Do You Really Need to Go to the ER for That?

Aches, Breaks and Sprains are Best Treated at an Orthopedic Urgent Care Center

When the pain from a muscle or joint injury becomes unmanageable, many think they need to go to the emergency room. But the ER is primarily designed to serve potentially life-threatening emergencies, such as a head injury, heart attack or stroke.

The ER also has notoriously long wait times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report average ER wait times to be roughly two hours. An urgent care center is another option, 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 at the Premier Medical Campus in Westlake. is facility is started 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 be able to get you in for weeks.

“Urgent care centers and ERs may not be equipped to provide the comprehensive care for orthopedic injuries that you would receive at an orthopedic office,” said Scott Zimmer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with GO Ortho. “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.”

This walk-in clinic cares for a wide range of orthopedic conditions from acute pain resulting from a break or sprain, to chronically painful conditions like arthritis. Because you are seeing an orthopedic specialist, conditions can be quickly and more accurately diagnosed as well as properly treated.

“When patients go to GO Ortho first, they avoid the hassle of having to visit multiple doctors’ offices for the same condition,” said Alison Tobias, physician assistant with GO Ortho. “GO Ortho makes it easy for patients to get the right type of care, right away, and at a far lower cost than the ER.”

All Services You Need, One Location

GO Ortho also provides affordable imaging services the same day as your appointment. Diagnostic services such as an X-ray or MRI are offered through Premier Diagnostics onsite in Westlake. Their diagnostic services meet established and nationally recognized quality standards and are fully accredited.

GO Ortho Physical therapy is also located down the hall from the GO Ortho office. Services here are also available on a walk-in basis. Orthopedic specialists work closely with these licensed physical therapists. When an injury or illness has left you in pain or with limited mobility, physical therapy can help get you back on track and recover faster. Physical therapy is used to help people of all ages and medical conditions. If you are recommended for physical therapy, you first have an evaluation to determine range of motion, muscle strength, postural alignment and abnormalities in movement patterns, body mechanics, and quality of movement with daily activities.

Cost Savings You Deserve

Since a GO Ortho o ce visit is charged as a regular orthopedic office visit, there is a significant monetary savings to the patient. And, Premier Diagnostics offers the same high-quality X-ray and MRI services you expect from major medical systems, but at far less cost.

Emergency level visits typically come with a prohibitive cost, and many insurance carriers have begun to seriously scrutinize nonemergency visits to ER facilities. For example, Anthem no longer pays for some non emergency medical conditions treated in the emergency room in certain states.

GO Ortho is a NorthShore Healthcare practice located on the Premier Medical Campus at 25200 Center Ridge Road, Suite 1100, in Westlake. 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 get to GO Ortho.

For more information, visit www.godoctornow.com
or call 844.463.7669.

New ACR/SBI Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Call for Significant Changes to Screening Process

Assign Special Status and Approach for African-American and Other Women at High-Risk for Breast Cancer

 

New American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) breast cancer screening guidelines are the first to recognize that African-American women are at high-risk for the disease and should be screened as such. The ACR and SBI now call for all women to have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if screening earlier than age 40 is needed. The societies also newly-recommend that women previously diagnosed with breast cancer be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The ACR and SBI continue to recommend that women at average breast cancer risk begin screening at age 40.

“The latest scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports a continued general recommendation of starting annual screening at age 40. It also supports augmented and earlier screening for many women. These updates will help save more lives,” said Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.

According to 2015 National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, since mammography became widespread in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women, unchanged for the previous 50 years, has dropped 43 percent.  Breast cancer deaths in men, who have the same treatment as women but are not screened, have not declined.

Factors that contributed to the ACR/SBI reclassification of African-American women include that:
  • African-American women are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women despite roughly equal incidence rates
  • African-American women have a two-fold higher risk of aggressive — “triple-negative” — breast tumors
  • African-American women are less likely to be diagnosed with stage I breast cancer, but twice as likely to die of early breast cancers
  • African-American women have a higher risk of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations than those of Western European ancestry. These carriers are at much higher risk for breast cancer.

“Since 1990, breast cancer death rates dropped 23 percent in African-American women — approximately half that in whites. We changed our approach to help save more African-American women and others at higher risk from this deadly disease,” said Wendy B. DeMartini, MD, FSBI.

