PREVENTING OVERUSE INJURIES AND HOW TO TREAT THEM

While practice makes perfect, practicing too hard or training incorrectly can lead to overuse injuries. Caused by a repetitive stress to a muscle, bone or tendon, overuse injuries can be subtle and develop over time. You may begin to feel chronic pain even at rest. Common examples include tendinitis, shin splints or bursitis.

Overuse injuries happen to people of all ages, but can be especially common for student athletes when they take on too much, too soon, or have poor form. When the body does not have enough time to recover, the breakdown of tissue happens faster than the buildup that occurs when exercise is done properly.

“Growing bones can be less resilient to stress, putting children and teens at increased risk,” said Aaron Wolkoff, DO, Orthopedic Specialist and Medical Director of GO Ortho. “Student athletes should avoid excessive training programs, be sure to get a yearly physical, and avoid specializing in one sport before they reach puberty.”

Overuse injuries can be prevented by keeping good form and listening to your body when something starts to hurt. “You must practice proper technique and give your body ample time to rest,” said Dr. Wolkoff. To relieve minor aches or sprains at home, Dr. Wolkoff recommends icing and elevating the injury. You may also try a compression wrap or take ibuprofen for the pain.

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE ER

If the pain from an injury seems unmanageable, many believe they need to go to the emergency room. But the ER is primarily designed to serve life-threatening emergencies. An urgent care center may be able to help you, but you will likely be seen by a generalist—not an orthopedic specialist. In both cases, you will walk out with a referral to have a second appointment with a specialist.

Fortunately, there are orthopedic urgent care centers such as GO Ortho. GO Ortho is an independent practice that cares for a wide range of orthopedic conditions from acute pain resulting from a break or overuse injury, to chronically painful conditions like arthritis. This facility is staffed by orthopedic specialists and accepts walk-ins and same-day appointments. This enables patients to get in with a specialist to take care of their pain much sooner than typical orthopedic offices, which may not have an open appointment for weeks.

Because you are seeing an orthopedic specialist, conditions are more accurately diagnosed and properly treated. GO Ortho staff are trained to provide sophisticated treatments, advanced orthopedic imaging, and outfit patients in the latest in slings, braces, casting and other support devices.

“Our goal is to change the delivery of medical care. We help families avoid the hospital or emergency room to receive the immediate care they need, directly from a specialist,” said Dr. Wolkoff. There is also a significant monetary savings to the patient since a GO Ortho visit is charged as a regular orthopedic office visit and not as an ER/emergency level visit that may come with a high cost to the patient. GO Ortho see patients age one and up and accepts most major insurance carriers.

“While we do advocate going to the ER when you are faced with a severe medical problem, most orthopedic pains and conditions are not life threatening and are best treated by an orthopedic specialist. The fastest way to see one is to go to GO Ortho,” said Dr. Wolkoff. GO Ortho is located at the Hillcrest Hospital Medical Office Building, Suite 410. Learn more at www.godoctornow.com.

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Prepare for Spring Cleaning

Winter is almost over—time to heave a sigh of relief and enjoy not seeing your breath in the air. If you hope to spend the coming nice days outside instead of stuck indoors doing seasonal tidying chores, start sprucing up your house early! As things thaw out, here are a few easy to-dos to knock off your list now … and avoid a spring cleaning meltdown later.

ON-TRACK WINDOWS
Northeast Ohioans know better than to put in screens on the first warm spring day. But when reliably balmy temperatures finally arrive, enjoy the weather while maintaining your windows. To ensure easy up-and-down sliding action, clean out window tracks with a vacuum attachment and/or narrow wood strip to remove accumulated dust and dirt. Follow up by spraying the inside of each track with a non-oily silicone lubricant to maintain
your efforts.

MINIMAL MUD
April showers bring May flowers, but before that everyone just tracks in a lot of brown goop. If kids, pets, or whoever end up getting mud on clothes or furniture, these tips can help get rid of it: First, sometimes it helps to fight the urge to immediately scrub wet splotches—you can end up spreading the mess around instead. If mud is a thick layer, let it dry into dirt if you can. Then scrape it off with a fl at knife until you get to the base of the stain. Give garments a soak in detergent mixed with water before proceeding with normal wash instructions; in the case of furniture, blot with a small amount of upholstery cleaner, then rinse, until the stain lifts.

