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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.

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The Evolution of MRI

The Evolution of mri1Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology has come a long way since the technology was first developed in the 1970’s. The MRI was originally designed as a way to view the insides of a body through the use of magnetic imaging. However, that is not the case now.

MRI Capabilities

Over the years, the uses for MRI have continued to evolve, and it’s now one of the most diverse procedures available. Fortunately, the MRI has been able to expand and now includes a variety of helpful diagnostic aids. MRI’s have evolved and are used to help diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Abnormalities of the brain/spinal cord
  • Injuries and abnormalities of the joints
  • Liver and abdominal diseases
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Heart problems
  • Tumors and cysts
  • Abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord

MRI & Breast Cancer Detection

One of the more interesting aspects of the MRI evolution has been its usefulness in breast cancer screening. In recent years, there have been several studies about the effectiveness of MRI scans in early detection of breast cancer, and many of them have found that MRI scans have been useful in detecting small malignancies that would otherwise be missed during a traditional mammogram.

Although MRI’s can sometimes be costly and aren’t recommended as a go-to procedure, they have been proven to play a crucial role in early detection for women who have an increased breast cancer risk.

MRI technology will continue to evolve and assist with the detection and of numerous diseases. This could lead to new cures and improved treatments for chronic illnesses. We look forward to learning how the MRI with further advances the field of medicine in the future. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we’re excited to be a part of a field that is able to provide these services to the public. If you are in need of an MRI you can request an appointment with us online today!

 

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5 Unbelievable Memorial Day Facts

5 UNBELIEVABLE MEMORIAL DAY FACTS

In the United States, we value and respect those that have served in our military. Memorial day is a day that allows us as a nation to reflect and pay our respects to everyone that has passed away while serving in the United States military. It’s meant to serve as a somber day. This Memorial Day, before you get beaching or grilling, take a moment to honor those that have not only served in our country but given their life to protect us.

This year, we would like to share some unknown facts about Memorial Day to teach everyone a little more about this special day.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration day.

This federal holiday in the United State was originally called Decoration day. An organization of Union veterans established this holiday as a time to decorate veterans’ graves with dead flowers in order to celebrate their service.

Flowers play a large role in the holiday.

It is believed that Memorial day would take place on the last Monday of every month because flowers would be at their blooming peak. This ties into the idea of placing flowers on the graves.

It’s illegal to not observe a National Moment of Remembrance.

This is an actual thing. Congress passed a law in December 2000 that states American have to pause at 3 p.m. to honor our fallen soldiers. However, many people don’t realize this is a law!

There are nine states that observe Confederate Memorial Day.

Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Louisiana, and Georgia celebrate Confederate soldiers those that passed away during the Civil War. They have created a separate day to memorialize these fallen soldiers.

Eating a picnic in a cemetery was once a celebration of Memorial Day.

This isn’t nearly as popular anymore, but it was a tradition to pack up your lunch and have a picnic on the ground at a cemetery. Apparently, this tradition is living on by some citizens in the South!

Memorial Day is a day we celebrate and honor those that fought and gave up their lives for our safety. This coming Monday, make sure that you set aside some time to honor our fallen soldiers. Open MRI of Pueblo thanks all military personnel who have served past and present. Our country would not be what it is today without the sacrifices of brave men and women in uniform.

 

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Identifying and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

TBI in Children

The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury. Sadly,children have an increased risk of receiving a TBI. In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children were treated in the United States for concussion or TBI due to sports or recreational activity. Here are some tips to help identify and treat your child if you suspect they may have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Identifying Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms of TBI include physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments. Contact your physician immediately if your child is showing any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty in processing information
  • Impaired judgement
  • Short-term memory deficits
  • Impaired concentration
  • Limited attention span
  • Impaired vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Change in sleep patterns  
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Decline in communication skills
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Treatment for TBI includes:

  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Cognitive-Communicative Interventions
  • Computer-Assisted Treatment
  • Direct Attention Training (DAT)
  • Speech Intervention
  • Hearing and Balance Intervention

A brain injury has a more devastating impact on a child because the child’s brain is still developing. It is crucial that to get your child immediate treatment if you believe they may have a TBI. An MRI can assist your physician in detecting traumatic brain injury in your child. If your child is in need of an MRI, Open MRI of Pueblo provides patients a quality scan in a stress-free setting. You can request an appointment online today!

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10 Foods That Can Improve Bone Health

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Vitamin D and calcium are essential for bone health. Calcium is a mineral that helps your body build and maintain bones and teeth while vitamin D helps your body absorb the minerals, calcium, and phosphorus from the food you eat. Adults should get about 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 200 international units of vitamin D a day. To ensure sure your bones are getting the nutrients they need, introduce these 10 foods to your diet:

1. Yogurt

Yogurt contains calcium, protein, and probiotics which are beneficial to bone health.

2. Milk 

Milk is one of the best dietary sources of calcium and the calcium found in milk is easily absorbed by your bones.

