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Knee Replacement 101: What To Expect During And After Surgery

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Knee Replacement 101: What To Expect During And After Surgery

Living with pain and stiffness in your knee can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. Not only does this pain reduce your quality of life, but the stiffness can prevent you from completing simple tasks each day. Medications may mask the discomfort, but most prescription pain relievers are not recommended for long-term use. Fortunately, a knee replacement surgery can restore the knee joint back to a healthy, functional state. If you will become part of the 600,000 knee replacements performed each year in the United States, use this guide to understand what happens during and after the procedure. Knee Replacement 101 Most patients who need a knee replacement have severe inflammation and damage to the cartilage of the joints. This damage may stem from arthritis or an injury that causes enormous pain and immobility. During a knee replacement, surgeons will replace damaged cartilage with artificial pieces to create a healthier and functioning joint surface. Small incisions will be made on both sides of the knee, allowing the surgeon to remove the damaged parts of your joint. Your surgeon will administer anesthesia before the knee replacement begins. Due to this, you will most likely be required to stay in the hospital the day of the surgery. Recovery 101 Most patients will be required to say in the hospital for a few days. This gives your body time to recover from the anesthesia as well as time for your surgeon to evaluate your mobility progress. Your surgeon and physical therapists will work with you in the hospital, helping you move your new knee joint and walk with and without assistance. Moving your new knee joints after surgery is essential for reducing inflammation and helping you heal in a more efficient manner. You will also be required to use a CPM, or continuous passive motion, on the knee in the hospital and at home. Designed to keep the knee joint in motion, the CPM machine reduces swelling, prevents the buildup of scar tissue, and decreases stiffness and pain. After a few days, your surgeon will release you from the hospital. However, working with a physical therapist is imperative to continue with your walking and stretching exercises. Physical therapy will increase your stamina while strengthening your new knee joint to ensure the most effective recovery. Knee replacement surgery may seem overwhelming, but it is one of the best options for relieving pain and stiffness in the joint. With this guide, you will have a better understanding of the procedure and learn what will be necessary during your recovery. To learn more, contact a company like Orthopaedic Associates Of...

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Trouble Hearing? 4 Signs You Might Have Age-Related Hearing Loss

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trouble Hearing? 4 Signs You Might Have Age-Related Hearing Loss

As you age, your body will go through many changes. One of those changes may involve your hearing. It’s reported that one-third of the people in the US who are between the ages of 65-74 suffer from presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. The number jumps to 50% for those who are over the age of 75. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to identify when you’re experiencing hearing loss, especially in the early stages. If you’re over the age of 65, and you’re experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you should have your hearing tested as soon as possible. You’re Lost in a Big Crowd Do you find yourself lost in a big crowd? Do you have a difficult time following a conversation when you’re in a crowded room? If you do, you could be suffering from presbycusis. The next time you’re in a crowd, try to follow a conversation. If you find it difficult, or you get confused by what you’re hearing, you should speak to your doctor. Normal Conversation Sounds Garbled Do normal conversations sound garbled, or muffled? Can you understand some words, but have a difficult time understanding others? Are there some sounds that you simply can’t follow? If so, you may be experiencing age-related hearing loss. This is particularly true if those around you aren’t having difficulty hearing the same conversation. You Need to Turn the Volume Up Do you have to turn the volume up on the television to hear properly? Do you have to adjust the follow several times throughout a program? Have other family members commented on how loud you keep the volume on your television? This could be due to age-related hearing loss. As your ears adjust to the volume, it becomes more difficult to hear, which requires you to continuously change the volume on your television. Phone Conversations Are Hard to Follow Do you have a hard time hearing phone conversations? Have your hearing problems caused you to avoid the phone altogether? With age-related hearing problems, phone conversations can sound muted, even if the person on the other end is speaking loudly, or you’ve turned the volume up on your phone. Age-related hearing loss is a common occurrence in people over the age of 65. If you’re finding it difficult to hear the people and things around you, it’s time to have your hearing tested. For other questions and concerns about age-related hearing loss, be sure to speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Treatment options are available to help you hear the world around you. For more information, contact a business such as Eartech  Hearing &  Balance...

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What Do You Need When Your Legs Are Weak From an Extended Illness?

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Do You Need When Your Legs Are Weak From an Extended Illness?

