Our highly trained medical professionals, whose mission is not only to relieve suffering, but also to prevent it, are dedicated to providing medical care of excellent quality at the Front Range Primary Care clinics located in Denver, Trinidad and Thornton communities in Colorado, including the ability to offer an annual physical exam to all our patients. We recommend to undergo a medical exam every year to individuals of all ages and social categories, including students, employed adults, stay-at-home moms or individuals with disabilities or chronic disease, for one solid reason. During an annual check-up, our doctors, who possess an excellent attention to detail and medical knowledge, may detect barely noticeable symptoms or the initial signs of potentially preventable and treatable diseases. In fact, an annual physical exam can alert medical professionals about the necessity to take urgent steps to stop a disease from its progression at a time when severe consequences or disability are still preventable. You or your loved ones may not notice subtle changes in your weight, heart rate, blood pressure, muscular strength, vision or behavior, but a skilled physician employed at our clinics will put a lot of effort not to miss them.
What Common Diseases are Preventable Through an Yearly Medical Exam?
An annual check-up can save thousands of dollars in healthcare costs or lost wages, and can help avoid years of emotional distress and bodily suffering. The leading cause of death, suffering and disability in the United States is cardiovascular disease. A high risk for heart disease and the first symptoms may be identified during an yearly physical exam, such as the tendency to gain weight, being a smoker, the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases in the family, high blood cholesterol and a diet rich in animal-derived fats, salt and processed foods. Our medical experts at the Front Range Primary Care medical centers in Colorado cities, including Thornton, Denver and Trinidad, can identify these risk factors and recommend immediate lifestyle changes to reduce the risk and stop the disease from generating severe consequences. Obesity or the tendency to gain weight is associated with another dangerous disease - diabetes. Before an individual experiences the signs of full-blown diabetes, they are usually affected by pre-diabetes, which depending on the implemented prevention steps, diet and medical care, may or may not convert into typical diabetes later. This transitional condition leading to diabetes affects more than 70 million individuals in the United States.
An annual exam can evaluate your vision, and help our doctors observe the first signs of glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration or cataracts, which are the main enemies of your eyes and the leading causes of preventable blindness. High blood pressure, liver, kidney and neurological diseases are also routinely diagnosed in early phases during annual medical exams by our talented medical personnel. You are encouraged to talk to our medical team at any of our Colorado primary care locations about the utility and the effectiveness of yearly medical check-ups for disease prevention, health preservation and overall well-being. Our medical experts can also elaborate solid lifestyle and dietary advice to improve your physical fitness and mental functioning in natural ways.
Concussions are forms of traumatic head injury that are not associated with detectable structural alterations or abnormalities in the brain after the traumatic event. They are also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI). Concussions in sports are a relatively frequent occurrence, especially in high-impact sports involving blows to the head or falls, such as football, boxing, hockey or gymnastics. Our physicians who have in-depth knowledge of sports medicine and emergency injury care are dedicated to providing the most cost-effective, rapid diagnosis and medical management of sports concussions at the Front Range Primary Care medical facilities where the residents of Trinidad, Thornton, and Denver, CO, and neighboring communities are welcomed by our professional staff.
The Mechanism of Concussive Traumatic Injuries
The space between the brain and the skull is filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which offers protection during abrupt movements or mild head blows. However, when the hit or the vibration of the body is more intense than the capacity of CSF to absorb force impact, the brain may be directly affected by the exerted force. It is difficult to predict the severity of the symptoms after a brain injury. By definition, a head injury is classified as a concussive injury if no identifiable signs of brain damage are found on X-rays, CT or MRI, which means that the symptoms are entirely functional rather than structural, and full recovery is usually expected. However, repeated concussive traumas may not result in full recovery, which is why our talented medical experts who practice sports medicine make sure to monitor the patients and recommend complete abstinence from athletic activities until full recovery is accomplished. Repeated concussive traumas, which are not uncommon in boxers or football players, may increase the risk for depression, dementia or Parkinson’s disease. The brain affected by a concussion usually recovers its complete functions, but some degree of cognitive impairment or emotional instability may persist for months.
The Symptoms of a Concussive Head Injury
Concussion symptoms may include, but are not limited to, persistent headaches, temporary visual disturbances, nausea, sensitivity to light, the inability to focus on tasks, emotional instability and mental confusion. Not all sports concussions are accompanied by a loss of consciousness, but virtually every concussive injury is associated with a memory loss of the traumatic event, and sometimes, other memories are also affected, which are signs of post-concussive amnesia. At the Front Range Primary Care clinics, concussive brain injuries are treated very seriously and the patients are monitored extensively to make sure that no alert signs or complications are missed during the diagnosis and imaging tests. Medication is rarely required as concussion treatment unless the headaches are severe enough to cause substantial physical distress for the injury sufferer. Don’t hesitate to benefit from a detailed evaluation and affordable after-hours medical care of emergent complaints at our Colorado health clinics if you or anyone in your family have suffered from a head injury followed by obvious signs of physical and emotional distress. You may be pleasantly surprised how effective and gentle is the manner in which our physicians treat emergency medical situations and injuries.
