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Reconsidering longevity This month is the time to celebrate life and turn over a new leaf. September is Healthy Aging Month, a month dedicated to helping individuals gain a more positive outlook about growing older. The Healthy Aging Campaign was established over 15 years ago, and since then, everyone has become aware of their physical and mental health, diet, social skills and even financial situations; all factors that contribute to successful aging. But, at the core, the message here applies to everyone at every age: build a foundation early on with the principles of good health for well being at every age. Do you ever wake up and think “Wow, I don’t feel as young as I used to?” It’s a sentiment shared by people of every age group. It doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 60 — feeling fit and aging well can be a reality with the right mindset and proper exercise and nutrition. Young adults: Up to age 30 Starting a career, getting married, buying a home — these are just a few big life events people in this age category often experience. It also means less time to focus on fitness, and often an increase in unhealthy eating on the go. Physical activity: Young adults should do what they enjoy most, fitting it in on a regular basis, suggests Tavis Piattoly, a sports dietitian and nutritionist. “Any form of physical exercise and exertion is beneficial for the cardiovascular system, but adults under 30 usually like sports,” he says. “This is the age where former athletes or very active post-graduates are still looking to play a sport for fun.” Nutrition: “The metabolic rate of this age group is declining, so they can’t live on fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner like they did in college,” Piattoly says. “It’s time to clean up the diet and make smarter choices such as reducing sugar intake and avoiding fast food as much as possible. Prevention should be the focus.” Supplements: A multivitamin and probiotic supplements can also be helpful, according to Piattoly. Middle age: 30 to 50 In this age bracket, regular checkups with a physician are more important than ever. The stress of having children and growing a career can take a toll. Eating out due to lack of

We often wish we could turn back the hand of time. But when it comes to living a long, satisfying life, it’s simple — the things you do today affect your tomorrows.

Get off that couch. Research proves that the equation is pretty simple: sitting for long bouts of time = a shorter lifespan and other health risks.

time becomes common and can cause weight gain. Physical activity: Regular strength training three to five days per week to prevent the progression of muscle loss that begins around age 35, according to Piattoly. “For cardiovascular-related exercises, it is important to do what you enjoy as you are more likely to stay motivated and consistent,” he says. “Yoga is recommended for those individuals who are looking to balance stress.” Nutrition: “It’s important to eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day, such as every three to four hours, and to make sure a source of lean protein is included at every meal and snack,” Piattoly says. “Protein is more thermogenic than fat and carbohydrates, so your body burns more calories when consuming protein.” Supplements: In addition what is recommended for the young adult group, Piattoly suggests vitamin D and turmeric extract, a great natural anti-inflammatory agent, for 30 to 50-year-olds. Boomers: 50 plus People of this age are concerned with their health and risk for disease due to family history or lifestyle factors from their youth. Additionally, progressive loss of muscle mass and weaker bones increases risk for injury. Physical activity: Regular strength training three to five days per week prevents the progression of muscle loss and maintains good bone strength to prevent falls, Piattoly recommends.

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“For cardiovascular-related exercises, it is important to do what you enjoy as you are more likely to stay motivated and consistent,” he says. “You can still participate in cardiovascularrelated sports like tennis and basketball. For lower-impact sports that are easier on the joints, I like swimming and cycling.” Nutrition: “Since the immune system is not as strong as it once was for this age group, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key, such as five to 10 servings per day,” Piattoly says. “Protein is also a critical nutrient for the preservation of muscle mass. I usually recommend making a smoothie or shake at least once a day, which can include protein powder, fruit and some veggies.” Supplements: A vitamin D supplement for bone health and, potentially, calcium for osteoporosis, and creatine to reduce the risk of agerelated muscle decline are worthwhile considerations. For all ages Adopt a healthy routine. The longest living folks tend to have a fondness for daily and weekly routines. Routines that feature healthy diets, exercise and connecting with others are key. However, one study found 75 percent make it a point to laugh or giggle everyday and 60 percent meditate or practice some spiritual activity each day. n

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Healthy aging starts with a mindset If 40 is the new 30, then 50 is the new 40, right?

