When it comes to sports, winning may be important, but staying safe and healthy is also a priority. Every hit, kick, block and score is accompanied by a risk of injury. Here are a few tips that can help lower the risk of serious injury and can keep your athletes playing strong.
First, make sure your athlete’s equipment is properly fitted. Football helmets, pads and other equipment should fit properly, with nothing too loose or too tightly fitted. A helmet that isn’t properly fitted may cause serious damage if a strong hit is applied. Shin pads, knee pads, and appropriate ankle braces should also be worn when needed.
Second, make sure your athlete is doing a proper warm-up and cool-down at the start and end of each practice and game. A quality warm-up includes some light cardio and easy stretching. This will help prevent those common tears and strains during the game, because muscles, tendons and ligaments will be warmed up. Cooling down will help the muscles calm down after vigorous movement and activity.
Third, make sure your athlete gets professional help for any bumps, bruises, strains, sprains or other seemingly minor incidents during the season. Untreated minor injuries could lead to more serious injuries. That’s why Bingham Memorial Hospital’s Orthopedic Institute is offering free orthopedic clinics for all your athlete’s bumps and bruises.
The Orthopedic Institute’s free Bumps and Bruises clinic is the perfect opportunity to help keep your athlete in the game. The clinic offers free evaluations (and x-rays if needed) from the regions most experienced orthopedic and sports medicine specialists and will be held on the first floor of the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza in Blackfoot and at the Physicians and Surgeons Clinic of Pocatello in Pocatello at 9:00 am, Saturdays from August 24th to November 1st.
Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No appointment necessary. For more information, call 785-2220 for Blackfoot or 239-8010 for Pocatello.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, making it the most common autoimmune disease in the nation. An autoimmune disease is when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells, causing tissue destruction.
August is National Psoriasis Month, a time for us to learn more about this skin condition and what can be done to treat it.
Psoriasis is the visible result of the body over-producing skin cells. Normally, the human body has dead skin cells underneath the surface of the skin that rise to the surface and slough off about once a month. For those with psoriasis, these dead skin cells are overproduced, causing red, scaly, uncomfortable patches of skin on various parts of the body.
Psoriasis can affect anyone at any age and can be found in all areas of the body such as the scalp, ears, mouth, hands, feet, and nails. There are several different types of psoriasis and each type and area requires different treatment.
A psoriasis attack can be triggered by any of the following: bacterial or viral infections, dry air or dry skin, injury to the skin, certain types of medication, stress, excessive alcohol, and either too much or too little sunlight. Psoriasis is not contagious, but can be more severe in those who have weakened immune systems. The symptoms mainly consist of itching and reddening of the skin in different parts of the body.
Here at Bingham Memorial Hospital, we have a healthcare team that can help. There is no cure for psoriasis, but with the proper treatment, it can be controlled. The Bingham Dermatology Center, with Dr. Adam Wray and Julia McGee, PA-C, has the knowledge and experience to help treat psoriasis cases from mild to severe.
You can live in your own skin without severe pain or discomfort. Call the Bingham Dermatology Center, with locations in Blackfoot (782-2930) and Pocatello (233-4455) for help.
At its height, the polio epidemic killed a half a million people every year during the 1940s and ‘50s, and left even more severely crippled. Today, polio is an afterthought, thanks to effective immunization.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, the perfect time to remind family and friends to get caught up on their immunizations. Did you know immunizations (also known as vaccines) aren’t just for children? We all need shots to help protect us from serious diseases and minor illness.
Young children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox and hepatitis. Kids between 11 and 12 years of age need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, all adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years. People age 65 should get a one-time pneumonia shot. Immunizations are not only necessary for our personal health, but they are also vital for community health. Making sure everyone, regardless of age, is getting proper immunizations helps keep diseases like polio things of the past, an afterthought of what was once a serious public health epidemic.
If you need to catch up on immunizations for yourself or your child, or you’re not quite sure as to which immunizations you or your family need, the best resource is always your family doctor. That’s why Bingham Memorial Hospital is excited to announce the addition of two new Family Physicians, Dr. Ron Ellsworth and Dr. Ricky Gardner.
