st or 2nd degree burn area is 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
- Determine to be 3rd degree burn. Will be swollen and appear white or charred.
- The burn is on your face, over a major joint, hands, feet or genitals.
Burns can be caused by heat, fire, sunlight, electricity, radiation, chemicals or hot or boiling water. If you experience a burn, your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care has emergency room doctors ready to take care of your wounds. Our staff is available seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. Get compassionate, qualified care from our ER doctors at a fraction of the cost. For directions, hours and information in Franklin, TN, call 615-457-3864. In Brentwood, TN, call 615-472-1550.
Reduce Your Risk of Urinary Tract Infections
Did you know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for almost 10-million doctor visits each year? Urinary tract infections are common among women, and nearly 80 percent will have a reoccurrence of the infection in their lifetime. Even though urinary tract infections are treatable, they can also be prevented. Physicians Urgent Care provides six tips that can help you reduce your risk of getting a urinary tract infection.
Both men and women are at risk of developing a urinary tract infection at least once in their lifetime. To help reduce that risk you should follow these tips:
- Stay hydrated with the right fluids. Drink plenty of water to help flush bacteria out of your urinary tract before an infection can begin.
- Don’t hold it. When nature calls respond and go. Holding your urine can cause damage to the lining of your bladder, making it more vulnerable to bacteria.
- Front to back wipe. After using the bathroom, be sure you are wiping yourself properly in order to keep bacteria from the rectum from reaching the genitals.
- Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes. Cotton is a breathable fabric that will help keep the area dry from moisture where bacteria grow.
- Strengthen your core. Working out your core muscles can help you avoid a lazy bladder. When you have a lazy bladder, you may not be able to empty your urine properly.
- Take Vitamin C. 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C taken daily can help inhibit the growth of some bacteria by acidifying the urine.
A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria gets into the urinary tract and multiplies. There are three areas where the infection can start, including the bladder, kidneys or urethra. A few symptoms associated with a UTI are:
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Your urine appears cloudy
- Pelvic pain, in women
- Using the bathroom often, but only passing small amounts of urine
- Strong, persistent urges to urinate
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important that you seek treatment from a healthcare professional as soon as possible. These types of infections come with serious consequences when left untreated that can be damaging to your kidneys. UTIs are usually effectively treated with antibiotics.
If you or a loved one has any of the symptoms of a urinary tract infection, visit your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care in Brentwood (615-457-3864) or Franklin (615-472-1550), Tennessee. The wonderful physicians and staff are ready to assist and provide you with the care you need. No appointment is necessary, just hurry on in.
Wanted: “The Sniffles”
That culprit you may call “the sniffles” is ready to make its return during the fall and winter months. You should know that “the sniffles” is just an alias. This is most likely a form of upper respiratory infections, which remains the most common reason for doctor visits and days missed from work and school in the United States. Physician’s Urgent Care is ready to tackle your symptoms whether it’s a common cold or an upper respiratory infection.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Most upper respiratory infections are caused my inflammation in the mucus membranes of the upper respiratory tract. This contagious infection is most commonly spread from coughing and sneezing symptoms associated with upper respiratory infections. Covering your mouth and washing your hands often can help limit the spread of the virus others.
Some additional symptoms typically experienced are:
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Nasal breathing
It’s important that you receive treatment for any type of respiratory infection to avoid any further complications of breathing.
Rest is important when fighting upper respiratory infections. Over-the-counter medications will help to combat any body aches, chills or fever. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids will help to flush your system.
When you find yourself fighting “the sniffles” this fall and winter season, stop by Physicians Urgent Care. We are available seven days a week, right in your neighborhood with no appointment needed. Get prompt, qualified, compassionate care and peace of mind from our ER doctors at a fraction of the cost. When you need medical attention come see us. For directions, hours, and information in Brentwood, TN, call 615-472-1550. In Franklin, TN, call 615-457-3864.
Tips for Staying Healthy Through the School Year
You’re ready for them to go back to school. And you’re getting them ready to start the school year. Marking off the list of “must haves”: pencils, markers, note books, school books, backpack, and new clothes – for getting started. And one last family vacation weekend fling together before everyone is in a new grade. As you check your list once more, your mind wanders to how to keep your children healthy through the coming school year. Physicians Urgent Care in Brentwood and Franklin Tennessee provide these tips to help you avoid the illnesses that come with kids going back to school.
There are some time-honored practices that serve to protect your youngsters from contacting, and from sharing, air-borne illnesses. Instill these as habits in your kiddos and help them stay healthy through the school year.