You may be “over 50”, but you don’t have to be “over” having fun and living your best, healthy life! Actually, it’s even more important to get started on healthier habits and ditch the bad ones. Your early to mid-50s are when biochemical changes start to occur, leading to the onset of cancer and other chronic illness. Now is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, assess your lifestyle and make your health a priority. It’s hard to change bad habits for healthier ones, much less sustain them. The key is to also switch your mindset: Look at it as a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. Many changes cost nothing and require only common sense and some self-awareness. Smile more, stand when you can, sleep at least eight hours, take a daily walk, and pursue your passions! It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, take up a new activity, or pursue a new career. The key is to keep moving and find ways to incorporate exercise and healthier habits into your life. Healthy aging in midlife and even into your senior years isn’t rocket science. The body is a self-healing, self-regulating system and performs best when it’s on a regular schedule. The foundation for healthy aging begins with routine habits around nutrition, exercise, and prevention. Learn to manage stress: Manage stress through exercise and other activities like yoga and mindfulness or a creative outlet. Research shows that a life of stress is really hard on the body, especially chronic stress. Patients who have higher levels of baseline stress are more prone to diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity. Get an annual physical: Get a yearly checkup and other preventative screenings including pap smears, colonoscopies, mammograms, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Preventative screenings save lives by catching cancer and chronic illnesses early. Get some sleep: Embrace routine, especially when it comes to sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours of regular, uninterrupted sleep. Follow a regular schedule with going to bed, waking up and when you eat your meals. It also regulates hormones like insulin and cortisol, which helps prevent disease. Focus on better nutrition: Eat a heart-healthy diet, more fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. Avoid or limit starchy, fried and processed foods and too much red meat. Reduce salt and sugar, increase healthy fats such as fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, and skip anything with GMOs. (Ingredients you can’t pronounce!) It’s definitely the time to kick bad habits like excessive drinking and smoking, too. Most important — maintain a healthy weight and keep moving: Make regular exercise a habit, or at least find ways to be more active. Several studies have found a profound link between a generally sedentary lifestyle, meaning hours upon hours of sitting, and increased incidence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular Continued on page S-10

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Comfort Keepers: Expanding in your community

omfort Keepers is owned by Oceanside resident Judy Geier. Comfort Keepers is a worldwide franchise servicing Nassau County and  surrounding  areas.  Its  main  goal  is  enabling  independent living at home with respect and dignity.    Comfort  Keepers  aims  to  keep  seniors  in  their  own  homes  while  providing  non-medical  care  and  companionship. Although elders are the main focus,  all adults are serviced, including pregnant women.     The many services provided by Comfort Keepers  include conversation, companionship, meal preparation,  light  housekeeping,  errand  services,  grocery  shopping, respite or relief for the family, medication  reminders,  grooming  and  dressing  guidance,  incidental  transportation,  laundry  and  linen  washing,  recreational activities and crafts, mail assistance and  organization,  periodic  review  and  communication,  and emergency monitor systems. Caregivers are certified by The Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island.    Each caregiver is equipped to meet the needs of  any  and  all  patients. All  have  cars  and  have  been  subject to criminal and DMV background checks. In  addition, all employees are bonded and insured.    A free in-home client assessment is done so that  your  loved  one  is  assured  the  correct  caregiver  “match” for his/her specific needs. 

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hand and lower leg. Both systems may help a patient regain function if his/her condition is due to a stroke, a traumatic brain injury, an incomplete spinal cord injury or other neurological disorder. Using advanced equipment and techniques to help patients reach their highest possible level of function and independence, the staff includes the area’s top physical, occupational and speech therapists. For more information call 516-62MERCY.

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Women receive ‘Five-Star’ award-winning health care at South Nassau

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auren D. and her husband, Ryan, of Queens, N.Y., had the choice of any hospital located in New York City for the birthplace of their first child. With metro-area physicians touting South Nassau’s program of compassionate, collaborative obstetrical health care services and attention to high-risk pregnancies, Lauren and Ryan chose South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. On Feb. 18, 2018, Lauren and Ryan celebrated the birth of their son, William James. Their experience exceeded their expectations. “From the maternity nurses to the obstetricians and pediatricians, the entire experience was incredible,” said Lauren. “The standard of care we received combined with the hotel-like private patient rooms and labor and delivery rooms make South Nassau the place to be for life’s greatest moment.” Lauren’s experience and the standard of care she received is the norm at South Nassau and is the reason why it has been named a 2018 Five-Star Recipient for all four Women’s Care cohorts as well as the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades. South Nassau is the only hospital in New York State to achieve all five of the following awards in 2018 from Healthgrades in women’s health services lines: √ Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ (6 years in a row) √ Five-Star for Gynecologic Procedures (6 years in a row) √ Five-Star for Hysterectomy (4 years in a row) √ Five-Star for C-Section Delivery √ Five-Star for Vaginal Delivery

