Don’t Ignore That Aching Shoulder

Shoulder pain Healthy You TipDo you toss and turn at night because of your aching shoulder? Do you have to sleep all night on only one side because of shoulder pain? If so, that painful night’s sleep may be a sign of a rotator cuff tear.

The pain associated with a rotator cuff injury may:

  • Be described as a dull ache deep in the shoulder
  • Disturb sleep, particularly if you lie on the affected shoulder
  • Cause limited ability to move your arm, making it difficult to comb your hair or reach behind your back
  • Be accompanied by arm weakness

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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 »

Take Our ‘True or False’ Vascular Disease Quiz

James Guzzo Healthy You Tip What’s red and blue and 100,000 miles long? If you’re thinking, “The vascular system,” you’re right.

“At any given moment, your vascular system – also known as your circulatory system – carries about 5 liters of blood on a network of arteries, blood vessels and capillaries that if laid out in a line would measure 100,000 miles,” says James Guzzo, MD, a board-certified vascular surgeon with Peripheral Vascular Surgeons of LVPG – Allentown. “These amazing vessels are responsible for carrying oxygenated blood to every inch of your body, picking up nutrients in the digestive system, helping discard waste through the kidneys and urinary system, and returning blood back through the heart and lungs to pick up oxygen and make the trip again.”

A healthy vascular system is critical for your overall well-being, but like other parts of your body, is also at-risk for disease. Vascular disease is an all-encompassing term that refers to many types of conditions that affect the blood vessels and arteries. “I am concerned that most people are blissfully unaware of the things that can seriously affect their vascular system,” Guzzo says.

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What to Expect After Surgery

Post-surgery plan Healthy You TipSo you’ve chosen to have surgery. That means it’s not too early to think about what will happen in the days and weeks after your procedure. “Asking your surgeon in advance about any fears you might have about both the procedure and your recovery will go a long way,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network surgeon Paul Cesanek, MD, with General Surgical Associates of LVPG.

While all surgeries are different, here are some general items to consider that will help speed your recovery after a procedure. Read More »

Burn Care Dos and Don’ts

Safely extinguish burn painMany burn injuries can be prevented, but accidents do happen. “If you or someone with you suffers a burn injury, it’s important you know what to do and what not to do,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) burn surgeon Daniel Lozano, MD, with Surgical Specialists of the Lehigh Valley and LVHN’s Regional Burn Center.

Here are burn injury dos and don’ts. Read More »