Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ice is Nice

I have gotten enough minor injuries in my life that I'm familiar with the mantra, "Put ice on it." Whether it was a sprained ankle or a broken elbow, I'd do it for a day or two, but quickly get bored with the concept. You have to stay in one place. And it's cold. And it drips.

But recently, I've become a believer.

I'd been having some issues with bursitis in my hip. With daily doses of Tylenol/Motrin/Aleve, it wasn't too bad; it would get stiff after sitting for a while, but didn't slow me down too much. The medicine also helped with some residual pain I was having from shoulder surgery.

But recently, my stomach let me know that it wasn't too happy about the multiple doses of painkillers. So now I had a choice: hip and shoulder pain, or stomach pain.

Then I remembered the wisdom of Terry, my physical therapist (of Fauquier Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). "Try putting some ice on it," she suggested. This sounded familiar. My orthopedist, Dr. Ralph Garretson, had urged me to do the same. So, belatedly, I reached into the freezer and followed their advice.

I still have to stay in place for 20 minutes at a time, it's still cold and it still drips. But it doesn't hurt anymore.

I'll put up with the drips.

Just one 20-minute session a day with ice packs draped over my shoulder and hip, and I'm good to go for the whole day. And no more damage to my stomach. Amazing. Thanks to Terry and to Dr. Garretson for reminding me that ice is nice.

Monday, July 25, 2011

AP Story About Fauquier Medical Camp Hits the Web

Fauquier Health's medical camps are featured in an AP story that came out today. A great story with great photos, and even a video. The story has been picked up all over the country, from the Miami Herald, to The Republic in Indiana, the New Hampshire Journal and the Kansas City Star, just to name a few. NPR, the Huffington Post, and Yahoo are also featuring the story.

I've seen the medical camp firsthand and it is pretty awesome. Just the right amount of gross factor -- from harvesting corneas to testing blood, to suturing. Very cool.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Family Practitioner Joins Fauquier Health

Ana Born, MD
Family Practice Physician
Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton
Dr. Born can be reached at 540-439-8100.

Fauquier Health is pleased to announce the addition of a new family medicine physician. Ana Born, M.D., has joined Drs. Diane King and Kevin Tate at Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton (formerly Fauquier Medical Associates).

As a family practice physician, Dr. Born is passionate about a variety of medical specialty areas, including women’s health, pediatrics and immigrant health.

“Kids are wonderful,” Dr. Born says. “Being able to treat them always brings a smile to my face. And women have a unique niche of their own, so I enjoy being able to help them with their particular needs as well.”

Dr. Born’s passion for helping immigrants stems from her early upbringing and educational pursuits. Born and raised for a time in Puerto Rico, Dr. Born is fluent in Spanish. She also served as a Spanish medical interpreter during her undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, and created a Spanish medical curriculum for the staff at Morton Plant Hospital during her University of South Florida residency program.

“Spanish was the first language I learned,” Dr. Born says. “I strongly believe that to be able to communicate with patients in their own language, it is important to thoroughly understand all the cultural aspects and belief systems that go hand-in-hand with the language.”

Fauquier County’s diverse patient population, the friendliness of the staff and physicians, and the practice location were the features that lured Dr. Born to Fauquier Health.

“I went to George Washington University for medical school, so I already knew I loved the Northern Virginia area, but I didn’t want to be in the hustle and bustle of the city,” she explains. “I really like that this is a very family-oriented area with a much slower pace. And I love the fact that you can go horseback riding and hiking. It’s just very outdoorsy, which is the perfect fit for me.”

Dr. Born is looking forward to treating patients from all age groups, newborn through geriatrics, as well as specializing in a variety of medical procedures, including incision and drainage (for abscesses), suturing, biopsies, endometrial biopsies, and the placement of IUDs.

She’s also looking forward to partnering with local families.

“I love kids and I love adults. In order to treat both effectively, I prefer to do it within the context of their lives, environments and families. That’s the reason I chose family medicine. By treating the whole family, I can do a better job of treating the disease process, which makes families healthier.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Video Demonstrates Acid Reflux Tests

This video, created by Dr. Christopher Chang of Fauquier ENT, shows how esophageal manometry and 24 hour pH and impedance testing are performed. These tests are used to evaluate a patient's relux symptoms. Call Fauquier Hospital's Outpatient Services and Special Procedures department at 540-316-3700.

For more details on these tests, you can also read a previous blog, here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July is Busiest Time for Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease

Some good news here -- reports of Lyme Disease are down so far this summer. And some good advice on how best to remove any potentially disease-carrying hitchhikers.

July is the most active season for ticks, so we must remain vigilant!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Study Provides Insight on Benefits of Health Insurance for the Poor

Here is an important new study that seems to provide the first hard data on whether or not having health insurance makes a real difference to low-income individuals. According to the study, having health insurance is a major plus in several ways.

The article claims that this report will become very important in future healthcare debate.