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Body Heal Thy Self: Regenerative Medicine In Non-Surgical Orthopedic Treatments

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Regenerative medicine is a wide subspecialty encompassing surgical and non-surgical methods of using the body’s own tissues and healing capabilities to repair damage. In orthopedic medicine, components of regenerative medicine are helping people avoid surgery and achieve long-term remission of pain and limitations from arthritis and injuries. Prolotherapy Soft tissue injuries, such as tendon and ligament damage contributes to instability of joints and can cause long-lasting pain and physical limitations. Many of the treatments used after injury, such as anti-inflammatory medications and steroids, are thought to slow the healing of soft tissues, although they may temporarily decrease pain. In prolotherapy, healing agents are injected at the site of damage, which increases the recruitment of natural healing and rebuilding abilities within the body. Over time, the site of damage becomes stronger and less painful. The treatment requires multiple injections over several months before the site of damage can be fully restored. Your doctor may advise you to use regenerative injections in combination with changes in diet and supplement intake. In addition to prolotherapy, adding protein and supplements to help rebuild collagen and other building blocks of soft tissue are encouraged. Platelet Rich Proteins Similarly, platelet-rich proteins (PRP) are another form of regenerative medicine where your own platelets are used to help with the healing process. PRP can be used in many types of surgical applications, such as joint replacements, but it can be used in a non-surgical manner to aid in the improvement of joint and soft tissue injuries. For PRP, a small amount of your own blood is drawn and the red blood cells are separated from the plasma. The plasma is injected at the site of injury to speed up healing and may also reduce the instance of infection if you happen to have an open orthopedic injury. Shockwave Therapy Another way to promote the body to heal itself is to initiate or increase the inflammatory process. This may sound counterintuitive, since you may think of inflammation as an increase in pain and damage. Under normal circumstance, the inflammatory process is just a component of normal healing, albeit an uncomfortable one. Shockwave therapy uses controlled injuries to encourage the inflammatory process. Small shockwaves are sent to the target location which creates microscopic injuries. This may be useful for orthopedic injuries that did not heal appropriately or remain painful and unstable well after the initial healing has occurred. Considering regenerative techniques to heal injuries may give you better long-term benefits than simply minimizing pain with steroid injections or pain medications. Additionally, regenerative medicine may help delay or prevent orthopedic surgery. For more information, contact specialists at establishments like Orthopaedic Associates of...

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Hit Your Weight Loss Goal? 3 Things To Know About Male Tummy Tucks

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You’ve worked hard over the past several months, and you finally see the results every time you step on the scale. Still, the effect you were hoping to achieve is just not adding up to your weight loss every time you look in the mirror. Excess skin and fat deposits are the dirty little secret no one likes to talk about when it comes to weight loss. Yet, you don’t have to put up with being less than satisfied with everything you have achieved. Male tummy tucks are growing in popularity, and you can achieve in a matter of hours what no amount of crunches can do for sculpting your abdomen. Ask If You Are an Ideal Candidate Sadly, tummy tucks are often thought of as being mainly for women due to the influence of pregnancy on the midsection. However, any major weight fluctuations or injury to the abdominal muscles can lead to sagging skin and muscles around your middle. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will ensure that you are close to your weight loss goal, in relatively good health, and mentally prepared for changing your body. Smokers may be asked to quit two weeks before the surgery to promote better healing. Understand the Procedure It is important to understand that this is a major abdominal surgery that may require going under general anesthesia. Once the surgical site has been prepared, your surgeon will remove excess tissue before suturing the remaining skin together to create a smooth abdominal surface. Depending upon your needs, they may also do some muscular repair or liposuction as discussed in the initial consultation. In some instances, you may be eligible for a mini tummy tuck, which is less invasive and leaves a smaller scar. Regardless of which type of surgery you have performed, your scar should easily be hidden beneath the waistline of your underwear or swimsuit. Prepare For Recovery Recovering from your procedure will take some time. Although your surgeon will have you walking soon after your surgery, you may be asked to take a week or two off work to allow time for healing. To prevent damaging your muscles as they heal, you will also be asked to avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 to 20 pounds for at least six weeks after your surgery. Be honest with yourself and your surgeon about your lifestyle since this will help you make arrangements for your recovery such as getting help with yard work or child care if you have toddlers weighing more than 10 pounds. Getting in shape comes with many surprises such as getting more attention from the ladies. Still, there are a few minor hurdles that have to be jumped before you are fully satisfied with your appearance. Now that you know your options, you can go forward with removing the final bit of skin that is standing between you and a mirror reflecting absolute...

