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COPD And Chronic Lung Disease: 3 Tips For Living An Active, Fulfilling Life With COPD

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on COPD And Chronic Lung Disease: 3 Tips For Living An Active, Fulfilling Life With COPD

Approximately 24 million Americans have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and related lung disorders. This family of diseases makes it difficult to breathe and may prevent oxygen from getting into the bloodstream, resulting in fatigue and weakness. For people with moderate to severe COPD, doing common tasks, such as cleaning the house, walking up a flight of stairs and holding down a full-time job can be exhausting. Fortunately, COPD is treatable. However, it is a progressive disease, meaning it continues to get worse with time. Treatment slows down the progression of the disease and certain lifestyle changes can help you lead a more active, fulfilling life: Get Plenty of Exercise It may seem counter-intuitive to exercise when you’re short of breath, but exercise is highly recommended for COPD patients. Engaging in moderate exercise, such as walking, swimming and riding a stationary bike, can make breathing easier and slow down the progression of the disease. Remaining inactive, on the other hand, results in loss of cardiac and respiratory function. Loss of muscle strength is also possible in people with COPD. For this reason, many doctors recommend lifting light weights in moderation.  Join a Support Group Half of the people diagnosed with COPD also suffer from depression, which can greatly reduce your quality of life. What’s more, depression can exacerbate your symptoms and make it harder for you to stick to an exercise regimen, stay connected and stay active. Many people with depression may even find it impossible to leave the house. If you’re suffering from depression, it’s vital that you seek treatment for it right away. You might also want to join a support group so you can be around others who are experiencing the same things you are. If you want to find a support group, contact the American Lung Association for a complete list of support groups in your area.  Follow your Doctor’s Orders Even if you feel better, you still have to follow all of your doctor’s orders. This may include breathing treatments, oxygen therapy, medication, pulmonary rehabilitation, surgery and lifestyle modifications. You may also need some rescue or emergency medications to help with a sudden onset of more severe symptoms.  Living with COPD can be difficult. However, there are a few things you can do to improve your quality of life while living with this disease. Stay active, stay connected and follow all of your doctor’s recommendations, no matter how difficult they may seem. To learn more, contact a company like Corner...

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3 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Hearing Aids

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be one of the most valuable and rewarding purchases you ever make. The improvement in quality of life that many people report after beginning to wear a hearing aid is remarkable–favorite songs, the voices of loved ones, and everyday conversations all come alive again. But before you make a purchase, you’ll want to carefully compare the different types of hearing aids available on the market. Below are three questions you should ask before coming to a final decision. In the ear, or behind? One of the biggest differences in hearing aid styles that you’ll notice when first shopping around is the placement of the actual hearing aid. Some devices are placed directly in the ear canal, while others rest behind the ear. In-ear hearing aids are generally larger than ones placed behind the ear, so while they’re definitely more noticeable, they’re also easier to handle and insert. Aids placed behind the ear can amplify noises more easily and aren’t susceptible to problems caused by earwax, but can pick up more wind noise than their in-ear counterparts. Completely or partially in the canal? If you choose to narrow your search to hearing aids that fit in the ear, you’ll have to face another decision between ones that fit completely in the ear canal, and those that are inserted only partially. While the former are practically invisible, they often lack features such as volume control and a specialized microphone. The latter often includes these features at the cost of an increase in size. Both types are designed to help children and adults who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss.   What about open fit alternatives? Some people find that both in-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids are uncomfortable, so they seek out viable alternatives. Others may find that their hearing loss is so severe that it cannot be addressed by traditional hearing aids. Luckily, a variety of solutions are available to consumers, one of the most popular being the open fit hearing aid. At first glance, open fit aids seem similar to their behind-the-ear cousins, but upon closer inspection they offer several additional advantages: they’re less visible, less obtrusive, and don’t need to be manually adjusted. Because the ear canal is kept open with this style of hearing aid, a much wider range of frequencies are allowed to reach the ear naturally, making it the perfect fit for many...

