How Diabetes Management Can Help Patients Adjust to a New Lifestyle

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is life-changing. At first, it may take some time to come to terms with the news, and the understanding that there will be some shifts in your normal routine.

Over time, however, you can integrate blood sugar management into your everyday life. And controlling your diabetes now will help you enjoy better health for years to come. Here’s what you should know about adjusting to diabetes management.

What Does Diabetes Management Look Like?

While our providers will be able to share more details about your personalized diabetes care plan, there are some basics that apply to most patients. Diabetes management typically includes eating well, exercising, and taking medication as needed.

Monitoring Blood Sugar Levels

One of the most important goals in managing your diabetes will be controlling your blood sugar (glucose) levels. Many foods break down into blood glucose, which the body uses as energy. Diabetes occurs when the body has too little insulin to manage glucose or doesn’t use insulin properly, resulting in a spike in blood sugar levels. Factors that can lead to spikes include:

  • Too much food
  • Being sedentary
  • Insufficient insulin or diabetes medications
  • Dehydration
  • Illness, stress, menstrual periods, and other factors that can affect hormones

“Your blood sugar levels can also fall below healthy levels,” ((UNITED PHYSICIAN GROUP EXPERT XXX)) elaborates, “This can be caused by several factors, including not having enough food, drinking alcohol on an empty stomach, taking too much insulin or other diabetes medication, or increasing your physical activity. So carefully monitoring your blood sugar — especially in the early months following your diagnosis — will be crucial to learn what may contribute to a drop.”

Your doctor will help guide you as you learn how to control your blood sugar levels, and how to check them regularly. In the short term, having stable blood sugar allows you to think clearly and keeps your body functioning well. Over the long term, neglecting to control your blood sugar could lead to serious health issues, including nerve damage, eye problems, sores, digestive issues, and cardiovascular complications.

Depending on the results from your lab work and whether you’re taking insulin, you may be advised to start tracking your blood sugar at home. Your doctor will discuss the details with you, including which type of test to use, target ranges, and when to test.

Other Diabetes Management Activities

While monitoring blood sugar levels will be important, knowing your levels is just a starting point. You’ll also need to eat balanced meals that have a mix of protein, fats, starches, and vegetables, and likely avoid added sugars in beverages and other foods that could cause glucose spikes.

Exercise can also help you control blood sugar, but your doctor will advise you on the best time of day for working out, and the best type of physical activity for you.

Some people begin taking diabetes medications soon after their diagnosis, while others may be able to avoid taking insulin for some time and manage their diabetes through lifestyle changes and other treatments.

Get Started with Diabetes Management Now

It may feel daunting to pursue major lifestyle changes right after your diagnosis, but acting early is important for preventing serious issues related to diabetes. In a 10-year study that followed people who were newly diagnosed with diabetes, those who maintained better control over their glucose levels experienced fewer health complications. In other words, the changes you make and commit to now could pay off down the road.

If you need help managing your diabetes, turn to our team for help. Our providers can help determine the best care plan that works for you and makes diabetes management as simple as possible. Contact us online or schedule an appointment by calling (833) 523-0906.

Does Gynecology Play a Role in Chronic Pain?

There are a variety of underlying causes of chronic pain, so pursuing a diagnosis often calls for a process of elimination. In the case of chronic pelvic pain, it’s possible a gynecological issue could be to blame. Here’s a closer look at what could be causing your persistent discomfort, and what methods our doctors may use to get to the bottom of it.

Possible Causes of Chronic Pelvic Pain

For roughly one in seven U.S. women, chronic pelvic pain — discomfort beneath the belly button that lasts at least six months — is an unfortunate reality. For up to 11% of women in their reproductive years, this discomfort is caused by endometriosis, a condition in which tissue similar to that of uterine lining grows outside the uterus. Symptoms of endometriosis may include:

  • Painful menstrual cramps that worsen over time
  • Vaginal pain during sex
  • Long-term pain in the lower back
  • Intestinal pain, including discomfort during bowel movements

Depending on where endometrial lesions grow, pain could spread even further. For example, lesions that develop on or around the sciatic nerve can lead to leg pain, which may result in a dull throb, leg cramp, or sharp, stabbing sensation.

While endometriosis isn’t uncommon, there are many other conditions that could cause similar pain. There’s one primary challenge with diagnosing endometriosis because there’s a host of other conditions that present symptoms that are similar to it.