FANS AND REGISTERS
Clean up these two crucial summertime appliances before the hot months hit. Ceiling fan blades collect hard to-see layers of buildup…it becomes easier to notice when the fan is on high and stuff flies all over the room. Specialized pole dusters are available, but if you don’t have one of those, try sliding a pillowcase over each blade to contain the fallout. For deeper cleaning, moisten a cloth in vinegar solution and wipe to gently remove grime (just remember to dry blades afterwards). Another frequently unnoticed dusty spot – look up – exhaust fans in your bathroom or registers. Most can be easily removed to wash or use vacuum with attachments.

NO SPRING IN YOUR STEP YET?
PetalSweet Cleaning makes seasonal or everyday cleaning a breeze! Call 330-635-2294 today to schedule a free quote—we’ll help you give Old Man Winter the brushoff and keep your home fresh all year!

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Why are you so tired?

You are not alone! Worn out and weary, women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns. (webmd.com)

Dr. Sharma shares several possible causes of fatigue and suggestions to put the spring back into your step.

  1. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck and produces the hormones that regulate how your body burns fuel for energy. It can be overactive or under active, but either way you’ll feel sleepy. An under active thyroid can make feel like you can’t get your engine going. With an overactive thyroid your engine’s on overdrive and you start to burn out. A simple test can determine if there is an issue.
  2. When your heart isn’t pumping efficiently, it can’t get enough blood out to your body, and that can make you tired. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints of women with heart disease.If you have heart risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and a family history of heart conditions, have your heart checked out. Measuring your blood pressure and other simple tests such as an electrocardiogram or an echo cardiogram can pinpoint whether your heart is the source of your weariness.
  3. There’s been an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency over the last few decades because we’ve been avoiding the sun. Too little of this essential vitamin can sap your bone strength, and some research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome.A blood test can determine whether you’re getting enough of your daily D. If not, a supplement can get you to the amount you need each day. The Institute of Medicine, which published new guidelines in 2010, recommends that most adults get 600 international units a day.Dr. Priyanka Sharma specializes in really listening to her patients and she is trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Dr. Sharma is trained and equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings, no matter how common or rare or how simple or complex. She is specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

Dr. Priyanka Sharma is accepting new patients! DR. PRIYANKA SHARMA, MD, FACP, FHM has been at the Cleveland Clinic for almost 10 years. Her interests are in acute and chronic disease management, women’s health, long term care, and functional medicine. Call her office to schedule your appointment.

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Local Florists Across the United States Celebrate Women’s Day March 8th and Raise Awareness for Non-Profit Organizations

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 2.05.56 PMCAPITOLA, Calif., March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the 3rd year in a row, local florists across the United States in conjunction with CalFlowers (California Association of Flower Growers and Shippers) and ASOCOLFLORES (The Association of Colombian Flower Exporters) have joined together in support of a national campaign called Love, Honor, Respect, in celebration of Women’s Day, March 8th. The date March 8th is a time to recognize and celebrate the influence and achievements of women throughout history and today. From business to politics, athletics to philanthropy, to celebrity, and even the mom next door. More than 100 nations recognize Women’s Day and 35 have declared it a national holiday with thousands of events held by civic organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media. “The mission of Women’s Day Holiday campaign is to provide a platform for the community to show respect, appreciation and love for all the amazing women that make a difference in our lives on a daily basis,” said Michael LoBue, CEO of CalFlowers.

