Deepak Patel, M.D.

About Deepak Patel, M.D.

Dr. Deepak Patel specializes in family and sports medicine. Whether you need an annual check-up or advice on an injury that keeps you from playing your favorite sport, Dr. Patel makes patients feel better tackling their health challenges on or off the field.

Snow Much Fun: Shovel Safe

This winter has been a long one for Midwesterners. Between the ice, snow, and bitter cold it seems to be never ending. But at last February is here although, it doesn’t look like the snow is over yet. Here are some things to remember before heading out to shovel this winter.

Warm up properly

Shoveling is a very physical activity. It takes a lot of lower body and core strength. Just like you warm up and stretch before you work out you should do the same for shoveling. Make sure to stretch out your legs, hips, shoulders, and back before you head out to shovel.

Dress warm/wear proper footwear

Make sure before you head out to shovel you are dressed in layers. Covering your face and hands is very important.  Wear proper shoes or boot with good treads. Having snow or ice spikes/boot grips can improve your traction and more importantly prevent a fall or injury. 

Dr. Deepak Patel shovels this driveway this winter.

Proper technique

First, make sure you pick a shovel that is the correct, weight, height, and shape. When you shovel, focus on lifting with your legs and not your back. Hold your core tight to protect your back when you are lifting the shovel. Square up your shoulders and hips to the area you are shoveling. Pivot your entire body to the move the snow instead of twisting your upper body. Shovel small amount of snow at a time to decrease the weight of the shovel. Take breaks when need to avoid fatigue causing poor form.

Sports Safety: Concussions and Kids

Deepak Patel, M.D. Guest Blogger: Family and Sports Medicine Physician

Deepak Patel, M.D.
Guest Blogger: Family and Sports Medicine Physician

Summer sports season is in full swing for many young athletes.  With sports, also comes injuries – scrapes, cuts, bumps and bruises are common.  Sometimes after a fall or bump, injuries are not visible to parents and coaches.  One such injury is a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain works.  It can be caused by a bump or blow to head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.  Symptoms can be immediate or may even take days or weeks to appear.

A child’s concussion symptoms observed by parents include:
· Appears dazed or stunned
· Confused about assignment or position
· Forgets an instruction
· Moves clumsily
· Answers questions slowly
· Loses consciousness (even briefly)
· Shows personality or behavioral changes

Children may describe their symptoms the following way:
· Headaches or the feeling of pressure in the head
· Nausea or vomiting
· Balance problems or dizziness
· Double or blurry vision
· Sensitivity to light
· Sensitivity to noise
· Confusion
· Feeling sluggish, foggy or just “not right”

At Rush-Copley, we offer baseline concussion testing for athletes 10 and older. In the off season (prior to any contact activity), an athlete takes a 30 minute baseline computer test which tracks neurocognitive function such as verbal and visual memory, attention span, brain processing speed, and reaction time.  Later, if a concussion is suspected during the playing season, a follow-up test is administered to compare the results between the new test and the baseline.  This comparison along with a detailed evaluation helps to diagnose and manage the concussion. Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks so the doctor can continue to track the athlete’s recovery from the injury. This screening can help answer difficult questions about an athlete’s readiness to return to play, protecting them from the potentially serious consequences of returning too soon.

Concussion testing can be scheduled alone or as an addition to a sports physical for $25. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 630-236-4270.

Have a fun and safe summer sports season!