Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Cheers! To Aging Like Fine Wine


“Growing into your future with health and grace and beauty doesn’t have to take all your time. It rather requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is.” –Victoria Moran

Society has trained us to believe that being youthful is the only way to feel good about yourself. Well, that’s just not natural because we all age and that’s perfectly fine. Why should any of us try to turn back the clock when we can just ensure we age gracefully? Each and every year billions of dollars are wasted as people try to defy the natural process of aging, to turn back the clock, to spit in the face of Father Time and cling to the ever-elusive facade of youth. What people don’t realize is that growing older doesn’t necessarily separate you from your youth, your independence, your athleticism, or from living your life. Age is simply a number and it’s what you do with your body and mind that determines how old you really feel.

 

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw

Think about it this way. Have you ever met a 22-year-old who complains about their joints and can constantly be heard saying, “I have the body of a grandma”, or seen an elderly couple out running at a faster pace than you could in high school? When it comes to feeling young and healthy, for most people it’s simply a case of following some basic tips and tricks to keep old age at bay. Here’s a little inspiration to really drive home this point. This 80 year old woman hasn’t lost her vest for life and out there dancing like any young person can!

Getting older isn’t a bad thing. It’s something to look forward to, to enjoy, and to cherish. We encourage you to share your favorite tips and tricks to feeling young and healthy as you age on our Facebook page or in the office. Help give others the key to enjoying this stage of their lives! Here are a few of Open MRI of Pueblo‘s tips to keeping your body healthy so you can age like fine wine.

  • Exercise
  • Make sure to get enough sleep
  • Try to eat a balanced diet
  • Have a positive mindset
  • Don’t stress; enjoy life
  • Stay on top of your health
  • Find time for fun

 

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Radiation Safety Concerns!

 

Many people are familiar with radiation exposure, but they aren’t familiar with the specifics. It is a hot topic and instills fear in patients because they don’t want to undergo a procedure if there is a risk, especially if they are assuming the worst. Recently the media has been doing a lot of coverage on radiation exposure from medical imaging procedures. When our patients come in, that’s almost always a topic that we get asked about. Patients want to know how much radiation they’ll be exposed to during their procedure, and how that might affect them in regards to their health. “It’s great if you find something during my CT scan, but will that really matter if the radiation from it gives me cancer?”

Because this is such a huge concern for many patients, we thought it would be a great idea to delve a little deeper into the topic. Experts are agreed that for small imaging procedures such as x-rays or mammography, the risk of radiation exposure is very minimal. With higher radiation-dose tests like CT and nuclear imaging, though, there’s a bit more concern.

In order to do a little more explaining, we found a great article that we were able to pull some information from. The article examines how higher doses of radiation can potentially lead to cancer:

“The radiation you get from x-ray, CT, and nuclear imaging is ionizing radiation — high-energy wavelengths or particles that penetrate tissue to reveal the body’s internal organs and structures. Ionizing radiation can damage DNA, and although your cells repair most of the damage, they sometimes do the job imperfectly, leaving small areas of “misrepair.” The result is DNA mutations that may contribute to cancer years down the road.”

It’s been noted that children who are exposed to high-dose radiation for cancer treatment are more likely to develop additional cancers as they age, but there’s little evidence to prove that healthy adults who have medical imaging procedures are particularly affected.

Nevertheless, it’s highly recommended that patients try to limit the amount of radiation exposure they receive. Keep track of any medical imaging procedures you’ve had over the years so that your doctor can get an idea of how much radiation you’ve already been exposed to and keep that in mind when they’re proposing treatment options for injuries. Also, don’t request high-dose procedures unless a doctor recommends it. Many people request a CT scan simply for “peace of mind”, to make absolutely sure that their doctor didn’t miss anything. Doing so only results in unnecessary exposure to radiation.

Although the idea of being exposed to radiation can be a scary one, it’s not one that most patients have any reason to fear. By tracking your exposure, staying informed, and consulting with your doctor, you have no reason to worry. If you’re concerned about the subject, sit down with your doctor or our staff and let us know how you’re feeling. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we do everything we can to speak honestly and openly about the risks, effects, and science behind each procedure.

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Explained: Your Funny Bone!

EXPLAINED- FUNNY BONE

We all know that when you hit your funny bone, it is never funny. It seems that we all just bear through the minute of the uncomfortable, tingling sensation until it subsides and never consider what’s happening. This sensation doesn’t seem to happen when we hit other bones, so what exactly creates this unusual sensation? What is your funny bone?

 

It’s pretty funny, your funny bone isn’t even a bone. It is actually your ulnar nerve, which is one of your three main nerves in your arm. It runs from your neck all the way down to your hand and is protected by layers of bones and neurons. The ulnar nerve’s main responsibility is to control the movement in your hand and let your brain know what it is feeling in your fingers.

 

 

So, how can you hit your funny bone or the ulnar nerve? The sensitive nerve inconveniently travels through your cubital tunnel, which is quite small, and is located between your bone and skin. This leaves it open and vulnerable without much protection. When you hit your elbow at the perfect angle, you’re basically hitting your nerve that is left unprotected.

 

This makes sense of why the pain is shooting down your arm all the way to your hand. Your bone isn’t causing the numbing sensation, it’s your nerve that travels down your arm that is being affected! Fortunately, we all know that this feeling doesn’t last long.

 

So, there it is! The funny bone mystery explained. We thought it would be interesting to figure out exactly what was happening when our arm felt like it was going to fall off. Medical trivia is always fun, especially when it’s a common experience finally explained.

 

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Fight back against Osteoporosis!

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Being aware of possible medical conditions is the first step to a healthy life. Step two is taking appropriate healthy steps to ensure that you’re doing all that you can to avoid developing these harmful conditions. As you can see from the infographic, Osteoporosis is a growing threat and needs to be recognized. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. According to AAOS, in the United States, there are 10 million people that osteoporosis and an astounding 18 million more are at risk for developing this bone condition.

 

What is Osteoporosis?

As mentioned above, Osteoporosis is a medical condition that affects your bones by thinning and weakening them. It makes a sufferer fragile and heightens your risk to fracture your bones. If a person with Osteoporosis falls, they are significantly more likely to fracture their bone than a person with healthy bones. According to Health and Bone, 80% of fractures occur in 50+ year old women are fragility fractures.

 

Who is at risk for developing Osteoporosis?

According to Webmd, women are four times more likely to develop Osteoporosis than men. Even further, women over the age of 50 have the highest risk of developing Osteoporosis. However, anyone is susceptible to developing this condition. A few more risk factors include:

  • Petite or thin women
  • Family history
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Alcohol use
  • People over the age of 30 years old

 

Can I reduce my risk of developing Osteoporosis?

There are definitely ways to reduce your risk of developing this condition that weakens your bones and it is by strengthen your bones! You can go about this a few different ways. For starters, it’s recommended to complete 30 minutes of exercise each day. Another simple way is to ensure you get your daily dose of Vitamin D and calcium. Drink milk, certain vegetables, soy products, and even calcium supplements. Even further you can eliminate alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, and soda.

 

Osteoporosis mainly affects older women, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the necessary precautions to strengthen your bones. It’s important to be proactive about your bone health, especially because this condition can happen to anyone. Your bones are your best friend, so you better look out for them! If you believe you may have have fractured a bone, call us to schedule an MRI appointment with us at Open MRI of Pueblo. We would love to assist you with any of your needs/questions.