Wellness

Working Wonders in Medicine

A medical team greets a patient airlifted by helicopter.

When Joe Wright saw his eye doctor for what he thought was a case of pink eye, he got an unexpected diagnosis. His ophthalmologist found a retinal hemorrhage and suspected a blocked carotid artery.

Testing confirmed this, and Joe became one of the first patients in the region to undergo a transcarotid artery revascularization, or TCAR. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that uses a new approach to unblock a carotid artery and reduce post-operative stroke risk.

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Healthy Travel 101

When the school year ends and the weather gets warmer, many people’s thoughts turn to travel. Whether your vacation involves a road trip, a cruise or a long-distance flight, follow these tips to stay healthy while away from home.

Plan Ahead

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Moving Without Misery: The Right Way To Lift

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Your cousin hurt his back moving furniture. Your sister ruptured a disc by lifting her baby and a heavy bag of groceries.

We all probably know someone who’s injured their back by lifting an object that was too heavy, or by lifting it incorrectly.

Unfortunately, a moment’s wrong move can cause all kinds of problems, ranging from muscle strain to back or joint injuries.

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Protect Your Back at Work

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Quick Facts

  • Work-related injuries result more often from repetitive strain than from a single incident
  • Correct posture and proper ergonomics can help prevent injury
  • These tips are part of the training that Carilion Clinic employees take every year

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Every day, we move in ways that put us at risk of a back injury. In just a second, we might hurt ourselves by lifting a heavy object the wrong way, or trip and fall.

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The Fine Art of Doing Less

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Your life is probably hectic. We all juggle an enormous number of competing priorities, from time with family and friends to commitments at work and school.

Not to mention trying to fit in time for exercise, meal planning and a good night’s sleep.

Sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything that "needs" to get done.

So what would you say if someone suggested that you spend some time doing less?

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Does Sunscreen Expire?

Child on beach in white hat getting sunscreen on his nose.

Memorial Day is right around the corner. Neighborhood pools are about to open (except Carilion Wellness, which is already open - woohoo!) and for many of us that means pulling swim suits, floaties and of course that stockpile of unused sunscreen out of storage.

The question is will that sunscreen be just as effective the second time around?

To make things interesting, a lot of sunscreen bottles are not printed with an expiration date.

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