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Suffering From Arthritis? Here Are 4 Types Of Mobility Aids To Help

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Suffering From Arthritis? Here Are 4 Types Of Mobility Aids To Help

If you are suffering from arthritis, you might have found that over time your joints have become stiffer and more painful. A common side effect of moderate to severe arthritis is that you lose some of your mobility. Instead of trying to struggle to stand or walk, you can use the following mobility aids. Contact a company such as Jay Hatfield Mobility for more information. Walker A walker is probably one of the first things you will use when you start dealing with mobility issues. It is such a simple thing but can make a dramatic difference in how you feel and what you are able to do. A walker provides the stability you need when standing or walking and helps you get from a lying down or sitting position to a standing position. You can have the walker customized to fit your height. Some walkers have wheels on the front while others don’t. Scooter Another mobility aid to consider using is a scooter. Mobility scooters require a small investment, but it will be well worth it. Scooters are for people who have mobility issues but aren’t quite ready for a wheelchair. Like walkers, scooters are also very easy to use and maneuver around hallways and tight corners. When choosing a scooter that is right for you, you should consider things like how often you will use it, whether or not you need to use it in your home, and if you want a lightweight or heavy scooter. Wheelchair When it comes to wheelchairs for mobility, you can choose either a standard wheelchair or an electric one. A standard wheelchair still requires you to move it on your own with your arms by pushing the wheels, or by having someone push you in it. If your arms are included in the joints that hurt due to arthritis, you should get an electric wheelchair. These types of wheelchairs won’t require much physical exertion and can go on many different types of surfaces. They also go uphill without effort, so you won’t need someone to help you. Lift Chair A lift chair is a type of mobility aid for the home. If one of your biggest problems is getting out of the chair or sofa, then a lift chair will be useful. With the push of a button, the recliner-style chair lifts up so you don’t have to do much bending or use physical exertion to try to get up and out of the chair. This is a good alternative to using a walker to help you out of the chair at...

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First Aid Kits: What To Look For And Where To Keep Them

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While it’s not something that everyone thinks about, having a properly stocked first aid kit on hand can be of critical importance in the event of an injury. Unfortunately, it only really becomes evident when you don’t have one, or when the one you have doesn’t contain what you need. Where a first aid kit is kept will play a big part in what should be in it, so knowing what to look for in kits for your home and office or your vehicle will help you to be certain you’re prepared. Home and Office First Aid The nature of the injuries possible while at home or at work has a lot to do with what you need in a first aid kit. More than that, the availability of storage makes it easier to keep more first aid supplies on hand, both in variety and volume. Any first aid kit for a fixed location should be substantial, easily accessed in an emergency, and anyone who might need it should be aware of its location. Standard cuts and scrapes should be no sweat for the average first aid kit, but you should also have a substantial supply of gauze padding and adhesive tape for larger injuries. Over the counter pain relievers are also a good idea, and some kits designed for office spaces even offer individually wrapped dosages. Look at kits containing cloth bandages as well, which can be wrapped around sprains or used to hold gauze pads in place over larger cuts or lacerations. First Aid on the Road A first aid kit designed for storage in a car needs to be compact, simply because of the lack of space for it. The trunk makes a good place for storing a first aid kit, but only if it can be secured inside to avoid damage to the container. More recently, first aid kits have been designed for storage under bench seating or under front passenger seats. Just because a kit is smaller doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have what you need, instead you should simply find fewer of each item. When looking for first aid kits for sale, avoid kits that leave out essentials, like cloth bandages and gauze, but similarly avoid kits with too much space taken up by bulky packaging. Sterile wrappers are nice, but they shouldn’t double the volume of an item. Regardless of where a first aid kit is kept, make sure you’re aware of its contents and age. Certain materials have expiration dates, others degrade over time, and even if you don’t use it you’ll need to restock or replace it based on these...

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Learn What Goes Into Choosing A Medical Shoe To Correct Differing Leg Lengths

