Chronic Pain Management Tips

Millions of American suffer from chronic pain. For them, every day can be filled with frustration, helplessness and even anger. For physicians, finding the cause of that pain and determining how best to treat it can be also be a challenge.

Dr. Juan Ruiz-Hurtarte of Water’s Edge Pain Clinic talks about chronic pain and interventional pain medicine.

What are some common health conditions that case chronic pain?

People who suffer from chronic pain might have arthritis, lower back problems, headaches or cancer. Some of the more common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Injury, disease or surgery
  • Spinal pain and related spinal nerve injuries
  • Illness, such as shingles, arthritis, diabetes and cancer
  • Syndromes, such as fibromyalgia, visceral and pelvic pain syndromes, complex regional pain syndrome, headaches and persistent muscular (myofascial) pain syndromes

It’s important to remember pain is your body’s way of telling you when it is being hurt or damaged. It’s an alarm, telling you to pay attention to a problem. If you ignore pain, the problem may get worse.

So when should I see a doctor for pain?

In general, you should see a doctor when pain lasts for more than a few days or is very severe. In some cases, the earlier chronic pain—and any underlying problem—is treated, the more fully you will recover.

Too many people are stoic. They don’t go to their physician as early as they should, and many of our treatments are more effective the earlier they are started, such as physical therapy.

What is interventional pain medicine?

People think pain medicine is all about narcotics, but we have a number of other ways to help people treat chronic pain that are just as – or sometimes more – effective. Treatments will vary depending on the cause of the pain, and not every treatment works for every person. You may have to try different treatments, or a combination of treatments, before finding what works for each patient

  • Relaxation therapy to relieve stress and tension, which may be intensifying the pain.
  • Physical therapy uses exercise and movement to help relieve pain and improve your ability to function
  • Psychological therapy can provide support and coping techniques
  • Surgery may be used when other treatments have failed to work. It may treat the underlying cause of pain—as when surgery is used to repair damaged joints that are causing arthritis pain.

Again, medication may not be the answer for every person dealing with pain. Other methods, such as acupuncture, massage, and heat and cold treatments may be good alternatives. Talk to your doctor about which alternative treatments could work for you.

 

 

Memorial offers spine health workshops

Memorial offers spine health workshops

back healthBack injuries account for 1 in 5 injuries in the workplace and affect more than a million workers each year.

Memorial Family of Services wants to make sure you’re taking the best possible care of your spine. Memorial will hold two workshops on Wednesday, July 8, to offer tips on basic spine health in your job, workouts and home life and to discuss some of the misconceptions about back-related injuries.

Physical therapist Steve Davis of Lakeview Spine and certified athletic trainer Joel Buffum of Memorial’s Sports Medicine Advantage will mix patient stories with research, personal experience and some active instruction to cover a variety of topics. These topics include posture, movement patterns and lifestyle changes that can help you prevent back injuries or prepare for them in the future.

On Wednesday, July 8, two (2), 30-45 minute presentations will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital auditorium. Registration is not required, and there is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Kate Gottlieb at (509) 225-3179.

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Classes and Events This Week

Events for June 28 – July 4
Mon
Jun 29
9:00 am D.A.S.H. Diet (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
10:00
DASH Diet – Do you have high blood pressure or cholesterol? If so, then the DASH Diet may be for you. Learn how implementing the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension Diet can help lower your blood pr…
10:00 am Mom and Baby Group
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
11:30
Bring your baby (up to 12 months old) and join other moms to discuss
parenting topics, postpartum health and safety and early intervention.

Support group will not meet on holidays.