Some of the other gynecological conditions that could cause chronic pain include:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease: This infection in women is often a result of sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. It can produce symptoms such as pain in the lower abdomen, burning sensation during urination, bleeding between periods, and pain during sex.
  • Uterine fibroids: Common symptoms of these noncancerous growths that form in the uterus include heavy, painful periods, bleeding between periods, pain in the abdomen and lower back, and painful intercourse.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that occurs when the ovaries produce excessive androgens, altering the balance of your reproductive hormones. It also can create cysts on the ovaries. Heavy, painful periods may occur in this condition.

As you may imagine based on the above, pinpointing the exact cause of your chronic pelvic pain can be an intricate process. But bear in mind it’s also possible for chronic pelvic pain to be completely unrelated to gynecological conditions, and instead be due to other issues such as sciatica or inflammatory bowel disorder.

How Chronic Pain Is Diagnosed

Your provider may use a number of methods to diagnose your chronic pelvic pain. For starters, they’ll review your health history and ask you a series of questions to get a better idea of what may be causing it. Some other diagnostic measures they may use include a pelvic exam, lab tests, an ultrasound, or other imaging tests. If other conditions have been ruled out and endometriosis is suspected, laparoscopy is the best method for making a formal diagnosis.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to treat the common causes of chronic pelvic pain when it’s related to gynecology, including hormonal birth control. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, turn to one of our providers to help uncover the root cause by contacting us online or calling (833) 523-0906 for an appointment.

The Power and Impact of a Rest Day for Your Body

Whether you’ve recently started getting into fitness, or you’re an advanced athlete, it can be exciting to see progress from your training regimen. After completing a great workout, you may already be looking ahead to your next session. But it’s just as important to schedule rest days no matter what your routine is — and here’s why.

Recover Between Workouts

Even the most dedicated athletes take time to recover, because in actuality, the most beneficial effects of exercise happen after the workout.

During strenuous exercise muscle tissue is broken down, or “traumatized.” The rest period afterward is when these muscles build back up, making you stronger. This means that not taking time to rebuild can actually get in the way of your progress.

Rest days are also when the body replenishes glycogen, a powerful fuel that prevents muscle fatigue in the future. With all this in mind, we suggest you reframe your “rest days,” into “growth days” that can enhance your strength and performance.

Minimize Injury Risk

Pushing yourself too hard — regardless of what you’re doing — significantly increases your risk of injury. When your body is fatigued, you’re more likely to use improper form and balance, which could lead to an injury that leaves you sidelined for weeks or even months.

Even if you are maintaining good form and being careful, overuse injuries can still develop when low-grade force is applied to a certain area over a long period of time. Runners, for example, are prone to stress fractures, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the tissue band that runs the length of the foot — all because of the regular strain being put on the body. This is why rest days are strategically incorporated into training programs for races, competitions, and other athletic goals. And they should be even for the most basic beginners.

Feel Better Physically & Mentally

When you give your body a chance to recover from hard work, it flushes excess lactate from the muscles, which helps alleviate soreness. During these periods, the circulatory system also removes byproducts in muscle cells, providing necessary oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissue, helping your body to feel better.

Rest days also help you feel better mentally. Taking time away from exercise, work, family obligations or any other demanding activity gives you the chance to spend time with friends and loved ones, pursue other hobbies, and reset. In general, taking a strategic rest day can allow you to return to all of your activities feeling more focused and determined.

What Should You Do on a Rest Day?

There are plenty of ways to enjoy an active recovery that still allows your body to restore itself. Taking a rest day doesn’t necessarily mean only streaming a new series from your couch (though there’s nothing wrong with kicking back that way if it’s what you’re feeling). A stroll outside or light yoga may do the trick if you want to get moving. If total rest is what you’re after, consider something that will soothe sore muscles, such as booking a massage or taking a warm bath with Epsom salts.

Of course, injuries can still happen even if you’ve been taking scheduled rest days. If you’re experiencing any type of pain from your workout — or any of your day-to-day activities — allow one of our providers to help pinpoint the cause and find the right treatment for you. Connect with us online or by calling (833) 523-0906.

STDs aren’t the End of the World—How to Proceed

Establishing a new relationship is hard work: there’s the meet cute, the important first date, the essential first kiss, and then eventually moving to intercourse together. Unless at some point you both decide to break things off, the stress of increasing physical, emotional, and spiritual connectivity may only intensify from there.

