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Physical Therapy is Effective Preventive Care

By Cheung Teav, Physical Therapist with Pinnacle Physical Therapy – As we age, our muscles tend to become weak and lose their elasticity. In order to restore and enhance the flexibility of the body, physical therapy treatments are often prescribed. Treatment procedures utilize various strengthening and stretching exercises to maintain and restore normal body functioning. Physical therapy has been found …

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Do You Suffer With Dry Eyes?

By Dr. Todd B. Lang – Dry eyes affect over 20 million people in the US. It will usually start later in life, especially in women starting in the late 40s to early 50s. The symptoms start with a simple burning or dryness.  This can progress to an itchy sensation, stinging, gritty or sandy sensation, light sensitivity, blurry vision, night …

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Small Nutrition Changes Pay Big Dividends in Health

By Wayne Goffin, Physical Therapist – “If only I had taken better care of myself when I was younger; if I could just get this weight off I would feel so much better.” As a Physical Therapist if I had a dime for every time I have heard a comment like this from a patient in my office I would …

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Protect Yourself Against Shingles: Get Vaccinated

By Audrey A. Lewerenz-Walsh, MD – Shingles is a disease that causes a painful skin rash and can lead to severe pain that can last for month or even years after the rash goes away. In addition to a painful rash, shingles can lead to other serious complications, including eye problems, as well. Many patiens suffering with Shingles describe the …

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Tests and Early Diagnosis Can Save Your Life

By Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte – The topic of this month’s article changed radically the weekend before I sat down to write it. I had been planning to write on the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CAT scans for eye and dental work. However, this weekend I discovered that a friend’s child has had some serious issues; …

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Diabetic iHealth

By Cherra F. Pumphrey, M.D., HarborSide Internal Medicine – According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people in the United States (8.3% of  the population) have diabetes mellitus type II. While patients with diabetes mellitus are at increased risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma, the most common diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is retinal damage caused …

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FIBROMYALGIA: MYTH OR REALITY

By Robert J. Ycaza, MD – Once considered a pure psychological derangement resulting only from a patient’s imagination; the validity of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) as a disease entity has increasingly gained acceptance among clinicians. The fundamental problem seems to be how/why the pain is being processed in the brain rather than tissue damage or inflammation at the sites where the …

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Patient Care Navigator: An Empowering Resource for Patients

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was someone who could help you figure out the next steps in your health care journey? Someone who could answer your questions and help educate you on your options? At Blake Medical Center, there is such a person. Her name is Kelli Thompson Cox, and she is the Valve Institute Nurse Navigator. Patient care …

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I Think I Broke My Back

By Philip W. Tally, M.D. – Most of us, at some time in our life, have fallen down landing hard resulting in a sudden severe pain in the middle or lower back. This pain may be minor and only last a few days, or it may persist and gradually worsen. The outcome of a fall may include straining ligaments, slipping …

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Wellness from the Inside Out vs. Outside In

By Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic – A wellness approach to health is focusing on the underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption within the body and making interventions and lifestyle adjustments that optimize the conditions for normal function. The main difference between wellness care and standard conventional medical care is that wellness care seeks to turn on the body’s natural healing …

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