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Sports and Concussions: What You Need to Know Bookmark

Dr. James TuckerA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.  This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull causing chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

“Concussions are difficult to accurately diagnose due to the varying signs and symptoms of the injury,” shares Dr. James Tucker, Family Medicine physician at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  If your athlete becomes injured during practice or a game and begins acting dazed or stunned, moves clumsily, answers questions slowly, loses consciousness (even briefly) or can’t recall events prior or after the hit or fall it is time to seek the care of a healthcare professional.  “If it is a possibility your child has sustained a concussion during a game, they should be removed from play and be evaluated by a medical professional,” notes Dr. Tucker. “The athlete should remain out of play on the day of the injury and should only return with permission from a healthcare professional.”

Repetitive head trauma is increasingly dangerous and early identification may have long term benefits.  To help prevent concussions on the field make sure your child follows the rules their coach sets for safety and the rules of the game.  Make sure athletes are wearing protective equipment that is well maintained and fits properly. “Wearing a helmet does help reduce the risk of serious brain injury or a skull fracture,” says Dr. Tucker. “However, there is not a helmet that can totally prevent concussions.  Even with a helmet, it is important for athletes to try their best to avoid hits to their head. Proper technique should be instructed before full contact drills or practice.” Healing from a concussion takes time, along with mental and physical rest. Each person recovers at a different pace and should follow a gradual return to play and return to school process.

“If available, baseline testing before the season is a great way for healthcare professionals to determine the severity of a suspected concussion,” says Dr. Tucker.  Baseline testing is used to assess the athlete’s balance and brain function and is compared to post-injury results to help identify the effects of the injury. To maintain the best results for comparison, baseline testing should be completed annually.

To contact Dr. Tucker’s office call (573) 629-3500.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. James Tucker Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. James Tucker to their family medicine team! James Tucker, DO completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine training at A.T. Still University in Kirksville after serving with honors in the United States Army.  He completed his Family and Community Medicine Residency at the University of Missouri Columbia and has come back to his home area to establish his practice. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is happy to have Dr. Tucker join the rest of the family medicine team as we work to guide our community to better.

During his childhood, Dr. Tucker often accompanied his father, Dr. Mark Tucker, to his medical office which developed his lifelong passion of caring for others.  Dr. Tucker says, “I remember going into the office with my father and checking on patients and helping out when I could. People often told me they wanted me to come back and provide medical care in the area and that strong sense of community has always stuck with me.”  

Dr. Tucker is focused on engaging his patients with their preventative health.  “I strive to involve my patients in their medical decision making process. I want to make sure they understand their healthcare decisions so they know why it’s important to maintaining or improving their life” shares Dr. Tucker.

Dr. Tucker is now seeing patients alongside the rest of Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s family medicine team in Hannibal.  To schedule an appointment call (573) 629-3500.

 

Hannibal Resident Chooses BETTER Bookmark

Just after his 70th birthday, David Bailey was faced with a choice that would have a big impact on his well-being.  David had been experiencing some health concerns and after encouragement from his family made an appointment to see a primary care physician.  David chose Dr. Hossein Behniaye at Hannibal Regional Medical Group to guide him on his path to better.

“In my coaching days I used to say, ‘use what you have to get what you want.”  Hannibal Regional had the quality care I needed under one roof,” shares David. “I did have choices - and I could have chosen to go somewhere else for my medical care - but everything I needed was right here, close to home.”

At his appointment, David visited with Dr. Behniaye about some swelling and skin irritation he had been experiencing.  Due to David’s past medical history, Dr. Behniaye called on fellow physician Dr. Schuyler Metlis to help determine what the skin irritation may be.  David had previously been treated for melanoma so it was determined it would be best to do a skin biopsy. Dr. Behniaye also advised David to seek the care of gastroenterologist Dr. Ashraf Almashhrawi for a colonoscopy.  

The colonoscopy revealed David had colon cancer and would need treatment.  David then had surgery to remove part of his colon and is now undergoing treatment at the Hannibal Regional Infusion Center with oncologist, Dr. Kristen Strasser.  

“Throughout my entire journey, the physicians and staff at Hannibal Regional have been professional, personal and knowledgeable.” says David. “Their follow up care has been amazing and I’ve always felt like a partner in my health journey.

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. Kathy Asbury Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Asbury to their family medicine team! Dr. Asbury is a board certified family medicine physician and is excited to work in her hometown of Hannibal and partner with the expert team at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Asbury chose to become a family medicine physician because of the variety and challenges it presents and the opportunity it provides to share in moments with patients at all stages of their lives.  When talking about the most rewarding part of being a physician, Dr. Asbury notes, “Above all, the connections I have with my patients are the most rewarding part of my job.   I value those relationships, and the trust they have in me to care for them.”

Kathy Asbury, MD is accepting new patients and works alongside Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s expert family medicine team.  Starting January 30, 2018, Dr. Asbury will be seeing patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group on Tuesdays and Fridays and offers appointments beginning at 7:00 am.  To reach the family medicine offices at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.