February 20, 2020 Preventive Care

Do not assume the worst. Almost everyone gets back pain at some point. Low back pain can be scary. But even when the pain is severe, it usually goes away on its own within a few weeks. The cases that require urgent care or surgery are rare.
See your doctor or nurse if you have back pain and you:

  1. Recently had a fall or an injury to your back
  2. Have numbness or weakness in your legs
  3. Have problems with bladder or bowel control
  4. Have unexplained weight loss
  5. Have a fever or feel sick in other ways
  6. Take steroid medicine, such as prednisone, on a regular basis
  7. Have diabetes or a medical problem that weakens your immune system
  8. Have a history of cancer or osteoporosis
  9. You should also see a doctor if:
  10. Your back pain is so severe that you cannot perform simple tasks
  11. Your back pain does not start to improve within 4 weeks
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What can I do to keep from getting back pain again?
The best thing you can do is to stay active. Doing exercises to strengthen and stretch your back can help. You can also:

  • Learn to lift using your legs instead of your back
  • Avoid sitting or standing in the same position for too long

Having back pain can be frustrating and scary. But it can help to know that doing these things can lower your risk of having another episode.

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February 14, 2020 Preventive Care

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is an infection caused by a type of virus called a coronavirus. It first appeared in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. This infection was called “2019 novel coronavirus” until the World Health Organization (WHO) gave it a new name in February 2020. People with COVID-19 can have fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Problems with breathing happen when the infection affects the lungs and causes pneumonia

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms usually start a few days after a person is infected with the virus. But in some people it can take even longer for symptoms to appear. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever higher than 100.4ºF (38ºC)
  • Trouble breathing
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Feeling tired
  • Muscle aches

Can COVID-19 be prevented? There are things you can do to reduce your chances of getting COVID-19. Some experts recommend avoiding travel to China if it is not necessary. If you do live or travel there, you can lower your risk of infection by avoiding animals and markets that sell animal products. Do not eat raw meat, and do not eat food that might have been in contact with animals without washing, peeling, or boiling it first. If possible, try to stay away from people who have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. If someone in your home has COVID-19, there are things you can to do protect yourself:

  1. Keep the sick person away from others – The sick person should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible.
  2. Use face masks – The sick person should wear a face mask when they are in the same room as other people. If you are caring for the sick person, you can also protect yourself by wearing a face mask when you are in the room. This is especially important if the sick person cannot wear a mask.
  3. Be extra careful around body fluids – If you will be in contact with the sick person’s blood, mucus, or other body fluids, wear a disposable face mask, gown, and gloves. If any body fluids touch your skin, wash your hands with soap right away.
  4. Clean often – It’s especially important to clean things that are touched a lot. This includes counters, bedside tables, doorknobs, computers, phones, and bathroom surfaces.
  5. Wash hands – Wash your hands with soap and water often. This is a good way to protect yourself in general, but it is especially important if you are caring for a sick person or around animals. The table has instructions on how to wash your hands to prevent spreading illness 
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October 14, 2019 Preventive Care

 

What is a Chronic Disease?

A chronic disease lasts for at least three months or more. The majority of these diseases cannot be prevented through vaccinations or cured without proper treatment, and can be brought about by damaging habits such as using tobacco, being inactive or maintaining a poor diet. While chronic diseases most often appear as we age, that doesn’t mean these conditions don’t affect younger people as well.

Some of the most common chronic diseases include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Obesity
  • Oral health problems
Chronic Illness
Regular Primary Care will identify chronic illness early in its life cycle

Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Routine exercise is one easy way to ease arthritis pain, improve flexibility, and build stronger joints and muscles. While arthritis may seem like something that only happens to us as we age, about one in every 1,000 child will develop juvenile arthritis. If you suspect that someone in your family has arthritis, your family doctor can help diagnose and manage these symptoms.

Cancer

Cancer is another life-threatening condition that doesn’t discriminate whom it affects. Breast cancer, lymphoma, prostate cancer and melanoma are some of the most common cancers in young adults and adults, but according to the American Cancer Society, leukemias account for about 30 percent of childhood cancers.

While your family doctor may not be able to provide the proper treatment for your cancer on their own, they will work with other medical specialists to create a treatment plan that may involve surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

Epilepsy

Also, about one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy over the course of their life. Epilepsy is a central nervous system disease that affects how the electrical signals in the brain fire. These misfires can, in turn, cause seizures.

Epilepsy can affect people of any age. Fortunately, about two-thirds of children with epilepsy will outgrow it by the time they are teenagers. If a member of your family is dealing with seizures, your family physician can help. There are medications available that can greatly reduce the number of seizures they experience.

Obesity

Obesity has become of the most serious health issues plaguing the United States, with childhood obesity more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. A lack of exercise coupled with fast food has caused children, teens and adults to be less healthy than ever. These poor choices can lead to long-term health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, your family physician can help provide advice on better eating habits and ways to increase physical activity for any patient’s age or limitations.

Your primary care doctor is here to ensure that you and your family remain healthy and free of chronic diseases that could impact your life for the long term.

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October 14, 2019 Preventive Care

What is an Acute Disease?

It’s happened to everyone – your child wakes up with a nasty cough and runny nose. You assume that they are probably dealing with the common cold, so you immediately turn to your family physician for help.

Acute diseases, such as the influenza virus, gastroenteritis (the “stomach bug”), and the common cold, come on suddenly but usually go away in a day or two. These diseases can produce innocuous symptoms, such as a runny nose, or they may cause more serious, life-threatening issues.

