Getting the Right Help

Don’t Misstep With MS: Shoe Tips For Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Misstep With MS: Shoe Tips For Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (an autoimmune disease that damages the insulation of your nerves, causing degeneration in function all over your body) affects many different parts of you, from your brain to your hands to even your feet. Because treating your feet right is crucial in both staving off pain and keeping you mobile for as long as possible, getting the correct footwear for your disease is something you should do sooner rather than later. But how do you know what footwear is best? If you’re looking for a few hints towards the footwear that will make living with your MS much easier, then here’s what you need to know. Tread Heavily One of the key factors involved in impairing your mobility with MS is balance; your brain no longer helps you to keep your balance (especially on slippery tile floors) and so you can fall and injure yourself regularly if you’re living life in smooth-bottomed shoes. To help yourself out in the balance area, look for shoes with thick rubber treads; this precaution doesn’t actually improve your balance – you should be doing light PT for that – but it can help you find purchase on even the slipperiest floors and prevent you from injuring yourself badly by falling. Go Functional While flip-flops, high (above 2″) heels, and backless sandals might be good looking or totally in this season, but you really should avoid these fashion-over-function shoe types with MS. That’s not saying that your shoes can’t be fashionable, but rather that you should avoid shoe styles that could fly off with the wrong step or make you crack an ankle if you happen to slip and fall. Keep your heels down to kitten heel height and ensure you’ve got a back and fasteners to your shoes, and you’ll be able to walk with much less hassle. Buy Big While you definitely shouldn’t be walking around in shoes four sizes too big for you (that will only trip you up when you’re walking, which is the opposite of what you want to happen), you should definitely purchase your shoes with just a big of extra room, especially around the back of your foot, so you can put a foot brace in there along with your foot. Food drop (where the top of your foot doesn’t respond to your brain’s command to lift itself) is common among people with MS, and can greatly reduce your mobility (and cause potential injury) if you don’t treat it with a foot brace designed to move your whole foot at once. To avoid having to forgo the brace to dress up (or dress down), bring your brace along when trying on any shoes and make sure the apparatus fits. For more information about MS and how feet affect it, contact a clinic such as Gotham City...

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Preparing Your Home For Your Recovery From Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing Your Home For Your Recovery From Knee Replacement Surgery

You’re getting yourself mentally prepared to have knee replacement surgery to address the painful arthritis. You also need to spend some time preparing your house for when you come home from the hospital. Your recovery will go smoother when your home is an easier place in which to navigate while you are healing. Ask a friend or family member to help you get your home ready so you’ll have a smoother recovery with less risk of danger to yourself. Keep to the Ground Floor For Several Weeks For the first few weeks after you get home from the hospital, it will be a challenge to go up and down the stairs in your home with your crutches. If your bedroom is upstairs, have someone help you move personal items to the ground floor so you can stay away from stairs as much as possible. Rent a bed to make it more comfortable, if you don’t already have a guest bedroom on the ground floor that you can use. If you normally have to go downstairs to do laundry, ask someone to help you for a few weeks after your surgery. Navigating the stairs with a laundry basket puts you at risk of falling and injuring yourself. Remove Obstacles To Clear the Way Through the House Get a pair of crutches and walk through your house with them before your surgery. Look for and remove obstacles to getting through your house easily. Throw rugs can slip under your feet. Electrical cords and pet beds in your way can trip you. Narrow passageways through the house make it harder to maneuver in those tight spaces. Have someone help you move furniture around to give you plenty of space to get around your house with the crutches. Prepare to Make Daily Activities Easier Not only will moving through your house be challenging, but it’ll be more difficult just to do simple daily activities for several weeks after your knee surgery. Take items that you frequently use from the upper and lower shelves of kitchen cabinets and place them on the counter for easier access. Do the same for towels and washcloths in the linen closet in your bathroom and clothes closet in your bedroom. Consider getting a stool riser from a medical equipment rental company to use for a few weeks. This helps getting on and off of the toilet safely. A shower chair will also be handy to sit on to get off of your knee when you bathe. Take the time to prepare your home as you prepare yourself for your knee surgery. You’ll have an easier and safer recovery period as you gain back the strength and mobility in your...

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What To Expect From Your Upcoming Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Expect From Your Upcoming Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

You tore a ligament in your knee when you slipped and fell. The good news is that the orthopedic service at the hospital recommended arthroscopic surgery to repair the ligament. This is a less invasive approach to treating your knee damage, and it can even be done as an outpatient. Here is what you can expect from this surgery and your recovery afterwards. Preparing for Your Outpatient Surgery You’ll have the surgery done at the orthopedic clinic as an outpatient, so you’ll go home the same day. Have someone take you to your appointment and back home after the procedure. You’ll be weak after the procedure and will want to rest when you get home. Have someone stay with you for the rest of the day to help with simple tasks around the house while you get your strength back. The Arthroscopic Surgery The two major differences between traditional knee surgery and arthroscopic surgery are: Traditional surgery requires a large incision over the knee joint to expose the knee for the surgeon to access for repair. You need to have general anesthesia for this surgery. Arthroscopic surgery requires only two small incisions in the knee. You don’t need general anesthesia or be put to sleep. Once you check into the orthopedic clinic, you’ll speak with the anesthesiologist about your options. They may give you a choice of anesthetics for the procedure: a local anesthetic that deadens just the knee area a regional anesthetic that makes you feel nothing from the waist down in both cases, you can choose to be awake during the procedure and watch the procedure on monitors in the surgical suite or be sedated lightly so you’re unaware of the procedure The staff will prepare you for the surgery and administer the selected anesthetic. Once your knee is numb, the surgeon makes two small incisions over your knee joint. Into one incision is placed a tube that has a camera at the end to give the doctor visibility to the damaged ligament in your knee on a monitor or through a microscope as they do the repair. Into the second incision, another tube is inserted that contains the instruments used to perform the repair. The surgeon guides the tubes into place so they can see and access the torn ligament. They will do all of the work on the ligament through these tubes, which minimizes the damage to the tissues in the knee typical of traditional knee surgery. When the procedure is complete, the tubes are removed, and the incisions sutured closed. You’ll have two small bandages on your knee over the incisions. You’ll be taken to a quiet area for a few minutes while you rest and the anesthetic wears off. The surgeon will examine your knee, and when they are satisfied that you’re not having any uncomfortable side effects, you’ll be sent home. Recovering at Home Your doctor will send you home with pain medication to cover the mild pain you’ll have in your knee. You’ll begin physical therapy the day after the surgery. During the first few weeks, you’ll work with the physical therapist to regain full range of motion in your knee. Once you’re able to move your knee through its normal range of motion, you’ll begin strength exercises to build up...

