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Rotator Cuff Injuries: A Primer

Posted by Peter Gunnison on May 11, 2016

Athletes such as basketball players need healthy arms, shoulders and hands in order to effectively play the game and score points. When in action, you spend plenty of time passing the ball to teammates while running. There is a lot of motion going on at odd angles as tendons, muscles and your rotator cuff move in sync to complete basketball moves. Over time, wear and tear occurs, and you could suffer a serious rotator cuff injury. Your sports medicine physician will thoroughly examine and run tests to determine the exact nature of your injury. Later, treatment will be designed for your specific rotator cuff injury. Rotator Cuff Description Your rotator cuff is a supporting structure of your shoulder. It consists of tendons and muscles that attach your arm to the shoulder joint. This enables your arm to move freely. The cuff, when injured, causes severe pain, and restriction of movement is limited. If you’re in the middle of a game, timeout will be required so that the injury area can be treated with ice therapy. That’s just a temporary treatment. In all likelihood, you will be pulled from the game if icing the injured area does not offer you relief. Impingement Of Your Rotator Cuff Stability and shoulder strength is maintained when your arm is above your head and leaning away from your body. Muscles and tendons control your arm when you point your hands upward. You suffer a rotator cuff impingement when a small bone spur touches the...

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Eight Great Benefits Of Strength Training

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Apr 27, 2016

While endurance training, such as walking, running and swimming is important to overall good health, fitness and weight control, it’s important not to forget about the other part of a good work out–strength training. Strength training isn’t just about sculpting your body and increasing your muscle definition. This type of training offers a number of health benefits for all ages and body types. What is strength training? Strength training is a broad term that refers to exercises that concentrate on one area of the body, such as push-ups, sit-ups, crunches and squats and resistance training as with bands or tubes. Strength training also includes working with barbells and free weights as well as exercise machines like an elliptical or rowing machine. Benefits of strength training 1. Helps to keep weight off. Adding strength training to your workout at least three times a week helps to burn extra calories and makes keeping those extra pounds at bay a lot easier. 2. Promotes overall good health. Strength training isn’t just good for your muscles and bones. A regular strength training regime can help to lower your blood pressure and increases the body’s need for glucose, something that can help ward off the onset of diabetes. 3. Increases strength. As the name would imply, strength training makes you stronger and helps to make everyday tasks easier. Stronger muscles also help to reduce the likelihood of muscle strains and tendon damage when you do use your muscles. Toned muscles also help increase a...

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3 Ways To Ease Back Into Exercising After A Tummy Tuck

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Mar 30, 2016

If you’re planning to have an abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, you know that you’re going to be out of the exercise loop for a while and that you’ll eventually be able to return to your regular exercise program. However, it’s important to get back into exercising carefully because if you do too much too soon, you could harm yourself, both in terms of ruining the surgery and overexerting yourself. Here are three ways to ease back into exercising after a tummy tuck. Start Walking the Next Day Your post-op instructions will likely include one telling you to get up and walk the very next day. This isn’t a major walk, just a short one around the house. As uncomfortable as you may feel that day, it’s important that you walk as prescribed. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery notes that this helps promote circulation; by increasing the blood flow throughout your body and increasing the availability of oxygen to the surgery site, you can help the wound heal more quickly. Don’t Try to Stretch Your Stomach Skin Too Early As you heal and are able to move more, try to refrain from stretching the stomach skin, especially early on in your recovery. Even lying flat on your back can place strain on the stitches and on your muscles. Try to sleep on your side with your legs drawn up slightly, and be very careful stretching after you wake up in the morning or after you stand up....

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What Happens During An Alcohol Detox Program

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Mar 30, 2016

If you or someone you love has made the decision to stop drinking, congratulations. That one decision has the power to impact your life and the lives of those close to you for the rest of your lives. However, dependence on alcohol, especially if you’ve been drinking for a number of years, causes a number of significant changes in the body, changes that need to be reversed and monitored by a medical team as your body gets used to living without alcohol. That’s why it’s important to enter an alcohol detox program rather than just quitting “cold turkey” by yourself. What happens during an alcohol detox program While everyone’s body and everyone’s situation is slightly different, most people who have been heavy drinkers experience a number of common symptoms when they drop drinking. The initial cleansing the body of alcohol lasts anywhere from a few days to more than a week. Alcohol detox programs are generally followed by an in-patient or out-patient recovery program. Among the commonly-reported symptoms during detox are: 1. Headaches. One of the most frequent results of alcohol withdrawal is headaches. These can begin as soon as two hours after that last drink. 2. Nausea. Nausea is also common, as the digestive system works to adapt to a more healthy diet, rather than a liquid one. 3. Sweating. Many people also report excessive sweating as they go through alcohol detox. 4. Paranoia and anxiety. Caused partly by the alcohol withdrawal and partly by being in an unfamiliar setting...

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Caring For Your Dental Implants; Four Thigs You Need To Know

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Mar 11, 2016

Dental implants offer a great way to restore your smile, but keeping them looking great and working for you means taking proper care of them. Knowing how to care for your implants can extend their life and keep your pearly whites in beautiful shape. Here are a few things you need to know about caring for your dental implants. Daily Cleaning Cleaning your implants is essentially the same as cleaning your natural teeth. Using a toothbrush and toothpaste in the morning, before bed and after meals will keep plaque off of your implants and away from the gum line. Flossing is essential to keep plaque and residue away from the gums where it might come into contact with the implant abutments. Regular Checkups Your dentist will want to perform regular checkups to assess the progress of your implants as the bone grows around the screws and abutments. Your dentist may want to see you frequently in the months immediately after the implant procedure to monitor the implants and to check for any signs of implant failure, which may require additional treatment. Your dentist may perform X-rays at your visits to check on the progress of the implants below the jawline to get a better view of your overall dental health. Avoid Smoking In addition to other health risks, smoking can have a negative impact on your dental implants. It can lead to implant failure and peri-implantitis. Smoking can prevent osseointegration, which is the process that allows bone to grow...

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3 Things You Should Know Before A Workers Compensation Independent Medical Examination

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Feb 23, 2016

If you have been hurt at work and have filed a workers compensation claim, you might have been asked to see a different doctor for an independent medical examination. Basically, this involves going to a different doctor that you have never seen before to be examined. Before you go to your appointment, it is important to know and understand these three things. 1. You Shouldn’t Skip It After seeing your regular doctor plenty of times about your injury or spending a lot of time in the hospital, the last thing that you probably want to do is see more doctors. Plus, you might not like the idea of seeing a stranger when you already have an established relationship with your own physician. Even if you don’t want to, however, you should make sure that you go in for your appointment. Insurance companies often like to get a second, neutral opinion — in part, this is to help prevent fraud, which is surprisingly common in the workers compensation sphere. If you aren’t willing to go in for your appointment, you could jeopardize your case. 2. There Are No Secrets You probably count on your regular doctor to keep your conversations privileged, but when you go in for an independent medical examination, you might be asked to waive your patient-provider privilege. This is because the doctor will need to report to the insurance company and let them know what he or she discovered during your exam. Just remember that anything that...

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Chair Ramps

If the only access to a building is stairs, that building is completely closed off to those in wheelchairs. Ramps can also help those with bad knees.

Lift Chairs

A more high-tech version, lift chairs are perfect for installation in a home or other building that needs to be wheelchair accessible but can't be completely remodeled to fit requirements.

Other Technology

Recent advances in technology and the computer world have helped make great leaps in the land of wheelchair accessibility, such as special controls or motors.