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2017 NBA Injuries

2017 NBA Injuries

Basketball season has ended and the NBA awards have also come to a close. However, people are already talking about the next season. New players have been drafted and old players are switching teams. Unfortunately, player injury is also going to play a huge part in determining how teams will perform next season. That’s why compiled a list of a few players that got injured this season.

Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs

Leonard was injured in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Leonard originally injured his ankle in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets. In the third quarter of Game 1 against the Warriors, Leonard twisted his ankle coming down on Zaza Pachulia after attempting a jump shot.

Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin has a toe injury that may keep him on the bench until December. Griffin has also sustained other injuries prior to his toe injury.

Derrick Rose – New York Knicks

Derrick Rose has suffered yet another knee injury. An MRI revealed a torn meniscus in his left knee. His injury will require arthroscopic surgery and recovery time is expected to be around four to eight weeks.

Chris Bosh – Miami Heat

A league source claims that an NBA doctor has diagnosed Chris Bosh with a career-ending illness. However, it has yet to be confirmed yet. Bosh was out due to a strained calf muscle, but later found he had blood clots. Stay tuned, Bosh may be able to play next season.
Make sure while you are playing sports that you are taking appropriate safety measures. If you have injured yourself and are in need of an MRI, Open MRI of Pueblo provides Open MRI technology that provides patient comfort while producing quality images. You can schedule an appointment online today!

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Hiking and your Health

 

Hiking And Your Health

You spend most of your time indoors, so why would you workout inside? Mix it up by going outside and taking a hike! Studies have proven that hiking makes you both healthier and happier. You will feel more accomplished hiking up a mountain rather than running in place on a treadmill. Here are a few health benefits associated with hiking:

Mental Benefits

Hiking has proven mental benefits. Research has shown that spending time outdoors increases attention spans and critical thinking skills by 50%! Researchers believe this is a result of unplugging from technology. Hikers are also more creative! Trees, the sunshine, and fresh air really get the creative juices flowing.

Physical Benefits

In addition to improving your mental health, hiking provides a full body workout. This one may seem obvious, but hiking does more than making your legs look awesome. Hiking gives you a hard cardio workout and can lower your risk of heart disease. It also improves both your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Hiking strengthens your core, tones your midsection, and improves balance. Who doesn’t like a work out with a view?

Getting Started

If you’re new to hiking then fear not – it’s really simple to start. Start by finding a hiking trail near you. Hiking is meant to be an enjoyable activity with no stress attached to it. It’s all about the journey, not the destination. So, feel free to move at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Once you have mastered the flat terrain, try to gradually increase to hills. Depending on what kind of pack you have on, a one-hour hike with gradual hills can burn up to 500 calories! The more hills in a hike the more your heart rate will increase and the more calories you will burn.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a backpack, a friend, and hiking boots and head outdoors! Be sure to pack a first aid kit, snacks, and plenty of water. Happy hiking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MRI: Why Bore Size Matters

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MRI machines come in various bore sizes. The bore is the area of the machine where the patient lies down. Inside each MRI scanner is a very large magnet that varies in strength.  Different bore sizes can impact both the clarity of the scan and the comfort of the patient. To help you figure out which machine best suits your needs we have provided descriptions of different MRI machines.

Closed Bore MRI

Closed bore MRI’s typically have a diameter of 50-60 cm. This means that the opening where patients lay down in is super small. Most people who have a procedure done in a closed bore MRI machine say they feel really claustrophobic. Larger patients may not be able to fit inside a closed bore MRI machine. However, these machines have excellent speed and image quality.

Open MRI

An open MRI is open on three to four sides which is ideal for patients with claustrophobia. Some patients claim that it feels similar to lying under a desk. These machines have a greater amount of space than their closed bore counterparts, however, the clarity of images may be lower. This machine is best for examining extremities, like your knee or shoulder.

Wide-Bore MRI

The wide-bore MRI is a combination of both the closed bore MRI machine and the open MRI machine. It provides the space for an open MRI machine and has the high-quality imaging capability of a closed bore MRI machine. It also has a shorter procedure time when compared to the open MRI machine. The wide-bore MRI machine’s 70cm opening is ideal for larger or claustrophobic patients.

Open technology continues to improve! At Open MRI of Pueblo, our system is built with the concept of total comfort and relaxation at the forefront, something that isn’t often experienced in a standard MRI. The Hitachi Oasis Open MRI here in Pueblo, Colorado provides our patients with the peace of mind for a quality scan in a stress-free setting. You can request an appointment online today!

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7 Exercises To Workout Your Brain

Brain Exercises

You may exercise your body, but are you exercising your brain? Just as your body requires physical exercise to get stronger, your mind grows when you participate in mental exercises. You don’t just lose muscle as you get older – our brains lose atrophy. Meaning, your brain’s cognitive reserve diminishes and could result in memory loss. In honor of National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, Open MRI of Pueblo is sharing 7 exercises that can help increase your brain’s cognitive reserve:

1. Read Aloud

Read and listen to books aloud with your child or a loved one. An alternative could be listening to an audiobook on the way to work. Brain imaging has shown three distinct brain regions lighting up when the same word was read, spoken, or heard. It also provides the opportunity to utilize your imagination and live in a different world for a moment.

2. Expand Your Vocabulary

A vast vocabulary correlates with a reduced risk for cognitive decline. You can break out the dictionary and index cards or sign up to take a foreign language class.

3. Take New Routes

When you drive the same way to work or school every day your brain switches into autopilot and gets very little stimulation. However, taking an unfamiliar route activates the cortex and hippocampus. You don’t have to do this driving. You could take new routes biking, running, or walking.

4. Test Your Memory

Create a list – it could be places you want to travel to or what you hope to accomplish this week – then memorize it. Wait one hour and then see how many items you can remember. For the best results, make the items on the list challenging.

5. Meditation

Surprisingly, meditation is one of the most difficult mental exercises. It is challenging to silence our thoughts since our brains process more than 70,000 thoughts a day. Meditation can reduce stress, improve memory, increase focus and attention, and can even reverse brain atrophy.

6. Adopt A Creative Hobby

Hobbies like knitting, painting, or pottery force your brain to focus. They also are a natural antidepressant and help protect against brain aging.

7. Take A Cooking Class

Not only will you learn how to cook some delicious new foods, but you will be utilizing almost all of your senses. Utilizing different senses – taste, touch, and smell – works out different parts of the brain.

At Open MRI of Pueblo, we strive to keep our patients happy and healthy. Incorporating these activities into your life will enhance your intelligence, creativity, focus, and memory. These exercises can also decrease your risk of cognitive impairment or dementia.