These awards place South Nassau among a select group of hospitals in the U.S. — the top 5 percent of all hospitals evaluated for gynecologic procedures and the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for providing outstanding quality outcomes in gynecologic surgery. Patients have a lower chance of experiencing a complication when treated at hospitals receiving one or more of Healthgrades’ Women’s Care Specialty Excellence Awards than if they were treated in hospitals that were not recipients, according to Healthgrades. South Nassau’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers women access to specialized health care for the range of women’s health conditions, from high-frequency ultrasound to monitor high-risk pregnancies to endometrial biopsies and colposcopies to diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence and constipation. Additionally, South Nassau’s Center for Breast Health is accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-SOUTH-NASSAU (1-877768-8462) or visit southnassau.org/womenshealth.

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By Christopher Crown In director David Fincher’s provocative 1999 film, “Fight Club,” we see a dark side to the world of soap-making. Although current home-cleaning companies might not be using character Tyler Durden’s methods, there has been a lot of controversy around the world of antibacterial soaps and their potential dangers to human health. We live in a sanitized world, says Markham Heid, a contributor for Time, and it’s possible that this rigorous scrubbing and devotion to killing all bacteria is doing more harm than good. Is it possible that we should heed Durden’s advice and “stop being perfect” — that we should “evolve (and) let the chips fall where they may”? Washing away the hype Although there is currently a lot of debate on the topic of antibacterial soap, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cuts straight through the haze and delivers a powerful message on its hand-washing resource page. Citing six recent scientific studies in peer-reviewed scholarly journals (some of them are even meta-analyses of many other papers), the CDC states that there are no observable benefits of using soaps containing antibacterial ingredients over using traditional soaps. Martin Blaser, director of the Human Microbiome Program at New York University, adds to this, claiming that although humans

see eliminating any and all microbes as being beneficial, it is actually weakening the human race and strengthening bacterial strains. In his book “Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues,” Blaser elaborates on this claim. Antibiotics, which many think of as just coming in pill form from the doctor, are actually any medication or ingredient that is meant to kill microbes — microscopic life-forms living all around us and in us. So yes, azithromycin from your doctor is an antibiotic, but so are hand sanitizer and your favorite citrusy dish soap. By killing all the bacteria in our lives, Blaser claims, we are weakening our internal microbiome (the host of microorganisms that help our body function) and also are artificially helping the most powerful antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. By killing all the weak bacteria with a hand soap that boasts a 99 percent kill rate, you leave the strongest one percent alive to reproduce and multiply. This “antibiotic resistance” is called a “threat to global health security” on the World Health Organization’s website. Environmental impact Beyond harming human health, antibacterial soaps are also affecting the environment. Joseph Stromberg writes in the journal Smithsonian that the U.S. Geological Survey has found large traces of antibiotics from soaps seeping into lakes, tributaries and oceans, even after wastewater purification.

In a sterilized, scrubbed and sanitized world, many health experts are questioning the benefits of antibacterial soaps.

Stromberg goes on to say that this form of pollution can inhibit photosynthetic function in algae — the base food source for almost all ocean food chains -- and therefore biomagnify in larger ocean species because animals higher on the food chain are exposed to dangerous levels by eating animals that have accumulated toxicity. Closer to home, however, there is a movement to restrengthen the human immune system by eliminating wanton antibiotic use.

Many “hippie parents” are choosing to eliminate antibacterial products and let their children play in the dirt. On NPR recently,Lulu Garcia-Navarro reported that children need germs to strengthen their ability to fight infection. Although microbes are becoming harder to kill, the best bet seems to be to ditch antibacterial soaps, go back to basics and let our bodies coevolve against the bacteria in our lives. n