You may be recuperating from a long illness, or may be permanently disabled and have compromised mobility. However, you still want to live in your own home unassisted. Thanks to the wide variety of home mobility aids available, there’s no reason why you can’t get around in your home. Of course, living at home with limited mobility is a challenge and requires proper planning. The type of mobility aids you will need and that you can use in your home will depend upon the level of your disability and the layout of your home. How does the layout of your home affect your ability to move freely and function independently? If you can still walk, issues such as narrow doorways or stairs are not a problem. However, if you cannot walk and are completely dependent on a wheelchair for mobility, home modifications for disabled individuals will be needed. You will need a ramp to navigate from your front door to your sidewalk or driveway if there are steps present. Narrow doorways will need to be widened to allow your wheelchair to travel from room to room. You will also need a stair glider to navigate stairs with your wheelchair unless to intend to adapt your home to living on a single level. Stair gliders are rails that are attached to your stairs with a platform that can accommodate your wheelchair that rides along the rail between floors. A stair glider may also be needed for those who can walk with mobility aids but aren’t strong enough to climb stairs. That type of glider has a smaller platform on which an individual can stand or a fixed seat in which they can sit to be carried between floors. If you can walk with support, you can choose from canes that help to support a weaker leg, or walkers with wheels and handles that you can use to support yourself as the walker glides across the floor. However, you must keep hallways and narrow areas clear of clutter if you intend to use a walker, because they are designed for forward or backward motion, not sideways. Mobility issues in the bathroom When you get to the bathroom, you may need assistance in lowering and raising yourself to use the toilet. A hand rail installation will enable you to use your upper body to assist your legs in lowering and raising your body as needed. A walk- in shower is ideal for those who can’t climb into a bathtub to take a shower. If you love taking a bath instead of a shower, you can get a hand rail installed next to your tub, or purchase a bath assist chair, which has wings that sit on the edges of your tub. These bath assist chairs are powered by electricity and are activated with an attached remote. When you sit in the chair, you can use the remote to lower the chair into the tub, then raise the tub when you are finished. The technology is there for you to live an independent life at home with limited mobility. You just need to look at your home and your needs and figure out which mobility aids you will require to achieve that goal. For more information, contact a business such as Twin City Stair...

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Avoiding Complications From RSV In Your Child

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoiding Complications From RSV In Your Child

If your child has been recently diagnosed with RSV from his pediatrician, making sure to avoid any health complications is vital. RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a virus that affects the respiratory system. It is highly contagious and often spreads around daycares and sometimes schools. It is most common in children aged two and under but can sometimes affect older children, especially those with an impaired immune system. If your child has RSV, it’s important to watch out for severe symptoms that could impact their health greatly. Here are a few things to look out for when it comes to RSV. Recurring Infections The first signs of RSV are similar to that of the common cold: Runny nose Cough Low-grade fever General malaise Body aches If your child seems to have a severe case of the common cold, you may want to plan a visit to the pediatrician for a diagnosis. If your pediatrician diagnoses your child with RSV, there is a possibility of him or her easily contracting future infections. This is because RSV can suppress the immune system during and several weeks after the virus is present in your system. Making sure that your child recovers completely with rest and proper medication is essential. Respiratory Problems Avoiding respiratory problems resulting from RSV is important. If RSV results in bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the lungs, it can cause long term damage that can weaken the respiratory system. It’s important to get on the right antibiotic as soon as possible to prevent and eradicate the infection. Pneumonia In rare cases, pneumonia can occur as a result from RSV. Early detection and a trip to your child’s pediatrician can help ensure that the early stages of pneumonia are handled properly to avoid a serious health complication. If your child was born premature, has a heart problem, or his or her immune system is compromised, he or she is at a higher risk for developing pneumonia with RSV. Chronic Ear Problems If the RSV is severe, it could lead to a possible infection within the Eustachian tubes and the inner ear. Your pediatrician will examine your child’s ears closely during and after RSV and check for any fluid buildup in the ear that could trigger and infection. While there are no vaccines for RSV, a medication called Palivizumab may help prevent some complications. Seeking prompt medical care with a qualified pediatrician can help keep RSV symptoms under control and prevent any possible permanent damage resulting from the...

