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Does your child's backpack make the grade?

Written by Orthopedic Care Team on 7/24/2014 1:00:00 PM

Back-to-school season is here! A likely item on your child's supply list is a backpack. As practical as backpacks are, they can actually strain muscles and joints, and may cause back pain if they are too heavy or worn incorrectly. So, what makes an A-plus backpack? 

Choosing the right pack is vital. Make sure your child's backpack has the following:

  • Two wide, padded shoulder straps 
  • Padded back
  • Adjustable straps on sides and at waist
  • Lightweight

Wearing the pack so it doesn't cause injury is just as important as choosing the correct backpack. 

    Make sure your child wears both backpack straps at all times

  • Wear both straps at all times to keep the weight of the backpack evenly distributed. continue reading ...


Knee-saving tips

Written by Community Health Network on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

Don't let knee pain be a pain

Whether you're out hitting the links or walking the Cultural Trail, the last thing that you want is joint pain keeping you from enjoying your summer. Try these simple tips to keep your knees in tip-top shape. 

Watch your weight.
Every extra pound you pack on puts about four extra pounds of pressure on your knees when you walk or take the stairs. Once you shed that excess weight, though, symptoms improve - and sometimes even disappear. continue reading ...

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Marriage and heart health

Written by Heart and Vascular Team on 7/13/2014 6:00:00 AM

Marriage and heart diseaseCould the affairs of the heart actually affect heart health? A recent study out of the University of Pittsburg suggests that the health of social relationships may be linked to personal health, including heart disease.

The study included 281 healthy, employed, middle-aged adults who were married or living with a partner with whom they were in a serious relationship. Their interactions were monitored hourly over the course of four days, with the partners rating their interactions as positive or negative. Carotid artery thickness was also measured. continue reading ...


How to stay healthy while traveling

Written by Community Health Network on 7/9/2014 7:00:00 PM

Dr. Aaron CarlisleSummer is the perfect time to pack your bags and set off on a family adventure. But nothing is worse than getting sick while traveling.

Dr. Aaron Carlisle, family medicine physician at Community Physician Network, encourages families to take these precautions before traveling in order to avoid illness.

Vaccinate before going out of the country
It is important to plan ahead before traveling overseas, and to schedule an appointment with your physician.

"Your physician’s office may not have all of the vaccines in stock needed for your destination," said Dr. Carlisle. "By calling ahead they can be prepared and have all of the necessary vaccinations ready for you."

He also noted that malaria prophylaxis often has to be started two to three weeks prior to the departure date when traveling to malaria endemic areas of the world. continue reading ...


Saving your knees

Written by Community Health Network on 7/7/2014 6:30:00 AM

Age is just a number, but while you may feel young at heart, your body may tell a different story. Words such as arthritis, stiffness or aching may enter your vocabulary.

If arthritis pain has you down, you may suffer in silence, thinking that total knee replacement is your only option. But thanks to advances in joint replacement, Community has answers for you. 

Partial knee replacements
When appropriate, the skilled surgeons at Community can perform a partial, or "unicondylar," knee replacement, replacing only the damaged portion of the joint. 

One such procedure being done at Community Surgery Center East - Biomet's Oxford® Partial Knee - promises not only shortened or avoided hospital stays and an easier recovery, but a lifetime warranty, as well. continue reading ...


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