So what do you do if an STD interferes with your intimate progress?

Stifle the Stigma

Why should it be any more shameful to catch an infection from sex than it is from shaking hands, a kiss or being coughed upon?” asks Dr. Jen Gunter — a California obstetrician and gynecologist. “No one is immune to an STI,” adds Emily Depasse, sexologist and founder of SexELDucation. “[They] are more common than most people realize and testing positive isn’t indicative of one’s character.”

Indeed, according to the CDC, one in five Americans have an STI, which is 20% of the population. (For context, only 2-6% of the United States’ population has naturally red hair.) Accepting this truth, and moving on to the requirements of treatment and healing is better for your own health, and that of your new partner.

Arm Yourself with Information

Knowledge is power, but knowledge is also empowering. Getting educated about the prevalence, symptoms, and easy treatments of STIs and STDs will help you get the right kind of treatment. The American Sexual Health Association provides a comprehensive guide of STDs and STIs (the infections that cause STDs) from chlamydia to trichomoniasis. This tool can equip you with all the necessary information about causes, symptoms, and treatments. Your doctor can also provide thorough information, and answer your personal questions directly.

Get Tested Regularly

Even when you know you have an STI or STD, it’s important to continue regular testing for additional infections. Keep in mind that many STDs and STIs may have no symptoms at all, which is why you should get thoroughly tested at least once a year.

Depending on your level of sexual activity, more frequent testing may be recommended. “If you have multiple partners, particularly if you’re not using [protection],” advises Dr. Edward W. Hook III, professor of medicine, epidemiology, and microbiology at the University of Alabama, “you should consider more frequent testing.” This means at least every six months, if not every four.

Why get tested if you don’t have any problematic or alarming symptoms? Depending on the type of STI or STD you have — and how long it has gone untreated — several serious medical issues can escalate, including increased risk of infertility, a weakened immune system, and increased risk for cancer.

Meanwhile, you could be harming those with whom you come in sexual contact.

Learn How To Talk About It

Just like knowledge, naming a thing is power. Being able to talk honestly with your new partner about your STD or STI status is important for many reasons. For one, it protects your partner’s health, and gives them agency regarding how to proceed. It also establishes clear and honest communication between the two of you — which is key to any successful relationship.

Sex therapist Rachel Needle gave CNN this advice about how to have the conversation: “First, make sure you tell them in person, face-to-face. Be prepared to educate your partner about the STI you have, including ways you can be sexually active and reduce the chance of transmission. If you feel comfortable, you can share with them how you contracted the STI and how, if at all, it has impacted you. Allow your partner to ask any questions they have and provide them with good resources to learn more on their own.”

Though it may seem scary and intimidating, taking control of an STD or STI diagnosis may actually be easier than coming up with creative ideas for your next awesome date.

If you are concerned about an STD, STI, or related health complications, our specialists can help. At United Physician Group, we are committed to your health, and we believe in prevention and intervention. Contact us online or call 833-523-0906 to make an appointment today.

How Pain Impacts Men and Women Differently

There’s been ongoing social debate for years about who withstands pain better: men or women. Perhaps you’ve even had such a discussion at your dinner table. Some believe women have an overall higher tolerance for pain, thanks in part to their experience with childbirth and menstrual periods. Others feel men are more adept at “muscling through” a painful experience.

But there’s an abundance of research establishing scientific reasons why men and women truly do experience pain differently. Here are some of the fascinating — and informative — findings.

Biological Differences

According to the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, “Women are more likely than men to develop [painful] conditions, especially of the musculoskeletal system . . . such as osteoarthritis, most inflammatory arthropathies, fibromyalgia, and low back pain.” This is because of a variety of factors, including differences in anatomy, sex-hormone levels, and responses to inflammation.

Researcher and psychologist Roger Fillingim has been studying gender differences and pain for over twenty years, and has also concluded that women’s higher levels and fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone may be contributing factors. “[M]en have higher levels of testosterone,” he told NPR, which in some studies appeared to protect against pain, or decrease pain sensitivity.

Genetic predisposition may also contribute to pain experience. Sarah Linnstaedt, a translational biologist at the University of North Carolina Medical Center, has recently identified a series of RNA molecules in the bloodstream “that are more likely to be elevated in women who develop chronic neck, shoulder or back pain after a motor-vehicle accident. Many of these RNA molecules are encoded by genes on the X chromosome, of which there are two copies in most women.”