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4 Ways Your Feces Are Trying To Tell You Something

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways Your Feces Are Trying To Tell You Something

You might not realize it now, but your poop could be trying to tell you something. How often do you take a look at the content of the toilet before you flush? If the answer is “never,” you might be doing your body a grave disservice. Next time you hit the loo, take a peek. What you see looking back at you could be a sign that something is wrong. Here are a few warning signs: 1. Your feces are red. If you are passing stool that is red and you haven’t recently eaten a bunch of beets, there is some cause for concern. Some things you might consume throughout the day could be the cause, but if you wipe and see red, it could be blood. You could be bleeding somewhere inside, and it is vital that you seek a doctor’s assistance if you think this is the case. 2. Your poop comes out in lots of small lumps. Ideally, your feces will be longer and formed more like a snake than a pebble. If you find that your feces are plopping down in small bursts of near pellets, it could be that you simply aren’t getting enough fiber in your diet. A multivitamin or fiber supplement may be the best way to remedy this. 3. The smell is horrendous. Sure, feces smell. It’s only natural. The key is to look for a change in scent. In some cases, an extra-bad smell is related to indigestion. In other cases, it could be that the issue is lactose intolerance. If the bad smell is more noticeable than usual and you also feel that something just isn’t right, make sure to see the doctor right away. 4. It is taking a long time to defecate. Do you find it taking longer than normal to go to the bathroom? Even if you are constipated, sitting on the toilet and pushing for long periods of time is not good for you. It could even lead to hemorrhoids. You may need some more fiber in your diet, but you might also need to see a doctor to get checked out. No matter how your body speaks to you, it is important that you listen to it. Even if you don’t think that your system is abnormal, taking a peek at your poop could be the key to catching a problem early on enough that you can nip it in the bud. For more information, talk to a professional like Lincoln Surgical Group...

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Frozen Shoulder: What Is It And What Can You Do About It?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frozen Shoulder: What Is It And What Can You Do About It?

If one of your shoulders feels stiff and painful on a regular basis, speak to an orthopedist about frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder is an orthopedic condition that usually affects adults over 40 years of age. The condition also affects more women than men. Here’s more information about frozen shoulder and what you can do to treat it. What’s Frozen Shoulder? When frozen shoulder occurs, you can’t lift or move your shoulders freely without feeling pain and stiffness. The condition develops when the tissue that covers your shoulder joints thickens and forms adhesions, or scars, that limit or stop mobility in your shoulders.  Although orthopedic specialists understand how frozen shoulder develops and what it does, they don’t quite know why the condition develops in some individuals and not others. However, certain health conditions may make you more susceptible for frozen shoulder, including heart disease and diabetes. Treatments that prohibit movement in the shoulder joints may trigger a frozen shoulder. For example, wearing a sling or cast on your arm for an extended period of time may prevent you from moving your shoulder and arm. You may have problems straightening the arm and moving your shoulder once a doctor removes the device.  Being female is yet another possible risk factor for the condition. While it isn’t clear as to how hormones play a role in the development of frozen shoulder, about seventy percent of frozen shoulder patients are women who experience menopause or changes in their hormones. Researchers hope to have answers about the link between menopause and frozen shoulder soon. If have any of the risk factors above, it’s a good idea that you see a bone specialist for treatment. How Do You Treat Frozen Shoulder? To receive the right treatment for your frozen shoulder, it’s important that you tell an orthopedist about any possible risk factors you have for the condition. An orthopedist will need to know if they can treat you themselves, or if you’ll need to see another health specialist as well. For instance, certain conditions like diabetes require special treatment to manage them. Even if you receive pain medications and physical therapy, the treatments may not work well unless you also have your blood sugar under control. So, it’s important to reveal as much information about your health to an orthopedist as you can. If your stiff and painful shoulder doesn’t respond to medication or physical therapy, surgery may be an option. Frozen shoulder surgery requires a doctor to remove scar tissue from the shoulder joint to increase mobility in it. A surgeon may also stretch the scar tissue to remove tension from it. If surgery becomes necessary, an orthopedist will discuss the best options for you in greater...