Dr. Ron Ellsworth earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ. He then served his residency with the Utah Valley Medicine Residency Program at Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Ellsworth is also fluent in Spanish. Dr. Ellsworth’s patients say he is very caring and cheerful; he likes to have a good relationship with his patients and is sensitive. He is now seeing patients at 1st Choice Urgent Care and can be reached at 782-2410, no appointment needed.
Dr. Ricky Gardner attended medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Gardner furthered his medical education by completing his family medicine residency as well as a fellowship in Obstetrics at the Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency of South Bend, Indiana. As a family physician, Dr. Gardner feels it is his role to be a partner with his patients as they work together to find the best solutions to their healthcare concerns. He now treats patients on the second floor of the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza and can be reached at 785-3834.
Both Dr. Ellsworth and Dr. Gardner can help you learn how easy it is to catch up on immunizations, and keep your family on the road to great health.
According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. This can literally disrupt every aspect of your life. If you feel pain anywhere from your head to your toes, or suffer from pain associated with conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia, Bingham Memorial Hospital is committed to helping you manage your pain, while living a healthy lifestyle.
That’s why Bingham Memorial Hospital is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Jared Wagner to the Idaho Pain Group. Dr. Wagner graduated top of his class from the University of Nevada with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Mathematics. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan where he graduated with research honors. Dr. Wagner completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic followed by a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Northwestern in Chicago.
Because chronic pain can be so debilitating, Dr. Wagner feels that pain is one of the most satisfying things to cure. “Everyone deserves to enjoy life; I have the opportunity to help people enjoy their life, pain free” said Dr. Wagner. When asked why he wanted to practice medicine here at Bingham Memorial Hospital Dr. Wagner replied, “I have spent my life building the skills and knowledge needed to relieve suffering. Bingham’s network of physicians and support staff is very strong and that strength allows me to take my skills to those who need them most.”
Dr. Wagner received his training from some of the best institutions in the country and is up to date on the latest and most advanced pain therapies available. This has enabled him to offer the most effective treatments for pain management.
Bingham Memorial Hospital is confident that each patient who sees Dr. Wagner for their pain will receive the highest degree of healthcare coupled with a very personal experience. If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, call Dr. Wagner at 782-3701 today!
According to Mental Health America, over 19 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. Depression affects both men and women, regardless of age or race. Common treatment options include medication, psychotherapy and counseling.
Another effective treatment option is known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT); 90% of patients who suffer from severe depression and do not see desired results through medication find ECT to be helpful. ECT uses electrical currents to quickly reverse certain mental illness symptoms. Others who may benefit from ECT include those who suffer from bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. Only certified providers can offer ECT to patients.
Bingham Memorial Hospital is proud to offer the services of Dr. Craig Denny, a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both General and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and east Idaho’s only certified provider of ECT.
Dr. Denny gained a love for psychiatry after serving rotations during medical school and realizing that he enjoyed spending time talking and listening to patients. Psychiatry allows him to fulfill his love for science and provides him with the high level of human interaction he desires.
Dr. Denny works hard to see his patients smile and enjoys helping them overcome their difficulties. “It is very rewarding when a family comes to my office and says they have their family member back, whether it’s a son, daughter, spouse or parent,” says Dr. Denny.
If you or someone you know suffers from severe depression and experiences little to no relief from medication, call Dr. Denny at 782-2991.
Did you know Bingham Memorial Hospital is home to the College of Massage Therapy? As Massage Therapy continues to grow in the healthcare field, the relationship we share with the College of Massage Therapy is one of equal benefits.
Massage therapy offers an array of health benefits such as pain relief, increased joint flexibility, improvement of overall circulation, and reduction of post-surgery adhesions or swelling.
Along with the physical benefits of massage therapy, clients report a decrease in anxiety, better sleep, and less stress. As Bingham Memorial Hospital strives to provide the highest quality of healthcare, our patients have the unique experience of having massage therapy readily available in the same location.
The College of Massage Therapy at Bingham Memorial Hospital offers students a 10-month program/2 days a week, with day or night classes, hospital internships, and financial aid for qualified students.
The College of Massage Therapy also offers both student and professional massages to the public; student massage are offered for only $25 on Fridays and Saturdays, and professional massages are offered Monday through Saturday by appointment only.
