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Putting a spring back in your step… safely
Eric Martin, MD
Chairman, Orange Regional Medical Center Department of Orthopedics
TOWN OF WALLKILL (April 30) - Orthopedists see and treat common springtime injuries every year. A common side effect of cabin fever, these are injuries that occur when people – particularly those anxious to get back to their outdoor activities or fitness routines – try to go from zero to 100 as soon as temperatures begin to rise in April and May. That itch to return to the activities we love after a season of relative inactivity, can put stress on our bodies and predispose us to injury.
START SLOW The first thing we have to keep in mind this time of year to best avoid orthopedic injuries is to be realistic with our goals – this goes for what we plan to do, when we plan to do it and how intensely. Whether your plan is to begin running or walking again, hiking, kayaking, biking – anything, really – plan to warm up into it.
Think of your body like a cold engine, and if you’re an aging athlete or weekend warrior, an old engine. When it’s been sitting for a while, especially in the cold, it may be a little clunky at ignition, but it will run smoothly as long as you give it time to warm up. When I was a kid, I would get the impulse to go for a run, lace up my sneakers and just start going full speed. I no longer do that, because I don’t want to get an injury, and my body simply won’t allow it.
Now, I plan for 10 to 15 minutes of easy warm-up before I really get the engine going, and it really is what everyone should be doing regardless of age or fitness level. This one thing alone is more likely to decrease your risk of injury than anything else.
STRETCHING NOW & LATER Before an activity, take it slow and steady to warm that engine up. Dynamic types of movement are a helpful way to begin. Swing your legs and arms, twist your trunk, make roll movements with your shoulders; engage in movements that help limber up your joints and warm the muscles.
Stretching after an activity is also very important. When the muscles are warm and loosened up after an activity is when you actually make gains in increasing your flexibility, so you want to keep them engaged during cool-down and push the lactic acid out of your muscles. This allows them to be less sore afterward an activity, and to break down any scarring that may have formed, to maintain your flexibility. Basic stretching exercises are good for this, there is foam rolling, yoga-type stretching; there are many different variations that are useful post-workout.
DID YOU OVERDO IT? Getting back into an active lifestyle can lead to injuries whether people heed this advice or not. While many of the more common things – particularly muscle aches, mild sprains and scrapes – can be addressed by Urgent Care providers, there are certain instances where it makes sense to see an Orthopedist. If you sustain an injury and seek treatment for an injury at an Urgent Care or Emergency Department, you may be referred to an Orthopedist as part of your care if necessary.
First and foremost, if there is a noticeable change to your body – acute issues affecting an ankle or knee, for example – we’re here to take a look at that. This is especially true if there is concern about the injury affecting someone’s ability to continue doing their activities.
It’s also a good idea to see an Orthopedist for nagging injuries. If you choose to see if a minor injury will heal on its own, you can give it a week of resting with some over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, along with some stretching and icing. If those measure don’t improve your symptoms, an Orthopedist should probably take a look.
WARM UP & KEEPT IT UP This spring, as you warm up and get outdoors to get moving again, consider now how you might take your warm weather pursuits indoors when next autumn comes around. There’s no better prescription a doctor can give a patient than suggesting regular exercise. As I like to tell my patients, the more you move your body, the longer it will serve you well and the better your quality of life will be. So, plan now on ways to avoid dormancy when winter comes.
The physicians of Orange Regional Medical Group are available to help you - whether you have an orthopedic condition or you want to establish your baseline vitals before you begin an activity regiment. We are located on the main campus of Orange Regional Medical Center, in the Outpatient Building, 707 East Main Street, in Middletown, NY. To learn more about our Orthopedic Care team and services, and the specialty physicians and services available, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org.
Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation announces annual Golf and Tennis Classic
MIDDLETOWN (April 18) - The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation announces Board Trustee member Jason Giordano will Chair the 2019 Annual Golf and Tennis Classic which will take place on Monday, June 17, 2019.
Jason Giordano, CPA, MST, is a shareholder of Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC, and has been with the firm since 1997. As a tax specialist, he provides strategy, tax planning, compliance, tax return preparation, and representation for companies in industries ranging from the medical field to construction, and even represents celebrity accounts. Jason currently sits on the board of directors of many local civic and charitable organizations. Jason holds a Master of Science in Taxation, with Honors, from Washington School of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Renowned as one of the region’s finest golf outings, this 28th annual tournament will benefit the expansion of Orange Regional’s Emergency Department and enhance the patient experience. The widely popular tournament will be held at West Hills Country Club in Middletown and The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe followed by a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at West Hills Country Club.
Various levels of sponsorship packages are available for this year’s tournament. With a round of golf, golfers receive delicious breakfast, a golf cart, full lunch and an appreciation gift, as well as a tremendous golfers’ hour and buffet dinner at the awards ceremony. Sponsorship and participant opportunities also are available for a Tennis Clinic and Tournament and a Par 3 Clinic and tournament.