3. Cheese

Cheese is rich in both calcium and comes in a variety! 1.5 ounces of cheese contains more than 30% of your daily need for calcium.

4. Eggs

One egg contains 28 mg of calcium and 1 mcg of vitamin D. The vitamin D is concentrated in the yolk of the egg.

5. Salmon

Salmon is rich with omega-3 and serves as a natural anti-inflammatory food. Eating fish on a regular basis is a great and simple way to keep your bones strong.

6. Spinach 

One cup of spinach contains 30mg of calcium! So, consider implementing spinach as a side of your lunch or dinner. It’s an easy way to stock up on calcium!

7. Breakfast Cereal

Scan your grocery shelves as certain cereals contain up to 25% of your daily vitamin D. If you eat your cereal with milk, your morning will be filled with calcium.

8. Tuna

Three ounces of tuna contains about 39% of your daily dose of vitamin D.

9. Soy Beans

Consumption of soy products may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women that have undergone menopause.

10. Sardines

Don’t knock em until you try them! These tiny fish are loaded with both vitamin D and calcium.

A lack of calcium and vitamin D in your diet can lead to fragile, brittle bones that are more vulnerable to fractures and disease. It’s important to bring attention to your bone health and start taking action early on. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo hope you will introduce these foods into your diet to improve your bone health. However, if you currently have issues with your bone health and need an MRI, you can contact us online or by phone.  

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MRI Fears: Relieving MRI Claustrophobia

 

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Claustrophobia affects many people’s daily life. Those who suffer from this phobia can find MRI’s to be a nightmare. We understand claustrophobic patients can find it difficult to overcome their MRI anxieties, but we have offered a few ways that can put you at ease when undergoing an MRI.

1) Consider drug therapy. This is only appropriate for extreme circumstances where a patient believes that their claustrophobia will legitimately keep them from completing an MRI procedure. Drugs should be temporary, used only for the procedure, prescribed by a doctor and also approved by the facility doing the MRI.

2) Think about herbal remedies. There are a lot of natural herbal medicines that help ease the anxiety caused by claustrophobia. Two of the most effective herbs are passionflower and kava. These can be taken as tablets or capsules, or used in teas and tinctures as well.

3) Use various relaxation techniques. If you start to panic, breathe in through your nose for ten seconds and then exhale through your mouth for ten more seconds. Continue the pattern to help slow your heart rate. Try to think about happy or relaxing things while you’re in the MRI machine as well. Our centers also allow you to listen to music during your procedure, which is a great distraction for patients and can help keep them feeling calm and relaxed.

4) Have a friend in the room. If you’re feeling nervous, it always helps to have someone in the room with you. Our technologists are always available to sit with patients during their procedures, to hold their hands, or even just to keep up a conversation with them during the procedure.

5) Find an alternative machine. If you suffer from claustrophobia, it’s highly recommended that you have your MRI procedure at a facility that has open MRI machines. Rather than placing your head inside a small tube, open MRI machines provide much more space for patients. You can see the difference in the images below. The first one is a traditional closed MRI machine, the second is an open MRI machine.

Fortunately for you, we utilize Open MRI technology for all of our scans. Open MRI scanners offer a more comfortable MRI experience for patients who suffer from claustrophobia. If you have any concerns about your appointment, give us a call or let one of our technicians know so we can provide you with a comfortable experience.

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How Well Do You Know Your Bones?

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Bone health should be one of your top concerns, which is why we decided to bring some attention to the subject! As with all things, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to your bones. We’re hoping to clear some of those up by bringing you a light hearted game designed by Webmd that will make you a bone expert! So, here’s a list of statements that you have to decide if it is a myth or a fact. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo bet that you’ll come out on the other end of it and feel like you learned a lot.

 

Babies have more bones than adults.

True. We’re born with nearly 300 bones. As babies get older, their soft bones fuse together which leave 206 bones in your adult body.

 

Your bones never stop growing.

False. Your bones actually stop growing when you reach your late 20s. That’s why it’s important to take care of your bones early on, so you don’t have complications down the road!

 

Your bones aren’t responsible for producing anything.

False. Your bones are actually creating white and red blood cells that are in charge of fighting infection and transporting oxygen and proteins to your tissues.

 

The most common injury is a fracture clavicle.

True. It’s quite easy to break your collar bone, especially when you have a rough fall. Many people might be surprised that this is the number one fracture!

 

All of your bones are connected.

False. While most of your bones are indeed connected, you have one bone that is not. Your hyoid, which is at the base of your tongue, is not connected to another bone. It’s actually in a U shape!

 

Many people are not bone experts, which is why it’s not a surprise if you answered incorrectly on a few of these. It’s important to bring attention to your bone health and start taking action early on. However, it’s never too late to give your bones some attention. You can make lifestyle changes at any age to help your bones live a happier life. Here’s a guide on how to increase your bone health at any age!