Home' The River Weekly News : RWN011516 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 15, 2016
DOCTORS EYECARE CENTERS
Robert G. LeSage, OD • Timothy E. Underhill, OD
Those who want freshly picked organic fruits and vegeta-
bles, locally caught seafood, baked goods and more can
get their fill every Saturday through April 30 on the Fort
Myers campus of Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW).
FSW has partnered with Local Roots to bring a farmer’s
market on campus. The market will be open Saturdays from
9 a.m . to 1 p.m . in the parking lot off the College Parkway
entrance to the campus.
Lots of familiar vendors will be on hand and they will be
joined by some new vendors, including Stamper Cheese,
homemade ice cream and organic granola bars. There will
also be an array of local artisans offering some crafts and
For more information, visit www.buylocalee.com.
Produce on display at FSW farmers market
This year, living near Coconut Point
could help a graduating senior pay
for college. Simon Youth Founda-
tion, a national nonprofit that provides
educational opportunities for at-risk high
school students, has begun looking for
a graduating senior who lives within 50
miles of Coconut Point.
Each year, Simon Youth Community
Scholarships are awarded in every com-
munity across the country that is home to
Simon, Mills or Premium Outlets malls.
The application period has begun and
ends on March 1.
Students can apply online by visiting
Any student who will be graduating
in the class of 2016 and lives within 50
miles of a Simon property is eligible.
Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to
enroll in an accredited college, university,
vocational or technical school.
In 2015, the Simon Youth Foundation
awarded $1.2 million to 300 students
“The cost of college continues to
rise, and SYF is proud to partner with
Coconut Point to award scholarships that
will remove some of the financial obsta-
cles that could otherwise prevent a
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Doctor and Dietitian
Back Pain Blues
by Ross Hauser, MD
and Marion Hauser, MS, RD
How many people do you know
who suffer from low back pain?
It’s one of the most common pain
conditions. There are numerous treat-
ments aimed at giving temporary relief
for that nagging pain, but understanding
what causes back pain can lead to a more
When you injure your low back, you
may just tweak a muscle, and in a few
days the muscle heals up and you are
back to normal. But when that pain lasts
and becomes chronic, low back pain can
become disabling and interfere with life as
you know it. Very frequently, the under-
lying cause of chronic low back pain is
injury to the ligaments.
Ligaments aid in the stability of the
back. When you stand, bend and turn,
the ligaments in the back – which con-
nect vertebrae to vertebrae – work to
keep the motion in check, allowing the
vertebrae to move, but not letting them
move too much. However, when the back
is injured from a force greater than what
the ligaments can withstand, the liga-
ments get injured.
Injured ligaments become weak and
stretched out. Picture a rubber band
stretched past its capacity, and void of
elasticity. In this state, the ligaments are
unable to stabilize the area of the back
where they are located, and the back
becomes unstable. Ligaments are full of
nerves, so when you go about your daily
activities, and bend or twist or even sit
too long, those nerves get aggravated
and you feel pain. You also might notice
cracking and popping, muscle spasms
and feelings like your back is going to
For chronic low back pain or a sports
injury, regenerative, non-surgical options
like Prolotherapy are can be considered,
a treatment which repairs injured liga-
ments and provides sustained pain relief.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Caring Medical and Rehabilitation
Services has two locations: one in Oak
Park, Illinois, and one in Fort Myers.
It was established in 1991 by Ross
Hauser, MD, and Marion Hauser, MS,
RD. They can be reached at info@car-
photos courtesy Local Roots
FSW Farmers Market Opens
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