To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please call the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation at 845-333-2333 or visit www.ormcclassic.org.
The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization whose sole purpose is to encourage philanthropic support for Orange Regional Medical Center.
Harckham, left, and Yager greet one of the patients
Hudson Valley Regional Community Health Center focusing on cerebral palsy services
BREWSTER (April 21) - State Senator Peter Harckham visited the campus of the Hudson Valley Regional Community Health Center/Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association. The freshman lawmaker liked what he saw.
Harckham was greeted by Howard Yager, Executive Director for the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association and Chairman of the Board from Hudson Valley Regional Health Center in addition to board members and statewide and local cerebral palsy officials.
Yager said the senator was “extremely helpful and most supportive when listening to our story and touring our facilities. He expressed great interest in assisting the organization to become successful in the delivery of health services throughout the county.”
The recently created Hudson Valley Regional Health Center is a federally qualified health center providing medical services throughout Putnam and Dutchess.
Yager explained the types of services needed by residents of the area as well as seeking financial support from Albany to help the agency through its initial development period.
Senator Harckham was impressed.
“They are a great facility by providing important assistance to our community across a wide spectrum of services. Anything I can do to support their mission I will be more than happy to assist.”
Harckham noted that the Hudson Valley Regional Health Center desires to increase its programs: “I plan on working with the appropriate state agencies to determine where funding is available. Expanding programs and outreach are two realistic goals and win-wins for residents of our Putnam County area.”
Registration for national service animal eye exam event closes April 30th
BREWSTER (April 9) - Guardian Veterinary Specialists (GVS) will provide free sight-saving eye exams to qualified service and working animals during the month of May. Dr. Kyle Tofflemire, full-time board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist at GVS, donates his time and expertise to provide screenings every May during the annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event. GVS, an advanced 24-hour emergency, critical care and specialty veterinary hospital, opened one year ago at 4 Hardscrabble Heights in Brewster, NY.
Early detection and management of ocular disease are vital to ensure service and working animals maintain the eyesight necessary to perform their duties effectively. With the aid of specialized ophthalmic equipment, Dr. Tofflemire can detect diseases early and implement management strategies to stop, slow, or reverse progression. Common conditions identified during screenings include early cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases, corneal and conjunctival abnormalities, eyelid problems, and others.
The goal of the National Service Animal Eye Exam Event is to provide as many free exams as possible to active, eligible service and working animals. Active working animals include guide, hearing assistance, drug detection, police/military, search and rescue, therapy and disability assistance animals.
To qualify, service and working animals must be active in their duties, trained through a formal training program, or currently enrolled in a formal training program. Owners, handlers or agents must first register their animal via an online registration form at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30th.
Once registered online, the owner, handler or agent will receive a registration number. Then, they may contact GVS to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tofflemire at (914) 704-3400. The exam will be scheduled for the month of May with appointments filled on a first-come, first served basis. Early registration and appointment scheduling are encouraged. For more information about our specialized Ophthalmology Service visit https://guardianveterinaryspecialists.com/service/ophthalmology/
Guardian Veterinary Specialists is a 29,000 square-foot advanced emergency, critical care and specialty veterinary hospital.
L-R: Scott Wohl, LiveOnNY’s Senior Manager for Community and Government Affairs,
Orange County Deputy County Clerk, DMV, Patricia McMullen; County Clerk Annie Rabbitt
and LiveOnNY volunteers Kelly Krzyzak and Gary Southard. Krzyzak and Southard are
both transplant recipients
Orange County DMV encourages lifesaving donations during April’s Donate Life Month
GOSHEN (April 8) –Orange County’s Department of Motor Vehicles is teaming up with LiveOnNY during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Donate Life Month is a national observance which raises awareness about the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation.
LiveOnNY is a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization for the greater New York Metropolitan area.
Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt and the County’s DMV staff were joined by former Orange County Executive Ed Diana at a Donate Life Month kickoff event at the Government Center on Monday, April 8th. Diana, who now serves as Town of Wallkill’s Supervisor, received a lifesaving liver transplant in November of 2013. His surgery came five years after he learned that he was suffering from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
“Organ donation saves lives and we are proud to be partnering with LiveOnNY on this important initiative,” Rabbitt said. “This initiative will help to educate Orange County residents on how they can make a huge impact on other people’s lives by becoming an organ donor. I’m proud that our DMV staff has been so enthusiastic about raising awareness about promoting this important and worthwhile program.”
During April, the staff at Orange County’s DMV office at the Orange County Government Center in Goshen will encourage residents to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and the impact it has on many lives. The offices will feature promotional items to urge visitors to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors. Enrolling in the Donate Life Registry ensures that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of his or her death.