When Should I See My Family Physician?

When symptoms of an infection come on suddenly, especially in babies, children and those with weakened immune systems, it’s important to turn to your family doctor for care. While not all infections will be severe or require medication, it’s important to have a medical expert provide a proper diagnosis so you know exactly what you need to do to treat it. Some conditions may require the sick family member to take prescription medication to eradicate the infection. Since some acute diseases can also be contagious, it’s important to treat the infected person before their illness spreads to other members of the family.

Symptoms of typical acute diseases include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Malaise
  • Nausea
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Do not wait for the flu-like symptoms to get worse. Get it checked, especially for children and elderly

Some acute diseases require immediate medical attention. If you or a loved one are confused, having trouble breathing, experiencing symptoms of organ failure, or have a rapidly spreading infection, proper urgent care is required to prevent further complications. Go to your local emergency room rather than wait to see your family physician.

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October 14, 2019 Preventive Care

We know your family’s health is of the utmost importance in your life. Whether you are a first-time parent or have teenagers, it’s important that everyone in your family is given the proper medical care they need. That doesn’t just mean visiting when someone is sick – that also means regular “wellness visits”.

It’s important to prevent infections and other medical issues before they become major issues, rather than waiting until a health problem surfaces. By visiting your family physician for regular preventive check-ups, you and your loved ones can be one step ahead of health problems.

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What does Preventive Care mean?

So what exactly does preventive care mean? After all, when we think about family physicians, we often picture them diagnosing and treating illnesses and injuries.

Preventive family medicine focuses on maintaining health and protecting against disease, disability or death by educating the patient and making sure they come in for routine visits. Remember-you don’t have to be sick to benefit from seeing your family doctor.

Here are just some of the preventive practices that children, teens and adults can adopt to protect their health for the long term:

  • Routine blood work
  • Annual pap smears
  • Blood pressure check
  • Stay updated on immunizations

Preventive Lifestyle Changes

Your family physician will inform you about ways to reduce your risk of certain health complications by changing your lifestyle. This may mean changing your diet, quitting tobacco, exercising more or losing weight. Diabetes and heart disease are leading causes of death in the United States, and one of the best ways to prevent these conditions from affecting your family is to come in for routine exams and physicals.

During these visits, we can also identify certain problems or risk factors. Your doctor may recommend ways to reduce your chance of developing issues like high blood pressure or high cholesterol in the future. By taking a proactive approach to your health, you can learn how best to avoid preventable illnesses.

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October 9, 2019 Preventive Care

What exercises can help with different kinds of arthritis? Certain exercises can help with different kinds of arthritis and different symptoms. For osteoarthritis and most other types of arthritis, it’s important to move your joints every day, even if they hurt. For example, you should try to bend and straighten your knees a few times a day, even if you have arthritis pain in your knees.

To help reduce stiffness in the morning, try these exercises before going to sleep:

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Sit or stand. Look straight ahead. Slowly tilt the head toward the right shoulder until you feel a stretch along the left side of the neck. Hold for 5 seconds. Straighten the neck then tilt the head towards the left shoulder. Hold for a count of 5. Repeat this sequence 10 times.
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Lie on the back on a bed or on a towel on the floor. Bring knees up to chest. Place the hands behind the knees and pull toward the chest until you feel a stretch in the lower back and buttocks. Hold for 5 seconds. Rest. Repeat 10 times.
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The hamstrings are the muscles in the back of the thigh, just above the back of the knee. To stretch them, you will need a stable stool that does not roll (or a stair) that is about knee height. Place hands on hips. Place the right heel on top of the stool, keeping the leg straight. Bend the left leg and slowly lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the right leg. Hold for 10 seconds. Rest. Repeat 10 times, then switch legs and repeat 10 times with the left leg on the stool or stair.
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The gastrocnemius muscles are the two muscles in the upper calf, just below the back of the knee. To stretch them, stand 18 to 24 inches away from a wall (facing the wall). Place hands on wall at head level. Bend left knee and move right foot about 12 inches backwards. Keep right leg straight and keep heel on the floor. Lean into the wall until you feel a stretch in the right calf (this should not hurt); do not bounce. Hold for a count of 10. Rest. Repeat 10 times with each leg.

To help with hand and wrist symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, try these hand and wrist exercises:

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Hold left arm straight out in front of the body, with the palm facing down. Using the right hand, grasp the left hand and gently bend hand downward until you feel a stretch in the left forearm. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 10 times, then switch hands and repeat 10 times with the right hand.
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Hold both hands with fingers pointing toward ceiling. Roll tips of all fingers down slowly to make a fist. Hold for 5 seconds. Relax fingers. Repeat 10 times

To help with back and hip symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, try these back and hip exercises:

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Lie face down on a towel or blanket on the floor. Extend hands in front of the body. Lift the arms and upper body away from the floor. Hips should stay in contact with the floor. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds. Rest. Repeat 10 times

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Place left foot onto a step, then step up with right foot. Move left foot back down to floor then step down with right. Repeat this sequence 10 times then change order of feet (step first with the left, followed by the right); this is one set. Perform three sets.

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October 2, 2019 Preventive Care0

Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. Patients who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  1. Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  2. Cough
  3. Sore throat
  4. Runny or stuffy nose
  5. Muscle or body aches
  6. Headaches
  7. Fatigue (tiredness)
  8. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

  • It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
  • Refer to CDC Guidelines here

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