Recommended Book: The Improvising Chef

I have been waiting for a health and cuisine book that’s daring and honest to the core.

As a neurologist and a stroke specialist, I’ve seen many medical emergencies caused by or heavily associated with faulty nutrition habits. It is very hard to address and “correct” issues relating to food since the public is being fed with half-truths and misinformation promoted by influential food corporations. American public health has deteriorated over the last decades, with unheard-of increases in cases of adult-onset diabetes, obesity and strokes—affecting even our youths! This trend must be reversed; it will be a very difficult task. In my opinion, this book is going to tackle this task. It’s a revolutionary approach to cuisine, putting taste, nutrition, and health together in a sustainable, enjoyable fashion.

Jon Burr devoted years delving first-hand into various cuisines of populations known to have fit and healthy lifestyles, researching and experimenting, finding why certain food preparations taste great and yet have health and weight-reduction benefits, and gathering nutrition and food facts to dispel myths that have plagued the nation causing untoward consequences to American health and body habitus*. Speaking as a person who grew up in a family and culture that enjoys food, has been fit and healthy all my life, yet been known by those close to me to enjoy gourmet cooking and eating, I have tried several of his food preparations and I’ll say Jon Burr can invite me to his lunches and dinner anytime.

There’s no other book like this. I will personally recommend this—not only to my patients who need to incorporate healthy, palatable and enjoyable eating habits to reduce their cerebrovascular and cardiovascular risk factors—but to everyone who will come across my path.

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Khavkin Clinic Participates In 10th Anniversary Grant A Gift Autism Foundation’s Race For Hope

On Saturday, April 27th, the Khavkin Clinic team participated in the 10th Anniversary Grant A Gift Autism Foundation’s Race For Hope at UNLV. Approximately 2,000 participants joined together to raise funds and awareness for the foundation’s causes, including supporting their family center care efforts.

The Khavkin Clinic proudly supports Touro University

The Khavkin Clinic proudly supports Touro University and was excited to be a part of as well as a sponsor at their 2019 Gala which provides financial support for scholarship opportunities for deserving Physician Assistant and Medical students.  We hope with our continued support that our universities we will be able to attract and retain potential medical professionals to our community.

Stop Typing and Learn about Carpal Tunnel Prevention

For years, many people experience tingling sensations in their fingers from typing or other activities which you use your hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects a significant amount of people, and with our technology only becoming more modern, more and more individuals begin developing the condition earlier. Hand and wrist exercises are vital for carpal tunnel prevention and helping you keep your blood flowing in these body parts.

Carpal tunnel symptoms are severe to spot if you don’t know what you are looking for, so stay informed on the first signs of the condition and what you can do to prevent it from developing further.

What to do for Carpal Tunnel Prevention

Carpal tunnel is the condition due to extended periods on a typewriter or computer. The compression of the median nerve causes numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations on the wrist and hand. Those aren’t the only areas affected with the condition, as some patients experience it on their arm, elbow, and shoulder.

Those with rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes have an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Take breaks in your typing

We use our computers for everything, and it makes it easier to get carpal tunnel due to the extended periods we spend typing. If you work in a job where you are typing the entire workday, it is vital to give your hands and wrist rest for carpal tunnel prevention. Don’t overwork yourself or your hands, so you don’t end up with this condition.

Wear a brace to bed

You can do carpal tunnel prevention while you sleep when you wear a compression brace to bed. Adding pressure to your hands and wrists avoids the median nerve from causing you the carpal tunnel symptoms.

Stretches for hands and wrists

If you sense your hands and wrists getting tight or a sudden tingling occurs, it’s time to stretch them out. Carpal tunnel prevention exercises help you release tension from your wrists and helps you get more blood flowing in the area. One of the hand and wrist exercises to add to your break is to clench your fist and fan out all your fingers to stretch them as much as possible. Repeat five to ten times to give your hands a break.

Management of Your Carpal Tunnel

Khavkin Clinic offers pain management to our patients who receive neurosurgery or have existing conditions. We provide treatment to a variety of spine, back, and injury pain. Contact us for an appointment today!

