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Many people think that isn’t something you only need to worry about until you get older. Unfortunately, that is the worst time to think about it because it is likely going to be too late. It is important to take steps now to prevent osteoporosis and protect your bone health. Dr. Budler treats patients with spinal compression fractures that develop as a complication of osteoporosis with kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive spinal repair procedure. 

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A popular treatment used to stop migraine pain is also being put to use to stop the pain causedfrom concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. The treatment is known as the SphenoCath procedure and delivers a powerful anesthetic behind the nasal cavity to block pain for up to four months.

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A new editorial published in the British Journal of Medicine suggests that foods high in cholesterol and saturated fat are not major contributors to heart disease, but instead inflammation is the key factor behind cardiovascular conditions. 

The authors of the editorial are three cardiologists from the United States,England and Switzerland. In their essay, the doctors argue that heart disease education should be shifted away from the traditional teachings of instructing patients to eat a low-fat diet and reducing LDL cholesterol numbers to finding the cause of inflammation in the body and reducing it.

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It’s officially summer. That meanssun, fun, vacation, and venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the blood does not flow correctlythough the vein, causing pain, swelling and bulging of the blood vessels, and can leave you at risk for serious health conditions. Dr. Budler treats patients with venous insufficiency in its most recognized form, varicose veins.

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Do you wake up and hop right out of bed? Not because you’re ready to start the day, but because you have foot pain and can’t walk when you get up? If you’re experiencing foot pain when you wake up in the morning and try to take your first steps out of bed, you are likely experiencing the pain of plantar fasciitis. Advanced Radiology sees many plantar fasciitis patients each year and treats them with Tenex TX1.

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Ten percent of the population suffer from plantar fasciitis, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society can be caused by over pronation. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and for many individuals means painful standing or walking. This painful foot condition happens when the fascia band, the ligament that connects the heel to the toes, becomes inflamed. Inflammation usually occurs when individuals have either flat feet or very high arches, wear unsupportive shoes or shoes that do not fit properly or are on their feet for extended periods of time. Another common cause of plantar fasciitis is a condition known as excessive pronation.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_leg-cramp.jpgMost people experience leg muscle cramps one time or another in their lifetime. Frequently cited causes of leg cramps include muscle fatigue caused by overuse, dehydration or potassium deficiency. While leg cramps are usually not very serious, sometimes they are an indication of a more serious health threat, such as like poor circulation.

The cramping of muscles caused by poor circulation to the legs is called claudication. In the majority of claudication sufferers, these cramps usually occur intermittently while walking or other physical activity, and stop during periods of rest. Patients with severe claudication can also experience cramps during periods of rest, as well.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_529004896.jpgDo your migraines interfere with work? If you suffer from migraines, you know that they can strike at any time, including during your work day. The pain caused by migraines makes it hard to focus and function in the office. Advanced Radiology offers patients some tips to cope when migraines come on at work.

Know Your Triggers. One of the best ways you can reduce the chance of developing a migraine at work is to remove triggers from your office space. Since bright lights kick off migraines for some individuals, replacing fluorescent lighting and using an anti-glare screen on your computer or other screens helps to minimize their migraines.

Other people are triggered by certain smells, like perfumes and cigarette smoke. Many companies are moving to entirely non-smoking workplaces and also asking employees to not wear perfumes or colognes to the office because of smell-sensitive coworkers.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_130167068.jpgSummer is right around the corner, and for many Americans that means taking a vacation or two. For those Americans with peripheral artery disease traveling this summer could bring complications because of their health condition. Advanced Radiology advises patients talk to their physician and take extra steps to protect their health while on vacation this year.

Peripheral artery disease is a cardiovascular condition that causes narrowing of the arteries in the extremities. Symptoms of the condition include numbness and tingling in the legs, cramps and pain in the legs and calves, sores on the legs and feet that do not heal, and thickening of the skin on the feet.

The 411 on flying. It’s true that flying can cause complications for PAD patients. Complications stem from sitting for long periods- which can cause blood clots in PAD patients. PAD patients have reduced blood flow to their extremities already as a part of their condition, and sitting down for a long period of time further reduces blood flow. Blood carries vital oxygen to the extremities and tissues, and without it, tissues begin to die. Patients with peripheral artery disease are encouraged to get up and walk around when it is safe to do so on the plane.

High altitudes can also increase the symptoms of many medical conditions, so prepare for your symptoms to be potentially heightened when you’re high in the sky. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_migraine_20170528-065434_1.jpgFor many people, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. It is also the kick off to summer migraine season for many migraine sufferers. Over half of migraine patients report an increase in head pain during the summer months. Advanced Radiology offers patients some tips on how to minimize your migraines and enjoy your summer vacation.

The frequency of migraines increases in the summer because many patients are triggered by weather changes and light. In the summer as temperatures and humidity increase, so does the changes of head pain. Bright sunshine can also cause migraines. In certain parts of the country, summer means stormy weather and the winds and barometric pressure changes that come with these storms often sends patients over the edge.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_heart.jpgTwo drugs known to reduce cholesterol to all-time lows were found recently to have a different effect than hoped by their manufacturers. The drugs, evolocumab and alirocumab, were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2015 after being shown to significantly lower cholesterol, but without having been put through major clinical trials to test their effect on patient’s overall risk of heart disease or death.