Psychological Differences

Differences in handling the stress and anxiety pain can cause may be another factor. In her studies, Jennifer Kelly, PhD, of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine has observed: “Women tend to focus on the emotional aspects of pain. Men tend to focus on the physical sensations they experience. Women who concentrate on the emotional aspects of their pain may actually experience more pain as a result, possibly because the emotions associated with pain are negative.” Women may also be more prone to depression caused by chronic pain.

“Pain expression is complex: though partly hard-wired by evolution, it is affected by many personal factors,” an analysis of pain from University College London acknowledges. Psychological beliefs about articulating or expressing pain could make it difficult to gauge its severity, for example. “Men are still often expected to suppress certain emotions and action . . .” The Conversation points out, “and these beliefs may also affect how pain is expressed, viewed and responded to.”

The gender of a care provider could also psychologically influence a patient’s honesty about pain: “I’ve noticed that women typically feel more comfortable discussing pain symptoms and being vulnerable with female health care providers,” Leia Rispoli, M.D., a pain management specialist and associate physician at Remedy Pain Solutions, told Glamour, “which, in chronic pain, there are very few of us.”

A Call for Individualized Treatment

Many of these studies around pain and gender are comparatively recent, and research is still ongoing. Even as progress continues, pain assessment may still be impacted by gender bias.

This is why we specialize in individualized pain assessment, care, and treatment. While we are your advocates in finding the best pain solution, we encourage you to advocate for yourself, and are dedicated to listening to your specific concerns, needs, and questions.

Whether you identify as a man, woman, or non-binary individual, pain management is one of our specialties. For caring, high-quality pain management solutions, visit our website or call us at 833-523-0906.

In Pain? How to Advocate For Your Health to Doctors

Chronic pain can cause many stressors beyond the pain itself. But talking to your doctor doesn’t need to be one of them. Though you may feel uncertain during an appointment, at United Physician Group we are committed to addressing your pain — and all of your health matters — with kindness and empathy. Here are a few things you can do to help your doctor understand your pain, and collaborate with you for solutions.

Take Note of Your Own Body

Being armed with information is one of the best ways to be proactive about pain. But this doesn’t require encyclopedic internet printouts or endless email chains of advice from your neighborhood chat group. Though research can offer extra information, what may best equip you (and therefore your doctor) is self-awareness.

“Think about the duration and quality of the pain. How you’d describe it if someone asked when it started,” Sana Goldberg, practicing nurse in New Haven, CT, and author of How to Be a Patient: The Essential Guide to Navigating the World of Modern Medicine told REWIRE. “If anything has relieved it, and if anything has made it worse. Prepare an ‘elevator pitch’ of sorts. The more you can describe it, the better you’re going to be able to work with your physician.”

Pay attention also to how temperature, food, over-the-counter pain medicines and physical activity also impact your pain. All of these details will help paint an even clearer picture, and will help your doctor plan for how to alleviate it.

Coordinate with Caregivers

“When you’re seeing a whole bunch of different specialists, they don’t always talk, which can make the diagnostic process take much longer,” Isabel Mavrides, a Latina disability justice activist and organizer explained to GREATIST. If necessary, bring everyone together in a Zoom or conference call, or even an email chain. Find the format that works best for you and your specialists, to make sure everyone is clearly connected. (Because of HIPAA regulations protecting your privacy, your doctors may then continue the conversation through more secure channels, but now they all know who is on your care team.)

A friend or family member can also help with this task. In fact, asking a trusted loved one to attend appointments with you — to take notes, ask questions, and provide thoughtful and honest feedback to your own fears and reactions in private — may help a great deal.

Ask Questions When You Have Them

Your doctor knows a lot, but she or he doesn’t always know what you want to know. When a question arises, remember that your doctor is a member of your whole-health team who wants to help. In October 2021, U.S. News & World Report shared 17 questions doctors wish their patients would ask, including those around:

  • Preventative care
  • Comprehension of what’s been shared
  • Other trusted sources of information
  • How your family history may impact treatment
  • Specifics around prescriptions
  • How sleep impacts pain and treatment
  • The reason behind tests, and what results will reveal
  • What they do for their own health and well-being

Dr. Ted Epperly, a clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine underscored the importance of question-asking in Time magazine:  “Asking questions is one of the best ways to ensure you and your doctor are on the same page,” he explained. “And if your doctor doesn’t seem interested in answering, or you get a negative response, you need to find a new doctor.”