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3 Subtle Clues That Your Patient May Have A Urinary Tract Infection

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Subtle Clues That Your Patient May Have A Urinary Tract Infection

If you are an in home caregiver (like one from Accu-Care Nursing Service Inc), you are probably trained to pick up on signs and symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses. There are, however, a number of very subtle symptoms or clues that may not raise red flags in regards to urinary tract infections. While burning upon urination, an increase or decrease in urinary output, cloudy urine, or blood in the urine are the most common signs of a urinary tract infection, the following subtle symptoms may also indicate the presence of an infection in your patient’s urinary tract: Confusion Confusion may be the first subtle clue that your patient has a urinary tract, or bladder infection. A bladder infection can affect the kidneys, and when this happens, the renal system may lose its effectiveness in ridding the body of toxins. Subsequently, the build up of toxins can accumulate in the bloodstream, leading to lethargy and confusion. If your patient becomes confused, make an appointment with the physician, who will determine if a urinary tract infection is present or if there is another underlying cause for the confusion. Treatment for a bladder infection includes taking antibiotics, increasing water intake, avoiding caffeinated beverages, and taking pain relief medications.  Pelvic Pain Pelvic pain may also mean that a bladder infection is present. A urinary tract infection can cause bladder spasms and inflammation of the ureters, both of which can cause lower abdominal or pelvic pain. To soothe discomfort, a heating pad set to low or a hot water bottle placed on the lower abdomen can help relax the bladder, while relieving pain. Always remember to turn off the heating pad when your patient goes to bed to avoid burns. A warm bath can also help relieve pelvic pain as can taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed by the patient’s physician.  Loss Of Appetite While loss of appetite can be related to many different causes including liver dysfunction, congestive heart failure, neurological disease, and even depression, it can also mean that your patient has a urinary tract infection. The loss of appetite from a bladder infection may be related to a low grade fever, the build up of toxins in the bloodstream, bladder pain, and the inflammatory process that typically accompanies an infection. If your patient doesn’t have much of an appetite, call the physician. In the meantime, offer bland foods such as toast, cereal, tea, bananas, and soups. Even if the individual doesn’t want to eat, it is still very important to encourage fluid intake to avoid dehydration.  If you notice that your patient has any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with the physician. The sooner a urinary tract infection is recognized and treated, the less likely it will progress to the kidneys and renal...

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3 Natural and Herbal Methods to Treat Pain After Dental Implant Surgery

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Natural and Herbal Methods to Treat Pain After Dental Implant Surgery

As you prepare for your dental implant surgery, it can be helpful to know you can use natural and herbal methods to treat any discomfort while you are healing. Many prescription pain medications cause irritating and uncomfortable side-effects you don’t want to deal with. Here are three natural and herbal methods to help ease pain after a dental implant procedure. Clove Oil When you are recovering after dental implant surgery, clove oil can help ease any pain you may experience. Clove oil contains eugenol, which helps reduce pain when you apply it to your painful gums. Additionally, clove oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, so it helps reduce your chance of an infection. You can find clove oil at most natural healing stores and online. To treat any site pain with clove oil, put a couple drops of the oil on a cotton swab and gently apply it onto the area in pain. You can repeat this process several times every day, as needed. Salt Your dentist may already recommend you use a salt water treatment after your implant surgery, but, if not, salt is a beneficial way to ease the pain in your gums. Salt water rinsing also removes any food particles that may be stuck around the implant site and reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth by making the inside of your mouth a more alkaline environment. An accumulation of food and bacteria around the site can lead to infections and further discomfort. Because salt water is made of the same minerals that are found in your body, it doesn’t irritate the skin around the implants. The salt water actually promotes healing in your gums. To use this method, place a half teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and stir the water with a spoon until the salt has completely dissolved. Take a mouthful of water and swish it around inside your mouth every two to three hours each day for pain, especially after eating a meal. Spit out the solution in the sink after rinsing; do not swallow the salt water. Bromelain Bromelain is an enzyme that is taken from the stem of a pineapple, and it has been found to help reduce your pain after surgery for a dental implant procedure. In addition to helping to reduce your pain without the use of pain medications, bromelain will increase the healing of your gum tissue and bone and reduce swelling in your gums and bruising at the wound site. However, when you select a daily bromelain supplement for before and after your dental implant surgery, make sure it is enteric-coated, as most types of bromelain are not. The enteric coating helps to prevent your stomach acid from destroying a portion of the bromelain in the pill before you body can utilize it for the pain. You can find this supplement online and through many herbal health stores. For more information about ways you can treat pain after dental implant surgery, talk to a dentist like those at the Oral Surgery...

