Common Causes of Childhood Stomachaches

Dr. Kevin Buckwalter, a family physician in Nevada, treats patients of all ages. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter sees a number of pediatric patients and regularly addresses their everyday health concerns.

A common childhood complaint, stomachaches often mystify parents because of their wide range of causes. Abdominal pain can come from a virus, constipation, or a chronic condition. One of the most common causes is gastroenteritis, commonly known as the stomach flu. This virus, not actually influenza, typically brings on vomiting and diarrhea as well as pain across the belly area. More serious conditions such as appendicitis also present with vomiting; this particular condition is frequently characterized by acute pain in the lower right abdomen and tenderness when the child jumps or is jostled.

General pain without vomiting may be a result of gas building up in the child’s digestive system. Constipation may cause similar symptoms; both conditions are typically not serious and are manageable at home. If a child presents with chronic generalized belly pain, however, he or she may be showing signs of irritable bowel syndrome or a food intolerance. Other potential causes include reflux, ulcers, or simple digestive sensitivity; only a qualified pediatrician can make a definitive diagnosis.


Kevin Buckwalter- Honoring African-American Heroes of the Civil War

A graduate of the University of Nevada at Reno, Kevin Buckwalter treats patients of all ages in Las Vegas. One of Kevin Buckwalter’s favorite pastimes is studying the Civil War and seeing how its impact can still be felt today.

On February 14, 2015, the City of Burke, Virginia, unveiled a memorial honoring African-American soldiers of the Civil War. This marker is located at Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, a place of historical significance. The Department, originally known as Burke’s Station, was located on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad when originally constructed in 1851.

During the War, it became an important transportation center that provided the Union army with timber for stockades, firewood, and railroad ties, along with numerous other products. At the height of the conflict, more than 1,000 cords of lumber moved from this station every month. Many of the teamsters responsible for transporting the wood to the station were escaped slaves, known as contrabands. Because Burke’s Station was outside of Union territory, these men were at regular risk of capture, enslavement, and even death for contributing to the federal cause.

One notable event occurred on October 28, 1863. Confederate troops seized contrabands, as well as their mules, and ordered that they bring them to Burke’s Station. One contraband escaped and warned the depot. At their approach, Union troops fired a warning shot, which scared the Confederates away. Moreover, they left the contrabands and the mules untouched.

Six Tips for Improving Tennis Performance

A diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Kevin Buckwalter, MD, provides care to patients at his eponymous Las Vegas practice. In his spare time, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter enjoys playing various sports, including badminton and tennis.

A sport requiring agility, strategy, and precision, tennis takes time to build endurance and skill necessary for winning a match. While the sport can be initially frustrating, integrating the following tips can greatly improve your performance.

1. Wait for a tennis ball to fall at waist-level before hitting. This gives you time to plant your feet to follow through with a stroke and apply the necessary force to send a ball to its intended location.

2. Skip with a jump rope around the court to work on coordination and footwork. This exercise prepares you to quickly react to an opponent’s serve and return shot.

3. Work on stamina by completing aerobic exercises or playing different sports frequently. Aerobic exercises keep you from losing energy following a few games.

4. Consistently use one pattern of play. Instead of mixing up shots for the sake of creativity, stick with strokes and shots you can effectively execute throughout a match.

5. Apply all weight to the back leg before swinging. Positioning the back leg behind the ball and shifting weight to that leg allows for easier weight transfer and a more precise shot.

6. Record one’s own matches during practice and competition. This gives you direct insight into how your body moves during a match to determine what you can adjust in subsequent matches.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

Dr. Kevin Buckwalter, M.D., strives to provide the best medical treatment for his patients. As the owner of a family practice in Henderson, Nevada, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter has experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of health conditions. Among these are strep throat.

Strep throat is a common sickness in both children and adults. One of its identifying symptoms is a severe sore throat with a sudden onset. It is often accompanied by cold symptoms, such as sneezing and coughing, as well as a fever over 101 degrees. The individual might also have swollen lymph nodes and tonsils. An examination might also reveal spots in the back of the throat, on the tonsils, or the roof of the mouth.

Strep throat is typically treated with antibiotics. Whether a person receives this treatment or not, the symptoms usually begin to resolve within three to seven days. However, the person remains contagious for a period afterward. Therefore, it is important to minimize contact with others so as not to spread the sickness.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Flu Therapy

Since 2002, Kevin Buckwalter, MD, has been providing care to patients of his family practice in Henderson, Nevada. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter completed his medical studies at Ross University and went on to intern with the department of surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, works together with Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to provide patient care, educate students in health related professions, and advance medical knowledge through research. Established as a gift from the Milton S. Hershey Foundation in 1963, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center currently provides a variety of state-of-the-art treatment techniques and top-notch medical care to the residents of Pennsylvania.

This past flu season more than a dozen patients were referred to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to receive an advanced form of therapy generally reserved for critically ill patients. The therapy, known as ECMO, uses a pump to circulate blood in patients suffering from flu-related virus. With the proper equipment and trained staff, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was able to provide this service for patients who had come from as far away as Syracuse, New York.

Recommended Vaccinations for Adults

Serving the Henderson, Nevada, community, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter operates a private practice that focuses on providing family medical care to individuals of all ages. In addition to offering diagnoses and treatments of various medical conditions, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter provides baby checkups and immunization for children and adults.

Although vaccination is required for children to attend school, there are a number of vaccinations that are recommended for adults as well. Factors that determine which vaccinations adults may need are age, lifestyle, and previous immunization shots.

Influenza: It is recommended that all adults get a yearly flu shot.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Chickenpox: These are recommended for adults that have never received these vaccinations.

Shingles: Adults over 60 years of age should receive a one-time shot.

Meningococcal: This shot is generally given to individuals in the military and college students; one or more doses are typically needed.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B: Vaccination is recommended for people who are sexually active, illegal drug users, and/or not in a monogamous relationship; It also should be considered for health care workers and individuals diagnosed with chronic liver disease.

Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough: It is recommended that all adults have the Tdap vaccine, even pregnant women.

Ways to Reduce the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

A family medicine physician, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter runs his own practice in Henderson, Nevada. As a medical professional that focuses on offering treatment to everyone from infants to adults, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter is familiar with a vast number of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes.

The most common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes is mostly preventable with some lifestyle changes. Individuals who have a family history of diabetes or who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes should be extra vigilant.

One change that significantly reduces the chances of type 2 diabetes is losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. Someone who is overweight is up to 40 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone who is at a healthy weight.

Not only does being physically active help reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes, it also increases the body’s ability to absorb insulin, which in turn, keeps blood sugar levels normal. Exercising does not have to include several hours at the gym. Speed walking for at least 30 minutes per day or more than five hours per week can help reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes.

When choosing food items, the ones high in fiber and whole grains are the best choices. Foods high in whole grains and fiber include nuts, beans, and fruits and vegetables. Additionally, avoid sugary drinks, limit red meat intake, and increase eating good fats.