June Patient Newsletter Orange County

By editor
June 9, 2022
Are You Summer Ready? 

Now until Labor Day we are offering our special cash price for sports /camp physicals of $25*. (Reg. $50.)

A sports or camp physical exam, also referred to as a sports or camp "clearance exam,” is a pre-participation physical exam that helps determine if it is safe for your child to participate in sports or physical activities. 
 
This exam is usually required before beginning camp or other summer sports and organized recreational activities. The evaluation typically involves a review of your child’s medical history and a physical exam. The provider may also evaluate your child’s heart, lungs, vision, mobility, and other vitals pertinent to sports participation. The exam may also involve a discussion of protective gear your child might need to prevent injury while participating in physical activity.

Reserve your appointment at Caduceus 4 Kids in Yorba Linda or any location.  Walk-ins are also welcome! 

*Some restrictions apply by health plan.
June is Men's Health Month-

June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance that raises awareness about health care for men. It is also the month during which we celebrate Father’s Day, making June the perfect time to celebrate and remind the dads in your life about the importance of a regular checkup and cancer screenings.

Consider these statistics:450,000 men die of cardiovascular disease each year. More than 700,000 men are diagnosed with a type of cancer each year; 300,000 of those cases will result in death.230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. It’s the second leading cause of death in men. More than 60% of adult American men are overweight or obese.Here are five recommendations to keep the men in our lives on top of their game:

Stay updated on vaccinations- The primary care provider (PCP)will help keep him on track as there are many that are recommended based on age. Not only do immunizations help him stay healthy, but they keep the body’s immune system functioning to its highest level. Vaccines are usually recommended at the time of the annual physical/wellness visit with his PCP.

Do the recommended screenings- The PCP will do screening labs if he has certain risk factors, such as family history or weight changes. Screenings for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver issues, anemia, and cholesterol are part of the routine bloodwork.  

The Caduceus Medical Director and Caduceus Chief Medical Officer recommend PSA testing (blood test) for prostate cancer beginning for men at age 50 until age 75.  The decision to undergo PSA testing should be an individual one and should be discussed directly with the PCP the potential benefits and risks.  PSA testing is very beneficial in certain ethnicities, those with a family history of prostate cancer, and for those engaging in unhealthy behaviors like smoking. 

A colonoscopy is also recommended starting at 45 and every 10 years after until age 75 (or sooner if there is family history).

Also, during his visits with his PCP, depression screenings are done to make sure that he is not at a higher risk of developing major depression. They will also make sure that routine blood pressure and weight/height checks are done and are in the normal range.

A lung CT scan is another common practice for those ages 50 or over who currently smoke or have smoked in the past to check for lung cancer.  Screening abdominal ultrasound may also be recommended for men ages 65-75 with a history of tobacco use.

Lower stress- Stress itself is linked to higher blood pressure and body weight, so it’s important to take time to focus on activities that will help relieve stress.

Watch risky behaviors- Limiting alcohol consumption and abstaining from smoking are almost routinely advised by the PCP, as they can result in liver disease, cirrhosis, and alcohol dependence. Smoking contributes to a wide variety of cancers and is one factor that is the most changeable.

Follow a health diet- Obesity is linked to increased occurrences of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and breathing issues.

The best gift you can give dad and any special men in your lives is the encouragement for him to lead a healthy lifestyle all year round!

Sources- CDC, Cancer.org, National Institutes of Health.
 
Reserve an Annual Physical or Wellness Visit
Meet our New Physical Therapist-

Caduceus welcomes a new member to the Back in Motion Physical therapy team, Edwal "Eddy" Pierre, DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy). Eddy has a versatile professional physical therapy background including experience in orthopedic, neurological, and pain science conditions and an additional focus in sports rehabilitation working as a strength and conditioning coach in AAU basketball and other high school and collegiate programs.

Call 714-646-8070 to reserve an appointment or request an appointment online. 
Read Eddy's Bio
Curbside Flu Shots-

Flu vaccine clinic available at PDQ Urgent Care & More in Yorba Linda while supplies last. Email us your preferred time and date! 

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