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New Horizon Counseling Center strengthens communities

ew Horizon Counseling Center is committed to enhancing the well-being of the communities we serve and the people who live in them by empowering individuals and strengthening communities. For over thirty years, we have never lost sight that what counts the most is being there for the individual or family that is troubled, in crisis, and chooses counseling that provides a customized approach to care. Psychotherapy for individuals, groups and families is part of the comprehensive range of services provided for children, teens, adults, and seniors. A dedicated staff that is available 6 days a week, daytime and evenings, provides behavioral health care counseling, medication management, care coordination, unique support groups, an Alzheimer’s Social Day Program, a well Senior Day Program (both pro-

viding free hot lunches, no fee), a pre-vocational and drop-in program for adults (also no fee), chemical dependence outpatient treatment, and extensive services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. New Horizon Counseling Center’s professionals consult to schools and other community organizations, as well as assist individuals through specialized support programs. NHCC works closely with area hospitals to assist in discharge planning and community re-integration for those who require more intensive services.

ith 20 years behind her as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Terry Biener, CCH, believes that the key to a successful result is knowing what to say, how to say it, and which techniques to apply once a person is hypnotized. This wisdom can only come from extensive training and experience. “Everyone processes information differently,” said Biener. “There are reasons why a habit or fear has formed, which should be examined before effective treatment can take place.” A thorough intake session is done first. The number of hypnosis sessions recommended varies. Hypnosis sessions are tailored to the person’s triggers and habits. Motivation and willingness to work with suggestions on a conscious level are important. Trust and rapport with the hypnotist is vital too. Biener has recently added Computerized ClientBased Weight Loss to her repertoire. A sophisticated computer program is used to pinpoint personality, mental processing, strengths and weaknesses. Combined with data gathered from the client, she custom designs hypnosis sessions to zero in on imprints that need to be changed. Weight loss workshops, which include group hypnosis, will be offered in the future. Biener’s true passion is helping people with fears and panic. Having experienced phobias and panic attacks herself, which were ultimately healed through hypnosis, her understanding and empathy is profound. By combining Neuro-linguistic Programming

(NLP) techniques with hypnosis, she can eliminate or reduce unwanted and sometimes devastating anxiety. “People should realize they aren’t alone. Phobias can seem irrational since they come from the subconscious –the part of the mind that responds without logic. Most people who have never experienced a phobia simply don’t understand.” Understanding how hypnosis works before trying it is advised. “Ignore what you’ve seen in movies or on stage. A hypnotic trance is actually a natural state we visit frequently; when we’re engrossed a movie, or if we daydream while driving and don’t remember passing certain streets or exits. A hypnotist induces a trance to “reframe” the subconscious part of the mind. A good subject is strong-willed and intelligent. The person being hypnotized never loses control.” Hypnosis can help with trauma, sports, procrastination, self-esteem, stress, anxiety and most habits. As a former New York City teacher, Biener is comfortable working with children. She holds numerous certifications though the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotists. She has done speaking engagements and group hypnosis sessions for organizations and wellness centers. Clients are seen by appointment only. Phone consultations are free and confidential. Easy Changes Hypnosis is located in Valley Stream. Contact Terry Biener, CCH, at 516-791-6174 or visit www.easychanges.com.

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Park Avenue — a leader in quality nursing care and rehabilitation

ark Avenue Extended Care is proud to have consistently earned a Five Star rating in quality measures. Our modern medical and skilled nursing facility is equipped with the latest technologies and upscale amenities. The dedicated team of health care professionals has the experience and resources to deliver exceptional care, in a beautiful hotel setting — near the famous boardwalk, tranquil bay waterways and scenic beaches of Long Island’s South Shore. Our highly trained physicians are also affiliated all the local hospitals, making for an easy transition from the nursing facility if needed. Alzheimer’s and dementia care are provided in our secure dementia unit, as part of the Stepping Stones Program. In this 40 bed secured unit, our compassionate staff has been specially trained to care for the dementia patient with dignity, kindness and respect, offering a place where the resident can feel safe, secure and oriented in their environment. The Stepping Stones Program includes aroma therapy, pet therapy, music therapy, relaxation therapy, a special calming area and much more. Each element is designed to provide a stepping stone to increasing eachresident’s achievement on an individual level. Park Avenue is the only facility that offers HBOT, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as part of our highly sophisticated wound care program. HBOT has proven effective in healing even the most complex wounds. The Neurological Rehab Program has been developed in consultation with Dr. Mihai Dimancescu, world renowned for the development of Coma Recovery, a nationally recognized program. Tailored to each individual’s needs, our Neuro Rehab program utilizes state of the art equipment, including the Quadriciser, the Multiple Application Suspension System, HBOT, Vitalstim Therapy, and family counseling. Bariatric Wellness is a unique multidiscipline approach to weight loss management and increased independence, combining rehabilitation, behavioral interventions, nutrition education, stress management and emotional support. These resources enable residents to return home with the tools they

need to maintain a healthy and productive life. Trauma Recovery offers comprehensive treatment specific to the patient’s needs; the rehabilitation program that was initiated at the hospital will be continued at Park Avenue. Admissions are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our door is always open for tours. The scenic beauty of Long Beach, coupled with the elegant hotel atmosphere at Park Avenue Extended Care, can make the transition from hospital to home a lot easier.

