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Backpack Safety Tips to Keep Your Child Safe

Backpack Safety TipsIs your child’s backpack too heavy? Do they struggle to walk while wearing it? Chances are your child has way too much stuff in their backpack. Luckily, these backpack safety tips to keep your child safe can be implemented with ease to help them avoid both short- and long-term damage.

Did you know a child’s backpack should be no more than 10 percent of their body weight? This unnecessary strain on your child’s back can result in temporary back pain or a permanent injury.

Backpack injuries are more common than you think. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries from heavy backpacks result in more than 7,000 emergency room visits per year.

Warning Signs Your Child’s Backpack Is Hurting Them

Not sure if your child’s backpack is too heavy? If they aren’t telling you they are in pain, other signs to look for include:

  • Difficulty when putting on or taking off the backpack
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Red strap marks over the anterior part of the shoulders
  • Any change in side to side posture while wearing the backpack

Choosing a Backpack that Won’t Hurt Your Child

When doing your back-to-school shopping, you should look for a backpack that is an appropriate size for the size of your child. Other features you should consider include:

  • Wide, padded shoulder straps
  • Two shoulder straps
  • Padded back
  • Waist strap
  • Lightweight backpack
  • Rolling backpack

Preventing Back Injury Caused from Backpacks

While not all orthopedic injuries can be avoided, there are measures you can take to try to prevent them. These include:

  • Always wear both straps
  • Tighten straps to keep the weight closer and avoid strain
  • Pack heavier things low and towards the center
  • Only pack the essentials
  • Teach your child to pick up the backpack by bending and lifting in the knees instead of the waist
  • Encourage your child to be vocal about pain or numbness

Back-to-school is an exciting time for both students and parents. An injury can put your child’s education on hold. These tips can be used as a guide to avoid injuries this year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Windermere Medical Center at (407) 876-2273 or click here to request an appointment.

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Organizational Changes Coming to Windermere Medical Center

Windermere Medical Center is currently going through several internal changes. Please pardon any inconveniences that may occur during this transitional time.

Below we highlight the changes happening at Windermere Medical Center this summer.

Front Desk Receptionists and Medical Assistants

We are currently short-staffed and training new Front Desk Receptionists and Medical Assistants.

Phone System

poppy-1446339_1920We have also recently updated our menu options within our phone system to offer you better customer service when you call with appointment requests or prescription refills.

Please note that when you call, you must listen to all of the menu options prior to making a selection, and please leave a voicemail if you are prompted.

We will return your all as quickly as possible. This will ensure that you have a high quality call experience.

Referrals and Prescription Refills

Our Medical Assistant Supervisor is currently handling all referrals and prescription refill requests, as well as filling in at the Front Desk while we train our new staff.

When calling about a referral or prescription refill, please press option ‘7’ and leave a voicemail. She will do her best to return your call by the end of the business day, or the next business day if you call after 12pm. For faster service on your refill requests, please call your pharmacy and have them fax a refill request to 407 347-4450.

Nurse Practitioner

In addition to our transition with our Front Desk and Medical Assistant staff, our nurse practitioner, Nicole Colon, will only be available in July on Thursdays and Fridays.

Effective August 2016, she will be leaving the practice, and a new nurse practitioner will be available for appointments at that time.

Walk-In Care

During the month of July, there may be days when we are not accepting walk-in patients due to a full schedule, so we ask that you call ahead of time to inquire about our availability.

During this transition, we please ask that you have patience with our staff and patient schedule. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we assure our patients and the community that this is only a temporary situation.

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Why is an Annual Physical Important?

Did you get a reminder that it’s time to schedule your annual physical, again? We know you are busy, and may be tempted to just throw it out and worry about it later, but this would be doing your health a big disservice. Annual physicals allow for early detection and treatment if there is something wrong, and peace of mind if everything’s A-OK.

What Happens at An Annual Physical?

The physical will begin with your physician or PA having a conversation to discuss your lifestyle including your diet, exercise, alcohol and tobacco use and sexual health. You will have the opportunity to update your family history and ensure your vaccines are up to date.

Vitals

The physician will then check your vital signs. These include:

  • Blood pressure

Blood pressure measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats over the pressure in the arteries in between heartbeats.

  • Heart rate

The heart rate is the number of time the heart beats per minute.

  • Respiration rate

The respiration rate is the number of breaths taken per minute.

  • Temperature

A part of the brain called the hypothalamus controls temperature and it fluctuates throughout a regular day.

The physician will be looking for blood pressure that is less than 120 over 80. A normal heart rate is considered to be between 60 and 100 and 12 to 16 breaths per minute is considered a normal respiration rate. While the average temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, healthy people can have a temperature slightly higher or lower.

Physical Appearance

During the physical exam, the physician will watch you and make note of whether you have a healthy skin tone, have trouble standing or sitting, or difficulty breathing.

Head and Neck

Say “Ah!” You physician will also do a head and neck exam in which he or she will examine the health of your tonsils, tongue and teeth. They may also check the ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries.

Annual Physical

Abdominal Exam

To check your internal organs, your physician may tap your abdomen to detect liver size and presence of abdominal fluid, listen for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, or feel for tenderness.

Gender Specific Exams

During the physical exam, your physician may also perform a few tests depending on your gender. In addition to looking for signs of sexually transmitted diseases, a physician will also check a male’s testicals for growths or lumps that could be a sign of cancer. For females, your physician may perform a breast exam in which they feel for abnormal lumps, which could be cancerous or benign.

Tips For An Effective Annual Physical

To make the process as seamless as possible for you and your physician, it’s important to come prepared. Consider these tips before your appointment:

  • Arrive on time (or early)
  • Have the names and doses of medications you take
  • Know your family’s history
  • Bring your most current vaccine record (if it’s not already on file)

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  • Know the dates of your most recent cancer screenings
  • Always be honest. Your doctor is better prepared to help you when he or she has more information about your lifestyle. Let them know if you drink or smoke, even if only on occasion.

When to Get Screened for Other Issues

Aside from the annual physical, you should also get regular check ups including cancer screenings depending on your age and family history.

  • Starting at age 50, everyone should have a screening for colorectal cancer by getting a colonoscopy every 10 years.
  • When a woman turns 40, she should have a regular mammogram every year.
  • Women should have an osteoporosis tests or bone density test starting at age 65.
  • Women who are sexually active or over the age of 21 should have a Pap Smear every one to three years.
  • Starting at age 50 men should begin getting an annual prostate exam. African American men should start being tested at age 40.

If you would like to schedule a complimentary meeting with one of our physicians, please call our office at 407.876.CARE(2273).

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How Can I Tell if My Child is Experiencing Swimmer’s Ear?

Your family just enjoyed a lovely day at the beach or by the pool, but now your child is complaining of ear pain. How can you tell if your child is experiencing swimmer’s ear?

What is Swimmer’s Ear?

kid-673584_1280When water gets trapped in the outer ear canal, it creates a moist environment, ideal for the growth of bacteria and fungi. This leads to an infection running from the eardrum to the outside of the head known as swimmer’s ear.

Although swimmer’s ear gets its name because it mostly occurs after swimming, it can also be the result of showering or taking a bath.

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What’s the Difference Between Bronchitis, Pneumonia and Asthma?

Bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma all affect the respiratory system. The respiratory system (made up of the lungs, airways, and muscles) is responsible for moving oxygen to our body’s cells. The nose, mouth, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles make up the airway which carries air between the lungs and the body’s exterior. When an infection, inflammation, or fluids block the airways, it can become difficult to breath.

Below we identify the difference between bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma and how they can be treated.

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