- “Wash your mittens, you darling kittens.” Does it get simpler? The habit of hand-washing goes the distance in guarding your little ones, and everyone, from germs. Teach your children to wash their hands with warm water and soap each time they use the bathroom, after recess and gym class, if at all possible, and before meal times. These habits will become ingrained, and you’ll have healthier kids.
- Teach your children that, while sharing is the right thing to do, they must not share their water bottle, drinking glass, or straw with their buddies.
- Make sure the children have breakfast before they leave home to start the school day. If a sit-down breakfast is out of the question, the meal can be on-the-go. A breakfast bar high in protein and drinkable yogurt give your kiddos a power-start to their morning. And include a chewable vitamin.
- A lunch box packed with easy, interesting, and healthy items will tempt your kiddos to eat. Finger foods might be best, and making each offering as convenient to eat as possible will go a long way. Include an icepack for safety’s sake.
- Get them moving after school. After a day of sitting and stress, kids need exercise to burn off some energy before sitting down to homework. And a quick snack of fruits and veggies before dinner will serve them well when they come home, too.
- The habit of a regular bedtime during the school year is important for your children’s health. Lights out, electronics off, eyes closed. Good luck, but give it the best shot. It truly is important.
- When your little ones are ill, keep them home. Remember the no-share rule. It goes for illnesses, too. Teach them to cough and sneeze into their elbow (or a Kleenex) rather than into their hands. Have them keep a Kleenex in their pocket for nose-blowing when they have the sniffles. And instruct them to not rub their eyes, that their unwashed “mittens” carry germs that can make them feel really lousy.
- Make sure that vaccinations are up-to-date, and keep the records in a secure place. Vision and hearing screenings prior to starting the school year could catch something you’ve missed and give your child the foundation for learning that every child needs – being able to see and hear in the classroom.
When you or a family member is ill or injured, come into your local Physicians Urgent Care in Brentwood or Franklin, Tennessee. You’ll be seen quickly by an ER physician at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit. And no appointment is necessary. Our care givers are ready to treat you well. When you need us, we’re in the neighborhood. Because your children staying healthy through the school year is your goal and ours.
Reflections on Bicycle Safety
It’s summertime, and everyone is out having fun. Bicycle riders are out in force. Whether your bike ride is a mountain marathon, or simply riding down the street to play in the park, Physicians Urgent Care encourages everyone to ride safely. Enjoy, and incorporate these reflections on bicycle safety.
The best reasons for bike riding are to have fun and get exercise. The #1 goal is to stay safe on your bike, doing whatever it takes to avoid being hit by a motor vehicle or having any type of accident. That is accomplished by adhering to bicycle safety rules and staying alert – paying close attention to your surroundings as you ride.
Staying safe on your bike includes:
- Wearing a well-fitting helmet. This offers protection for your head in case of accident. Wear it every time you ride, and fasten the strap, or the helmet isn’t going to protect you as it should.
- Fitting your bike. Make sure the seat, handlebars, and pedals fit you, and that the bike isn’t too tall or too small for you
- Be as visible as possible. Have reflectors on your bike, back and front, and in the spokes of each wheel. Wear reflective strips on your helmet, clothing, and shoes. Wear sneakers instead of sandals for your own safety.
- Use a backpack or basket to carry items in order to keep your hands on the handlebars. And have a holder for your water bottle.
- Use hand signals at intersections when you plan to stop or turn. Ride with the flow of traffic, and obey traffic lights and signs and laws.
- Cross the street at intersections and not from between parked cars where it’s difficult for drivers to see you in time to avoid accident.
- Don’t use headphones or earbuds when you’re riding. Be aware of the traffic sounds around you.
- Prepare your bike before you ride: check the tire pressures and brakes, check for and tighten any loose bolts, and oil the chain.
- Always be alert for vehicles, other riders, people, pets, and loose gravel and potholes on the roadways.
Implementing these bicycle safety tips will go a long way toward making your summer biking and exercise safe and fun. Physicians Urgent Care doesn’t want you to add to these statistics: More than a quarter million kids go to the ER annually as a result of bicycle injuries. And of the nearly 33,000 people who die in car crashes each year in the U.S., 1 in 40 is on a bicycle.
If you or your loved one is injured in a bike accident, come to your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care in Franklin (615-472-1550) or Brentwood (615-457-3864), Tennessee. You’ll be seen by an ER doctor without the ER wait or expense. Our physicians and staff are expert medical providers skilled in caring for a wide range of injuries and illnesses. No appointment is necessary, just hurry in. We’re here to take good care of you and yours when you need us. We wish a happy summer to one and all!