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SOS for PMS: Non-Medical Solutions for Period Cramps

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re like most women, your period is a time of aches, pains, and soreness all over your body. But usually the number-one cause of period pain complaints are cramps, which center in the lower abdomen and can last for days without a letup, even if you’re taking the maximum dose of over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. So what are you to do if you can’t take more meds, but you’re still hurting? If you’re looking for a few pain-relief suggestions that don’t come from a drugstore, then here’s what you need to know. Take a Hot Shower Heat goes a long way toward relaxing your muscles, which in turn can soften or even get rid of your cramps for a while. Taking a hot shower won’t just feel really good (and give you a chance to properly clean any blood off yourself), it’ll help dampen the pain and give your poor midsection a rest. A shower’s preferable to a bath in this case, as it saves you the trouble of putting in a tampon—yes, you can still bleed underwater, no matter what your grandmother told you—and dispels the risk of bleeding into a perfectly good hot bath. Get Up and Move If your cramps are bad enough that you’re hurting but are not to the causing-nausea stage, it may help to get up and move your body around. Take a short walk around your neighborhood—or even in your house or your apartment if you’re worried about being out in public without quick access to a bathroom—or practice some light yoga and cardio. Not only will the exercise help to get your mind off your cramps, which can dampen the pain, but moderate exercise can help to release endorphins and get you one step further toward a less crampy future. Distract Yourself If the thought of sweating to the oldies or jumping in the shower causes the bile to rise up into your throat, it might be best to just try to distract yourself by doing an activity that doesn’t require much thought or concentration. TV shows and movies—especially those that are lighter and softer—are perfect for this, giving you entertainment while not requiring the nausea-inducing close focus that books can sometimes cause. Ultimately, you’re just looking to pass the time until you get some pain relief, so if the best distraction is re-watching the first few seasons of Gilmore Girls, switch on Netflix and just...

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Solving Hip Bursitis In Your Teenaged Athlete

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you run, your hip joints must absorb the shock every time your foot hits the ground. Rather than allowing bone to grind against bone, your body shields your joints through the use of bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that rest between the moving parts of your skeleton. Bursae are the oil that keeps your skeletal engine moving smoothly, but when they become pinched or irritated, they can emit waves of radiating pain every time you move the joint. Hip bursitis is particularly common in young athletes, but if your teenager has been diagnosed with the disorder, you may be relieved to learn that it can be treated effectively and with minimal invasiveness through chiropractic therapy.  Correcting Inflammation of the Bursae Chiropractors specialize in manipulating bones and joints back into their proper alignment, correcting imperfections that form naturally through the wear and tear of physical activity. This makes it especially helpful for hip bursitis, which often forms in younger patients who run frequently. Your teenager’s hip joints are likely out of alignment after stressful exercise, preventing his or her bursae from cushioning the bones as intended and instead causing inflammation. Through therapeutic massage and chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor can help the bursae resume normal function and begin to recover.  Managing Pain During Recovery Even once your teenager’s hips are back in alignment, he or she will likely have some discomfort while the bursae heal. During this time, it may be beneficial to continue regular appointments with your chiropractor. Treatments may include hot and cold compresses to control heat and swelling, as well as gentle stretches and massage. These maintenance appointments are also a good time to make new adjustments to make sure the hip joint is staying where it needs to be. Most teenagers recover within a few weeks, though it may be several months before your young athlete is cleared for sports again.  Encouraging More Efficient Running If your teenager has developed hip bursitis once, there may be an increased risk for developing it in the future. The best way to avoid this is to encourage safer posture while exercising. Your chiropractor can examine your child’s gait and analyze it for inefficiencies, showing him or her how to run in a way that is less stressful on bones and joints. Through regular chiropractic exams, your teenager should be able to stay involved in sports without needing to suffer from chronic hip bursitis or other painful musculoskeletal disorders. If you are tired of watching your child wince with every step or forced to sit on the sideliness, call your local chiropractor’s office today to begin finding a solution. Go to sites of local chiropractors to set up an...