Bone fractures are common traumatic events that occur as a result of an intense force impact, high tension or physical stress, and even during a mild to moderate injury, in circumstances when the individual is suffering from a medical condition that is accompanied by a low bone density. Most fractures are successfully treated with conservative procedures, but certain categories of bone fractures may require an invasive surgical intervention to achieve a solid fixation of bone fragments with pins, rigid plates and screws. A broken ankle is a relatively frequent injury in athletes, soldiers and construction workers, but it may happen to everyone in circumstances like walking, running or lifting weights on an irregular, hazardous surface through a misplacement of the feet or a twisted ankle. Broken bones have the natural ability to heal gradually, but the job of our skilled physicians at the Front Range Primary Care clinics located in Trinidad, Thornton and Denver, CO, is to ensure the proper alignment and fixation of bone fragments. Otherwise, bone will heal in an unnatural, improper position that may result in limb deformities and movement disabilities.
The Non-Invasive Treatment of Broken Bones has Several Steps
A bone fracture is a medical emergency, but its severity and the required treatment depend on several parameters of the fracture. Our talented medical team experienced in emergency medical care are able to establish the number and the position of bone fragments through an X-ray exam. If the injury resulted in two fragments that are closely and properly positioned, then immobilization with a plaster or fiberglass cast may be enough to ensure an adequate healing of the bone and the recovery of its full strength. If the fragments are situated at a distance or are misaligned, our physicians perform a procedure called “reduction” to connect the bone fragments in their natural position. This medical maneuver may be painful, so our medical staff may decide to use anesthetics or painkillers to relieve the pain and achieve some degree of comfort for the patient. If the X-rays reveal multiple bone pieces, which create an instability in that area, a more invasive fixation through a surgical intervention may be necessary to achieve the desired position of the fragmented bones. Since a broken ankle is a frequent injury among athletes, our medical personnel evaluates its severity before treatment. If the injury consists in a simple crack in the bone with no displacement, a simple removable brace may offer sufficient support and fixation. Complicated, multi-fragmented, displaced or unstable fractures may require referring the patient for surgical treatment, but these are relatively rare occurrences.
If the skin after the traumatic event is not intact, exhibits bleeding, hematomas, visible soft tissues or bone pieces, then there is a high risk for contamination and infection. In fact, the doctors usually don’t have time to evaluate whether the area is contaminated or not, so they consider every open bone fracture as being infected, and administer antibiotics to minimize the risks. Contact our medical staff at the Front Range Primary Care clinics in Colorado and find out more interesting information about emergency injury treatment and affordable urgent care in our medical clinics.
Sprains are common types of injuries among athletes and sports enthusiasts, or individuals serving in the military. However, virtually anyone can suffer from a sprained ankle or a sprained wrist if they are not careful enough during their activities, and they accidentally twist their feet or or hands in unnatural positions or as a result of falling accidents. A sprain involves one or several ligaments that are stretched beyond their resistance capacity, and they may be partially or fully torn. Ligaments are bands of fibrous, flexible tissue that connects two or more bones in a joint. Most joints are very complex and incorporate multiple ligaments. Ligaments also provide enough stability and flexibility in the joint, and allow a full range of motion when the bones are in a natural position. When a person falls or rotates the joint into a position that is not anatomically correct, the ligaments may become overstretched or torn. Sometimes, the ligament sprain may be accompanied by a bone fracture, which is why our highly trained medical specialists working at the Front Range Primary Care walk in clinics in Denver, Trinidad and Thornton, CO, perform X-rays whenever they suspect a complicated sprain, thus excluding a possible fractured bone.
The Typical Symptoms of a Sprain
An ankle sprain may occur when you run or lift heavy objects on an uneven, irregular surface, as a result of falls or other traumatic events that cause a twisted ankle and ligaments stretched beyond their natural flexibility and resistance capacity. A severe sprain usually involves partially torn ligaments. If all the ligament fibers are torn, which is a complete ligament rupture, surgery may be needed to attach the ligament back to the bones in their insertion spot. The symptoms of an ankle sprain are persistent pain, swelling of the joint, the surrounding skin and soft tissues associated with the inability to use the joint for movement. If a severe injury is suspected, our physicians may order an X-ray to make sure the bones are intact. A wrist sprain causes similar symptoms in the wrist joint, and is usually a result of falling on the hand in the extended position, but other unnatural rotations of the wrist may also cause an injury.
Treatment of Sprains Involves Mostly Conservative Procedures.
The circumstances that may require surgery for a sprain occur rarely, and they usually involve a fully torn ligament or other complications, such as an associated bone fracture. When the ligaments are overstretched or partially torn, our medical professionals rely on the natural ability of the joint to heal itself through cellular regeneration. However, an adequate healing and recovery process is possible only when enough rest is ensured. In certain injury cases, immobilization with a wrist splint or a brace may be necessary to create perfect conditions for joint recovery and ligament regeneration. Our medical personnel at the Front Range Primary Care facilities may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to speed-up the recovery, and also make rehabilitation exercise recommendations to regain complete functionality after the joint is fully healed.