For more information regarding the proven effectiveness of regular mammography screening at reducing breast cancer deaths, please visit RadiologyInfo.org, MammographySavesLives.org and EndTheConfusion.org.

 

SOURCE American College of Radiology

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It Takes Courage To Seek Help

Today, good health goes beyond exercise and diet—it also encompasses what goes on in our mind. When we are feeling depressed or anxious, our bodies react. Over time, this can lead to health problems. There is a story about a wise old doctor whose patient came to see him and said she was depressed. The doctor’s reaction was surprising to her. He said, “That’s good. Now that you know there’s something wrong, you need to make a change in your life!”

Today, women face many issues that can impact their emotional and mental health. This may include how to adjust to changing roles (such as breadwinner wives and stay at home dads), online dating, the choice of whether or not to have children and many more concerns.

When women need help, they often seek counseling. The job of a counselor is to guide patients through the process of addressing issues and creating change in their life. Counselors are taught to remain objective, and what is said to them remains private. There are a variety of options for counseling. Depending on the needs of the patient, counseling may include individual or group sessions, or both.

Sometimes, women are afraid to admit they have an issue and resort to means other than counseling to change how they feel. They may drink too much or use drugs to lessen the mental pain they are experiencing. When these individuals stop using a substance, they are flooded with emotions that are difficult to deal with alone.

It takes courage to seek help but realizing that professional resources are available can help you address the issues in your life and make the necessary changes to become the best version of you. If you would like to learn more about counseling, Southwest General’s Oakview Behavioral Health Services offers an assessment to help determine if you can benefit from group or individual counseling.

To learn more, or to schedule an assessment, call 440-816-8200.

Healthy Mouth ♥ Healthy Heart

By Dr. Scott L. Rose

The human body is an amazing organism. The more we learn about it, the more we see the interrelationships between seemingly unrelated parts of the body. The mouth is a wonderful example. It can directly influence our health and indirectly influence our health. Think of the mouth as the door to your home. An open door lets anything and everything in. Even a door that looks ok can have cracks, leaks, and other issues that allow wind, moisture, insects, etc. to invade.

The mouth is a very specialized and complex door. There have been many studies that correlate the health of the mouth to the health of the entire body. One study even suggests that the condition of the mouth can predict cardiovascular health just as well as cholesterol levels. A recent study showed that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease led to an increased risk of heart disease. While the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, the bacteria associated with gum disease are implicated in the formation of atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries. The two mechanisms that seem most likely are that the toxins from the bacteria help in the formation of the fatty deposits known as plaque. The other mechanism is that these toxins trigger specific proteins released that create inflammation of the blood vessels.

Regardless of the exact mechanism, it starts with oral bacteria. Knowing this, there is no reason not to get regular cleanings and examinations where the health of the gums and bone are evaluated. Old fillings that are breaking down also harbor bad bacteria and this can also add to the problem. The good news is there are many therapies and treatments for dental decay, gum disease, and gum inflammation. In addition to traditional treatments, I have found that adding other adjunctive therapies, such as lasers and ozone, help healing and promote health. The bottom line is: be proactive. Fix your door.

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Lung Cancer Alliance Praises Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Leadership On Women’s Health Imperative

Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) Bring Priority Focus to Accelerated Research and Screening Services for Women Impacted by Lung Cancer

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 10.41.08 PMThe Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed the reintroduction of the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act, which brings priority focus to a women’s health imperative. The legislation was introduced with bipartisan support in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death of women in both the U.S. and around the world. It takes the lives of more women than breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers – combined.  An average of 193 women die each day from lung cancer, one every 7 minutes, and two-thirds of never smokers diagnosed with lung cancer are women.

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“There is no stronger signal of a commitment to improving the health of women and transforming their medical care than the legislative actions taken today by these bipartisan, Congressional leaders,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance. “Lung cancer is a women’s health imperative. It behaves differently in women than men, particularly those who have never smoked. This legislation will help unlock answers to research questions and bring a coordinated federal plan of action to promote access to life-saving preventive services, improve quality of life and increase survival for women and the entire lung cancer community.”

