Student Athlete Health: A Priority at Methodist West Houston Hospital
As student athletes return to play, awareness and early injury detection are essential to achieving peak performance and enjoying a full season.
The Methodist Center for Sports Medicine at West Houston is equipped with a full range of services to provide customized care to student athletes and makes it easy to seek care.
Athletic trainers partner with local team coaches and trainers to respond quickly to injuries, giving injured athletes priority in the emergency room. Beginning August 25th, Saturday morning sports clinics are offered for injury evaluation and diagnosis by a physician. Walk-in appointments are available each Saturday through November 10th.
“It’s critical to seek treatment for a sports injury immediately,” says Methodist orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Winfield Campbell. “The Saturday clinics are a great way to see a physician and if needed, get a referral for physical therapy. The goal is to get the athlete healthy, take into account their current and future goals, and return them to play.”
While a summer off might make a student more prone to injury, students participating in year-round sports may experience overuse injuries. Suitable warm up and cool down routines and proper equipment all contribute to the safety of athletes, but if a student is feeling pain that affects their performance, further evaluation by a physician may be needed.
“If injured, athletes need to be honest with their trainers, coaches and parents about how they feel,” says Dr. Marc Feldman, family practice and sports medicine physician.
For more information on Methodist West Houston’s sports medicine services or the Saturday clinics, call 832-522-8200.
EndoPat: Cutting Edge Technology Helps Detect Heart Disease
At Aleksandra Lawera, MD – Medicine & Complete Wellness, we firmly believe that prevention is the best strategy toward helping patients achieve best health outcomes.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death of Americans for both men and women studies suggest. Doctors are always searching for new ways to detect cardiovascular risks early to give their patients the best possible outcome.
Now, thanks to a new cutting edge technology called EndoPat, Dr. Aleksandra Lawera is able offer her patients a 21st century advantage against this devastating disease. EndoPat is an easy, quick and non-invasive way to test for endothelial dysfunction. This simple test identifies patients at risk for heart disease and allows the physician to address its causes such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, obesity, and smoking before irreversible damage is done.
Endothelium is the inner layer of blood vessels including those feeding the heart itself. It is the site of gradual calcium deposits that eventually can lead to heart disease. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic shows that patients with endothelial dysfunction had 300 percent more adverse cardiovascular events than those patients with normal endothelial function. Unlike cardiovascular disease, endothelial dysfunction is fully reversible in its early stages with proper management.
EndoPat testing is recommended for those with high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and who are smokers. Check with your primary care doctor or cardiologist to determine if EndoPat might be appropriate for you.
For more information on EndoPat testing or to arrange a referral, please call Dr. Lawera at 281-599-0300.
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Q: “Is CoolSculpting a replacement for diet and exercise?”
A:Unfortunately, there’s no replacement for a healthy lifestyle. CoolSculpting can reduce the amount of fat in the treated area rather than producing an overall reduction in body fat. Adequate water consumption and proper vitamin supplementation is helpful with flushing out toxins and waste. Your body can hold onto fat if there isn’t adequate nutrition. We provide a test that pin points exactly what vitamins are low and give you a hormone checklist to make sure your hormones are balanced to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Countless patients report weight loss and feeling great once they start on our Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Program (BHRT) to balance their hormones and optimize their thyroid gland which enhances their metabolism.
Please contact Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa today for a complimentary consultation at 281.313.7435.
Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa
1437 Hwy 6, Suite #100, Sugar Land, TX 77478
281-313-7435 • www.drshel.com
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