11:00 am D.A.S.H. Diet (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
12:00
DASH Diet – Do you have high blood pressure or cholesterol? If so, then the DASH Diet may be for you. Learn how implementing the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension Diet can help lower your blood pr…
11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/support group
North Star Lodge
Ends @
1:00
Lamplight Bible Study is designed for cancer patients and their caregivers/family members. You will see how the Bible can help navigate through their cancer journey. Classes held every other Monday.
3:00 pm D.A.S.H. Diet (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
4:00
DASH Diet – Do you have high blood pressure or cholesterol? If so, then the DASH Diet may be for you. Learn how implementing the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension Diet can help lower your blood pr…
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Program orientation
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
4:30
This 30 minute information session about Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention program will explain the research behind this evidence based program and why it is proven to slow the progression to type 2 diab…
5:30 pm Your practical quitting Tobacco plan (4 week session)
See notes for details
Ends @
7:00
Are you ready to quit tobacco for good? Creating a quit  plan may improve your chances. Join us for a four-part program designed to help you create and execute a practical plan. Topics will include:
•…
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
7:00
Pre-natal Yoga helps decrease tension, improve flexibility and
strength, prepare for the birthing process, and cultivate a connection
between mother and child. No Yoga experience necessary!  If you…
Tue
Jun 30
12:00 pm North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
Cast on to this active, fun-loving group of knitters (many survivors) and learn to knit, crochet and teach others. All the yarn is provided and the laughs are free. Ask your oncologist or nurse about…
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (Orientation and 6 Classes)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
4:30
My Health, My Life is designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn simple techniques on how to live a healthy life
by managing their symptoms. This six-week program will help you…
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Tuesdays, 1 of 4)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
8:30
Class covers: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note:…
Wed
Jul 1
3:00 pm Breastfeeding Support Group
Memorial Maternal Health
Ends @
4:30
Bring your breastfeeding baby and join certified breastfeeding educators, maternal child health nurses and other moms for support, encouragement, ideas and evidence based problem solving.
Expectant…
5:00 pm Mom and Baby Group
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
6:15
Bring your baby (up to 12 months old) and join other moms to discuss
parenting topics, postpartum health and safety and early intervention.

Support group will not be held on holidays.

Thu
Jul 2
12:00 pm Better Breathers Club
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
1:00
Better Breathers Club is a support group for anyone with COPD. Families are welcome.
Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
A cancer diagnosis can cause anxiety, stress and sometimes
depression for patients and their caregivers. There are natural
ways to combat these side effects and it’s something anyone
can learn.
An…
3:00 pm Cottage in the Meadow tours
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
4:00
Tour Cottage in the Meadow and receive up to date information regarding the Hospice, Transitions and Cottage programs
6:00 pm Food for Life: Kids Health Cooking Classes (4 week series)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
7:00
In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes; the curriculum highlights the positives of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) in the Power Plate. Children are exposed to t…
Tomando Contro de su Salud/My Health, My Life (Orientacion y 6 clases)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
8:30
My Health, My Life is designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn simple techniques on how to live a healthy life
by managing their symptoms. This six-week program will help you…
Fri
Jul 3
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
4:30
Cuide de lo que verdaderamente es importante – su Salud.

¿No tiene cobertura médica?
‘Ohana tiene información de programas que ayudan a cubrir el costo de este importante examen.
Llame para más…

Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
5:30
`Ohana, Memorials Mammography center, offers a walk-in clinic for screening mammograms, Fridays, 2:30–5:30 p.m.  No appointment is necessary and interpreters are available. The name of the doctor who…

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Upcoming Events for July 5 – 11
Mon Jul 6 10:00 am Mom and Baby Group (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
2:00 pm Cancer Support Group (co-ed) (North Star Lodge)
5:00 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español -Sunnyside
5:30 pm Your practical quitting Tobacco plan (4 week session) (See notes for details)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Tue Jul 7 12:00 pm North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (Orientation and 6 Classes) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Tuesdays, 2 of 4) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
7:00 pm Diabetes Support Group (see notes for topic) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
Wed Jul 8 8:30 am Safe Sitter (Children’s Village)
1:00 pm Better Breathers Club (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
3:00 pm Breastfeeding Support Group (Memorial Maternal Health)
5:00 pm Mom and Baby Group (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Thu Jul 9 9:00 am Diabetes Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
12:00 pm Advanced Care Planning, 5 Wishes Seminar (Memorial Hospital Auditorium)
Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
1:00 pm Diabetes Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
6:00 pm Food for Life: Kids Health Cooking Classes (4 week series) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Tomando Contro de su Salud/My Health, My Life (Orientacion y 6 clases) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Fri Jul 10 9:00 am Lipid Panel (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
11:00 am Lipid Panel (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
3:00 pm Lipid Panel (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)

View the entire calendar online

Huge thanks to Walmart for donating $66,826 to The Memorial Foundation!

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Huge thanks to Walmart for donating $66,826 to The Memorial Foundation in support of health programs!

Walmart awarded $683,034 to 13 Washington non-profit organizations on Thursday, June 25 —including a $66,826 grant to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The $66,826 grant will support the hospital foundation’s preventative health programs, which aim to reduce the instance of diabetes and childhood obesity in Yakima County by improving food literacy and access to exercise programs. Funds will be used to augment current program offerings, such as yoga, Zumba®, fitness boot camps, and healthy eating cooking classes and grocery store tours.

“This grant will provide area families with the skills they need to make better health choices—something that can impact their health for generations,” said Bertha Lopez, Memorial’s senior director of community health. “The Healthy Communities, One Person at a Time program is a critical component of our efforts to address the obesity epidemic in Yakima, and will help us prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions through nutrition counseling.”