The drugs, marketed as Repatha and Praulent, did, in fact reduce cholesterol in patients, sometimes to levels as low as 30 mg/dl. These lows have never been seen before with other cholesterol-lowering drugs or other medical interventions. Many medical professionals were excited about the ability for these medications to reduce cholesterol so significantly because naturally this reduction would then reduce the risk of heart attack and improve health outcomes.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_basketball.jpgMeniscus tears are very common among athletes, especially basketball players. New York Knick’s point guard Derrick Rose underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in April. Rose is no stranger to knee injuries, having torn his meniscus twice before, as well as his ACL. Fortunately for Rose- and the Knicks- he is expected to make a full recovery and get back on the court in the next four to six weeks.

Meniscus tears are not the only knee injury plaguing the pros, however. Another common injury basketball players face is the condition known as jumper’s knee, or patella’s tendonitis. Patients with jumper’s knee experience inflammation of the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon connects the kneecap to the shin in the lower leg.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_office-stretch.jpgDid you know that strengthening your core help prevent back pain and problems like compression fractures? It's true- your body's core is the center of the body, and helps to support your weight as you walk, stand and even sit. When your core is weak, your body is unable to support itself. This causes your spine to compress, which leads to bulging and slipped discs, and painful compression fractures. In this blog, Advanced Radiology gives you a few tips to keep your core strong and save your back. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_golf-ball.jpgGolfer’s elbow is a condition that is often confused with tennis elbow, but this lesser known condition doesn’t just happen from playing 18 holes. Golfer’s elbow can impact anyone as a result of repetitive motions of the hands, wrists, or forearms. These repetitive motions include things like swinging a tennis racket or a hammer, turning a screwdriver, or even painting. Dr. Budler treats patients with golfer’s elbow in order to get them back on the green or doing the other activities they love.

Golfer’s elbow is a form of tendinitis. The repetitive motions behind the condition inflame the tendon that connects the forearm muscles to the elbow. This tendon gives you the ability to move your forearm- and rotate it, grip, or swing objects. These motions, when done over and over, wear down the tendon and cause microtears to form.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cholesterol.jpgHigh LDL cholesterol is damaging to the heart and puts patients at risk for developing serious health conditions such as peripheral artery disease, heart attack and stroke. 73.5 million adults suffer from high LDL cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control. High LDL cholesterol happens as a result of genetics in some individuals, but for many people, their high cholesterol number is a direct result of diet and behavioral habits. While many patients reduce their cholesterol with medication, there is lifestyle and dietary changes patients with high LDL cholesterol should consider lowering their cholesterol to protect their health.

Overwhelmingly, patients with high cholesterol see the biggest impact on their cholesterol number and health by changing their diet. Patients should select healthier fats like those found in lean meats and nuts. It is also recommended patients avoid trans fats all together, for the greatest impact on cholesterol levels. Trans fats are often found in fried and processed food, and not only raise bad cholesterol, they often lower good, or HDL, cholesterol.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_health-screening.jpgPatients with peripheral artery disease have a serious condition that puts them at risk for a variety of health complications. These complications range from numbness or loss of feeling in the extremities to a heightened risk of blood clots and a dangerous condition known as Critical limb ischemia.Critical limb ischemia, or CLI, happens in patients with peripheral artery disease when an artery becomes obstructed as a result of severe atherosclerosis, or arterial plaque buildup.

Arterial plaque buildup often occurs in patients with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. It also occurs in patients who smoke, abuse alcohol and lead sedentary lifestyles. Arterial plaque reduces blood flow and impacts the ability of the blood to circulate through the body to the hands, legs and feet. CLI is so dangerous for PAD patients that it could result in amputation of the feet or legs.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Varicose-vein-anim.jpgVaricose veins are dark, swollen, and twisted. They are often seen through the skin. They develop mostly in the legs and feet, and for some people, they’re simply a cosmetic concern. But for many others, they are very painful and represent a significant health risk. Varicose veins occur when the veins swell with blood as a result of increased pressure in the veins of the lower body.Pressure that increases with standing or walking for extended periods of time, day in and day out, as a result of some jobs or activities. Learn more about varicose veins and if you are at risk for developing this condition, and read up on some varicose vein prevention tips.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_headacheAAW_20170220-152309_1.jpgFor many migraine sufferers, likening a migraine to a headache is like comparing an iceberg to an ice cube. A migraine is more than a headache, and like an iceberg, when one starts moving in things get serious quickly. Find out how to tell the difference between a migraine and a headache, what treatments are available for each condition and ways to head off future occurrences of head pain.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_pregnantbelly.jpgVaricose veins are often thought of as something that happens as a result of standing or sitting for long periods of time, but the condition frequently arises or worsens in women during pregnancy. For most women, varicose veins are simply annoying, but they present a risk for significant health complications in others. Women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should understand their risk for varicose veins and interventions necessary to prevent them.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bloodflow_20170208-230717_1.jpgIf you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease also known as PAD, you know that keeping your blood circulating properly is critical for your health. Poor circulation is uncomfortable, causes numbness in your extremities, makes your feet feel cold, and leads serious medical complications. Advanced Radiology offers PAD patients some tips on how to improve their circulation to protect their health.

Quit Smoking If you are a PAD patient and still smoking, the first thing we advise you to do is quit your habit immediately. Nicotine causes the blood vessels to constrict, further reducing your already restricted blood flow. As PAD patient, your body is already straining to deliver the oxygen-rich blood your lower extremities need. Smoking impacts not only your blood vessels but also your heart, lungs and other organs. Quitting smoking lowers your risk of developing cancer and other medical complications. Many PAD patients developed their artery disease as a result of smoking.

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