Recognizing the importance of massage therapy in the healthcare environment, Bingham Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Idaho to offer this incredible opportunity in such an exceptional setting. If you are interesting in starting an honorable career in the healthcare field as a Massage Therapist, call the College of Massage Therapy at 785-3823.
Bingham Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Jonathan Godfrey, MD, a fellowship trained gastroenterologist to our medical staff and the Idaho Physicians Clinic.
Gastroenterology is the department of medicine that specializes in the treatment of stomach or digestive disorders. The digestive system is a complex part of the body and is made up of a series of many organs. Its main function is to help the body break down food into liquid so it can be transferred and absorbed by the body. Solid foods such as bread, meat or vegetables must be broken down into smaller molecules so the body can receive its nourishment and energy.
Dr. Godfrey has the experience and training required to help those who suffer from digestive disorders such as heartburn, indigestion, spastic colon, ulcers, unexplained weight loss and many others.
Dr. Godfrey’s patients say that he is a good listener and is active in helping them with whatever problem they are experiencing. They also acknowledge that Dr. Godfrey has their best interest in mind as treatment plans are discussed.
Serving his residency at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Godfrey became very familiar with their motto, the needs of the patient come first. “I live by this. It’s engrained in me, it’s about the patient.”
When it comes to taking care of one of your bodies most important systems, don’t put it off. Help us welcome Dr. Godfrey by making an appointment with him today. You can schedule appointments by calling 785-3800.
Happy Independence Day from Bingham Memorial Hospital!
We are sponsoring this year’s Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Summerfest Firework show, and encourage everyone to take advantage of the safe and professional fireworks held for the public on Thursday, July 4th at Jensen’s Grove following the flag raising at 10 p.m.
While fireworks provide extravagant entertainment, thousands are injured by personal firework use each year. The most common injuries associated with fireworks are both serious and minor burns, loss of hearing and/or sight, and even death.
If you or your family is planning on hosting your own fireworks, please remember these safety tips.
• Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting fireworks.
• Have a designated launcher to organize and light fireworks at your family show.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
• Always supervise teens using fireworks.
• Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
• Always have water ready if you are lighting fireworks.
• Obey local laws.
• Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
• Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks. Use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
Unfortunately, even when all attempts for safety are made, accidents happen. If you need emergency care during your Independence Day festivities, remember that Bingham Memorial Hospital offers 24 hour emergency care. All of us at Bingham Memorial Hospital wish you and your loved ones a safe and fun 4th of July.
With the gorgeous weather we have been having recently, everyone across east Idaho is taking advantage of the outdoors; however those with asthma might experience a harder time breathing.
According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 22 million Americans have asthma.
Asthma is a hereditary disease for which there is no cure. However, asthma can be controlled and managed with proper treatment. A goal of asthma control is not to just relieve symptoms, but to prevent them before they start. People who use their fast-acting inhaler more than 2 days a week may have poorly controlled asthma.
Asthma can be triggered by pollen, dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, indoor molds, pollution of the air, cold air, colds and viruses, tobacco smoke, strong odors, or exercise. Symptoms of asthma episodes are chest tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, or wheezing.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “there are more than 3,300 deaths due to asthma each year, many of which are avoidable with proper treatment and care. In addition, asthma is indicated as a ‘contributing factor’ for nearly 7,000 other deaths each year.”
The pathway to gaining control of your asthma starts in your doctor’s office. Bingham Memorial is now proud to offer the services of Dr. David Shrader, Southeast Idaho’s first Pulmonologist. Dr. Shrader sees patients who have challenging respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPD, and emphysema. To schedule an appointment call 535-3636 for Idaho Falls, and 782- 2946 for Blackfoot.
First, with the weather heating up and thousands across east Idaho taking advantage of the outdoors, it’s more important than ever to cover up to avoid sunburn and reduce your chances of skin cancer. Choose an SPF that is at least 30 and wear light, loose fitting clothing that covers your arms, legs and head whenever possible.
Here at Bingham Memorial’s 1st Choice Urgent Care, we are here for all of your urgent care needs this summer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (208) 785-4100.