The promotion includes the launch of a national website www.womensdayholiday.com as well as a social media campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/womensdayholiday. The campaign encourages the community to nominate the special women in their life to receive free flowers by sharing stories of love, honor and respect. “Every woman deserves Love, Honor and Respect. Whether mother or daughter, young or old, amazing women deserve to be honored on Women’s Day March 8th. “In addition to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women, our goal is to raise awareness for the non-profit organization Where Hope Lives,” said Cheryl Denham, CEO of Arizona Family Florist, located in Phoenix Arizona. The purpose of Where Hope Lives is to rescue trafficking victims, offering them love, hope and a way off the streets. Established in 2009, the hope livesnon-profit Where Hope Lives formerly The Rescue Project, is a national leader in the rescue, recovery and prevention of human trafficking and relies on donations and support from both the public and private sector. In addition to helping raise awareness, the floral community donates flowers year round that are used in their heroic outreach efforts. To learn more or donate directly to Where Hope Live go to www.wherehopelives.org

About CalFlowers
The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers, formerly known as NORCAL) was founded in 1941 by a small group of flower shipping companies to foster the success of the California floral industry within the United States.  Today CalFlowers is the leading floral trade association in California, serving growers and the entire supply chain in 45 states across the nation. For more information about CalFlowers, please visit www.cafgs.org

About ASOCOLFLORES
ASOCOLFLORES was established in 1973 as a non-profit trade organization, to represent and promote the Colombian flower industry in international markets and seek comprehensive development of floriculture, mainly in areas of market access, research, transport, Florverde (socio-environmental label certification) and social responsibility programs to improve the quality of life of workers and their families. ASOCOLFLORES membership represents growers who handle about 80% of total Colombian flower exports. For more information about ASOCOLFLORES, please visit www.asocolflores.org.

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New Breast Screening Method to Save Thousands of Women From Cancer

“Rapid Breast MRI” enables women with dense breast tissue to get routine MRI screenings

FLINT, Mich., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A new method for screening women with dense breast tissue may potentially save thousands of lives by detecting breast cancer 4 to 6 years earlier than mammographic technology. The original research by Dr. David A. Strahle, chairman of Regional Medical Imaging (RMI) in Flint, is unlike any other addressing this subject with international implications for half the female population.

Mammograms are the current standard for breast screening. Due to its costs, imaging with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is used only for women at high risk for cancer (2% of the population).

Dr. Strahle’s “Rapid Breast MRI” protocol cuts scan time by 70 percent to only 7 minutes, significantly reducing costs and enabling its use to screen women with dense breasts. In conjunction with a local HMO, Dr. Strahle found that early detection creates major savings for both women and insurance companies when considering 10 categories of expense related to breast cancer.

Mammographic technology for women with dense breast tissue is simply not as effective as MRI in spotting cancer, Dr. Strahle noted. In addition, unlike tomosynthesis (3D mammography) or mammograms, MRIs do not use radiation (x-rays).

“Mammograms are like trying to see a thunderstorm through clouds without radar,” Strahle said, whose extensive background includes aviation as well as medicine. “MRI sees through dense tissue, allowing radiologists to spot virtually all suspicious tumors.”

The protocol allows MRI screening on a regular basis of women with dense breast tissue. The research was conducted over seven years and the peer-reviewed paper was published Jan. 30, 2017 in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. The research also includes an easier method for interpreting MRI examinations lowering the false positive rate below any other breast screening method.

The exam costs $395 out-of-pocket at RMI compared with a diagnostic MRI that runs $700 or more. In most women, screening can be performed every other year instead of yearly as with mammograms. This equates to an annual cost of only $198, less than the average breast screening costs of $252 in mid-Michigan, Dr. Strahle said.

“This is a major breakthrough,” Dr. Strahle said. “I can see a day when we prevent this disease from ending women’s lives.”

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Three Keys to a Healthy Heart

When you think of February, what comes to mind? Chocolate? Roses? Love?  is February, we’re thinking about your heart. February is heart health month and a great opportunity to take stock of the health of your heart.

The FACTS:

If you ask Americans what disease they fear most, they’ll likely say cancer. But there’s a killer even more prevalent than cancer…Heart Disease. According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killer in America. More women die from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined! Men are 2 to 5 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than premenopausal women. But once women reach menopause, their risk is similar to a man’s. Heart disease is a greater threat than cancer. Now for the good news: heart disease is nearly 95% preventable! YES, PREVENTABLE!