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Organize that disorder there is a direct correlation of breathing in dust to having issues with our lungs.If people who live in a cluttered home don’t share this information with their doctor, they can deny themselves from having a closer examination of their health. In my further readings on this subject I came across the following blog, “Toxic Dust: The Dangerous Chemical Brew in Every Home”, written by Veena Singla. This blog was an eye opener for me. According to Veena Singla, the dust itself can create allergens in our bodies. A description of how this works by the American Lung Association on dust mites will make your skin crawl: Dust mites feed on the dead human skin cells found in dust. Dust mites are not parasites; they don’t bite, sting or burrow into our bodies. The harmful allergen they create comes from their fecal pellets and body fragments. How do we change the very people who need the most help? Perhaps, now that the scientists are proving that clutter causes problems with our lungs, maybe, just maybe, those of you who clutter will be motivated to accept the fact that not only is this affecting your health, but that of your spouse/child(ren) and pet(s). Most fortunately, there is help for those who reach out and seek it. There is NAPO.net, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing and NASMM.com, the National Association of Senior Move Managers. These Organizations train members to provide skillful expertise to guide and provide hands-onhelp, so that each person who desires change and even for those who aren’t yet ready to make the change, can learn what it takes to eventually reach the ultimate goal of living in a healthy, uncluttered home. n Debbie Ginsberg is a Professional Organizer and Certified Move Manager and has been in business since 2010. She can be reached at 855-2267426. Her e-book, “Moving Elderly Parents: A Comprehensive Guide to Honoring Your Mother and Father While Helping Them Move” can be found on her website BestJunkRemovalServices.com.

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Is Regenerative Medicine the answer to your arthritic aches and pains?

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tem cell therapy is a promising new regenerative medicine treatment Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group uses for many orthopedic conditions, especially arthritis. When you have arthritis, the cartilage that lines the bones — and prevents them from touching at the joint – has worn out. Think of cartilage like the rubber on a car tire. In the knee of a healthy person, the cartilage on the end of the thigh bone glides smoothly against the cartilage on top of the shin bone. In an arthritis sufferer, the bones rub against one another painfully, like a bare tire’s rim making contact with the pavement. A Closer Look at Arthritis What is arthritis? Arthritis is an inclusive term that refers to joint pain and disease from the wearing down of cartilage. How many people suffer from arthritis? The leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S., approximately 54 million adults and 300,000 babies and children have been diagnosed with arthritis or a rheumatic condition. This number is expected to reach 78 million by 2040. Who develops arthritis? Diagnosed cases of arthritis are more common in women than in men. Is it a costly condition? According to the CDC, the total national arthritis-attributable medical care costs and earnings losses among adults with arthritis is $303.5 billion. Does arthritis accompany other diseases? Nearly half of U.S. adults with heart disease or diabetes and one-third of people suffering with obesity also have arthritis. While arthritis is a common condition, it’s difficult to treat. Several options exist, from pills to shots, and finally, joint replacement therapy. Stem cell therapy may be a good choice for people who have run out of non-surgical options and do not yet want to consider knee replacement surgery. An effective and non-invasive alternative, stem cell therapy can show results in as little as five weeks.

Understanding Stem Cell Therapy and How it Can Help Before you can understand the possibilities of stem cell therapy, you must first understand what stem cells are. Simply put, stem cells are your body’s “repair system” and have the potential to infinitely divide and replenish other cells. Once the cell divides, it may remain a stem cell or become another functional cell, like a muscle or red blood cell. Stem cells originate from a multitude of sources. The Orlin & Cohen team of subspecialists uses stem cells obtained from the patient’s own body fat to perform the procedure. Stem cells are harvested from fat around the stomach. Six to 10 teaspoons of fat are obtained through a small liposuction procedure and placed into a centrifuge machine that separates the stem cells from the rest of the fat. Blood is also drawn and its platelets separated and con-

