The Sports Concussion Clinic at Swedish Spine, Sports & Musculoskeletal Medicine was developed to provide comprehensive concussion management and help guide return-to-play decisions for children and adults. We are a team of sports medicine physicians, physiatrists, physical therapists, and a neuropsychologist that deliver individual care for athletes. We provide physical evaluation, assessment of concussion severity, neuropsychological evaluation, ongoing monitoring and education for athletes, parents, coaches and school staff. We use clinical guidelines to implement the most appropriate treatment for return-to-play and return-to-school. Click here to learn more or to make an appointment.
It may be the last official week of summer, but this no-cook meal for multiple sclerosis can be enjoyed during any season. This salad’s simple ingredients are available year-round. Make it now and enjoy it again when you need a break from winter weather.
Recipe: Southwest Chop Salad
Super Food: Avocado
The oleic acid in avocados will help keep you satisfied and full. Oleic acid tells the body to ...
I have been asked many times “Why do you run so much?” And my typical answer is “Why do you not run?”
I run a couple full marathons and several half marathons a year. I train seriously for them and am competitive. And I love it! There is no better connection to your body than when you are working out hard. But I have also noticed that it does something else for me: it has improved my health and my skin.
Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin, in addition to improving your heart, lungs and muscles.
Exercising promotes increase blood flow to your organs and your skin is the largest organ in your body. Increased blood flow to the skin means increase in nutrients provided to your skin. The blood will carry away the waste products, toxins and free radicals that are produced by our hard working skin cells.
In addition, exercising lowers stress and that can reduce the aging process of our skin. There are various skin conditions that improve when one exercises such as eczema and acne. Muscle tones are also improved. There has been no clinical studies analyzing collagen production and stress, but I would gather collagen production decreases with increase in our stress level.
Of course, you should take precautions when exercising in severe weather such as extreme cold, wind or heat. Protect yourself from these elements before heading out. With our wonderful sun out these days, follows these simple tips:
Mobility issues secondary to strength, balance, and walking problems affect up to 80 percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Providers and therapists use a variety of scales and tools to measure the extent of these issues such as:
- The Berg Balance Scale (BBS) is a measure of balance that uses a 14-item scale and is scored based upon the results 0-56.
- The 6-minute walk (6MW) is a measure of walking endurance.
- Handheld Dynamometry (HHD) is a way to quantify manual muscle strength testing.
There is a lot of emerging research about “MS biomarkers,” which are values that look for ways to predict how patients will do in the future. The above tests are “physical biomarkers” of patient performance that may be able to be used as measures of disease state and change over time.
Often patients and clinicians are left wondering how accurate the results of these tests are. For instance, if provider A performs a functional test on a patient, will provider B get the same results if administering the same test to the same patient?
I am a pediatric hospitalist. That is, I am a pediatrician who takes care of children sick enough to be hospitalized. So my writing about the importance of children spending time outdoors and enjoying nature might be surprising. Even though I may only take care of a child for the worst few days of their life, I am still quite passionate about the fundamental role of outdoor play in a child’s health and well-being.
Even during acute illness, I find that children often heal faster when they are given more opportunities to be playful and (illness-allowing) go outdoors to allow Mother Nature to heal them from within. So needless to say, I am often amazed at how little exposure many of these children have had, even prior to becoming ill, to spend time playing outdoors and getting to know their environment.
Now especially, as the days begin to get longer, and the refreshing spring air returns to our beautiful Pacific Northwest, I start thinking about all the wonderful outdoor fun I used to have as a child, and the importance such activities had on my own health and overall sense of well-being.
I worry that children of today encounter ....
ISSAQUAH, WA, Jan. 23, 2013 - With spring sports starting, don't drop the ball on nutrition. Nutrition is just as important as physical conditioning for athletes. So, as spring sports begin, let Swedish help you and your children prepare to hit it out of the park. Join Registered Dietitian Ally Colson for an interactive training on game-winning meals and snacks and help your young athlete become a nutrition champion.
Even though regular exercise is important for cardiovascular health, exercising in hot weather can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. These conditions result from the production of excess body heat, overwhelming the body’s capacity for heat release and raising the core body temperature.
What you should know:
The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- heavy sweating
- pale and clammy skin
- increased heart rate
- dizziness or fainting
- nausea and vomiting
- muscle and abdominal cramps
- elevated temperature.
What is heat stroke?
Heat stroke occurs when the core body temperature exceeds 104 degrees F, accompanied by seizure or coma. The primary cause of heat exhaustion and stroke is dehydration with inadequate fluid and electrolyte repletion. Those with the following risk factors are particularly prone to heat exhaustion and stroke: extreme young or old, pregnancy, chronic illness (in particular cardiac or respiratory diseases), alcohol consumption, extreme physical exertion, and certain medications.
So how do I exercise in the heat?