Family Health 101: Asthma

Posted On : June 29, 2017   In , , , ,

Over 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. Asthma is a common lung condition with any age group. It causes breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. When someone breathes from their nose or mouth, air travels from the trachea (windpipe) through the bronchial tubes and into the lungs and back out. If any of those airways become narrow, the lungs cannot get adequate oxygen. People with asthma are very sensitive to everyday conditions such as cigarette smoke, pollen, dust, weather and even exercise. These are called “triggers.” These triggers can cause an asthmatic’s airways to

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What to Expect: When your doctor says you need a CT Scan

Posted On : December 16, 2016   In , , , ,

The Basics A CT Scan (computerized tomography) or CAT (computed axial tomography) is a noninvasive, painless procedure that uses X-Rays in combination with computer technology to produce high-resolution images of the inside of the body. The images produced display the body’s bones, blood vessels and soft tissue organs, in much greater detail than standard X-Rays. This allows doctors to visually, assess the severity of an injury or illness. CT Scanners use an X-Ray technique that creates cross-sectional images, often called slices (think of a sliced loaf of bread). All of our Family Emergency Room locations have state-of-the-art, 64-slice CT scanners.

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What to expect: Concussion  

Posted On : September 30, 2016   In , , , , ,

We are in the midst of fall sports and just like every other year, we see an increase in concussion patients as a result of athletics. A sack that takes down the quarter back or blow to the head during volleyball, are all too common during this time of year. At Family Emergency Room, our doctors and nurses have extensive training when it comes to traumatic head injuries.  Whenever the head sustains an impact, it is always a good idea to seek immediate medical attention to rule out any serious injury. Basics Let us begin with the basics of what

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Let the Games Begin – Fall Sports Safety Tips

Posted On : September 1, 2016   In , , , ,

It may still be crazy hot out there but fall is already in motion, for sports that is.  Football, soccer and volleyball are in full game mode. Your kids have passed their sports physicals and are clear to play; now it’s time to go over some safety rules. Here are our top ten. Before the first whistle… 1. Let the Coach know of any pre-existing medical conditions and what to do if it becomes an issue, such as asthma or allergies. Make sure the Coaches have your phone number on hand in case of any emergency. 2. Attend a Sports

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Three Ways to Stay Fit During the Off-Season

Posted On : December 17, 2015   In , , ,

Written by: Dr. Vipul N. Patel, DO CP Family ER Physician / Emergency & Sports Medicine Now that the high school football season is over, you’re wondering what you should do to keep in shape until next year. If you are asking yourself this question you care about your health and your how you perform during the game. There are many things that need to be kept in mind when you approach your workouts in the off-season. Here are a few basic rules to keep healthy and fit for the new season. 1. Rest – Rest is a very important factor that often gets overlooked by many

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Youth Sports Related Concussions are on the Rise

Posted On : April 14, 2015   In , , ,

Written by: Ericca Whitley, CPEC Marketing Manager Spring has sprung! The weather is warmer and the sun has come out from its winter hibernation. This means springs sports are well on their way in our local area schools. This also means that, as parents and coaches, we need to make sure we are ready for the unplanned accidents. We can never predict when and if an injury will occur during the sport season, but we can help be prepared for quicker recoveries. One injury that we have seen on the rise in school sporting events is head injuries. Concussions are

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