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What's Going Around: back pain, sunburns

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The kids are now out of school so that means time for fun in the sun for the whole family, But it also means some new issues are bringing people in to see the doctor. What's Going Around?

A doctor we spoke with this week says he's seeing a lot of poison ivy right now.. But that's not all. Summer is all about getting outdoors and ProMedica Family Physician Dr. Steven Freeman says it's bringing people in to see him with some other complaints. The two biggies right now besides poison ivy? Sunburn and back pain.

He says the back pain is big this time of year as people get outside to work in the yard mulching, tending to gardens and heavier chores. 

"Most of it is benign, it's self limiting," says Dr. Freeman. "Period of relative rest. A little bit of over-the-counter analgesic, either ibuprofen or Aleve." 

But, he says if you're really hurting, with numbness and tingling down into your leg, you need to see the doctor. He says the big problem is we get busy out there and forget to use the proper body mechanics. 

"Instead of bending forward and rotating and picking up, we should go down to our work, do what we need to do and come back up," says the doctor. "But if you're older if you have arthritic joints if you're unable to get down on your knees that may be problematic in and of itself." 

The doctor says as for sunburns... remember: appropriate clothing and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater, especially on kids. 

"Guys: hat, like myself, you need to make sure that the ears are covered up as well," says Dr. Freeman. "It's easy to lose track of the time, especially when you're out or near the water where there's a cool breeze blowing." 

The doctor says there are also some upper respiratory infections out there, or URIs. 

"Some strep mixed in with some mono, but most of it's just viral URIs usually running their course after a low-grade fever, a little gastrointestinal upset... three to five days and people are feeling better. "

Dr. Freeman says he's also seeing some sports-related injuries: throwing injuries for baseball players, and stress fractures in kids who run track, and also the adults who are gearing up to run marathons and other races this time of year. That's a look at What's Going Around.

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