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are some people who are born with one of their legs longer than their other leg. This can make it very difficult for the person to be able to stand or walk comfortably. Having surgery is often not a possibility for many of these individuals because their leg length varies so dramatically. Fortunately, someone with legs of differing lengths do not have to constantly walk with a limp or ride around in a wheel chair because medical shoes can correct the differing lengths. The following guide will walk you through the steps that go into choosing the perfect medical shoe for an individual. The Height of the Shoe The sole of the shoe is the portion that varies in height. One person may need the sole to be thicker than someone else, so each shoe has to be custom made for each individual. In order for the height of the shoe to be determined, a professional measures both of the person’s legs to see how long each leg is. The professional then determines how much extra length the person needs in order to be able to walk as normally as possible. The difference in length will be added to the sole of the shoe to create an even and balanced stride when the person walks. The Weight of the Shoe Medical shoes are designed to be lightweight so that someone can easily walk while wearing them. Children’s medical shoes need to be even lighter than adult shoes because children’s legs are not as strong as adult shoes. When the professional is determining the right shoe for someone, he or she will take their muscle strength into account to ensure that they can use the shoe as comfortable as possible. The Style of the Shoe Medical shoes are now available in many different styles. Someone who needs length correction when they walk can choose between dressy or casual shoes. They can choose the colors they want and even choose to have some shoes decorated. When choosing the shoes, the person will be able to choose from a variety of styles and colors to ensure that they are able to get a shoe they will be proud to wear. Medical shoes are often very necessary for someone with differing leg lengths. They can make someone feel less self-conscious about their situation and even give them the ability to do things that they would not otherwise even attempt to do. The medical shoes are designed to improve someone’s life and make things easier for them. Talk to experts like Scrubs N Stuff for more...

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3 Things The First-Time Wheelchair User Needs To Know About Getting Around In Public

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve recently had to learn how to use a wheelchair–whether it be as a temporary or permanent solution–the fact remains that learning how to get around in public can be a real challenge. Unlike your home, which you can adapt to make more wheelchair accessible, public spaces aren’t always easy to maneuver around. By being aware of a few important tips for beginner wheelchair users, however, you can avoid some of the obstacles and frustrations that come along with trying to maneuver your wheelchair in public. Look for Curb Cuts One of the most common challenges you may face (especially while trying to navigate sidewalks in busy cities) is crossing the street. Sometimes, curbs don’t have cut-outs in them and you may find yourself stuck in the street with no way to get up and over the curb. This is why it’s so important to locate curb cut-outs before crossing any streets. Eventually, learning to spot these ahead of time will get easier. In the long-run, you may even learn how to navigate over curbs in your wheelchair; for now, however, keeping a watchful eye on street crossings will save you a lot of stress. Watch for Glass If your wheelchair has inflatable tires (most do), then you’ll need to be careful and watch for glass while in public. This is especially true when in parking lots and while crossing streets. Even a small piece of glass lodged in one of your tires could leave you stranded. On that note, it’s also in your best interest to have an electric pump and a patch kit on you at all times while out in public–just to be safe. Keep Repair Tools On-Hand In addition to tire patches and an air pump, it’s also a good idea to keep some basic repair tools on you at all times. You can keep them in a backpack that you keep in your wheelchair while you travel so that you’re never without them in a time of need. Some important tools to have on-hand include a screw driver, extra screws, bolts, and tools to adjust the brakes on your chair if they come out of alignment. If you need to buy wheelchairs, it’s important that you learn to adapt as well. There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to maneuvering a wheelchair in public places. However, by keeping these tips and precautions in mind, you’ll have an easier time adjusting to using your wheelchair just about anywhere you...

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What Are The Benefits Of A Knee Walker Over Traditional Crutches?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Traditional crutches have been in use since prehistoric times helping injured men, women and children stay functional and mobile as they heal. Knee walkers, on the other hand, are relatively new to the medical scene, so many patients aren’t aware of the benefits of knee walkers. Knee walkers offer many advantages over traditional crutches. Knee Walkers are Easier to Operate Crutches require balance and upper body strength. Walking anywhere on crutches can be a chore, and for some people, it’s an impossibility. This means that many people who use crutches are limited in the places they can go and the length of time they can remain functional in an upright position. Knee walkers, by contrast, are relatively simple to operate and require significantly less upper body strength. People who use knee walkers are more able to conduct normal daily life without needing rest or cutting out activities.  Knee Walkers are More Stable Knee walkers have a broad base of support and are propelled by wheels, which means they’re relatively stable in a variety of conditions. From uneven pavement to slippery surfaces, knee walkers can remain upright in settings where crutches would be a liability. This allows patients to have more mobility and freedom while the injury is healing.  They’re Non-Load Bearing Patients using crutches may be told that it’s alright to place a small amount of weight on the injured leg, as long as the injury does not become painful. However, misjudging how much weight is acceptable can result in further injury and delayed healing time. Knee walkers are completely non-load bearing, taking all the decision making away from the patient. This prevents accidents that can complicate or exacerbate injuries.  Knee Walkers Feature Convenient Design Innovations Knee walkers have a variety of design innovations that make them more convenient than crutches. Knee walkers come with a steering component that make it easier to maneuver in crowded areas and tight spaces. In addition, many knee walkers come with cup holder accessories and baskets that allow users to carry around items that they need in their daily life.  Knee Walkers Achieve Faster Speeds Than Crutches Knee walkers function a lot like scooters, allowing the users to quickly move from one location to another. People who use crutches tend to have a lurching mobility that is both slow and awkward.  If you’ve recently been injured and are currently using crutches, you may benefit from a knee walker. For more information contact your physician...