“Organ donation saves lives and I appreciate that County Clerk Rabbitt and her staff are raising awareness about this important issue,” said Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “You can really make a difference by enrolling in the organ donor registry and it’s simple to do. You can register at DMV when you obtain or renew a driver’s license, or at the Board of Elections office when you register to vote.”
According to LiveOnNY, New York ranks 50th in the nation in percent of residents who are registered organ donors. According to LiveOnNY, only 32 percent of New Yorkers are registered as organ donors, but more than 90 percent support organ donation. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and one tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 50 people. More than one million lifesaving and life-improving tissue and corneal transplants are performed each year.
New Yorkers age 16 and older can enroll at their local DMV offices by signing the organ donor consent certification. This can be found on the forms used to apply or renew a driver license or non-driver identification card. When you enroll using this method, a symbol of a red heart and the words “Organ Donor” will be printed on the front of your driver license or non-driver identification card at no extra cost.
New Yorkers can also enroll in the Donate Life Registry electronically through the DMV website: dmv.ny.gov if they have a driver license or non-driver identification card. This method of enrollment will not result in a new driver license or non-driver identification card with a red heart symbol and the words “Organ Donor.”'
Revella with Heart Hero Sydney
Greater Hudson Valley Health System’s Mary Revella to head 2019 Tri-County American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Committee
TOWN OF WALKILL (April 5) - Mary Kate Revella, Greater Hudson Valley Health System Director of Cardiology Services, has been selected as the 2019 Tri-County American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Committee Chair.
Orange Regional Medical Center is the ‘Healthy For Good’ Sponsor of this year’s Heart Walk to be held on May 5 at Lake Welch Beach, in Harriman State Park.
At the Heart Walk Kickoff event, Revella introduced Sydney Lundgren, Heart Hero and Junior Honoree for the Tri-County Heart Walk. Since birth, Sydney has been battling a complex congenital heart defect.
“We are so pleased to be a part of this event,” Revella said. “We invite the community to join us to support the Tri-County Heart Walk to celebrate Sydney’s life and the lives of all those affected by heart disease and stroke.”
To register for the walk, visit www.TriCountyHeartWalk.org. The non-competitive 3-mile walk raises awareness and funds for American Heart Association programs and research.
To learn more about the services offered at Orange Regional’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center, visit www.ormc.org/cardiology.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
Westchester County recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month
WHITE PLAINS (April 3) – Westchester County Executive George Latimer recognized April as National Autism Awareness Month, joining with County Departments, Westchester County organizations and families to highlight the importance of education, and providing a lifetime of supports and opportunities for individuals with Autism.
In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States – twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125. Autism awareness works to ensure there are programs in place to support all children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition, it raises the idea of promoting acceptance and inclusion among everyone.
“Westchester County’s Autism Advisory Committee, formed under the Department of Community Mental Health in 2009, provides input from family members, services providers and advocates to make recommendations on the services and supports necessary for individuals with Autism,” Latimer said: “Our goal is for these individuals to live well in their own communities, and have access to meaningful social, vocational and employment opportunities.”
Some of the services offered by Westchester County include Project Lifesaver, an electronic tracking bracelet system for children with autism whose parents are looking for an extra layer of security. There are also a number of recreational opportunities in local programs, post high-school planning assistance for students and autism awareness training for law enforcement recruits at the Police Training Academy.
Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Michael Orth said: “Early diagnosis of Autism is important so that young children can receive appropriate early intervention services and supports as soon as possible. One of the goals of the Westchester County Autism Advisory Committee is to educate parents with information and guidance to seek essential services for their child.”
For additional information on Autism Awareness Events and resources please contact the Department of Community Mental Health at (914) 995-5225.
Horizon Family Medical’s tobacco-dependence treatment a success
GOSHEN (March 11) - Horizon Family Medical Group’s tobacco-dependence treatment enhanced effort begun in 2016 has been a success: Horizon providers have counseled and referred patients to the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, and almost 50 percent of them have utilized Quitline services. Only 5 percent of smokers who don’t participate in a smoking cessation program are successful in quitting, according to U.S. News & World Report – Health.
Once a patient has contacted the Quitline, they are connected to a Quit Coach for support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) including the patch, gum and lozenges. NRT is covered by Medicaid and many insurers.
Counseling by providers also contributed to the success. Smokers are 2 to 3 times more likely to quit if they are advised to do so by a provider.
Horizon’s tobacco-dependence treatment policy evolved out of a partnership with the Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley, a program funded by the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control.
“We are gratified by the success of our tobacco-dependence treatment and applaud our partner in this effort for helping us to implement the policy throughout our Group’s offices. We look forward to helping more and more of our patients quit the habit," said Horizon CEO Jim Olver.
The New York State Smokers’ Quitline is an effective free confidential service for residents who want to stop using tobacco. Quitline services are available at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).