This grant is a continuation of Walmart’s partnership with the hospital and its foundation. The hospital has also received funding through the Children’s Miracle Network—which raises funds in Walmart stores—and through partnering with local stores on issues, such as car seat safety.

“Walmart is committed to helping our friends and neighbors live better,” said Matti Havener, vice president and regional general manager for Walmart. “This partnership with the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation helps us do just that. There is nothing more important than our health. We are proud to support their efforts to make healthy living choices easier to make and fun to participate in.”

Walmart to donate $66,826 to Memorial for health programs

YAKIMA – Walmart will donate a check for $66,826 to The Memorial Foundation in support of health programs in the Yakima Valley. The money will be used to help pay for healthy eating grocery tours, cooking classes, nutrition education for people with diabetes and childhood obesity programs.

WHAT: Check presentation

WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25

WHERE: Memorial Cafe Garden
29th Avenue behind Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

WHO: Anne Caffery, President, The Memorial Foundation
Bertha Lopez, Senior Director Community Health, Memorial Family of Services
Ben Carlson and Matt Kelly, Walmart store managers

CONTACT: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications, 577-5051 or ShannonDininny@yvmh.org

Run Your ACE Off – 5k Walk/Run on June 27th

Get ready to run your ace off for kids!

Your local ACE Hardware and Les Schwab Tires are sponsoring the Run Your Ace Off 5K Walk/Run to support local miracles for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. ACE and Les Schwab are longtime supporters of Children’s Miracle Network. This is the first year for this event, and Katie Trammell of The Memorial Foundation can tell us more.

Tell me more about this event.
This 5K Walk/Run event is being held Saturday, June 27, at the ACE Hardware Distribution Center at 7702 Duffield Road in Moxee. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m.

The registration fee is $20 from then until race day.

What will proceeds from this event support?
Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village. Children’s Village provides specialty services for children with special health care needs.

Tell me more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 nonprofit hospitals across North America to treat severely injured and ill children. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the organization’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

And Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is the Children’s Miracle Network hospital for Central Washington.

Can I just make a donation? And where do I go for more information about the race?
Absolutely. Visit us online at childrensvillage.memfound.org for more information about the race, as well as information about making a donation online.

Health Tips for Men

June is Men’s Health Month – a time designed to increase awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage screenings and early disease prevention among men.  Dr. Puneet Kakkar of Memorial Cornerstone Medicine offers tips for good health for men.

Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the leading causes of death among men. How we take care of ourselves today contributes to our health in the long run. Obesity and diabetes are contributing factors to many other diseases.

What are the keys to preventing these diseases?

Take control of your health and reduce your health risk.

  • Stay away from tobacco
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get moving with regular physical activity
  • Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all)
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Know your family history, and your risks
  • Have regular check-ups and screening tests

What kinds of screening tests?

  • Everyone should know their blood pressure and cholesterol and take steps to control both, whether it’s through diet, fitness or medication.
  • Men should also know more about testosterone. Testosterone is response for development body and facial hair, muscle growth and strength and a deep voice. It also influences the production of sperm, promotes sexual function and promotes sex drive.

We now know that some men’s bodies do not make enough testosterone.

  • Symptoms of low testosterone include: low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, increased irritability or depression, fatigue, reduced muscle mass and strength and decreased bone density.

What causes low testosterone levels?

Men produce less testosterone as they age. There also are certain medications that can cause low testosterone. Men should consider adding regular screening for testosterone levels to their regular screenings as part of their checkup.

How do you treat low testosterone levels?

There are gels that can be applied to the skin, as well as injections and skin patches and mouth patches. Talk to your doctor about which option might be best for you.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men. According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 American men suffer from cardiovascular disease, and many don’t even know it.

It’s true. Taking steps to maintain your overall health, such as through diet and exercise, can help prevent cardiovascular disease, as do controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

The cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, lung and colorectal cancers. How important is early detection?

Early detection — finding a cancer early before it has spread — gives you the best chance to do something about it. It improves your chances of preventing a cancer and potentially saving your life. That’s why it’s important to get screened.

Lung Cancer- More men in the U.S. die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.

  • Nearly 9 out of every 10 lung cancer deaths in men in this country are due to smoking.
  • The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke.

Prostate Cancer-The second leading cause of cancer death in men

  • The chance of getting prostate cancer goes up as a man gets older. Roughly two-thirds of prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.
  • Talk to your doctor about getting tested and decide when the right time is for you to get screened. Prostate screenings involve a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA blood test. How often you are tested will depend on your PSA level.
  • Roughly 2 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors.