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Keloids: Super Scars

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For most people, an injury or a wound heals nicely. If there is a scar, it is commensurate with the size of the original wound. For a few unlucky souls, a scar will develop that is larger than the original wound: sometimes much larger. These scars are named keloids, and they can result in some truly frightening bumps and lumps on your body. Fortunately, your dermatologist can treat them in several ways. Development People with dark skin are more likely to get keloids, but even the palest person can be prone to them. This overgrowth of scar tissue usually begins several months after a wound is incurred and can continue growing for some months. If someone in your family has this condition, you are more likely to develop it as well. Also, if you have one keloid, you may well develop another if you are in the prime age for this condition, thought to be between 10 and 30 years old.  Ironically, you can develop keloids after a cosmetic procedure. For instance, wart removal on some people can result in scars much larger and more noticeable than the original growths were. While most people can get piercings without complications, a keloid sufferer can end up with ice-cube sized bumps behind the ears or elsewhere on the body. Even a simple scraped knee can become a big, shiny scar. Although removing these scars surgically can mean that bigger scars grow back, there are other methods for reducing the look of keloids. Treatments One common treatment is for the doctor to inject steroids under and into the scar periodically until it flattens. The scar will still be visible but far less noticeable. Your physician may also recommend cryotherapy for your keloids. This treatment involves freezing the keloid with liquid nitrogen to a temperature that is as low as -196 degrees Celsius. As a result, the keloid tissue is destroyed, although you may need several treatments for the scar to be flattened. Compression bandages are another treatment that is commonly used. Your doctor will recommend the procedure that best fits the size and location of your particular keloid. For more information, contact Ice Cryo or a similar company. If you have a large “puffy” scar that developed after a wound, you may well have a keloid. If it is located in an obvious spot, you may wish to seek treatment to make it less visible. Also, some keloids are so large that they can cause discomfort. Seek help from your dermatologist to find relief from these...

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5 Tips For Dealing With Eczema

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you have eczema, itchy and scaly rashes can appear on several areas of your body, including your face, knees and hands. Living with this skin condition can be painful at times, especially if you expose your skin to certain triggers. However, with the right lifestyle changes, it is possible to manage eczema. Here are five helpful tips for dealing with eczema: Choose Your Moisturizer Carefully Moisturizing several times a day is especially important if you have eczema. However, the type of moisturizer you use matters. Because your skin is so sensitive, it is best to stay away from moisturizers with fragrances and chemicals. It is also critical to choose a thick moisturizer, as it can protect your skin better. Remember to apply moisturizer all over your body after you get done taking a shower or bath. Don’t Scratch If you break out into a rash, it can be tempting to scratch it. However, scratching your skin can lead to even more irritation and infections. If your skin starts itching like crazy, try applying a cold compress to it or moisturizing it with a thick ointment. Don’t Get Overheated When your body gets too hot, it can sometimes trigger eczema flareups. That is why it is important to avoid getting overheated. If the temperatures are hot, try not to spend too much time outdoors. If you do have to be outside for an extended period of time, keep yourself cool with damp washcloths. Keep Your Stress Under Control Did you know that too much stress can lead to eczema flareups? If you are dealing with a lot of stress in your life right now, find ways to manage your anxiety more effectively. For example, start every morning with a relaxing activity, such as yoga or meditation. Treat Your Skin With Care During Showers It is important to be extra gentle with your skin while you take a shower. Avoid taking very hot showers, as they can irritate your skin. Also, use a body wash designed for sensitive skin and don’t scrub too hard. Eczema can be tough to deal with at times, but it does not have to be unbearable. If you follow these helpful tips, you can minimize flareups. However, if you still can’t get your eczema under control, make an appointment to see your doctor soon. He or she can recommend medication or another treatment for your skin. For more information, contact Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center PS or a similar...

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6 Things That Can Trigger Headaches

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether they involve a sharp or dull pain, headaches can be quite awful. When your head is pounding, you can’t concentrate on anything and just want to lie down in your bed. However, if you learn what your triggers are, you can prevent headaches in the future. Here are six things that can trigger headaches: Loud Noise If you are exposed to loud noise for a long period of time, it can result in a pounding headache. If you have to be in a loud environment, such as a factory, you should wear earplugs to reduce some of the noise. Strenuous Exercise When you push your body too hard during a workout, you can cause the blood vessels in your head to swell, which may result in a headache. If you are feeling pain or exhaustion during a gym session, it is definitely time to give yourself a break. Strong Scents A headache can also result from strong scents, like those from perfumes and paint. If you feel a pounding in your head after being exposed to a certain smell, try to avoid it as much as possible. Poor Posture Pay closer attention to how you sit in your chair. If you tend to slouch over, you could increase pressure in your neck and head muscles. Sitting up straight in your chair with your shoulders pushed back can decrease the number of headaches you have. Processed Meats Cold cuts are great to use for sandwiches, but they contain nitrates and other chemicals that can lead to headaches in some individuals. If you notice your head hurting after eating cold cuts, you should try eliminating them from your diet. Secondhand Smoke You do not have to be a smoker to experience headaches from cigarettes. If you are exposed to secondhand smoke, the nicotine can still constrict the blood vessels in your brain, resulting in a headache. To avoid this, stay away from secondhand smoke as much as possible. If someone you know wants to smoke, ask him or her to not do it around you. If you avoid your triggers, you will be less likely to experience headaches. However, if you still get frequent headaches no matter what you do, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. He or she might recommend you see a radiologist, such as those at Hudson Valley Imaging, to have an MRI to see if any underlying conditions are responsible for your...

