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HealthPerks Newsletter for August 2013

Preventing and Managing Sports Injuries

You don't have to be a professional athlete – or even an athlete at all – to be sidelined with a painful injury or condition. In fact, pain and injury can occur even during normal or everyday activities, and can keep you from doing the things you love. From sprains and ligament tears to broken bones and concussions, sports injuries can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.

Preventing injuries should always be your first priority, whether you are playing competitive sports or just enjoying a hike in the hills. Wearing proper shoes and protective gear, warming up properly, and knowing your limits can all help you avoid injuries. And to help keep kids safe and protected, helmets should always be required for riding bikes, playing contact sports, or engaging on any other activity that could result in concussion or traumatic brain injury.

Of course, accidents will still happen, and injuries will still occur no matter how many precautions you take. For a mild sprain, following the P.R.I.C.E. treatment may be all you need: protect, rest, ice, compression and elevation. But for anything more serious, prompt medical treatment is important for proper healing and recovery.

Seek immediate medical attention if you or your loved one has any of these symptoms:

  • A bone or joint that looks "crooked" or moves abnormally
  • A limb that can't bear weight
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Major swelling at injury sight
  • Dramatic skin color changes (beyond bruising)
  • Intense or unrelenting pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pain in the joint that lasts more than 48 hours
  • Injury that doesn't improve after 2-3 days

Sports Medicine specialists today have more options for non-invasive treatment and rehabilitation, so you can get back to your normal routine more quickly. And when an injury or condition requires surgery, minimally invasive and cutting-edge procedures can help reduce your recovery time and improve outcomes.

To learn more about new treatment options, join us for a free lecture on September 19th: Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Advances for Athletic Adults

Call 800-216-5556 to REGISTER NOW or for a physician referral. 

Are Your Vaccinations Up-to-Date?

The back-to-school season means millions of children are visiting their pediatricians to receive the vaccinations that will help keep them safe. But once we leave school behind, it's easy to overlook the important vaccines and boosters that help protect us as we age. Review your immunization history and ensure that you are current on the vaccines the CDC recommends for US adults:

Age 19+:
  • Annual flu vaccine
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster every 10 years
  • Chickenpox

Ages 19-55:
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Ages 60+:
  • Zoster (shingles)

Ages 65+:
  • Pneumococcal (pneumonia)

Additional vaccinations are recommended for those with health, job, or lifestyle risk factors. Talk to you doctor to see if you should receive these vaccines:

  • Pneumococcal (pneumonia)
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

To review your vaccination needs with one of our physicians, call 800-216-5556 for a referral today.

Men: Is Stress Affecting Your Health?

Stress has become such an accepted part of our lives that we often don’t realize the toll it can take on our health. Men who are frequently stressed may experience chest pains, muscle aches, indigestion, high blood pressure and many more serious symptoms. But less frequent or less extreme stress can also result in many uncomfortable symptoms – symptoms that men may be more likely to ignore. If you are experiencing fatigue, trouble sleeping, jaw clenching, headaches, or even a change in your sex drive, stress may be the culprit. Regular exercise can help -- even if it's just a walk around the block. Yoga, meditation, and proper nutrition can also help counteract the effects of stress. Talking with a therapist can also help you reduce stress and develop the tools you need to cope more effectively.

Stress left unchecked can escalate into many other health problems and reduce your quality of life, so managing it is an important part of staying well. Get more ideas for dealing with stress and staying healthy with 10 Tips to Make You a Healthier Man - free from El Camino Hospital.

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