The legislation requires an interagency team, led by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, conduct a thorough study and report to Congress in 180 days on the status of and recommendations for:

  • Increased research on women and lung cancer;
  • Improved access to lung cancer preventive services; and,
  • National public awareness and education campaigns on lung cancer.
“Lung cancer disproportionately affects women and is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Despite the dramatic impact this has on the women of Florida and across the country, there is a lack of research into why there is this disparate, particularly amongst women non-smokers,” said Senator Rubio. “This bill is a positive step in the battle against lung cancer. It will encourage more research into why lung cancer disproportionately impacts women so we can develop better prevention and treatment tools and have a better understanding of the disease as a whole.”

“Lung cancer kills more women each year than any other cancer. This year, 70,500 women will lose their lives to this disease. While we know the key risk factors, many questions remain,” said Senator Feinstein. “For example, lung cancer has been found in far more women who don’t smoke than in men who don’t smoke, and we have no idea why. This bill will strengthen our efforts to reduce lung cancer and improve patient outcomes.”

“Countless individuals across the country have been devastated by lung cancer. This is a very personal issue for my family, responsible for the death of both of my wife Tina’s parents. This is a disease that knows no boundaries in who it affects thus we must double our efforts to raise awareness and reduce mortality,” Rep. LoBiondo said. “I remain committed to working with Reps. Nolan, Comstock, Bonamici and other colleagues and groups who want to help make real strides against lung cancer.”

“When it comes to supporting lung cancer research, we can and must do better. The study directed by our bill will begin to help us understand why there is a greater prevalence of lung cancer amongst women and, in particular, amongst women who have never smoked. Though the passage of this bipartisan, bicameral legislation would mark but one small step in the fight against lung cancer, it would make an enormous difference to those who are battling lung cancer and their loved ones. I am proud to join my Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus Co-Chair Frank LoBiondo as an original cosponsor of this measure,” said Rep. Nolan.

“The Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act will provide critical resources in combating the largest cause of cancer death in women, lung cancer.  We all know someone who has been devastated by lung cancer. I lost a best friend this past year and I join as an original cosponsor on this important bipartisan legislation in honor of Kate O’Beirne, who we lost last April. This legislation will allow us to make greater progress in battling lung cancer and providing increased access to preventive services that can save lives,” Rep. Comstock said. 

“My mother is a lung cancer survivor, so I know we can and must do more to prevent this devastating disease and support women who are battling it,” Rep. Bonamici said. “I’m proud to join this important bipartisan effort that will improve lung cancer research and result in better outcomes for women.”

In March, LCA will collaborate with the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus to hold a briefing on women and lung cancer to educate members of Congress about the need for and impact of this legislation. For more details about this or other advocacy efforts, please contact policy@lungcanceralliance.org.

About Lung Cancer Alliance:
Lung Cancer Alliance serves and listens to those living with and at risk for lung cancer to reduce stigma, improve quality of life and increase survival. We empower our community by helping people navigate the paths of early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Insights allow us to improve care, amplify awareness, drive advocacy and lead research with the vision of tripling the number of survivors in the next decade. For more information, please visit www.lungcanceralliance.org. Follow Lung Cancer Alliance on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lungcanceralliance  and on Twitter @LCAorg using the hashtag #LCpolicy.

Source:Lung Cancer Alliance
Chris Davis 
cdavis@lungcanceralliance.org 202-742-1895

New Women’s Health Episode of Without a Scalpel Documentary Series Released On Demand!

Looking for something new to watch On Demand? Well look no further… The Interventional Initiative (Oakland, CA) and Evolve Media Production (San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY) announce distribution of Episode 3: HYSTERical of Without a Scalpel on Amazon Video On Demand.

The Documentary series, Without a Scalpel is a fascinating glimpse inside the dramatic journeys of regular people transformed by crisis, but saved by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures deep inside the body, without a scalpel.

Episode 3:  HYSTERical takes place in Chicago, IL where three young women who have never even met have a common story and one that more than 7.5 million women in the US unknowingly share. Each woman has a unique story about how this condition is destroying her quality of life and challenging her trust in the healthcare system, doctors and insurance companies… until they meet a very dedicated doctor who has the skills to treat what no one else could. It seems they have finally found an answer until another obstacle arises.

