Sports Physicals

The sports physical exam, also known as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport. These thorough medical examinations are often required for children and teens before they begin a new team sport and are usually repeated before each season.

The two main parts to a sports physical are collecting a detailed medical history and the physical exam. The medical history questions are usually on a form that you can bring home, so ask your parents to help you fill in the answers. If possible, ask both parents about family medical history.

The physical part of the exam includes:

  • Recording height, weight, and BMI
  • Checking blood pressure and pulse rate
  • Vision and hearing tests
  • Heart, lungs, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination
  • Evaluating posture, strength and flexibility
  • And possibly an electrocardiogram or EKG

An indepth PPE helps to ensure that an athlete is physically capable of participating in his or her chosen sport. We also offer to provide written results for schools or other sports organizations for our patient's convenience.

Minor Laceration Treatment

Minor lacerations and wounds, commonly known as cuts or scrapes, occur as the result of the skin being struck with or against a hard object or surface. Lacerations are often short and shallow, but may bleed and can always be at a risk for infection. It is always recommended to allow your physician to check such injuries right away to prevent complications such as infection.

Laceration treatment includes cleaning and preparing the wound, treating with antibacterial ointment, bandaging, and may require closing it with stitches, staples or adhesive strips. These steps are intended to stop the bleeding and stabilize the child if he or she begins feeling faint. Follow up care may be required to remove the closure material and monitor the healing process. Most minor lacerations that have been treated properly will heal successfully without complications.

Complimentary Prenatal Consultations

It is strongly recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible after you find out you're pregnant to begin prenatal care (medical care during pregnancy). The sooner you start to get medical care, the better your chances that you and your baby will be healthy. Our prenatal consultations provide an opportunity for expecting mothers to get to know our doctors and how our practice operates, answer questions you may have, and discuss what's needed to promote a healthy pregnancy. This allows you to develop a trusting relationship with us as well as discuss any potential complications, existing health conditions, or other circumstances that may affect you and your baby.

During your first visit, the doctor will ask you a lot of questions to obtain a complete medical history and may perform a physical exam as well. This helps the doctor estimate how long you have been pregnant and your expected due date. You and your doctor can then develop a plan for your prenatal health and dietary needs.

Adolescent Gynecology

We diagnose and treat gynecologic problems for the infant, child, young adolescent and teen, including specialized treatments and follow-up care. We also provide abstinence counseling, contraceptive counseling and pregnancy prevention strategies.

A typical adolescent exam includes a consultation, a full medical assessment, and possibly a minimally invasive exam depending on the specific patient. If the patient is not sexually active, a pelvic exam may not be required. Since a gynecological exam may be overwhelming for a teenager, our doctors make sure to carefully and thoroughly explain the exam process and answer any questions the patient may have. They also answer any concerns the patient may have about their changing bodies as they enter adulthood.

Gynecological exams are important for all young women, especially if they may be sexually active. We strive to develop a trusting relationship and guide them through many important times in their lives. Our doctors promise special care and confidentiality to their younger patients to develop a long lasting and trusting relationship.

Birth Control Counseling

Choosing a method of contraception is an important decision that will impact a woman's daily life. Talking with your doctor about which method is right for you is essential to successful protection for you and your partner. We are happy to provide you with information about the different types of contraceptives and their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Birth control methods have many different variable factors including frequency, convenience, permanence and effectiveness. It is important to take into consideration your lifestyle, age, health and previous experiences. The decision is ultimately yours, but using our knowledge and experience can help you make the right choice.

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