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Today’s Stressors: How They Impact Health and 6 Tools to Cope

November 12, 2019 | Behavioral Medicine, Primary Care, Wellness

We all have stress of some type in our life, whether it’s a daily commute with heavy traffic, a sick child, or an argument with a spouse. Our bodies are programmed to have an actual physical response to stress, so living with constant stress has the potential to undermine our physical health. Here’s how stress can lead to health problems and six tips for managing the stress in your life. 

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Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders: How to Prepare for your Appointment & What to Do While You Wait

November 4, 2019 | Neurology

Daughter helping older mother prepare for appointment

If your primary care doctor suspects you might have Parkinson’s disease or another movement disorder, he or she has likely referred you to a specialist. 

Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect your ability to move, or cause involuntary movements such as trembling, jerking, or spasms. Symptoms can range from subtle to severe. 

Establishing a relationship with a neurologist who has specialized training in movement disorders is critical. From there, you can receive a definitive diagnosis, learn about possible treatment options, and have a partner in managing your disorder. 

As you wait to see a specialist, consider the following ways to get the most out of your appointment:

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5 Ways to Avoid the Flu

October 29, 2019 | Primary Care, Vaccines

Washing hands under faucet to fight flu

With the arrival of fall comes gatherings for football games, leaf raking, and the anticipation of Thanksgiving. While you’re planning for these fun events, be sure you’re also preparing for flu season. Fall is the perfect time to start taking some common-sense flu precautions and to schedule a flu vaccine. Try these five tips to lower your risk of catching the flu. 

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4 Reasons Why Your Student Athlete Needs a Sports Medicine Doctor

October 23, 2019 | Sports Medicine

Working on a Ankle Injury with a sports medicine doctor

When your student athlete is on the field or the court, you’re likely beaming with pride. Parents know the benefits of being involved with sports far outweigh the risks, but unfortunately, injuries do happen. In most cases, children and teens will bounce back from an injury quickly. In other cases, there can be lasting effects that cause problems throughout adulthood. 

School athletic trainers play a vital role in injury prevention and treatment, but setting your child up with a sports medicine doctor will provide even stronger protection. Injured students who work with both a physician and a trainer tend to heal more quickly and are less likely to have a repeat injury. 

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Keep Your Memory Sharp with these 6 Simple Exercises

October 17, 2019 | Neurology

Woman thinking and trying to remember

You’re late for work, and now you can’t find your car keys. If only you could remember where you put them last night. You also seem to have forgotten the name of that lady that joined your book club two months ago when you saw her at the grocery store yesterday. Are these normal age-related memory glitches or a sign of dementia?

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Why Your Student Shouldn’t Play the Same Sport Year-Round

September 30, 2019 | Sports Medicine

teenager girl playing soccer kicking ball

Longer playing seasons, sports camps, and the popularity of travel teams have made it possible for children to play one sport all year long. In addition, many well-meaning parents and coaches may encourage a child to start specializing in one sport at an early age, reasoning it can raise the chances of earning a college scholarship or even a professional sports career. A closer look at recent research shows this may not be the best path. 

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4 Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

September 12, 2019 | Sports Medicine, Wellness

Man running while listening to music in park

Breathing in fresh air, the exhilaration of conquering another mile, or a pathway to better health — these are just a few of the reasons why people choose running. Whatever your running routine, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about how to avoid injury. It’s a sport known for a fairly high rate of injury due to the amount of stress put on your feet and legs. 

With some proactive steps, you can lower your risk of getting hurt. We’ve put together a list to help you stay safe and avoid some of the most common running injuries. 

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Does Your Athlete Have the Right Safety Equipment?

September 9, 2019 | Sports Medicine

high school football players in tackleEach year, cases of severe high school athletic injuries make news headlines in the United States. In addition, more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities. 

How can you keep your athlete from becoming a statistic? 

One of the most important things parents can do is to make sure children have the right safety gear. While safety equipment won’t prevent all injuries, it’s vital to lowering the chances of getting hurt. 

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Tips for Training to Run Your First 5k: Interview with Dr. Rigby

August 29, 2019 | Sports Medicine, Community


What’s the biggest obstacle that keeps you from running?  In this recent video interview on WFMY-2, Dr. Michael Rigby, a sports medicine doctor at LeBauer HealthCare at Horse Pen Creek, discusses what to consider and steps to take to get on a successful track towards your running goals.

Whether you’re thinking about training for your first 5k or working towards another running goal, Dr. Rigby recommends the following.

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