The first documentary series of its kind, Without a Scalpel offers an inside glimpse into a fascinating and innovative field of medicine where major diseases are tackled through a pinhole in the skin. This must see series follows the dramatic journeys of regular people whose lives are transformed by illness but restored by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures… without a scalpel.

Without a Scalpel also provides a rare look inside the lives of these dedicated doctors who specialize in a field called Interventional Radiology.  Armed with x-ray vision and their sophisticated tools and fueled by an intense passion to help their patients, these doctors offer powerful alternatives to conventional treatments like surgery. Their minimally invasive techniques allow their patients to return to their lives sooner with simply a Band-Aid®. These cutting-edge treatments, called minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs), can treat a wide range of diseases including cancer, stroke, aneurysms, infections, infertility, fibroids, and bleeding.  But, what if you or a family member were ill but did not know about these treatment options? In fact, most people have never heard of MIIPs, even if one could save their life.

For more information on the documentary Without a Scalpel check out their website www.withoutascalpel.com.

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SOURCE The Interventional Initiative

Recover with Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General

Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General can help to enhance the body’s
natural healing process and eliminate the need for surgery.

This sponsored post about regenerative medicine is brought to you by Southwest General Health Center.

The human body is remarkable for its ability to heal itself. However, it’s not perfect—and healing can sometimes take a long time. When it comes to tissue repair, regenerative medicine is a new option that enhances the body’s natural healing process and can eliminate the need for surgery.

wolkoff“Regenerative medicine is a way to get back to normal function and to feel better without going through surgery,” explains Aaron Wolkoff, DO, a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. “The ‘regenerative’ part means it helps the patient’s body to stimulate healing and heal itself with healthy tissue.”

Regenerative medicine works by injecting medicine, sometimes made of the patient’s own cells, into damaged areas to stimulate cell growth to rebuild tissue that has been damaged by injury or conditions such as arthritis.

Compared to anti-inflammatory medicines, which only relieve pain temporarily, regenerative
medicine actually helps to repair and strengthen injured and painful joints and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments. In general, regenerative medicine is less invasive and involves less risk than surgery and is successful for many patients.

“There are a lot of things regenerative medicine can be used for,” says Dr. Wolkoff. “It’s really talked about a lot in the sports world, as it can heal partially torn tendons and muscles and work on healing tendonitis, as well.”

“It’s a great option for non-athletes as well. Arthritis can be greatly improved with regenerative
medicine, too.”

To learn more about the Sports Medicine Program at Southwest General as well as regenerative medicine, call 440-816- 5050, or visit http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine.

Types of Regenerative Medicine. http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine

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Chronic Stress & Adrenal Fatigue… Could it be Something More?

By Leah Kline PA-C

Fatigue and low energy are some of the most common health complaints we experience in the medical field today. Many women come to our office with an understanding or self-diagnosis that they are suffering from “adrenal fatigue.” This is a term used to suggest that the adrenal glands are working insufficiently to regulate hormones due to chronic stress. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include excessive tiredness, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, brain fog, and inability to lose weight. Sufferers are often told that they are not dealing with their stress well and need to “relax” more. The truth is, our bodies have a fine-tuned mechanism in dealing with stress. The adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body’s stress and production of hormones.

Stress is commonly misconstrued as only being “emotional stress” that you feel, like when you are mad at your spouse, dealing with financial struggles, or overwhelmed at work. Stress also includes “chemical stress,” like eating foods that your body is sensitive to, processed foods, exposure to molds or heavy metals. Then there is “physical stress,” possibly from injury to the spinal cord from slips, falls, car accidents; stress on the nervous system, like sitting at a desk for several hours per day; and infection or illness.

The autonomic nervous system is made up of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for activating the adrenal glands when the body is under stress, initiating the “fight or flight” response; it acts like a gas pedal in a car. In the state, the heart rate increases, muscles contract, the digestion process slows, and blood sugar is released from storage sites. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for restoring the body to a balance and allowing for rest and repair; it acts like a brake pedal. In this state, the heart rate drops, digestive enzymes are released, and muscles relax. The body will innately begin to compensate in the attempt to fix the stressor to ensure survival. If the stressor is present for too long or becomes too overwhelming to the system, the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the demand of the body, and they become fatigued. Although the term “adrenal fatigue” is accurate and can produce the symptoms listed above, it isn’t the whole story.

