I have been
back pain for
weeks. What should I do?
Pain is the body’s way of alerting
you that something is wrong.
Backache is one of the most common
complaints doctors hear. Luckily, many
cases of back pain are due to muscle
strain that, with treatment, can resolve
in just a fewweeks. Other causes of back
pain can be more serious. A herniated
disk, an injured vertebra, a slipped disk,
or arthritis can cause back pain that
requires more complex treatment.
Here are some ways to help alleviate
Light activity, like
walking, is often the best medicine for
Maintain good posture.
can greatly increase the pressure on
your back by simply leaning over the
Use relaxation techniques.
Research shows that practices such as
meditation, deep breathing, and yoga
can do wonders.
Apply ice and heat.
and heating packs can comfort the
See a specialist.
There is no
magic aspirin for chronic back pain.
Some people need core strengthening,
while others may need stretching and
other exercises to improve flexibility.
A medical provider can help you
determine what is best for you.
Brian Ragel, MD
Rebound Orthopedics &
200 NE Mother Joseph Place,
I will be having a
cesarean birth and
heard about skin-
to-skin. What is that?
Congratulations on your new
bundle of joy joining your
I am glad that you asked about this
important step in welcoming your
baby to the world. Skin-to-skin is the
practice of placing the newborn infant
on the mother’s chest as soon after
delivery as possible.
That skin-to-skin contact has a lot
of benefits for both mom and baby.
Infants transition to life outside the
womb quicker and in a more stable
fashion. Moms are more successful
with breastfeeding, and the mother-
infant bond is improved.
The practice has been commonplace
for mothers following vaginal
delivery, so we wanted to make sure
all mothers, regardless of how they
deliver, have the same opportunity for
If this is something that interests
you and your family, please talk to
your provider to determine if it’s right
Heather Weldon, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology
PeaceHealth Medical Group –
505 NE 87th Ave., Suite 160
I have diabetic
Is it treatable?
Diabetes damages the blood
vessels throughout the body,
including the eyes. In diabetic
retinopathy, blood vessels in the retina
(the back part of the eye) are injured,
and this can lead to these vessels leaking
and completely closing off. In other
cases, abnormal new blood vessels grow
on the surface of the retina, which can
bleed, leading to decreased vision.
Typically, the initial stages of diabetic
retinopathy are without symptoms. In
more advanced stages, symptoms can
include decrease in vision, floaters, and
even blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is
the leading cause of new blindness in
adults ages 25 to 74 years in the U.S.
The good news: Treatment is
available. In early stages, treatment is
often not necessary, except to closely
monitor your blood sugar, blood
pressure, and cholesterol. In more
advanced cases, laser treatments may be
necessary to seal leaking blood vessels
or discourage new blood vessels from
forming. Injections of medications into
the eye may be necessary to treat the
changes that have occurred to the retina.
If you have diabetes, schedule a dilated
eye examination each year. These
exams allow eye care professionals
to monitor your eyes for signs of
disease. Early detection and treatment
of diabetic retinopathy can greatly
reduce the risk of decreased vision.
David Valent, DO
PeaceHealth Medical Group –
505 NE 87th Ave., Suite 100
Monday, April 24,
10:30 a.m. to noon
Health Education Center
NE 92nd Avenue and
East Mill Plain Boulevard
Get more information atpeacehealth.org/baby
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We want all mothers
and their newborn
babies to have the
same opportunity for