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We treat many children at our clinic for a wide variety of conditions. We see children for sports injuries, musculoskeletal complaints, and also give parents advice about providing a healthy lifestyle for their children by addressing factors such as diet and appropriate exercise.

It is not uncommon for children to develop sports injuries due to lack of flexibility or from improper training. Children suffer from many of the same injuries as adult practitioners of any sport, and often are injured more frequently due to the enthusiasm and vigor they put into all activities. Such injuries, if not treated at an early age, can lead to physical problems when they become teenagers and adults.

An example of such a situation is Osgood Slatters Syndrome. This syndrome is common in boys who play soccer and shows as pain and inflammation below the knee. This is due to lack of flexibility in the quadriceps, and stress placed on an area called the Tibial Tuberosity, which is where the quadriceps attach to the Tibia. If this is not treated correctly, it can develop into more serious knee problems. But with the right therapy and exercise (stretching, active release technique ) children often resolve this problem within a short period of time.

There are more obese and out-of-condition children today than in any previous time in history. Childhood illnesses related to these factors are increasing at an alarming rate. To address this, the Doctors at our clinic also focus on improving a child's diet through proper nutrition and exercise.

We strongly believe in an integrated approach to a child's health. This includes working with the child primary health care practitioner, in respecting their perspectives, while providing parents with a framework for developing and maintaining long term health goals for their children.

Dr. Abelson has been a marathon runner and triathelete for over 20 years, has taught numerous exercise and health clinics, and has a wide variety of experience in several sports (running, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, cycling, soccer, and other team sports).

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  • Teen smokers suffer from shortness of breath almost 3 times as often as teens that don't smoke, do worse in sports, and produce phlegm twice as often as teens that don't smoke.
  • Smoking in children and youth has been shown to interfere with both use and growth of the lungs.
  • Secondhand smoke is a major cause of respiratory problems in all persons, especially infants and children.
  • There are over 4,000 different types of chemicals in one cigarette and 43 of them are known to cause cancer.

  • In the United States, one out of every five people die due to smoking related illnesses.
  • Cigarette smokers have a lower level of lung function than those persons who have never smoked and die 12 years sooner than nonsmokers.
  • About 3,000 nonsmoking people die each year from lung cancer because of long-term exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Smoking accounts for 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of all lung cancer deaths.

  • Teens who smoke are three times more likely than nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times more likely to use marijuana and 22 times more likely to use cocaine.
  • Ninety percent of those who will become regular smokers start smoking before the age of 19.
  • Young people underestimate the addiction to nicotine. Of daily smokers who think they will not smoke in five years, 75% are still smoking five to six years later.
  • 70% of teen smokers wish they had never started.

  • Tobacco companies spend hundreds of hours researching the behaviors of kids, to help develop their marketing strategy to attract kids to tobacco.
  • The average price for a pack of cigarettes is between four and five dollars, but it only costs a half of penny to make one cigarette. Just think what else the extra money could buy! \
  • Illegal sales to minors generate over 200 million in yearly profits to the tobacco industry.

    Know the facts, Most teens do not smoke.

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Serious Injury From Passenger Air-Bags

Here are some interesting facts about children and serious injuries they can receive from airbags.

  • Research shows that age is a better marker than height or weight for risk assessment regarding children and air bags.
  • In 1995, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a strong warning that air bags may pose significant risks of injury and death for children. The warning label included, “Children 12 and under can be killed by the air bag.”
  • The risk of injury among restrained children 3 to 15 years of age exposed to passenger air-bag deployment was twice that among front-seated children not exposed to an air bag.
  • The use of restraints does not modify or reduce the association between airbag presence (or deployment) and injury.
  • Currently, the majority of children 13 to 14 years of age (67% in 2002) sit in the front passenger seat, regardless of the presence of an air bag.
  • Currently, 15% (2002) of children 0 to 12 years of age sit in the right front seat of air bag equipped vehicles.
  • Front-seated children 14 years of age and younger have the greatest odds of serious injury in crashes with a moderate probability of injury, when the vehicle is equipped with an air bag.
  • Airbag presence and deployment have a protective effect on injury among children 15–18 years.
  • Children 0 to 14 years of age should not be seated in the right front passenger seat of vehicles equipped with a passenger air bag.

    Effects of Child Age and Body Size on Serious Injury From Passenger Air-Bag Presence in Motor Vehicle Crashes Pediatrics Vol. 115, No. 6, June 2005, pp. 1579-1585 Craig D. Newgard, MD, MPH, and Roger J. Lewis, MD, PhD

    Daniel J. Murphy DC, DABCO http://danmurphydc.com Great Source of Information has article review section to subscribe to

 

Preschool Diet and Adult Risk of Breast Cancer

  • Research has shown one additional serving of French fries per week increased the adult risk of breast cancer by 27%. This is considered a significant increase risk of breast cancer.
  • Research has also showed that one additional daily serving of ground beef was associated with a 44% increase of adult breast cancer.
  • Researchers believe that the preparation of French fries that includes high levels of trans-fatty acids, may be the best explanation for the increased risk of adult breast cancer.
  • French fries also been contain the carcinogenic industrial chemical acrylamide that may also be the reason for increased adult breast cancer rates in this study.

    Preschool Diet and Adult Risk of Breast Cancer International Journal of Cancer Aug 10, 2005 Michels KB, Rosner BA, Chumlea WC, Colditz GA, Willett WC.

    Daniel J. Murphy DC, DABCO http://danmurphydc.com Great Source of Information has article review section to subscribe to

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Kinetic Health® Soft Tissue Management Systems
Bay # 10 - 34 - Edgedale Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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