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If Your Child Is Submerged In Water Or Even Swallows Water While Swimming, The Emergency Doesn’t End When He Or She Exits The Wa

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It’s summer here in the United States. That means a lot of time spent at beaches, swimming pools and water parks, especially if you have kids. But a fun day splashing in the water can turn tragic with a few moments of inattentiveness from the person supposed to be watching the young swimmers. According to a CDC report, drownings are a leading cause of death in children aged 0 to 19. But did you know that drownings don’t always happen while a child is in the water? It can actually happen hours later at home. Here’s what you need to know.  What Happens When a Person Drowns? When a person is submerged in water, for whatever reason, he or she will hold their breath. Eventually, they need to take a breath, and when they inhale, they get a mouthful of water. The larynx automatically shuts to keep additional water from getting into the trachea and lungs. But with the larynx closed, oxygen cannot get to the lungs and without the transfer of oxygen to the bloodstream via the lungs, the heart will stop pumping and the brain will die within 3 or 4 minutes. However, there are 2 other types of drowning where you don’t actually have to be submerged, but the effects of getting even a small amount of water in your mouth such as from splashing can also cause drowning. These 2 types are called dry and secondary drowning. What Are Dry and Secondary Drowning? Although dry and secondary drowning are similar in the fact that they can happen long after the person has left the water, the actual biological processes are different. Dry drowning usually occurs a few minutes. The victim swallows a small amount of water, but it never enters the lungs. However, it does cause the larynx to spasm shut, closing the airways and eventually causing the person to suffocate. Secondary drowning can occur up to 24 hours after a water incident. Water does get into the lungs, but not enough to cause noticeable breathing trouble. However, over the course of the next few hours, the water can cause inflammation and swelling of the lungs, which can impede the lungs’ ability to oxygenate the blood.   What Are the Symptoms? Both dry and secondary drowning can result in death if action is not taken. That’s why it’s so important after any water incident to carefully watch your child for hours afterward. Signs to look for include: Extreme tiredness Coughing Rapid, shallow breaths or other signs of breathing problems Chest pain Pale skin or blue lips and finger tips If you notice any of these signs after your child has inhaled water or been submerged, no matter how short a period of time, call your child’s pediatrician immediately. If the doctor considers it serious, he or she will likely administer oxygen and perhaps take a chest x-ray. In more serious cases, in which your child needs breathing support, he or she may need to be placed on a ventilator. Of course the best medicine is to prevent the water emergency. The best way to do that is to never let your child out of your reach when he or she is in the water. Contact local pediatricians to learn...

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Learning More About Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: 3D Mammogram Screening

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Of the many women that are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, many of them must come back to see their physicians for more diagnostic testing after imaging reveals results that require further investigation. In some cases, women must come back for biopsy tests and more imaging to learn whether a suspicious result is or is not a form of cancer in the breast. However, as new and more advanced technology makes its way into the field of modern medicine, the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammogram) is becoming more and more evident. If you are planning a mammogram screening, learn more about why you might consider scheduling for a 3D mammogram. Earlier Detection Helps Increase Survival Rates 3D mammogram imaging is being used along with traditional 2D mammogram imaging for producing images in greater detail and clarity. By using 3D imaging, doctors are able to see cancer at a much earlier stage, a huge benefit that will allow patients to receive more aggressive and effective treatment. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the more likely patients will respond to treatment that eradicates the cancer completely. Bear in mind that all women are at a high risk of breast cancer, despite the fact that some women do not have it in their family history. While 3D mammogram imaging does cause a greater level of patient exposure to radiation, the benefit may outweigh the risk, especially since many breast cancer patients will not usually require multiple screenings. 3D mammogram imaging can detect lumps you may may not have felt during monthly manual breast exams as well. Fewer Trips Back And Forth For Further Diagnostic Testing Many patients that have traditional 2D mammogram screens are asked to come back for further diagnostic tests like biopsies. The reason for further testing is because 2D imaging does not produce an image that reveals as much detail about suspicious lumps. For example, if your physician could see the back side of a lump before doing a biopsy, he or she may be able to see that it is only a fibroid cyst instead of a cancerous tumor. While the initial cost of 3D mammogram imaging is higher (generally by $50-$100) than traditional 2D screening, the overall cost can be viewed as being cheaper because of fewer trips to doctor’s offices and no costs for other diagnostics testing like biopsies. Breast cancer is a deadly killer, but as advancements are being made towards more successful early detection, more patients have the chance for higher survival rates. For more information, contact professionals like EVDI Medical...

