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What Conditions Are Treated By Musculoskeletal Medicine?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 8, 2019

In Musculoskeletal Medicine, problems arising from the musculoskeletal system are diagnosed and treated. Musculoskeletal disorders include injuries and diseases affecting the muscles, bones, spine, ligaments, tendons, etc. Musculoskeletal disorders affect the body’s movement and can cause long-term debilitating pain.

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Topics: Internal Medicine

5 Ways An Internal Medicine Physician Helps Manage Your Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 8, 2019

Internal medicine physicians, also called internists, do a variety of things, one of them being aiding patients in managing their diabetes. More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or prediabetes and not one person's situation is the same as the next. That’s why it takes experienced doctors who care about their patients to help each one manage their specific condition to live a more full and healthy lifestyle. 

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Topics: Diabetes

5 Tips for Managing Diabetes Around the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 4, 2019

It can be hard to stick to your diabetes meal plan when everyone else is splurging on holiday treats. Rich, tempting foods are everywhere and holiday travels can disrupt your normal schedule.

Set yourself up for success by planning ahead. Here are 5 healthy tips for managing your diabetes this holiday season.

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Topics: Diabetes

‘Tis the Season for Stomach Bugs

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 4, 2019

Did you know “stomach flu” isn’t flu at all? Gastroenteritis, which affects the stomach and intestines, is not related to influenza, a virus of the respiratory system.

It goes by many names. Whether you call it the stomach flu, an upset stomach, a stomach bug, or the winter vomiting flu, it has symptoms we all recognize: abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, and a low-grade fever. When these symptoms arise, they can last between 12 hours and 10 days. It can feel like an eternity for a sick child - and their parents!

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Topics: Pediatrics

How to Avoid That Holiday Weight Gain

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 2, 2019

Turkey. Ham. Dressing. Green Bean Casserole. Cookies. Cakes. Fudge… and the list goes on.

As if the abundance of food at your family holiday gatherings isn’t enough, the festive snacks offered at the workplace and the goodies shared by neighbors make it the most indulging time of the year.

On average, we can gain a couple of pounds – and, yikes, as much as 10 - between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. The holidays account for much of a person’s annual weight gain over the course of a lifetime.

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Topics: Weight Loss

How to Cope With Loss During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 1, 2019

Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one.

Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.

One minute, you are fine and enjoying time with family. The next, a yuletide song on the radio leaves you heartbroken.

Grief during the holidays is especially profound the first year of your loss. However, it can also linger for years. That’s because holidays mark the passage of time in our lives, according to Grief.com. “They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them.”

So how do you cope? Is there a way you can have an enjoyable Thanksgiving, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or wonderful New Year following the death of a spouse, partner, family member or friend?

Here is some advice that might help:

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Topics: Mental Health

The Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 1, 2019

Opioids are powerful pain killers that can be highly addictive and dangerous. Opioids include illicit drugs such as heroin and carfentanil as well as prescription medications used to treat pain such as Vicodin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl.

Whether the opioid is prescribed by a doctor or acquired illegally, these drugs can cause serious changes to the brain and body.

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Types of Conditions Treated by Internal Medicine Providers

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 11, 2019

Certain medical conditions require constant attention. Lifestyle and heredity often determine the quality of your health. It often becomes necessary to deal with the changes and challenges of your body over time.

That’s where an Internist can help. According to the American College of Physicians, Internal Medicine combines the analytical examination of laboratory science with a personalized, compassionate approach to adult medicine.

This expertise enables doctors to treat both common illnesses and complex medical conditions as you age. They also specialize in treating long-term chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Internists take a close look at how all the systems in the body work together as a whole because a problem in one area could cause complications in another.

Here are just some common conditions treated by Internists, including those at Johnson Memorial Health:

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What Training Is Required for an Internist?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 11, 2019

You have decided to schedule an appointment with an Internal Medicine physician – also known as an Internist. Understandably, you might have two questions:

What type of care does an Internist provide?

And what type of training is required to practice Internal Medicine?

Internists are considered primary care physicians, but they focus on long-term care of adults. They provide a broad range of care for their patients. According to the American College of Physicians, Internists diagnose and treat lots of different conditions – including cancer, infections and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and digestive, respiratory and vascular systems.

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The Difference Between an Internal Medicine and a Family Care Physician

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 11, 2019

The specialty of care by most doctors seems clear.

Pediatricians take care of children. Oncologists focus on cancer diagnosis and treatment. Surgeons… well, you get the picture.

When it comes to Internal Medicine and Family Care physicians, the titles can be a little confusing. When you are not feeling well or need to see a primary care doctor, you may not know which to call for an appointment.

The basic distinction, according to the American College of Physicians, comes down to two factors:

1. The ages of patients being seen.
2. The specific type of care needed.

If you make an appointment with a Family Care physician, you are likely to see babies, young adults and senior citizens in the waiting room. At an Internal Medicine office, you will find adults with specific healthcare needs waiting to be called back by the nurse.

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