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COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Overview of the virus

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. It is believed to spread in ways similar to the common cold—such as through coughs, sneezes, or handshakes. We are following established infection prevention protocols and remain prepared to care for patients. We have trained and practiced for these scenarios. When you enter our clinic, you may see certain staff members wearing masks. This is a preventative measure. Patients who exhibit any respiratory symptoms will also be asked to wear masks and will be rescheduled for non-emergent appointments.

Important Information about your upcoming appointment:

Keep Your Scheduled Appointments

You should not avoid seeking necessary care out of concerns about COVID-19 and you should keep your appointments unless otherwise instructed by your physician. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or think you've been exposed to COVID-19, call your doctor before going to your appointment.

If We Need to Reschedule

Your Appointment
As things evolve, we may reach out to reschedule clinic visits or procedures. In the event that we need to reschedule your appointment, we will call you.

Keep Taking Your Medications

We recommend that you continue taking all medications, as prescribed, unless otherwise instructed by your physician. Contact your physician if you have questions. While you are visiting our office, please remember to follow the CDC’s guidelines concerning social distancing and hand hygiene to protect yourself and others.

EFFECTIVE 3/23/2020 - 4/9/2020:

We will be reducing our office hours and will be open from 8am-2pm. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours, please call 911. If you need to speak with us about a non-urgent matter, please call our office between the hours of 8am-2pm.
Could Video Games Help MS Patients?

Could Video Games help MS Patients?

2.5 million People worldwide are suffering from symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis–a disabling neurological condition affecting many young adults.

It can be very difficult for people suffering with MS to stay active. The disease, along with medications used to fight against its progression, may disrupt normal functioning associated with balance.

Researchers have now found that an exercise component to the popular Nintendo Wii video game (Wii Fit Balance Board) could possibly help some patients be able to live a more normal life. A recent study revealed that by simply playing the video game, MS patients were able to build up strength and regain some balance by re-wiring their brain function.

For the study, patients were split into two groups: one group spent three months doing no special exercise while the other group played with the Wii Balance Board for 30 to 40 minutes per day, five days a week. Then the two groups reversed rolls. Those who had not participated in a regular exercise routine used the balance board for three months, while the others stopped. Researchers used MRI scans to help detect any physiological changes in the brain.

Findings showed that patients had regained some balance. Furthermore, the video game’s use was actually tied to improvements in the protective sheath around the nerves that help with a conduction of impulses between the body and the brain.

 

Sources and Citations:
1. http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/16824/20140826/nintendo-wii-balance-boards-help-ms-patients-stay-steady.htm

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