ARE YOU TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEART?

There are three key components to heart health: nutrition, blood sugar level, and exercise. When these areas are monitored and kept in check, you can drastically reduce your chances of ever having heart disease.

Nutrition. What you eat (or don’t eat) directly impacts your cardiovascular health. Your blood vessels and heart have a cell lining called the endothelium. The endothelial cells play a critical role in the tone and health of your blood vessels because they produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes your blood vessels to enlarge, which increases the flow of blood through those vessels, helping blood to flow as though the walls of the vessels are slippery. The best way to keep the endothelial cells healthy is by eating plenty of leafy greens, which contain a rich supply of the amino acid L-arginine, the building block of nitric oxide.

Blood Sugar Level. Your blood sugar level measures how much glucose is circulating in your bloodstream and is directly related to the amount of simple carbohydrates that you consume. Over time, chronic high levels of blood sugar increase your risk of heart disease in different ways:
1. Damage and in ammation of the heart. The higher your average blood sugar, the thicker the walls of your heart become.
2. Hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure. High blood sugar levels cause plaque to build up inside your arteries, increasing your risk of a heart attack. The plaque causes your arteries to be stiff and unable to dilate properly causing your heart to work harder to push blood through your sti and narrowed arteries—this is called high blood pressure. To keep your blood glucose levels in check, eat a diet focused on lean proteins, plenty of vegetables, some fruit, and nuts. Limit sugar, white rice and refined flours. Strength train twice a week; intense exercise helps to drive glucose out of your blood and into your muscles where it can be used for energy.

Exercise is a critical part of having a healthy heart. The benefits of a well-designed cardiovascular training routine are pretty obvious, but many don’t realize how important strength training is for heart health. It builds muscle and helps keep your weight down, and also makes your heart stronger.

Weight Control. Being overweight puts you at high risk for heart disease. When you carry around excess fat, your heart has to work harder. It enlarges as it works harder and becomes less efficient. Eventually, this reduction in e ciency culminates in heart disease. As you strength train, you increase the muscle mass in your body, which helps to burn o extra fat, easing the burden on your heart.

Strong Heart. High-Intensity Strength Training, like we do at MaxStrength Fitness, also increases your heart rate, which pushes your heart to become more efficient causing you to grow more capillaries. The result is a heart that is strong and efficient.

This February, make a decision to take care of your heart! If you need help getting your heart health optimized give us a call at 440.835.9090 or go to www.maxstrengthfitness.com to request your free initial consultation and demo workout today!

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NAWIC Celebrates Women in Construction Week March 5th-11th

Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 7.45.24 PMFORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. WIC Week is the most important date on the NAWIC calendar. This week helps NAWIC advance its mission to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

“NAWIC has enhanced the success of women in the industry for more than 62 years. We are proud to highlight contributions of women to the industry during Women in Construction Week,” said NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT.

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

“Women work in every facet of construction in critically important roles,” said Leipard. “NAWIC’s goal during WIC week is to raise awareness and visibility of the women in these roles. This increased visibility will promote the recruitment of more women and encourage others to start careers in construction. This will ultimately ease the workforce shortage in the industry.”

NAWIC chapters across the nation will celebrate WIC Week with a wide variety of activities. Community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers and school programs are some of the ways local chapters will observe WIC Week. Local chapters are also appealing to their local, state and national representatives to issue official WIC Week proclamations. Visit www.nawic.org to locate a NAWIC chapter near you.

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955, NAWIC is an international association serving 125 chapters in the United States. NAWIC also has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. To learn more about NAWIC, visit www.nawic.org. For more information, please contact Communications Director Autumn Daughetee at (800) 552-3506.

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Cleveland Housing Network – Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

chnEvery year, hundreds of people die and thousands are injured from unsuspected exposure to an odorless, colorless gas—carbon monoxide (CO). Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that, while people recognize CO gas is poisonous, they perceive CO as less dangerous than other household hazards.

