Tips To Stay Healthy For Self Check Month

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Tips To Stay Healthy For Self Check Month

Most of us deal with our health in a reactive way. We tend only to visit the doctor when we are already in pain rather than before. It’s critical to take a more proactive approach to increase the chances of developing avoidable conditions or catching a problem in the early stages. In honor of National Self-Check Month, our team at New York Sports Medicine Institute would like to share some valuable tips to stay healthy and take charge of your health. Continue reading to learn more. 

Tips To Stay Healthy For Self-Check Month

One of the best ways to take care of yourself is to perform regular self-checks to ensure that your body is healthy. If you don’t already have a routine, National Self-Check Month is a perfect time to create one. Performing a self-check entails asking yourself questions and performing a physical assessment to ensure that you are healthy and functioning correctly. It’s essential to do these regularly to understand your “normal” and identify any changes. 

Many patients do not perform self-checks because they believe they are not at risk for disease or injury. However, early detection of, orthopedic condition are easier to address and have better long-term outcomes when caught early on. Here are some to consider to regularly and accurately perform self-checks:

  • Risk Factors and Family History – Are you aware of your family health history and risk factors? Lifestyle choices and genetic factors can put you at a higher risk for certain health conditions. Knowing this critical information can help you understand what lifestyle changes may be best for your health in the future. 
  • Medical Checkups – Routine medical care is crucial for keeping yourself healthy, even if you are not unwell. Annual medical checkups can help establish a baseline for your health and empower you to make the best decisions for yourself. 
  • Lifestyle Changes – Being informed about your health risks allows you to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk or improve health outcomes. Basic habits like proper diet, regular exercise, and stretching can contribute significantly to your body functioning at its best. 

Tips To Stay Healthy For Self-Check Month

Take this month to become more familiar with your body so you can detect changes. Self-checks help you become aware of potential problems and collaborate with our team at New York Sports Medicine Institute to prevent them from worsening. Some questions to ask yourself include:

  • Am I experiencing any new joint pain?
  • Has my range-of-motion changed?
  • Are daily activities becoming harder to complete?

If you are noticing any new or gradually increasing aches and pains or mobility changes, meeting with an orthopedist at the New York Sports Medicine Institute will help you to better understand the root cause of these changes and to provide a potential solution for your bodily condition. Some treatments may include:

  • Injection therapy
  • Exercises
  • Bracing
  • Surgery

New York Sports Medicine Institute is committed to excellence by providing the highest quality of orthopedic and sports medical care. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, NYSMI strives to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all treatment plans as a way to alleviate future difficulties. NYSMI serves patients 3 years old and up, with treatment and surgery for orthopedic and sports injuries, to alleviate shoulder, knee, hip, and various other pains, from the mild to the severe.

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February is a time when we celebrate love for all those around us, but it’s essential to take care of yourself. At New York Sports Medicine Institute, our team is here to help you achieve the healthiest version of yourself and maximize your performance in all areas of your life. To learn more about self-checks, be sure to contact us today to request an appointment