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Dry Needling Offers Relief for Muscle Tension, Trigger Points

Dry Needling Offers Relief for Muscle Tension, Trigger Points

By Ron Handshoe, MSPT Regional Manager, ApexNetwork PT Dry needling is a long-practiced technique that assists therapists in reducing muscle tension, relieving trigger points, and addressing pain throughout the body. Dry needling is based on Western Medicine and incorporates understanding of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Dry needling is different from acupuncture in that Chinese medicine focuses on restoring “meridians” …

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Growth Spurt for PrimaryPlus-Ashland Growing Medical Team… Growing Services… Growing Location

On the brink of its five-year anniversary of serving the tri-state, PrimaryPlus – Ashland is having an amazing growth spurt. Not only is their building expanding, their service list is growing and so is their medical team! After relocating in mid-April to its new location (432 16th St., Ashland), the Federally Qualified Health Center set its sights on expanding their …

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Nail Fungal Infection

Nail Fungal Infection

By Dr. Brian K. Bailey, Podiatric Physician & Surgeon – A fungal infection of the nail (ony-chomycosis) occurs when fungi infect one or more of your nails. Onychomycosis (on-i-ko-mi-KO-sis) usually begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to …

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He won’t ask for help… that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need it

He won’t ask for help… that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need it

According Agency on Aging and Agency for Community Living statistics, about half of women age 65 and older in the U.S. live alone, either because of death, divorce separation. While the number of men over 65 living alone is only about half that, these men face challenges that are just as daunting, and in some respects more so, than those …

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Understanding Heel Pain

Understanding Heel Pain

By Brian K. Bailey, D.P.M., M.S., Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Care Do your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in your heel? Or does your heel hurt after jogging or playing tennis? Most commonly, heel pain is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia — the tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your …

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He’s not kidding… he really didn’t hear you

He’s not kidding… he really didn’t hear you

By Ann L. Rhoten, Au.D., CCC/A It’s sort of a joke that men have “selective” hearing. That is, they seem to be able to hear the things they want to hear … and unable to hear the things they don’t want to hear. The truth is, if your father, brother or husband seems to have this particular affliction, there’s a good …

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PrimaryPlus: Growing, expanding to meet the needs of FAMILIES

PrimaryPlus- Growing, expanding to meet the needs of FAMILIES

For nearly five years, PrimaryPlus has been serving the healthcare needs of Ashland. In 2014, PrimaryPlus and the Ashland Boyd County Health Department partnered to bring a new healthcare model, one of the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky–combining the health department services with primary care services, all under one roof. Although the two organizations operated their …

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Poor Posture, Repetitive Motion Can Lead to Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Poor Posture, Repetitive Motion Can Lead to Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

By Ron Handshoe, MSPT ApexNetwork Physical Therapy One of the most common shoulder injuries requiring physical therapy intervention is shoulder impingement syndrome. It occurs when the bones of the shoulder interfere (impinge) upon the tendons or bursa. It is more likely to occur when an individual participates in repetitive activity that involves the hands and arms moving above the head. …

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Protecting the Precious Gift of Sight

Protecting the Precious Gift of Sight

Taking care of one’s eyes is a lifetime responsibility, but one that pays great dividends. Fortunately, eye care isn’t difficult, usually requiring no morthan a little common sense and following four basic rules. Rule #1 – Protect ‘em When you’re outside, wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays. Exposure to UVA/UVB rays has been linked to both cataracts and …

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This year, get back to the roots of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in the U.S. is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May. It’s a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The first Mother’s Day in the U.S. was conceived by Anna Reeves Jarvis in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. Jarvis, a social …

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“Test Drive” Hearing Aids with FLEX TRIAL

“Test Drive” Hearing Aids with FLEX TRIAL

By Ann L. Rhoten, Au.D., CCC/A Would you buy a car without test driving it first?  Would you buy a house without seeing it first? If the answer is no, then why would you buy a hearing aid without taking it for a “test drive”? If you are like most people for whom hearing aids have been recommended, you are reluctant …

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Should I See an Ophthalmologist for Eye Care?

When you go for vision checks, do you know who is taking care of your eye health? Many people don’t know the difference between the three types of eye care providers. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians all play an important role in providing eye care services to consumers. However, each group has different levels of training and expertise; you should be …

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What are your kids doing this summer?

What are your kids doing this summer

With spring just sprung, it may be hard to believe, but it’s nearly time to make arrangements for your child’s summer! Make no mistake – what kids do in the summer matters! Some research indicates that kids lose a full month or more of achievement over the lazy, hazy days of summer. Researchers also found that achievement loss was greater …

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Vaccines save lives: National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 27-May 4 is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. 2019 represents the 25th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the U.S. have joined to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. Through immunization, infants and children are protected from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two: #14. Diphtheria – Can cause a thick covering in the back of the nose or throat that makes it hard to breathe or swallow. Can lead to heart failure, paralysis and even death. #13. Chickenpox – A disease that causes an itchy rash of blisters and a fever. A person with chickenpox may have a lot of blisters – as many as 500 all over their body. This disease can be serious and even life-threatening, especially in babies, adults and people with weakened immune systems. Even healthy children can get really sick. #12. Mumps – Best known for causing puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw caused by swelling of the salivary glands. Other symptoms include fever, head and muscle aches, and tiredness. It’s contagious and there is no treatment. #11. Rotavirus – A contagious disease that can cause severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain, mostly in infants and young children. Children can become severely dehydrated and need to be hospitalized. #10. Pneumococcal Disease – caused by a bacterium, it causes ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia and even meningitis, making it very dangerous for children. The virus can invade parts of the body, like the brain and spinal cord, that are normally free from germs. #9. Whooping Cough (pertussis) – A highly contagious disease that can be deadly for babies. It can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing, which often makes it hard to breathe. #8. Measles – A child can get measles simply by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even two hours later! Measles is very contagious and can be serious, especially for young children. #7. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) – Can do serious damage to children’s immune systems, cause brain damage, hearing loss and even death. Mostly affects kids under 5. #6. Rubella – Spread by coughing and sneezing, it’s especially dangerous for pregnant women and unborn children. Can cause a miscarriage, birth defects or fetal demise. #5. Hepatitis A – The vaccine was first developed in 1995 and has cut incidence tremendously. A contagious liver disease spread by person-to-person contact or through contaminated food and water. #4. Hepatitis B – Spread through blood and bodily fluids, it’s especially dangerous for babies since it can spread from an infected mother to baby during birth. #3. Influenza – A respiratory virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs. Can affect different people differently, based on their immune system, age and health. Flu can be dangerous for children of all ages. #2. Tetanus – Can cause painful muscle stiffness and lockjaw and can be fatal. #1. Polio – A crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease spread by a virus. It spreads person to person and can invade the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis. Talk to your child’s doctor about the vaccinations that your child needs to grow, thrive and live a healthy, safe and happy life!

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 27-May 4 is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. 2019 represents the 25th anniversary of NIIW. Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the U.S. have joined to celebrate the critical role vaccination …

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Misphonia: Small sounds causing big problems

Misphonia- Small sounds causing big problems

By Ann L. Rhoten, Au.D., CCC/A The term misophonia, which means hatred of sound, was coined by Drs. Margaret and Pawel Jastreboff. The condition can make every-day sounds, which go unnoticed by most people, unbearable. Trigger sounds are typically soft noises related to the body that cause the sufferer to react. Most of us have certain sounds that annoy us, …

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