Get Your Back to School: Three Early Signs of Scoliosis in Teens

The back-to-school season is here, and your teen is not ready to start carrying all their books on their back. As a parent, you should worry about what all the weight of those textbooks is doing to your still developing teenager. If you are worried it could result in early signs of scoliosis, we have some of the symptoms to look for in your child’s posture so you can take steps to reduce the possibility of them developing this spinal issue.

Your teen will thank you for staying alert on their spine and scoliosis to have them avoid wearing the large scoliosis brace during their high school years.

3 Early Signs of Scoliosis to Look for in Your Teen

Adolescent scoliosis is the spinal issue happening to individuals between the ages of 10 and 18. A curvature of the spine occurs similar to scoliosis symptoms and can cause pain for your teen’s development in their adolescence. What are some early signs of scoliosis that stand out?

One shoulder is higher than the other

When the curvature begins in the spine, it also affects other areas of the body to bring other early signs of scoliosis. The curving of the spinal bone will lift one of your teen’s shoulder to look elevated over the other. Look at their shoulders or have them stand up to notice which shoulder is not looking level from the other.

Difficulty standing straight

Teens are never standing predominantly straight, as it might not be the “cool” thing to do. But if your child is having trouble standing up straight even when they are doing it ironically, it can be a troubling early symptom of the spinal issue. The curvature pushes the spine and causes pain when stretched out straight. If your teen can’t handle standing straight because of the spinal problem, it is an excellent time to address a possibility of scoliosis.

Abnormal walking pattern

A teen’s walk might be already hard to read, but if they have a different stride when they are walking normal, the curvature of scoliosis might have affected their legs. One higher leg or hip is another portions of the body scoliosis changes when the curving of the spine begins. When these body parts are visible affecting your teen’s walk, it is crucial to verify it is not the spinal condition.

What to do If Your Child has Signs of Scoliosis

Most schools perform scoliosis screenings to see if there are visible early signs of the issue. If you see visible signs of this spinal issue, you can take your child to their doctor to have them examine their back and measure any curvatures. Also, get them a well-supported backpack, so their spine is more supported when they head to class with their books.

Care for Scoliosis and Other Spinal Conditions

Khavkin Clinic offers relief for those with spine issues, such as scoliosis. We pride ourselves on providing practical solutions and options for neurosurgeryRequest an appointment from us today to see how we can help you. We got your back.

Conquer Your Sciatica Pains with These Tips

Is your back pain spreading to other body parts? If you are suffering from a jolt rushing from your lower back down your leg, you have the symptoms of sciatica pains. This irritating medical condition is the typical symptom of more severe back problems, such as spondylolisthesis. You may have difficulty walking or even sitting when it comes to sciatica nerve pain. We will help you combat this condition, so it doesn’t keep you from enjoying your life and daily activities.

Treating Your Sciatica Pains

The sciatic nerve is the most significant single nerve of the body and branches from the spine and lower back to other regions of the lower half of the body.

Sciatica pain symptoms are the following:

  • Pain when sitting
  • Sharp aches making it hard to walk or stand
  • Constant pain in one or both sides of the legs and buttocks
  • Numbness and weakness of legs, toes, and foot

Exercise regularly

Grab your running shoes and keep your home gym active to help with your sciatica pains. Spending time on your core muscles helps keep your back strong and helps with proper posture and back alignment. Remember to stretch out before you begin your exercise routine to avoid any more sprains.

Rest when you can

If you are in a line of work where you are doing extended periods of standing, practice resting your foot on a small box to do proper body mechanics. Do not strain your back when lifting heavy objects, use your lower back and bend your knees.

Put some heat

Acute sciatic pain treatment with a simple heat pad is an easy way to lessen the pain. People often use the cold/heat process for relief by icing the area first then applying a heating pad. Apply heat or ice to your back for 20 mins and repeat every two hours.

Try Physical Treatment for Your Sciatica Pains

Khavkin Clinic offers pain management for your physical therapy needs. Our specialist will work with you to perform exercises to relieve some of your aches. Request an appointment with us today!