CO poisoning is most prevalent when furnaces are turned back on to fight cold winter temperatures, but also commonly occur after summer and winter storms and accompanying power outages, when people tend to rely on portable generators for electricity.

The Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) operates numerous programs to assist with energy conservation and weatherization. CHN averages 8,000 energy conservation jobs a year. Whenever an inspector is dispatched to a property, if there is not a working CO detector and/or smoke detector one is installed.

During cold weather it is important to provide simple reminders to encourage individuals to protect themselves and their families:

  • Install battery-operated CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home.
  • Check CO detectors regularly to be sure they are functioning properly.
  • Have gas or oil furnaces inspected by a qualified professional every year.
  • Never use a generator inside the home or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Only use generators and power washers outside, more than 20 feet away from the home, doors, and windows.
  • Never use a charcoal grill inside the home.

About Cleveland Housing Network
CHN’s mission is to build strong families and vibrant neighborhoods through quality affordable housing and strengthened financial stability. Check out more info at www.chnnet.com

Run For All Women Surpasses $100k Donation For Planned Parenthood on 240-Mile Run to Washington DC’s Women’s March

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Run For All Women, a running initiative created to support women and provide a hedge against political efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, has successfully raised over $101,525 in just 20 days – more than double their original goal, as of Jan. 23, 2017. Alison Mariella Désir was one of 4 women that led the 240-mile relay from Harlem, New York to Washington, DC from January 18th – 21st. Hundreds of runners and supporters along the way donated supplies, food, time and encouragement to the Run For All Women team.

The original fundraising amount – $44,000 – was chosen to honor the 44th President, Barack Obama. The Run For All Women team has quickly received immense support and solidarity (from all over the world), which has allowed them to spread the word so quickly.
“Looking to defund Planned Parenthood is a huge threat to women. I wanted to send a message through this run that we are here; that we are going to continue to make our voices heard, and that there’s power in just a small idea,” explains Désir in an interview with MSNBC’s AM JOY.

Stations were set up every 4 miles along the 240-mile relay to allow other runners to join the journey, cheer and show support. The run passed through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, ending at Women’s March in DC 2 hours ahead of schedule.

Jami Gobao, one of the event runners, Baltimore mobilizers and supporters who ran the 40-mile journey from Baltimore to Washington DC, described the event as “a surreal, empowering experience that puts in perspective the power of change. This event was a reminder not to be complacent, and that each person, each woman, has the ability to be the change.

Désir hopes to use this newly created platform to continue to engage, build relationships, and provide support for the next four years during Trump’s presidency and beyond.
The Run For All Women GoFundMe page, which will be accepting donations for Planned Parenthood through February 1st, can be viewed here: https://www.gofundme.com/4Women4AllWomen

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Women and Heart Disease

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? What about the survival rate? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk? The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men.

There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. We women sure know a lot of numbers by heart, like phone numbers, birthdays, pin numbers, and passwords. But do you know the most critical numbers for your heart health? That knowledge could just save your life.

That’s why Go Red For Women and The Heart Truth are encouraging all women to schedule a visit with their doctor to learn their personal health numbers including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, and Body Mass Index (BMI), and assess their risk for heart disease and stroke.

It’s time to learn the most critical numbers in Your life. Your heart depends on it.

Well-known heart attack symptoms can include chest pain and radiating discomfort in the left arm. But there are several other ways your body may tell you when something isn’t quite right, potentially with your heart. There are four silent heart attack symptoms that women should definitely be aware of: Shortness of breath, back pain, jaw pain, and nausea.

 Advice
• A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease.

• Whether you’re facing crisis or simply managing the challenges of fast-paced living, don’t let stress get out of control.

• Losing weight usually takes effort and keeping it off has its own set of challenges. But your small everyday choices matter!

• Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.

Trust Your Gut
If you aren’t feeling normal or are experiencing any of the symptoms above, head to your local emergency room. It is better to take care of yourself and prevent damage to your heart, in the event you are having a heart attack. A woman’s intuition is a very strong thing; don’t ever discount it.

Source: American Heart Association Go Red For WomenWomen and Heart Disease

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