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Crucial Information About Testing Your Hip Implant

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have experienced a broken hip or have an orthopedic condition that has required a hip implant in the last few years, it is important to talk to your doctor about the safest, long-term option to meet your needs. For instance, today many surgeons prefer to use an implant made of ceramic and plastic, while just a few years ago the use of implants made of chrome-cobalt metal was common. However, there were problems with the use of that design. Chrome-cobalt metal was used to form both the ball, located at the top of the femur and the liner inside the pelvis. Since the problems associated with that model were so well-known, many of them were recalled in August of 2010. It is also important to note that not all patients who received the chrome-cobalt metal hip implants experienced trouble.It will still be useful to have regular exams of the hip to make sure that a problem has not been appearing without symptoms.   Why Would a Hip Implant Fail Too Soon? A hip implant is often able to last ten years or more. When a hip implant fails too early, it can be to any number of reasons. For instance, a bad fall at the wrong angle could damage the implant, as could excessive weight gain. The artificial joint might not be able to work properly or safely if there was too much weight depending on it. Overstraining the new joint, through high-impact sports or other activities is another example. Your surgeon will usually go over what to expect in the days, weeks and months after your surgery.  Common Tests  you May Receive A common procedure you may receive is the Fatigue Endurance test. It determines the amount of endurance the existing implant has, often to form an opinion about whether or not a new implant is required. It emulates the stress that the implant in its current condition experiences during normal walking. A simple X-ray of your hips in different positions may also help your doctor determine the severity of your issue. Depending on the type of implant you have, you may be allowed to receive an MRI, with metal artifact  reduction to compensate for the presence of any metal. Ultrasounds are a safe, painless method that uses sound waves to create an image, but the image is not always clear enough to form a diagnosis. Your physician will have the final say as to whether or not you should get any testing, as specific information about your health, implant and medical history could impact the type of tests you receive.    In conclusion, as a responsible patient, it is a good idea to understand the medical device testing you will be receiving and how long your implant has been used safely. By doing so, you are taking a pro-active step toward your good health in the...

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What To Expect From A Pre-Employment Drug Screening

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So, you’ve recently been given a job offer, but you’ve been informed that it’s contingent on you passing a pre-employment drug screening in the form of a urine test. Assuming that you haven’t partaken in any illegal drug activities in the past month or so, you should be just fine. However, a drug screening can be a stressful process–even for those who haven’t used any illegal drugs. By knowing what to expect, you can calm your nerves and ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Before the Test In the 24 hours or so before the test, there are some things you’ll want to be careful about. For starters, don’t make the mistake of drinking lots of water before the test in the hopes that this will help to flush your system out. Not only does this not work, but there’s a good chance that your urine could be too diluted to even test, so you’ll be wasting your time. Furthermore, it’s recommended that you don’t drink any alcohol the day before a drug test and that you avoid using any mouthwash with alcohol in it before you head to the testing facility. What to Bring Before your drug test can begin, you’ll need to confirm your identity by presenting a form of government-issued ID. This could include any of the following: a valid driver’s license a state-issued ID card a military ID card If your employer has required you to take the drug test, you shouldn’t have to issue any payment. However, if you’re having the drug test done independently, you should also bring an accepted form of payment along with you, as many facilities will require you to pay in full before the test. Getting Your Results For your urine test, you’ll be given a small cup and given a specific amount of time to enter a private bathroom and urinate into the cup. In some cases, the facility may ask that you refrain from flushing the toilet after giving your sample, so be sure to follow these instructions to avoid your sample being considered invalid. Once you’ve given your sample, you can typically get the result immediately. However, if your employer has requested a lab test (which typically tests for a wider variety of drugs and is more accurate), then you may need to wait several days to receive your results. However, you should already know what your results are going to be, right? Talk to experts like Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp for more...

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