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.

Call (330) 725-7277
970 East Washington, Suite 202 • Medina, OH

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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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