centrated. The stem cells are combined with this platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is vital to healing, and injected into the area in need. What Other Orthopedic Ailments Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine? In addition to arthritis, Orlin & Cohen has found regenerative medicine to be a beneficial treatment for: Ligament Damage: These injuries occur when the flexible muscle that connects the body’s bones is stretched too far and can range from mild to moderate to complete tears. Muscle Tears: These occur when your muscles — most often your hamstring, thigh, calf, back, or groin—have been overloaded, causing anything from mild pain to complete muscle ruptures. Plantar Fasciitis: Over two million patients are treated every year for this heel pain, which occurs when the band of tissue that supports the foot’s arch is irritated and inflamed. Tendonitis: This inflammation of the thick cords that attach muscle to bone is typically marked by joint or limb pain, tenderness, and mild swelling. Stem cell therapy is particularly successful with tendonitis of the elbow (tennis elbow), which is notoriously difficult to treat by other methods. If you or someone you love is suffering from arthritis or another orthopedic condition, cutting-edge regenerative medicine may be an excellent and effective alternative to surgery. Visit orlincohen.com to learn more.

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ccording to the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects more than one out of three Americans, an incidence rate that’s greater than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. No one can predict when a simple acute injury or a surgery, such as total knee arthroscopy, will morph into something else. Perhaps a chronic condition that produces a baffling array of disproportionate pain, swelling, and unimaginable sensitivity throughout the afflicted region. Once known as reflex sympaBrian J. Snyder, M.D., thetic dystrophy (RSD), complex Attending Neurosurgeon, regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is Neurological Surgery, P.C. the most uncomfortable form of chronic pain. Patients suffer from intractable pain in their upper or lower extremities. The hands are the most common site for presentation, followed by the knees, feet, ankles, and low back. Agonizing, burning pain is a major hallmark of the disease. CRPS can be difficult to diagnose and treat. However, advances in neurobiology have made implantable pain therapies, including neurostimulation, an option for some patients. In the past, traditional spinal cord stimulation (SCS) was used to treat CRPS with varying results. However, recent innovations for the treatment of chronic pain, includ-

ing neurostimulation systems that target the dorsal root ganglion, provide patients with more effective alternatives. The dorsal root ganglion (DRG), also known as the posterior root ganglion, lies at the posterior root of each spinal nerve. Pain signals travel from the extremities and must pass through a dorsal root ganglion. There’s a DRG connected to every vertebra in your spine. Brian J. Snyder, M.D., an attending neurosurgeon at Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) who specializes in the surgical treatment of chronic pain, notes that the concept of DRG stimulation is nearly identical to SCS stimulation, with one very important difference. “Rather than placing the leads in a general region of the spinal cord,” notes Dr. Snyder, “DRG stimulation targets the specific regions of the cord that are transmitting the pain and shuts down those painful signals by placing leads over the dorsal root ganglia.” Dr. Snyder is the only surgeon on Long Island performing DRG stimulation. Earlier this year, a company received FDA-approval for a neurostim-

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ulation system specifically designed for DRG stimulation. Alternatively, another firm offers patients an implantable devide that uses high frequency electrical signals to control chronic pain of the trunk and lower extremities without the “buzzing” sensation usually associated with such stimulators. For more information, or to seek a consultation with Dr. Snyder to explore new treatment options for chronic pain, please call 516-442-2250.

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vated to keep going. Getting started is often half the battle. √ Break it up into smaller chunks. Research shows that 10 minutes of exercise has benefits, so incorporate activity throughout the day. Use a break at work to walk laps or climb stairs, do a set of squats, planks, and pushups during TV commercials, or try a 10-minute exercise video. √ Focus on how you feel. Do you have increased energy, strength, mood or sleep? The scale isn’t the only measure of success. √ Write it down. Keep a journal of your daily activity and food/drinks. Be mindful of what you eat, and realistic about how many calories you burn. Snacks, sodas, and desserts have hidden calories or are often overlooked. It can reveal patterns of overindulging, emotional eating or chronic fatigue and depression. √ Enjoy a rest day (or two). Don’t beat yourself up if you slack off for a day or a week. While consistency is important, adequate hydration, sleep and recovery time matter too. √ Celebrate small milestones. The scale may have stalled, but maybe you’ve lost inches, regulated blood sugar, can run a mile, or noticed new muscles. n

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