Second opinions and finding a better personality fit may also help you solve your challenges. But be sure that, wherever you go, you’re taking the most important person in the conversation seriously — yourself.

At United Physicians Group, we’re here to advocate for and with you. Connect with us online or call (833) 523-0906 for consultation.

Why It’s Important to Listen to Doctor’s Orders

Though many people managed through the worst of the COVID pandemic without access to their usual hairstylist or personal trainer, we all gained a deeper appreciation for those we rely on for our happiness, fitness, beauty, and health. And the most important person watching over your long-term health is your primary care doctor. 

Though there may be some debate about the necessity of annual check-ups for healthy individuals, listening to your doctor’s advice is beneficial for more than one reason.

Establishing Health Baselines

Your doctor may advise you to stay on top of annual physicals, as these sessions allow you both to track (and potentially treat) a variety of conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. A yearly physical may even help your doctor detect cancer earlier, when it may be easier to treat.

“When we meet for annual physicals, it creates a health baseline and strengthens the patient-physician relationship, which is important to maximize your wellness,” says Michael Fedewa, Jr., DO, a board-certified family physician at Duke Primary Care Holly Springs Family Medicine. “If we know you when you’re well, we’re going to be ready to provide the best care when you’re sick, and we may be able to prevent some illness altogether.”

Early detection circumvents a variety of future problems. “It’s never enjoyable to learn that your body isn’t functioning the way it should,” OnHealth experts acknowledge, “but blood tests . . . can save you from much more serious health complications down the road. Discovering what ails you early can also save you money in the long run.”

Well-Researched Expertise

Convenient and convincing as the internet (or your neighbors and loved ones) may be, your doctor is truly the best source of trusted, up-to-date medical information. 

“[E]ven the most ‘reliable’ sources can be confusing,” Minneapolis-based neurologist Dr. Frederick Strobl, told HuffPost. “They don’t have the background a medical professional has to evaluate other’s claims so if they don’t want to follow my advice, they should really seek a second opinion from another doctor, not a friend or neighbor.” 

This expert knowledge is a product of the extensive educational requirements for doctors, which include:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent undergraduate degree in an accredited institution
  • A four-year medical degree from a medical school
  • Passing of medical board exams
  • Residency with rotations in different medical specialties (e.g., emergency medicine and in-patient hospital care) for 3-4 years 
  • American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) certification
  • A state license to practice in the area where they work, which in many states must be continually renewed

Your doctor’s cumulative expertise makes them the best source when it comes to your whole-body health. 

An Expert Who Truly Cares

Once you find the right family doctor, you’ll have a health advocate for the long-haul. “Primary care . . . is really the patient’s medical home,” says Dr. Danielle Martin, the Chief Medical Executive and Executive Vice President at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto (WCH) and a prominent advocate for public health care. “The value . . .  is that you accompany people through their journey in life through the high points and the low points and really try to be their anchor in the healthcare system.”

When you build a relationship with your doctor through regular visits, they become a caring person who knows your family history, is better equipped to connect you with their network of specialists, and can work with your individual needs to prevent, manage, and treat any chronic conditions. More than a check-the-box chore, they can be someone who fosters your health — hopefully through your long and healthy life. 

United Physicians Group doctors are eager to be these trusted resources for you and your family. Connect with us online or call (833) 523-0906. 

Can Wellness Tools and Treatments Help Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can be difficult to handle, and it takes trial and error to find what mitigates your pain. United Physicians Group wants to help you find the right solution, without the noise the internet brings. We’ll help you better understand your treatment options. 

Therapies to Reduce Pain 

It’s important to properly take care of both your physical and mental health when treating chronic pain. Along with physical therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other modes of counseling can help manage the mental side effects of dealing with chronic pain. 

Physical and mental therapies can also help you reduce the stress in your life. Heightened stress can be a culprit of worsened symptoms, so taking care of your mental health may lighten the load. At-home methods of reducing stress, like keeping a routine, staying connected with friends, and paying attention when you need to rest, may provide relief.

A few other therapies have been demonstrated to help with chronic pain as well, such as: 

Don’t limit yourself to just one therapy method. A study conducted by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment has illustrated that a team of collaborative therapy providers may be most effective for chronic pain management. So if one method doesn’t suit you, maybe a combination will.

