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Is your cell phone to blame for your neck pain?

Written by Orthopedic Care Team on 11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM

From 'blackberry thumb' to 'texting neck', how you use your cell phone might be the culprit for your aches and pains. 

A new study reveals that bending over a phone or mobile device puts significant stress on your spine. An average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds when it is in a neutral position. But when you tilt your head forward, the force it exerts on the neck increases. When your head is tilted by just 60 degrees, you can add 60 pounds of weight on your spine and neck - ouch!

"Sitting or standing with your head down while texting can irritate the joints in your neck and cause pain," said Genevieve Davis, a physical therapist at Community Spine Center.

But according to Davis, a simple, yet overlooked, intervention could help keep that pain at bay.

"Be aware of your sitting posture and neck position by keeping your chest up and your head over your shoulders while working on your cellular device - you can use your eyes to look down to take some strain off of your neck," said Davis. "Also, interrupt extended screen time by getting up and moving around." 

Davis also reminds individuals not to ignore any pain they are experiencing. continue reading ...


Fuel feature: Nick Jones

Written by Sports Medicine Team on 11/19/2014 6:00:00 AM

Nick Jones was recalled to the AHL's Worcester Sharks on November 25.

How do professional hockey players stay active off the ice? How do they prepare for a game? 

We sat down with Nick Jones, defensemen for the Indy Fuel, to get answers to some of our burning questions. 

At what age did you start playing hockey?
I started playing at age three.

How do you stay active off the ice?
I do a lot of training at the gym, running and playing other sports like basketball, baseball and tennis.

What do you like to do on your days off? 
I relax and catch up on TV shows on Netflix like Sons of Anarchy or House of Cards. 

Is there something people may not know about you?
My father is currently a pilot for U.S. Airways and my grandfather is a retired pilot. My two uncles are also pilots; one is a pilot for the Navy and the other is a private pilot in Los Angeles. 

What is your favorite song?
Yeah by Joe Nichols, I'm a big country fan.

Mighty Ducks or Miracle? 
Mighty Ducks. 

As a professional athlete it’s important to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs. What does your diet consist of?
My diet is a well-rounded one. I focus a lot on eating protein, vegetables and fruit. Not to mention, I drink a lot of water. continue reading ...


Get to know your family health history

Written by Community Health Network on 11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Co-authored by Todd Wagoner and Katie Bennett, both master's level clinical social workers at Community Touchpoint HATS clinic.

Family talking at Thanksgiving mealIt’s that time of year! With the holidays approaching, many anticipate spending time with family enjoying food and sharing traditions. But that’s not all families share.

Families share a genetic make-up - the building blocks that make them who they are. Families also share lifestyles, behaviors and, sometimes, living environments that bind them together and influence their risk of developing chronic diseases.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that while only one third of Americans have gathered information about their family’s health history, 96 percent feel that it is important information to have. They are correct, it is important!

A complete family medical history can help you identify who is at high risk for developing common disorders such as high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, heart disease and/or diabetes. Relatedly, knowing your family’s medical history allows you to take steps to reduce your individual health risks. continue reading ...

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New treatment cures hepatitis C patients

Written by Community Health Network on 11/5/2014 6:00:00 PM

Winning FDA approval in October, Harvoni can cure patients of hepatitis C in as few as eight weeks.

Harvoni is a pill-a-day regimen that combines two medications: sofosbuvir and ledipasvir, which attack the hepatitis C virus in different ways. It is the first therapy available that does not need to be complemented with a weekly injection of interferon, thereby reducing some of the more severe side effects of treatment. In addition to the daily medication, patients see their provider for a blood test every four weeks to check viral load, complete blood count (CBC) and liver function. A final blood draw is taken 12 weeks after the completion of therapy to determine if treatment is successful and the patient is cured.

Dr. Steven Norris, infectious disease specialist“In just the past year, there have been remarkable advances in how we are able to treat hepatitis C,” said Dr. Steven Norris, infectious disease physician at Community Physician Network. “With these new medications, treatment is far more tolerable. Side effects are significantly reduced, as is amount of time involved in treatment. Most importantly, cure rates have increased dramatically to over 90 percent.” continue reading ...


Stop diabetes with healthy habits

Written by Community Health Network on 11/4/2014 12:00:00 PM

Couple exercisingAbout one in 11 adults in the United States is living with diabetes and one in three adults has pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes causes blood glucose (sugar) levels in the body to rise higher than normal levels. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. Over time the pancreas isn't able to produce enough insulin keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

But, pre-diabetes does not need to develop into diabetes. By practicing a healthy habits diabetes can be prevented.

Exercise regularly.
Sedentary lifestyles contribute to chronic diseases like diabetes. Exercise can help you lose excess weight, control your blood sugar, and boost your sensitivity to insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range. Aim to get at least two and a half hours of physical activity per week, if not more. continue reading ...

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