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TOOLS AND LINKS YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL

HOME BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING

This is a link to a printable form that will allow you to record your blood pressure outside the office.  Please bring this completed form to your next appointment.

MAYO CLINIC PATIENT INFORMATION WEBSITE

The Mayo Clinic maintains a superb patient information website.  This is a great place to start when you are researching a health condition, medications, diets, etc.

PAIN BC

Pain BC offers tools, coaching and resources for people and their families who are living with pain in British Columbia.  This organization offers support, education and training for patients and providers and seeks to improve well being.  By using this approach, we may be able to reduce the amount of medication that is needed in the treatment of your pain.

TRAVELER'S HEALTH

This website, operated by the American Center for Disease Control is a great place to start when you are preparing to travel.  It allows you to see what medications, immunizations and equipment you might need when traveling.  Travel alerts and safety information can be found here as well.

IMMUNIZE BC

This is a great website that describes all of the vaccines that are recommended for children and adults.  You can check to see if you and your family members have your vaccines up to date and you can find out where to go to get vaccinated if you need to.  The site also has information about the science and safety of vaccines and information about vaccines for travelers.

DEMENTIA ROAD MAP FOR FAMILIES

This is a resource for families who have a relative suffering from dementia.  This road map was written by Dr. Trevor Janz, who is an expert in the care of the elderly.  He lives and works in Nelson, BC.

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

We may have recommended the Mediterranean diet for you or your family members.  This diet is heart healthy and may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. The Mayo clinic has a helpful website that outlines the diet and offers other links about healthy eating

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS

For Everything that is Community Health (FETCH) is a website for all ages that gathers together all of the programs in our region that work to keep patients healthy and in their own homes.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

While cost is not always the most important factor in choosing where to fill your prescriptions, you might find this website helpful in comparing prices.  It is important to make sure that you choose a pharmacist that you trust and who helps you to understand your medications and how to take them most effectively.

WALK IN COUNSELING PROGRAM

Interior Health offers same day, no appointment necessary, counseling services for patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues or stress

ANXIETY BC

This site has some great tools for helping with anxiety.  You might want to check out the apps under the Mindshift CBT tab that could help with controlling symptoms of anxiety.

SMILING MINDS

This is a great website for our younger patients who are struggling with anxiety.  There is information about mindfulness and links to an app with excercises to promote mindfulness and reduce anxiety.

HELP FOR SMOKERS

You need to quit smoking.  We understand how hard it is to break free from this harmful habit.  We also know that it can be done and that our patients who quit are healthier and happier.  Please talk to us about how we can support you in quitting.  Please also check out this great support service for people trying to leave tobacco behind.

CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada provides this excellent resource for understanding heart failure.  Check our their guide to living with heart failure  as well which has practical tips and forms for monitoring and managing the disease.

SHOULDER EXERCISES

Here is a link to shoulder exercises recommended by our orthopedic colleagues.   These exercises can be very helpful in the treatment of certain shoulder conditions.  Please check with your family doctor to make sure that these exercises are safe for you.

FOOT AND ANKLE DISORDERS

This website offers help for patients and providers in diagnosing and treating disorders of the foot and ankle.  You can find information about sprains, Bunions, Achilles tendon problems, plantar fasciitis and many other disorders here.

EXERCISES FOR NECK AND BACK PAIN

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers this list of exercises designed to promote spinal health and reduce pain.  Before starting any of these exercises please discuss whether they are safe for you with your family doctor.

HIP DISORDERS

This website offers help for patients and providers in diagnosing and treating disorders of the hip. You can find information about hip arthritis, bursitis and other hip disorders here.

HIP EXERCISES

This is a link to exercises from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that may be helpful with hip pain.  Please check with your family doctor to make sure that these exercises are safe for you before starting this program.

LUMBAR (LOW BACK) AND CORE EXERCISES

For patients looking for a more advanced low back and core exercise program, this is a great resource from the Athletic Medicine Program at Princeton University.  Please check with your family doctor before starting this program.

FEEDING YOUR INFANT

There is a lot of information out there about when and how to introduce solid food for your infant and a lot has changed over the past few years about how to reduce the risk of food allergies for your child.  This Healthlink BC article has a great summary of the topic and it includes links to information about and recipes for the introduction of allergenic foods.

CONTRACEPTION FOR WOMEN

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecololgists of Canada provides this website with comprehensive information about hormonal and non hormonal contraception options for women.  There is a great, interactive tool to help you choose a safe and effective form of birth control.