Methods to “Add to Cart” 

Retail therapy can help too, especially if you choose your purchases with an eye toward self-care, and managing your pain at home.

  • Heating Pad and Cooling Packs: These can make it easier for you to employ either hot or cold therapy to ease your pain. 
  • Wedge Pillow: The shape of a wedge pillow can help you sit comfortably in a way that eases hip and lower back pain
  • Lumbar Support Pillow: Placed behind your back, this pillow can improve your posture while seated, which may decrease your back pain. 
  • Yoga Mat: Do yoga in the comfort of your home with your own yoga mat and bricks.
  • Probiotics and Turmeric: These are both anti-inflammatories that can help ease chronic pain. 
  • Phone Apps: There are many phone apps that aim to help manage chronic pain. These apps do not directly resolve pain, but rather act as a pain log or diary to help communicate concerns and symptoms to your doctor. 

To learn more about chronic pain management, consult with your United Physicians Group provider. We will provide the best quality care possible to help you find a treatment method that works for you. Connect with us online or by calling (833) 523-0906.

Annual Physicals: The Key to Ensuring Your Child’s Health

Parents know to take their child to see a doctor when they’re injured or not feeling well, but ongoing preventive care is just as important as any “crisis” appointment. 

Sometimes referred to as a well-child visit or simply a “check-up,” annual physicals provide doctors the opportunity to assess your child’s overall health. Here’s a closer look at why these appointments shouldn’t be skipped. 

Why Are Physicals So Important for Children?

Wellness visits give care providers and parents the opportunity to discuss growth milestones, developmental concerns or issues, and your child’s general health. In addition to answering your own specific questions, the doctor may ask about your child’s sleep habits, diet, and physical activity. 

As a child grows, they can start to take autonomy over their health and may ask their own questions at these appointments. These exchanges allow doctors to make sure a child is on track with development, and establish an early, positive relationship. Additionally, physical exams and discussions of any changes or symptoms can help doctors catch potential issues early, when they’re easiest to treat.

Your child’s doctor can also administer any necessary immunizations or discuss your child’s vaccine schedule with you during this time. From birth to the age of 18, the CDC recommends a number of vaccinations and boosters to prevent a wide range of potentially serious illnesses, including hepatitis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and meningitis.

What Happens During Your Child’s Physical?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, what takes place at children’s wellness exams will vary by age. For example, while height and weight are measured at all ages, head circumference may only be measured until the age of three to look for any neurologic or developmental issues. When it comes to height and weight measurements, medical professionals can plot a child’s growth on a chart to compare their development with children of the same age and gender.

The younger your child, the more involved a wellness visit may be. During infancy, for example, a doctor may check your baby’s head for bone formation, look for fluids in your baby’s ear, track eye movements, and assess the hip joints for any problems. They’ll also look in their mouth, listen to their heart and lungs, and check their abdomen. Infant reflexes are also examined during a baby’s checkup to gauge nervous system development. 

While doctor visits are frequent during a child’s early life, after the age of three, the schedule changes to annual check-ups

As your child grows, a provider will still check their vitals, including their pulse, breathing, blood pressure, and temperature. They may also check their vision and hearing. During late childhood and adolescence, providers may use this time to discuss important health and safety issues, such as personal hygiene, avoidance of drugs and alcohol, and the importance of wearing seatbelts and helmets. As they develop into teens, doctors may also provide opportunities for children to have more private conversations about sexual health.

If you’re seeking a team of doctors to provide personalized care for your children and family, turn to United Physicians Group. Find a doctor online or by calling (833) 523-0906.

United Physician Group Hosts Donation Drive this Fall and Winter Season

The United Physician Group is committed to improving the lives of our patients in the clinic and supporting the people in our communities. As the weather becomes colder, now is the perfect time of year to donate items to local shelters to help those in need stay warmer. If you’re interested in participating in our donation drive, please consider donating the following items to any of our office locations:

  • Socks (New)
  • Blankets (New)
  • Sleeping Bags (New/Gently Used)
  • Coats (New/Gently Used)
  • Tents
  • Toiletries
  • Backpacks
  • Tote Bags

All that you have to do is bring any requested items to your local United Physician Group practice, and we’ll donate them to local shelters or missions in each community.