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Prevent and Manage Lymphedema with Physical Therapy

By Valerie Chouinard, Physical Therapist Assistant – Lymphedema is a common condition affecting millions of Americans. It is an abnormal accumulation of fluid that causes swelling and may be present in the extremities, trunk, abdomen, head and neck, external genitalia and inner organs. Lymphedema is a progressive condition and if left untreated it can cause long term physical and psychosocial …

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Dental Implications of Bisphosphonate Therapy

By Dr. Joseph Farag – In recent years some attention has been given to the osteoporosis medications called bisphosphonates and their complications with dental surgery, namely extractions and implants. Some recent research is helping doctors understand the relationship between some of these drugs and the dental complications that may be a result of taking them. Osteoporosis is the result of …

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Heart Palpitations & Preventative Care – Nadine’s Story

You’re going about your normal day, when suddenly you feel your heart skip a beat. You may even feel a little dizzy. What is going on? Is it life threatening? How do you know if it is or not? What is causing this? For Nadine Thomas, it was just another day at work when these same thoughts crossed her mind. …

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da Vinci© Surgery for Gallbladder Disease (Cholecystectomy)

Thanks to technological advances, doctors now have an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that allows them to offer patients the best of both approaches- da Vinci Surgery. With the assistance of the da Vinci© Surgical System, surgeons can operate through tiny incisions of 1/2 cm and with greater vision, precision and control than ever before. If your …

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Most Fatal Falls Occur at Home

By Bill Bambrick, Lexington Manor – “I have fallen and cannot get up!” We all have heard this line over the years with a slight chuckle based on its origin back in the 80’s and 90’s. Life Alert was the commercial that made us all aware of being safe at home. Is this the best solution or does it give …

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Truth about Spine Surgery

So you’ve been told that you need spine surgery. The first two questions that come to your mind are what needs to be done and why? This is quickly followed by who should do it and is it really necessary to fix my problem? Being told that you need surgery can be just as scary as the surgery itself. Spine …

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Hearing Loss Linked to Accidental Falls: Can Vestibular Rehabilitation Treatment Help?

By Dr. Noël Crosby, Au.D., Director, Advanced Hearing Center, Englewood, FL – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults age 65 and older falls every year, causing moderate to severe injuries. Historically, the causes for these falls have been attributed to adverse effects of medications, the symptoms of osteoporosis, poor eyesight or …

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Make Time for Life-Saving Tests & Imaging

By Advanced Imaging of Port Charlotte – Finally, it is here. Season is over, the roads are less crowded, the two hour wait to get into your favorite restaurant has ended and things just seem a little calmer. So at last, it is time for you to take the time to take care of yourself. For months, you may have …

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Relationships: A Place for Grace

By Pastor TJ Freeman – Falling out of Love Jane made her way to the checkout line. She had prolonged her trip as long as possible by slowly making her way up and down each aisle of the grocery store. Now, it was time to face reality. She tried to remember a time when things were different; a time when …

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Underlying Reasons for Limb Swelling

By Alyssa Parker – Many people may experience complications after an operation due to the significant amount of trauma your body endures. Whether it’s cancer related, non-cancer related, or a minor surgery, patients may develop post-operative symptoms such as swelling in a limb or a particular area of the body. Swelling in the limb which may appear to be temporary …

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