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How Emts Use Portable Sonograms

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sonogram equipment, such as the sonoscape a6v, has changed drastically over recent years. In the “old days,” these machines were large and bulky and certainly not portable. New technology has allowed the production of sonogram machines that are suitable for many purposes, including use by EMTs. In fact, emergency personnel who have access to these units are much better equipped to save lives. Local medical administrators need to acquire these units for the emergency personnel in their area. Ambulance Crews When EMTs are called to the scene of a possible heart attack, they may have to work on the patient for some time before they are ready to transport to the hospital. In fact, CPR is often necessary, before the patient can be further accessed. When the ambulance crew has a portable sonogram aboard, one EMT can take it to the patient’s side and check for signs of a heart attack while another crew member is performing CPR. If the patient can be immediately transported, the portable sonogram can be used while the ambulance is moving. The more information that the EMT crew can gather, the faster life-saving treatment can begin when they arrive at the hospital. Taking a patient history and conducting a physical exam is not enough to accurately diagnose emergency conditions. Ambulance crews can save more people with this technology on board.  Helicopter Units When patients are injured or become ill in a hard-to-reach area or need help faster than an ambulance can provide, emergency helicopter crews are sent to transport patients from the scene. Space is at an absolute premium, so the size and weight of medical equipment are serious concerns. Portable sonogram units are lightweight and enable emergency personnel to make critical judgments on the ground in isolated areas. For instance, a vehicle crash in a rural area can cause internal injuries, including abdominal bleeding. A portable sonogram can diagnose this issue on the ground and allow emergency crews to stabilize patients enough to fly them to the hospital, often in as little as three minutes. Training on these units needs to be thorough but can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time.  Emergency medical crews can be much more effective if they have access to portable sonogram technology. Making certain that each ambulance and rescue helicopter has these units on board can not only improve the level of on-site care, it can ensure that hospital personnel are ready to treat injuries and medical conditions as soon as the patients arrive. These machines are a vital addition to area hospitals....

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Pediatric Dyspraxia: What It Is & How Physical Therapy Can Help

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you believe that your child’s lack of coordination goes beyond the usual childhood clumsiness, you may be confused and looking for answers. A common disorder, known as dyspraxia, may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Below is an overview of dyspraxia including what it is, what its symptoms are, and how a physical therapist can help your child.  What Is Dyspraxia? Dyspraxia is a common disorder that affects a person’s ability to coordinate their muscle movements and can make it difficult to perform certain tasks, such as walking, talking, and writing. While the cause of dyspraxia isn’t all too clear, it’s believed to be a brain-based disorder that causes a disconnect between intention and ability. For example, a child with dyspraxia may want to walk in a straight line, but turning that intention into ability is difficult because the brain is not sending the proper signals to the correct muscles. It’s common for children with dyspraxia to become frustrated at their lack of coordination and, without a proper diagnosis, your child may blame themselves. What are the Symptoms? Children with dyspraxia can be affected in a number of ways, but each affected individual is different and may have more symptoms in one area than another. For example, some children with dyspraxia will have poor fine motor skills, such as difficulty holding a pencil or using scissors. Other children may be affected only in their gross motor skills, such as difficulty keeping from walking into objects or performing coordinated movements. Some children may be excitable and seem to lack a sense of fear. Other children may have a difficult time playing imaginatively and be sensitive to loud noises or strong movements. How Can a Physical Therapist Help? Physical therapy is a therapy used to help your child achieve independence and increase developmental and motor function. In physical therapy, your child will learn how to adapt to their challenges and rise above them. Physical therapists use a number of techniques to help your child, such as play-based therapy and treatment-focused exercise. Everything your child does during their physical therapy sessions will be beneficial in their long-term outlook. And, not only can a physical therapist help your child during sessions, but by including you in their treatment the therapist can show you things you can do at home to ensure your child continues to improve. If you suspect your child suffers from dyspraxia, make an appointment with their pediatrician immediately. Contact a group like Hightstown Medical Associates for more...

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