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Treatments And Suggestions To Improve The Fertility Of A PCOS Sufferer

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treatments And Suggestions To Improve The Fertility Of A PCOS Sufferer

Many who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) eventually become pregnant, even though they may feel that their bodies have fought the course of nature throughout the fertility process. The disease, which commonly affects women of childbearing age, causes cysts to develop on the ovaries. Additionally, many who have been diagnosed with PCOS go months without a menstrual cycle due to the system disruption caused by the hormonal changes from the cysts and the lack of ovulation.  There are multiple treatments and suggestions that a physician may employ to improve the fertility of a PCOS sufferer. Here are a few of them: Drug Therapy Progesterone supplementation may be needed to incite menstruation.. However, medications, such as clomid, are sometimes used to induce ovulation for people with PCOS. The ovulation-inducing drugs are prescribed for specific cycle days, with cycle day one being the first day of menstruation. Although the lack of ovulation and menstruation may seem to be the only issues that need to be addressed by medication, there are other systemic conditions that seem to affect people with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Many women with PCOS also suffer from hyperinsulinemia. Although their blood sugar levels often remain normal, their bodies release higher-than-normal levels of insulin to maintain blood sugar. These high insulin levels seem to impact the reproductive system, supporting the PCOS condition. To counteract high insulin levels, physicians may prescribe diabetic medicines, such as metformin. Sometimes, menstrual flow and ovulation are restored with the application of these medicines alone. Exercise By building more muscle tissue, the body becomes more responsive to insulin. Thus, insulin sensitivity can be improved by exercise, resulting in the need for less insulin to be produced by the body. Some doctors suggest that women with PCOS include some form of exercise in their daily activities. The exercise does not have to be overly strenuous, but it should be consistent.  Diet Diets that are low in starchy carbohydrates may also be prescribed. Carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates, generally have a greater impact on blood sugar than fats and proteins do. As a result, the body releases more insulin in response to a carbohydrate-laden meal than to a meal that is higher in protein.  The doctor may recommend a diet that includes large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins to meet nutritional needs without encouraging the release of huge amounts of insulin. To learn more about PCOS and how it can be treated to minimize its affects on fertility, schedule a consultation with an obstetrician or gynecologist in your area, such as those at Advanced OB-GYN...

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What Should You Know About Ohio’s New Medical Marijuana Laws?

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Should You Know About Ohio’s New Medical Marijuana Laws?

If you’re an Ohio resident who suffers from chronic pain or an appetite-suppressing illness like cancer or multiple sclerosis (MS), you may be excited at the prospect of being able to obtain medical marijuana legally upon the enactment of House Bill 523, made effective in September 2016. While this step should be able to widen the scope of treatment for many suffering from a variety of afflictions and conditions, there are certain steps you’ll need to take to obtain and responsibly use this drug, and the framework for the program is still being established. Read on to learn more about how you can obtain medical marijuana in Ohio. What will you need to do in order to legally obtain medical marijuana? Although the legalization bill was made effective on September 8, 2016, the state government has around two years to get the program up and running — which means you won’t be able to find dispensaries around downtown Cleveland or Columbus yet. Physicians who wish to be able to prescribe marijuana must first go through a training that is still being developed, while those wishing to farm marijuana or open dispensaries must also abide by specific administrative rules that are still under development. It’s likely to be at least another year or two before your access to medical marijuana (if it is recommended to you by a licensed doctor) is made easier. Where can you start the process?  Your first step should be to find a physician who is working on the certification process under Ohio law. Once you have access to a doctor who is able to legally prescribe marijuana, you’ll have a broader range of treatment options and should have some assistance in filling out the necessary forms and certifications you’ll need to obtain a medical marijuana prescription. Once you’ve found a physician, you’ll undergo a physical examination and may be recommended a treatment plan that does not include marijuana. In some cases, spending some time on this alternative treatment plan may be a necessary prerequisite of qualifying for a medical marijuana prescription. It’s important to note that the legalization of medical marijuana is not meant as a side path toward the legalization of recreational marijuana — and it’s important not to abuse the system by exacerbating a condition in an attempt to easily obtain recreational marijuana. Doing so could land you in legal hot water, particularly if you’re careless enough to provide evidence (such as text messages or social media posts) indicating your true intentions. For more information, contact local professionals like Golden State MD Health and...

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