Colon Cancer-The third leading cause of cancer related deaths in men

  • Screenings for colon cancer should begin regularly at age 50 or younger for people with a family history of colon cancer or other potential disorders.
  • There are many different screenings that look for colon cancer–the most common and effective is a colonoscopy.
  • Nine out of 10 people whose colon cancer is discovered early will be alive five years later. Many will live a normal life span.

 

Why standing for at least 2 hours at work is a good idea

standing at workJune 15, 2015—Sitting all day at work is something professionals shouldn’t stand for—but it’s a problem that many face in the modern workplace. Sitting for long periods may increase your risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and dying early.

The average New York City resident spends about 7 hours parked in a chair during an average day, according to a recent study in Preventing Chronic Disease. And many of those seated hours are likely to take place when people are nestled in their desks at work.

An international group of experts are aiming to change that trend, noting that sitting at work can cause a variety of health problems. According to their new set of recommendations published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the average person should spend at least 2 hours standing up at work—but more is ideal.

What’s wrong with chairs?

Standing is a light-intensity activity—and sitting is a sedentary one. So people on their feet burn more calories than people parked in chairs, and that could translate into weight loss. Also, people who avoid lengthy stints of sitting may have better blood sugar levels and less back pain, the experts reported.

However, people should still be cautious about standing too much in the same position, and the recommendations called for a balanced combination of sitting and standing while at the office.

About the recommendations

For those who sit too much, the experts suggested a slow approach to standing that involves:

  • Alternating seated work with standing work. A sit-stand adjustable desk is ideal for this purpose.
  • Watching for discomfort while standing. If it appears, posture adjustments might help. If they don’t, you should sit back down until the episode passes.
  • Aiming for 2 hours per day of standing work. That time can be slowly upped to 4 hours per day as you get used to standing.
  • Communicating with a doctor. Doctors can help if discomfort caused by standing doesn’t fade with time and stretching.

These recommendations are far from official, the experts said, but they can help workers to plan out their days and move away from a sedentary lifestyle.

The experts also hoped that the recommendations help convince employers to improve office layouts and desk arrangements in order to promote employee health.

The take-home message
Standing may help alleviate the health problems associated with sitting at work, but it’s also important to stay healthyand active during the work week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity, along with 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercises. These are requirements that are added to, not replaced by, your need to stand at work.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a few tips that could help you pack more exercise into your busy schedule:

  • Walk or bike to work.
  • Use the stairs rather than hopping on the elevator.
  • Get off the bus 1 stop early and walk to your destination.

There are also ways to keep your body comfortable when you’re on the job, like these seated exercises you can do at your desk:

Desk exercises View the infographic View infographic  

 

Memorial’s Buffum receives Community Service Award from Yakima Valley Sports Commission

YAKIMA – Joel Buffum of Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage has received the Yakima Valley Sports Commission’s Community Service Award.

Buffum received the award June 10 at the Commission’s 13th annual Yakima Valley Sports Awards luncheon in recognition of his efforts to ensure the safety of athletes at high school and community events.

For the past several years, Buffum and the Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage team have provided first aid and emergency care at several sporting events around the valley, including the Hot Shot’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, the Pirate Plunder Adventure Race and many WIAA State High School Championships. Buffum is also a fixture on the sidelines of many high school sporting events, offering counsel to coaches and athletes about preventing and treating injuries.

Buffum specializes in the prevention, assessment and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions. His goal is to be easily accessible to athletes and coaches in need of education or treatment advice and to provide proper recommendations to those in need of more advanced medical services.

He also has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute, the world’s leading research organizations dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing – and how limitations in a person’s body can adversely impact a golf swing and potentially lead to injury.

For more information about Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage, visit yakimamemorial.org.

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

 

 

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Join Memorial at Yakima Pippins Baseball Tough Enough to Wear Pink night

Strike out cancer!

Join Memorial at Yakima Pippins Baseball Tough Enough to Wear Pink night

YAKIMA – Memorial Family of Services wants you to help strike out cancer!

Memorial is sponsoring the first Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Yakima Pippins game on Monday, June 15, 2015, in support of cancer programs in the Yakima community. A percentage of the proceeds from the game will go to Wellness House, which offers free support, resources, education and services to cancer patients and their families.

Brandie Valadez, a 31-year-old Zillah graduate, fourth-grade teacher and girls’ varsity basketball coach, will throw out the first pitch. Valadez, a married mother of a 5-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and is undergoing treatment at North Star Lodge.

Memorial also will be giving away bike helmets to the first 100 children, and there will be fun activities on the field. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

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