Strengthen Your Core, but Don’t Hurt Your Back

Updated GraphicStrengthening your core – the muscles of the trunk that surround and stabilize the spine – helps you prevent exercise-related injuries. But if you aren’t doing those exercises properly, you can create new problems, says Jeffery Smee, DC, a chiropractor with LVPG Chiropractic Medicine–1243 Cedar Crest. “Popular media have led us to desire ‘six-pack abs,’” he says. “However the common approach to obtain this physique is unrealistic and potentially puts your body, and specifically your back, in harm’s way.” Read More »

8 Things to Know Before You Have Surgery

16085_Healthy-You-Tip-Greg-BruskoYou need surgery. Even if a doctor has told you it’s a “minor” procedure, it doesn’t feel very minor because it’s going to happen to you. So how do you prepare for your procedure?

“People frequently come into our office with preconceived ideas,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) general surgeon Gregory Brusko, DO, with LVPG General Surgery-Muhlenberg. “I try to erase all that and start from scratch. At the end of the day, the patient and I will walk through what’s going to occur one step at a time.” Read More »

5 Tips to Make Your ER Visit Less Stressful

16082_Healthy-You-Tip-Stephen-FooskasNo one wants to think about a medical emergency, but it’s wise to be prepared should the unexpected happen. “There are things you can do to relieve your anxiety, and help your ER doctors and nurses care for you,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) emergency medicine physician Stephen Fooskas, MD, with LVPG Emergency Medicine.

Here are five things you can do to get the most out of your ER visit: Read More »

Extreme Feelings: Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

HYT619If one word could describe pregnancy and new motherhood, it would likely be joy. For some women, sadness and anxiety are the words that best describe their feelings. “These feelings are felt by a lot of new mothers,” says obstetrician/gynecologist Beth Berger, DO, with LVPG Obstetrics and Gynecology–Valley Center Parkway and co-author of a paper about postpartum depression screening. “For many women, those feelings will go away on their own, but in some cases moms need additional care to manage anxiety or deep-rooted sadness.” Read More »

Eat, Limit and Avoid These Foods to Keep Your Pipes Clean


If you constantly wash items down the drain of your kitchen sink that you shouldn’t, eventually the pipes get blocked. The same is true with your arteries when you eat things you shouldn’t.

“Eating unhealthy foods can cause your arteries to get blocked with plaque, a condition called atherosclerosis,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist James Sandberg, MD, with LVPG Cardiology–1250 Cedar Crest. “When plaque buildup prevents blood from passing through your arteries, it can lead to a heart attack, stroke or blood circulation problems that can affect your organs, arms and legs.”

To keep your pipes clean, exercise regularly and remember the things you should… Read More »