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Bulletin, Record, Progressive?Reporter Wednesday, March 2i, 2012 15B 0 0 , / Mic.ae, w. - Baa*to[l, D.I).S. General Dentistry Route 89 • Graeagle FAMILY DENTAL CARE • Manual Therapy • Cardiac Rehabilitation • Sports Medicine• Orthopedics • Neck/Back Care Most insurances accepted - including Blue Cross and Blue Shield Greenville Quincy 284-1666 283-0311 284-1667 (Fax) 283-0314 (Fax) Gregory Sawyer, DDS Family Dentistry, Orthodontics & Certified invisalign Provider (530) 283-2811 2034 East Main Street Quincy, CA 95971 (across from Polka Dot, East Quincy) OPEN MON - FRI 8am - 4:30pm Evening appointments available 0% financing available - O.A.C. Mountain Physical Therapy Joaquin A. (Butch) Vargas, Pr Mrc MS. Offering: Industrial Physical Therapy Sports Physical Therapy General Rehabilitation • Manual Therapy Outpatient Orthopedics 39 Years Experience! Call for an appointment today/ Mon-Tue-Thur 8am-5pm 283-2291 20 Crescent St., Quincy Portola Medical & Dental Clinic 480 First Avenue Portola (530) 832-6600 Graeagle Medical Clinic 7597 Hwy 89 Graeagle (530) 836-1122 Loyalton Medical Clinic 725 Third Street Loyalton (530) 993-1231 Indian Valley Medical Clinic 176 Hot Springs Rd Greenville (530) 284-6116 Skillled Nursing Care Loyalton (530) 993-1225 Portola (530) 832-6546 Family Dentistry for Plumas County with a Woman's Touch Emily S. Herndon, DDS New patients welcome • including children General dentistry practice open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 283-1119 • 431 W. Main Street, Quincy When to get help If your arm goes numb and your speech is slurred, you know you need to seek immediate medical attention. When you nick yourself shaving, you know you can deal with ityourself. But for the vast number of maladies in between, it can be difficult to know when to go to the doctor and w-hen to deal with it on your own. One of the most difficult situations in which you need to make the "home care vs. professional care" decision may be when something affects your joints. The joints do some important work for the human body, and figuring out when things will get better on their own and when you may have a more serious problem is not easy. When to seek help William Ungureit, clinical director of the physician• assistant training program at South University in Tampa, Fla., says there are some important signs tha: will tell you when to seek professional care. "If the joint is warm to the touch and swollen, seek imme- diate help," Ungureit says. "Those are signs of a possible infection, something that won't get better on its own." Likewise, if you know that the joint pain is the result of an injury such as a fall, put an ice pack on the injury and seek help right away. This type of injury Will usually be accompanied by swelling and the inability to bear weight. Otherwise, painful joints often can be treated at home with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. And what about ice and heat? ,Cold therapy (ice) can be used for chronic injuries, such as pain after running," says Ungureit. "Heat therapy is recommended for injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Heat is ideal for sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain." If you decide to treat the pain at home, you still need to see your primary care physician if the pain lasts more than two weeks. Your physician may offer prescription pain relievers or other treatment. Chronic joint pain Treatment for chronic joint pain may be more involved, Ungureit says. "Non-inflammatory joint pain usually signifies osteoarthritis, which is caused by trauma to the joint or degeneration of the joint tissue in weight-bearing joints." That means the knee, hip and spinal joints. According to the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative, a movement sanctioned by the World Health Organization, one in five Americans has some form of arthritis. And contrary to the perception that arthritis is a disease of the elderly, more than half of those with arthritis are under the age of 65. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but it can be managed with pain killers, physical therapy, steroid injections such as cortisone, or other injections to help lubricate the joint. As a last resort, surgery to realign or completely replace a joint may be an option. Complete joint replacement is now available for the knee, shoulders hip and ankle. Motion is lotion Although you can't prevent osteoarthritis, you can do things to help lessen its onset and its painful effects• "Losing weight and exercising regularly are great ways to combat osteo-arthritis," says Ungureit. "When it comes to joints, we say that 'motion is lotion.' Dropping five or 10 pounds may not seem like much, but five pounds per step adds up fairly quickly on your joints." What about herbal supplements and other alternative treatments for joint pain? Ungureit says there's nothing wrong with trying them, but make sure you tell your doc- tor which ones you are thinking about taking, since some supplements can interfere with other medications. So while you may not need to consult your doctor for every ache, there are some serious signs to look for, and some effective steps that both you and your doctor can take to help relieve those painful joints. PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, M.RT, "We Get Results" Orthopedic Manual Therapy Sports & Aquatic Therapy Home Health • Cardiac Rehabilitation M0stlnsurancesAccepted QUINCY GRAEAGLE 78 Central Ave., #2 8989 Hwy. 89; Bldg. 36 #1 530-283-2202 530-836-1178 530-283-2204 (FAX) Seneca Healthcare District 130 Brentwood Dr. • 258-2151 ~iili Lake Almanor Clinic :~:~:~' ~ 199 Reynolds Road • 258-4256 Chester SIERRA FAMILY DENTISTRY, INC. New patients welcomed STEWART A. GATELY, D.D.S. FAMILY, GENERAL COSMETIC DENTISTRY • TMJ TREATMENT ADULT & CHILD ORTHODONTtCS • TEETH WHITENINC ORTHOPEDIC APPLIANCES TO CORRECT BITE PROBLEMS ..... I/VtPEAN'I'S~T~TABILIZE LO'O'SE DENTURES ~:, PARTIALS ~ ,~ PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT PROMOTING HEALTHY GUMS ORAL SURGERY • CONSCIOUS SEDATION Most major insurance plans accepted Payment plans available 352 Lawrence Street Phone: (530) 283-3947 Quincy, CA 95971 Fax: (530) 283-2126 Serving Plumas County for 21+ years Feather River Fitness . "Better than ever" * New Spring class schedule ,'k • Sauna • Free Weights • Jacuzzi • Challenge Courts Tuesday & Thursday • 2 Racquetball Courts Fri 336 Crescent St., Quincy 283-9401 Mon-Thurs 5am-9pm 5am-7pm • Weekends 8am-Noon Eastern .Plu mas ltealth "i'eoph" llelping l~eoplc." Main Hospital Campus 500 First Avenue Portola, CA 96122 (530) 832-6500 or (800) 571-EPHC Comprehensive In & Ot!tpatient Services - Including Full Service Lab, X-ray, Mammog- raphy, Ultrasound, CT, Respiratory Therapy and Outpatient Procedures • 24-Hour Emergency Room * ACLS Ambulance (call 911) ') Family Dentistry H. . £{ Periodontics Family Dentistry Oral Implantology All phases Ofincluding eneral Dentistry Quincy Drug Store and PeriodoWa'zl Prosthesis Orthodontics • Crowns & Bridges • Partials/Dentures ._ ___ o._.. I o.oGPortOlasToat Village Pharmacy 530-283-1Fell°w119 ] are always striving to give their customers the best Extractions. Cosmetic Dentistry. Bleaching low-cost, quality, over-the-counter medications. Michael W. Herndon, D.D.S Periodontics • Root Canals • Dental implantsIIJ :l Today's Health is now available at both locations. Amsterdam to anchor loose dentures or replace missing teeth Now Accepting New Patients (D)PORTC)I.A 431 W. Main Street * Quincy-CA 95971 181 S. Gulling St.. Portola ,o,., ..... ,. .., ,,,, ,,o, FAX: 530-283-2319 530-832-4461 • Fax 530-832-4409 493 W. Main St., Quincy157 Commercial St., Portola 8.00 Declaration Drive, Suite 102 * Chico CA 95973 530-893-8327