Occupational Medicine Specialist

Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Physicians & Pulmonologist located in Metairie, LA

Whether you work a physically demanding job or you slouch when sitting at your desk, occupational medicine can lower your risk of injury, improve your posture, and boost your musculoskeletal health. At Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine in Metairie, Louisiana, Luis Espinoza, MD, and their caring team offer a range of occupational medicine services for busy professionals in all industries. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Occupational Medicine Q&A

What is occupational medicine?

Occupational medicine is a branch of health care focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing work-related injuries. It also encourages worker safety, efficiency, and performance, while promoting common-sense practices like proper posture, regular exercise, and the use of proper protective equipment.  

Clinical studies suggest healthy workers are also happier and more productive. These are good for business and employee morale.

Additionally, work-related injuries may result in lengthy recovery periods and high medical costs. Occupational medicine works to prevent accidents before they take place. 

What services does occupational medicine provide?

At Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine, the caring team offers a variety of occupational medicine services, including:

Health risk assessments

Certain health problems like osteoarthritis, diabetes, and sleep apnea also increase your risk of accidents and work-related injuries. A health risk assessment can diagnose and treat these problems early on before they become more serious. Your Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine provider can also recommend exercises, medications, or lifestyle changes to improve your health and work performance.

Mindfulness training

Even if you love your job, the nine to five grind can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Mindfulness activities like yoga and meditation can ease anxiety and tension while improving focus. The team offers group session mindfulness training and yoga.

Nutritional optimization

When you eat a healthy, balanced diet, your body functions at full capacity. Nutritional optimization can help you lose weight. It also provides your body with the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals it needs to thrive. 

Physical therapy

If you injure yourself on the job, physical therapy can ease pain, encourage circulation, and promote increased mobility without the need for a time-consuming or risky orthopedic surgery. Whenever possible, the team at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine uses physical therapy instead of invasive treatment techniques to get people back to work. 

Pulmonary function testing

If your job exposes you to dust, silica, or other microscopic airborne particles, you’re also more likely to experience asthma, COPD, or other respiratory problems. Pulmonary function testing can alert you to these and other conditions while promoting the health of your lungs. 

Can I benefit from occupational medicine?

Anyone who wants to lower their risk of a work-related injury or other work-related health problems can benefit from occupational medicine. By improving your overall health, it’s possible to improve your performance at work too.

To learn more about the benefits of occupational medicine, schedule an appointment at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine by calling the office or booking online today.