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March 7, 2018

Ankle sprains are a common injury, particularly among people who play sports. According to a study published in March 2015 by the “World Journal of Orthopedics,” approximately 2 million ankle sprains occur each year in the United States. This injury can lead to long-term effects, such as ongoing ankle pain, instability, weakness, stiffness and swelling. These side effects are more likely to occur when the initial injury is not treated appropriately. Persistent Pain Persistent pain is the most common long-term effect of a sprained ankle. A September 2013 research review published in the “Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy” indicated that up to one-third of people report pain lasting a year or longer after an ankle sprain. This pain might be related to additional injury that occurs with the ankle sprain, such as damage to tendons that hold muscles to the ankle bones. A sprain might also cause ankle damage that provokes breakdown of the padding between bones in the joint. Eventually the bones can rub against each other, causing arthritic pain. Pain might be managed with heat, ice or antiinflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or aspirin. Joint Instability Ligaments

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February 1, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control have created a list of healthy reminders for this Valentine’s Day. Check out their recommendations below. Be heart-healthy Make A Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy.

  • Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be active.
  • Eat healthy.

Be food-conscious Consider making a healthy meal for Valentine’s Day. Serve food lower in salt and fat content, provide more fruits and vegetables, and make less sugary sweets for an overall healthy Valentine’s Day. Spread love, not germs Protect yourself from the cold and flu.

  • Wash hands often.
  • Avoid close contact when you or someone you know is sick.
  • Get your flu vaccine.

Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.

  • Abstain from sex.
  • If you choose to have sex, use latex condoms which can lower the risk for some STIs and unintended pregnancy.
  • Having

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