4 Tactics in Keeping Our Guard Up Against COVID-19

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

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4 Crucial Ways We Can Keep Our Guard Up Against COVID-19:

As numbers of confirmed cases of the life-threatening virus continue to spike around the country, and numbers rise where they had been declining, we need to exercise more control over the health measures that we can. Here are 4 Ways that can have a positive impact on preventing the contraction of COVID-19:

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Back Pain Demystified: Causes & Prevention

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

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Back pain affects up to 80% of all people at some point in their life and is one of the leading causes of missed work days and even missed school days. During the COVID-19 pandemic millions of people have transitioned to working from home (or not working at all). Indoor and outdoor activities have changed, and many people are doing new things or doing more of things they used to do, often without the right tools.

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Obesity: An Alarming Risk Factor in COVID-19 Severity

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

 

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COVID-19 and Obesity: 

1)  Obesity is emerging as one of the major risk factors for COVID-19 severity, particularly in young patients. It’s not so surprising to this Anesthesiologist, who assesses risk for anesthesia in an average of 30-40 patients a day. Obesity is a foundational condition that very quickly increases risk and prevalence of many other medical conditions and almost exponentially increases morbidity and mortality.

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7 Reasons Why Smoking Cannabis May Increase Your Risks in COVID-19

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

 

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Reasons Why Smoking Cannabis May Increase COVID-19 Risks:

If you don’t smoke cannabis, now is not the time to start. If you smoke it recreationally, now may be the time to stop, given the increased risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms and possibly confounding the diagnosis.

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Myths About Spine Surgery (It’s Not Permanent Relief)

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

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Spine Surgery:

  • Elective lumbar spine surgery rates are increasing and so are their costs.  Volume of elective lumbar fusion increased 62.3% (or 32.1% per 100,000 US adults), from 122,679 cases (60.4 per 100,000) in 2004 to 199,140 (79.8 per 100,000) in 2015. Increases were greatest among age 65 or older, increasing 138.7% by volume (73.2% by rate), from 98.3 per 100,000 (95% confidence interval [CI] 97.2, 99.3) in 2004 to 170.3 (95% CI 169.2, 171.5) in 2015. Although the largest increases were for spondylolisthesis (+47,390 operations, 111%) and scoliosis (+16,129 operations, 186.6%), disc degeneration, herniation, and stenosis combined to accounted for 42.3% of total elective lumbar fusions in 2015. Aggregate hospital costs increased 177% during these 12 years, exceeding $10 billion in 2015, and averaging more than $50,000 per admission.
  • “Failed back surgery syndrome”  or the surgeon preferred term of “post surgical spine syndrome” is an increasingly common challenge for clinicians who deal with spinal disorders owing given the expanding indications for spine surgery and the aging population.  One option is to extend the fusion to a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. . . . level.  
  • Unfortunately, reoperation is a treatment with diminishing returns.  Little more than 50% of primary spinal surgeries are successful, and no more than 30%, 15%, and 5% of the patients experience a successful outcome after the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th surgeries respectively. 
  • The prevalence and incidence of patients with this syndrome are comparable with those of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.  The problem with the pain of post surgical spine syndrome is that it is associated with a greater level of pain and a poorer quality of life and worse physical function due to nerve involvement and due to the surgical changes to the soft tissues surrounding the fusion hardware.  As such, these patients are worse off compared with those with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. 

 

Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, where develops individualized treatment plans for musculoskeletal and spine interventions with PRP and bone marrow aspirate using image guidance, as well as micro-needling with PRP for skin, hair and anti-aging conditions. She also stays active in teaching as an Instructor in Anesthesiology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and as a Supplemental Consultant for the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

A former active duty US Naval Officer, Dr. Penhollow has lived, practiced, and has been deployed around the US and overseas. She embodies the lifestyle she recommends to her patients and is an active hiker, gardener and yogi as well as a French trained home chef and an aspiring sommelier.

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5 Tips on Safe Gift-Giving in the Age of COVID

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

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Safe Holiday Gift-Giving:

1) Shop early. If you’re planning on shipping the gift, shop early and plan ahead. Given the ongoing slowing of multiple shipping options including FedEx, UPS, and the USPS, adding 10-14 days to the estimated delivery time is important to reduce the chances that your gift package will arrive after the holiday.

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What You Need to Know About Campus Dining This Fall

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

 

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  1. Coronavirus is not known to be a foodborne illness. The virus does not grow on food. No known cases have been traced to handling food packaging, cooking, or consuming food. The risks are related to touching your face after handling a surface that has droplet particles of the virus on it, such as tabletops, chairs, food packages, and silverware. Avoidance of this risk is to wash your hands with soap and warm water prior to eating, and using hand sanitizer between washings, and if any of the above surfaces are touched during the meal.  
  2. Specific measures students can take when dining on campus include: 
      • Eat outdoors if possible.  
      • Distance between people at the table.  
      • Wear a mask up until the time you are ready to start eating, and put it back on immediately when finished eating.  

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Pulse Oximetry: A Potentially Helpful Device During a Pandemic

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

 

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What is the role of Pulse Oximetry monitoring outside the medical facilities in COVID-19? 

Wearable health monitor use is climbing and up to 80% of consumers reported willingness to wear fitness technology.  Pulse Oximetry could prove to be a helpful monitor during COVID-19.

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4 Crucial Ways We Can Strengthen Our Immune Systems

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

 

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Modification of behaviors, routines, and lifestyle as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have influenced our immune systems—for good or bad, depending on who we are and what choices we’ve made. 

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How to Assess Your Personal Risk of Coronavirus

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.

 

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  • Every individual has a different risk of contracting COVID-19, and that risk level is not static but changes based on the activities and choices of the individual.
  • We’ve learned what underlying health factors put us at increased risk and they include: advanced age, lung disease, a weakened immune system from cancer, autoimmune disease disease, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, and corticosteroid use.
  • We are aware of high risk exposure through work—”front line” store clerks, delivery drivers, healthcare workers, and police/fire/EMS. What we’re not sure of is how to address reengaging with the world as the economy begs for participation, and as people themselves are yearning for social contact after months of distancing.

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