When the body is under chronic stress, whether is be physical, emotional, or chemical; the sympathetic nervous system takes over, and the body is unable to come up with enough energy on its own to restore the balance, that is called Sympathetic Dominance. This is a serious problem, as the sympathetic dominant state creates long-term health concerns and leads to the onset of serious illness and disease. Treating the adrenal glands alone is not helping to supply the Wellness Center we have better answers! Call for an appointment today to learn more about sympathetic dominance and its effects on your long-term health.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

161013-F-TY689-001October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help Americans learn more about this costly disease, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Breast Cancer Facts report, which includes an engaging infographic as well as a Q&A with a panel of leading healthcare experts.

Here are some examples of what you’ll find in WalletHub’s report:

  • $19,000+ – Increase in annual health care costs for a woman (age 18 to 44) with breast cancer.
  • $20.5 Bil. – Projected U.S. spending on breast cancer treatment in 2020.
  • Every 2 Min. – The rate at which a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • $100+ Mil. – Annual amount invested in breast cancer research by the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • “Screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer because it allows detection of cancers when they are smaller (not yet felt as a lump) and more curable. … The best way to promote screening is to increase awareness as well as make screening logistically easy and cheap/free.” – Dr. Lajos Pusztai, MD // Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center
  • “There is pretty good evidence that increasing physical activity and having a lower body mass index (BMI) are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. The clearest evidence for dietary risk factors shows that decreasing alcohol consumption is important for breast cancer risk reduction.” – Dr. Jonathan B. Strauss, MD, MBA // Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

For the complete report, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/blog/breast-cancer-facts/39700/

Source:
Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

Headaches Are NOT Okay!

Imagine a life free from headaches!

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 1.53.53 PMBy Dr. Brandon Bupp, Nationally Recognized Natural Wellness Expert

All too frequently we talk with patients suffering from headaches that have no answers, no solutions and no place to turn and that is simply not ok.

Let me see into a crystal ball and tell a story similar to yours or someone you know with headaches. The headaches began years ago, multiple tests, scans, blood work, etc. have been completed and there is “no cause” that explains where these headaches are coming from. You take “preventative” medication although it is really not preventing but more like it minimizes the intensity sometimes. e headaches are worse with stress or certain triggers and may be worse during specific times of the month at which you take another medication to minimize the effects. Hopefully, it doesn’t last too long, but pretty much the headaches stop the day in its tracks! Sometimes these headaches last for a few days or even longer. You basically are just hoping and praying that a headache does not happen because when it does, it’s miserable. Oh, and that’s not to mention the regular, throbbing headaches that still happen on a daily basis but you can manage those kinds of headaches!

I want you to know that there is another outcome that is possible! The truth is there are many possible causes of migraines, but these causes do not always show up on an MRI or CT scan or other advanced imaging.

It is very important to test things such as food sensitivities, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, in inflammation markers in blood work, and possibly even toxicity testing may be necessary. But one of the most common causes of headaches and migraines is tension and stress on neurologic and soft tissue structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck caused by poor alignment and function in the spine, called cervicogenic headaches. Loss of optimal position in the spine and vertebral joints can occur due to slips, falls, sports injuries, and car accidents but most commonly loss of normal position and alignment is caused by bad posture because we spend so much time sitting, looking down, or working in a forward flexed position. This loss of position causes tension on the very sensitive, neurologic structures in the spine. That means damage or misalignment of the spine can create tension on these delicate, neurological structures. Irritation to these neurologic structures causes inflammation which creates dysfunction and pain.

We analyze this scenario through examination, digital x-ray, and computerized nerve scans. It is then that we devise a treatment plan that aims to correct the cause of the problem based on what is found through testing. It’s really that simple. Of course, there can be other causes that require advanced testing, but honestly, most of our patients have already had that testing done.

The important idea here is, find the true cause of the problem and then find a care plan that aims to correct the cause rather than simply managing the symptoms of the problem. If this is what you are looking for, please call our office for a free evaluation to determine if we can help.

We have blended the best medical, wellness and fitness services to offer a variety of solutions to enhance your health.

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