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The Most Gruesome Sports Injuries In History

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Most Gruesome Sports Injuries In History

Sports injuries are never a good thing, but in some instances they’re truly horrifying. The following professional sports injuries are among the most shocking and gruesome to have ever occurred. The results of these injuries range from an ended season, early retirement, and even death. They illustrate why you need to be careful whenever you participate in a sport. Basketball Player’s Leg Break Ends Season During a U.S. National team scrimmage, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers tried to stop a James Harden lay-up by leaping into the air. Momentum took him past the basket and out of bounds where George landed on his right leg. What makes this injury so shocking was the severity of the break. George’s weight and the inertia of his fall forced his leg to snap just past the knee. For a moment, his leg was parallel to the ground while his body was perpendicular. This injury took George out of play for the rest of the season. Hit on Quarterback Ends Career Washington Redskin quarterback Joe Theismann was in the prime of his career in 1985, with a new $5 million contract and a recent Super Bowl appearance attesting to his effectiveness. Unfortunately, a hit by New York Giants linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson so severely broke his leg, that he had no choice but to retire. This particular injury is memorable because it occurred to a beloved player in front of millions of “Monday Night Football” fans. Theismann was only 36-years-old at the time, but had a successful second career in broadcasting. Skate Slits Hockey Player’s Throat Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk is an incredibly lucky man. He was not only able to make good money playing a sport he loved, he also survived an incredibly unlikely sports injury: getting his throat slit during a game. His injury occurred during a routine game against the St. Louis Blues. The Blues and the Sabres were indifferent to each other and the game was a 1-0 snooze-fest. A Blues play on the goal forced player Steve Tuttle into the net and into Malarchuk, who immediately fell down. The impact caused Tuttle’s skates to drag across Malrchuk’s throat, causing a six-inch cut that immediately started gushing blood across the ice. The crowd and the announcers panicked, but quick-acting emergency treatment saved his life. Baseball Player Dies After Getting Hit by the Pitch Professional baseball players get hit by pitches all the time, but with pitchers throwing up to 100 miles per hour, it’s never a pleasant situation. Unfortunately for Cleveland Indians’ shortstop Ray Chapman, his last hit-by-pitch turned out to be fatal. In 1920, Chapman faced off against Carl Mays and crowded the plate for a bunt. Mays threw an inside pitch to drive Chapman back, but he couldn’t get back in time. The ball hit him squarely on the temple. Mays, thinking the noise indicated the ball hit his back, grabbed the ball and threw Chapman out at first. Chapman quickly lost consciousness and died later the same day. He is the only MLB player to die on-field. These injuries illustrate why sports medicine is so important to the world of athletics and illustrate why even amateur athletes like you should invite a health professional to their games. To learn more, contact...

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Do You Need To See A Doctor For Your Knee Pain?

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Need To See A Doctor For Your Knee Pain?

If you have been experiencing chronic knee pain or pain that seems different from what you have felt before, it might be time to see a doctor. Many people experience discomfort in their knees or legs, and simply ignore it or take over-the-counter pain medication. While this may be all you need to experience relief, there are some situations that call for a medical professional. Here are some different scenarios that require help from a doctor. Long-Lasting Pain Or Swelling If you have had pain or swelling in your knee that is lasting more than a couple days, it is time to seek help from a doctor. Pain and swelling that is from sports or a mild injury should go away fairly quickly. When it persists, it shouldn’t be ignored. Swelling usually happens shortly after an injury, even a minor one, so just having swelling isn’t a warning sign. However, if you have tried taking anti-inflammatory drugs, getting rest, and elevating your knee, it should go away after a day. If after two days you still have swelling with pain, seek medical attention. Mobility Issues You might also be experiencing problems with your mobility. For example, if you have decreased range-of-motion in your knee it might be due to internal swelling. This could be a sign that your injury is more serious than you originally thought. Another possible cause for mobility issues is if you feel lack of stability in your knee and like it could give out at any time. This is another sign that you should see your doctor as it could mean that you have a serious injury. Make sure you don’t ignore mobility issues when they concern your knee joint. Additional Signs And Symptoms If you not only have pain in your knee joint but also other signs that might signal an infection or severe injury, you should tell your doctor. For example, you might be experiencing pain as well as draining from a puncture wound in your knee. You might also have inflammation and redness that seem to be worsening, or flu-like symptoms such as a fever, headache, and chills. These could be signs of various conditions that need to be addressed by your doctor. It is very important that you don’t ignore pain that persists, worrisome side effects, or signs of infection. Your doctor can treat these symptoms and diagnose the injury or medical condition associated with the...

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