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Health Q&A

Posted September 26, 2012 in Advice Column, Boone

Q: Who is the new doctor at Boone Family Chiropractic?

A: My name is Dr. Chris Tigges. I am honored to join Dr. Zach Weisbrod and the wonderful staff at Boone Family Chiropractic. Growing up outside of Carroll, I have a fond place in my heart for Iowa and its wonderful people and have dedicated my career to serving their healthcare needs.

I graduated from Kuemper High School and attended college in Sioux City, then Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport. While in chiropractic school, I completed extra coursework in Activator technique, lumbar flexion-distraction, and soft tissue therapy, with additional training in kinesio taping. Along with my wife, Lauren, and daughter, Addison, we are proud to now call central Iowa home.

My desire to help people started me in the health care field, and chiropractic philosophy led me to the leading alternative medicine profession in the world. Helping the body to heal itself and reach its maximum potential naturally is my passion. Chiropractic treats not only back pain, neck pain and headaches, but it helps the entire body function better, therefore potentially providing relief of a variety of ailments including digestive, bowel, bladder and reproductive issues. I was adjusted as an infant and continued throughout my life, and I now rarely get sick and take no medications.

Keeping my body and immune system functioning at its highest level is my personal health goal. If you have the same goal for you and your family, we can help you reach it. I look forward to serving the city of Boone and surrounding communities.

Information provided by Dr. Chris Tigges of Boone Family Chiropractic, 1320 S. Marshall St., 432-9525.

Q: Why should I be concerned about gum disease?

A: We often inform patients that they have gum disease, and their most common response is, “But I’m not having any pain or problems, why should I be concerned?”

The best answer is because it is not only your gums that are at risk, but also your overall health.

Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Gum disease can contribute to various diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, endocarditis and diabetes. There has been much research lately that suggests the chronic inflammation from gum disease can be a major contributor to heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke.

If your gums are inflamed consistently, then your heart and cardiovascular system are working overtime to fight off the inflammation, 24/7.   If you have a damaged heart valve, the harmful bacteria associated with gum disease can enter your blood stream and lead to an infection of the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis). And there is a strong correlation between diabetes and your immune system, which is also weakened if it is constantly trying to fight off infection in your gums.

It may be true that gum disease typically does not cause any pain, but do not ignore this serious condition. It is a very slow process but it will result in the gums and the bone that support your teeth to recede away, and the eventual loss of the teeth as well as overall negative impact of your health.

Information provided by Dr. Rob Swanson, DDS, Swanson Dental Care, 1212 Duff Ave., Ames, 515-233-2174.

Q: What do I need to know about home care?

A: When you or a loved one needs home care, it’s important to choose the provider that best meets your needs. Many times your physician or the social worker/discharge planner at the hospital you are being discharged from can assist you.

Following are some things to consider when you are choosing a home care provider for you or a member of your family:
• How long has this provider been serving the community?
• How long have the employees been with the agency?
• How are the employees trained?
• If I need specialized care, such as wound care, how am I assured the staff is competent?
• How will staff be scheduled to provide my care?
• Will my family and I be included in deciding what services are needed?
• Will the home care agency keep my physician informed of my care and any changes in my health?
• Does the agency assign supervisors to oversee the quality of care I will receive?
• Who can a family member or I call when I have questions or concerns?
• Is someone from the agency available 24 hours a day/7 days a week?
• If services are covered by insurance, will the agency take care of billing my insurance company?
• If services aren’t covered by insurance, does the agency have a sliding fee scale?
• How does the home care agency ensure my confidentiality?

Information provided by Vicki McCambridge RN, Home Care Services Director, Boone County Hospital, 105 South Marshall St., Boone, (515) 432-1127, www.boonehospital.com.

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