Tips to Reduce Concussion Risk in Children

Protect Your Noggin with helmetsNot long ago most people thought concussion was a minor injury. Today we know a concussion is serious – it’s a type of traumatic brain injury. Children are at greater risk for suffering a concussion due to their activity level, involvement in sports and sometimes rambunctious personalities.

“A concussion is caused by a bump or blow to the head that can change the way your brain normally works,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) pediatrician Moshe Markowitz, MD, with ABC Family Pediatricians – Allentown Medical Center, an affiliate of Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. “Concussions also can occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.”

By using your head and a little common sense, you can help reduce your child’s chances of suffering a concussion. Here are Markowitz’s tips. Read More »

Vipul Makwana, MD, Listens Carefully, Explains Clearly

Vipul Makwana, MD, says the way he works with his patients is very simple: he listens, and then he explains.

“I want you to know that I care for you,” he says. “I want to treat you in a way that you feel that I am part of your family.”

He is a board-certified internal medicine physician with Lehigh Valley Health Network who sees patients at LVPG Family and Internal Medicine-Bath.

Get to know him with this video.

Cuts and Bruises – Do I Need an ER or ExpressCARE?

Eric Bean, DO

Eric Bean, DO
Emergency medicine

When you need health care, you have plenty of options. We’re here to help. This is the fourth Thursday in July we are posting a health condition and letting you know when it’s most appropriate to visit a hospital emergency room (ER), and when it’s most appropriate to visit ExpressCARE, which is open 365 days a year and offers walk-in care for common illnesses and minor injuries. In this final installment we look at cuts and bruises.

You need an ER when… “If you can’t move your arm or leg, or if you are on blood-thinners or have another underlying, serious medical condition, you need an ER,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) emergency medicine physician Eric Bean, DO.

You need ExpressCARE when… “If your cut or bruise doesn’t inhibit the movement of your arm or leg, and if you are otherwise healthy, ExpressCARE is the right place to get care,” Bean says. Read More »

Half-Marathon Training Week 13: Dartfish Results, Relishing Accomplishments

Alyssa Young Dartfish

Dartfish is a video motion analysis software used by LVHN rehabilitation, fitness and sports performance professionals. Learn more about it in the September-October issue of Healthy You magazine.

What a difference two weeks can make. At the time of my last post, I was suffering from a strained, inflamed abdominal muscle that was visibly swollen, and I was feeling discouraged after missing a couple of workouts.

I recovered after a couple of days’ rest and got back to my training plan for the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Via Half-Marathon by completing easy runs and strength workouts (but no core work until my abs felt normal again), and then tackled two big outings. Last week’s speed workout was eight half-mile jaunts at threshold pace with 1 minute of recovery between each. I used an 8-minute-mile pace and persisted despite wanting to quit half-way through. It felt good to finish.

On Sunday, I was proud to complete my first 13-mile distance at a better time than I expected: 1 hour 51 minutes. My training plan set a goal of 1 hour 50 minutes for the Sept. 7 race, so I feel confident now that I can beat that goal and perhaps get close to 1 hour 45 minutes. With about six more weeks to prepare, plus race-day adrenaline, I’m on target to run my first half-marathon race at a respectable speed. My legs felt tired toward the end — and I was worn out the rest of that day while cleaning, cooking, then hosting family for dinner — but in general, I felt great physically, and even more so, mentally. Read More »