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Pumping Iron for Physical Therapy in NJ

030425-N-4128M-001You may have some preconceptions about physical therapy. You likely have pictures in your mind of holding up your weight while you retrain your legs how to walk – using a support like canes, parallel bars, bands, or something else. However, just going through the necessary motions isn’t all that’s involved in physical therapy. You need to make your muscles strong again. And a great way to do that is by pumping iron.

 

Weight lifting is a huge part of physical therapy in NJ. When you lose muscle mass because you’ve been out of action due to injury or trauma, lifting weights can help you rebuild that muscle and improve your endurance. That means getting back to action – faster.

 

Weight lifting is just a piece of physical therapy and and complements the other pieces perfectly. You’ll be completing physical therapy exercises to recover any function you’ve lost and, at the same time, you’ll use weight training to build strength in those muscles that are needed to do that function. The best part of including weight training in your physical therapy treatment plan is that it will reduce the chances of re-injury in the future.

So, when choosing where to receive physical therapy in NJ, include weight lifting as something to consider. Ask potential physical therapists if they include weight training in their treatment plans and what their philosophy towards it is. Make sure that it matches your philosophy. It’s an added piece to a puzzle that can make you stronger, faster, and keep you that way for the long term. Yes, you can return to form with a physical therapy treatment plan that doesn’t include weight training – but why not have it as part of the program?

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When You Need a New Jersey Orthopedics Specialist

New JerseyIf you live in New Jersey and are considering orthopedics, the first thing that would help you is to have a full and clear understanding of what orthopedics is. Orthopedics refers to the study of the musculoskeletal system. And so, orthopedic doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating pain and conditions associated with the musculoskeletal system.

 

So, if you have pain in your joints, bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, or tendons and you live in New Jersey, than a New Jersey orthopedics specialist might be exactly who you need to see – now. Don’t waste time going to your primary doctor first and getting a referral. If you are suffering from any kind of back, joint, or muscle pain (including arthritis), you should go directly to your orthopedic specialist. He can then diagnose your condition and get you on an appropriate treatment plan right away.

 

Your treatment plan could include exercises and physical therapy to increase strength in your joints and muscles. It could include chiropractic, acupuncture, or both as a natural way to improve your skeletal and muscular health. It could include medication or injections to manage pain. It all depends on how severe your condition is.

 

If your condition is very severe, it could eventually (or immediately) require surgery. But these are all things your primary care doctor wouldn’t be able to – or at least shouldn’t – tell you definitively. He should direct you to a specialist who is an expert in the area where you’re feeling pain to ensure you begin the correct treatment.

So when do you need a New Jersey orthopedics specialist? Again, as soon as you’re feeling pain in your bones, muscles, or joints – don’t waste time. Go direct – you won’t regret it.

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How Back Pain Doctors in New Jersey Work Together

Back Pain New JerseyIf you’re suffering from back pain, you’re probably looking to anyone and anything for advice and pain relief. If you’ve asked your friends and family how they’ve managed their back pain, you’ve probably heard a wide range of opinions – from chiropractic to surgery to acupuncture to physical therapy to medication to injections. The list goes on. And you’ve probably heard positive and negative opinions for each of those options.

If you visit online back pain forums, you’ll likely find the same thing. It’s very confusing. You don’t know which of the back pain doctors in New Jersey you should visit. The good news is, if you make the “wrong” choice initially, meaning the type of professional you chose to visit isn’t able to provide you care, he’ll be able to refer you to a professional who can. In fact, it’s quite normal. Back pain doctors in New Jersey, for the most part (there are always bad apples), work together for your benefit and health. So take some of the pressure off yourself.

If you go to a medical doctor, he may order x-rays of your back and find that your spine is out of line but that there’s no serious medical condition requiring surgery. If that’s the case, he’ll go through non-surgical options with you. Depending on your condition and it’s severity, he may mention medication and steroid injections as options. But, he’ll also refer you to either a chiropractor, physical therapist, or both – if he thinks they could help. They are professionals that can naturally work on your muscles and spine to create better alignment.

Similarly, if you visited a chiropractor first and he saw something very serious on your x-ray that he thought might require medical attention, he’d refer you right away to an appropriate specialist. If a physical therapist notices something abnormal during therapy, she would do the same.

So just go see someone. Back pain doctors in New Jersey are all working together. Whoever, you choose, you’ll be on the path to recovery. Visit http://Meccamedical.com/ for more information.

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3 Self Neck Pain Care Strategies to Improve Your Quality of Life

Neck PainIf you have neck pain, you may or may not be ready to seek professional help. Maybe it’s not severe enough, you don’t have time, or you don’t have the money. But you don’t want it to get worse. First, as soon as it’s possible, do go see a professional – whether it be a chiropractor or a physician – just someone who can examine you and look at x-rays. That way, they’ll be able to direct you appropriately and note any risks for more severe injury down the line.

But, in the meantime, there is plenty of neck pain care you can do at home. Here are 3 strategies.

Alternate Heat and Cold

If you’re experiencing pain or soreness in your neck, your muscles or tissue may be inflamed. One of the best ways to reduce inflammation is to alternate between heat and cold. Focus more on the cold though as it’s more effective. Use ice packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day – 3 or 4 times a day is a good amount to start with. Some days, alternate cold packs with heat packs (that aren’t too hot) throughout the day. Pay attention to how your neck responds to the heat. If the pain stays the same or worsens after the heat, just stick to the cold.

Lie Down More Often

This is advice anyone could get behind, right? Just lay down. Give your neck a break from holding up that head of yours. It deserves it. And more rest will allow the muscles time to heal.

Stretch

Stretch your neck as far as you can in each direction without feeling pain. Also do this a few times throughout the day to warm up the muscles.

If you do those 3 things at home, you may be able to alleviate some, if not all, of your neck pain – as long as it’s not a more serious condition. Be consistent and reap the benefits. For more information visit http://backandbodyny.com/

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The Top 2 Risks of NJ Spine Fusion Surgery

back pain in NJIf you’re living in New Jersey and you’ve been receiving non-surgical treatment for back pain caused by a herniated disc, you may be wondering if it’ll ever get better. Or, more specifically, you may be wondering, “If it doesn’t get better, will I need surgery?” If it does come down to surgery, one procedure you may go have is spine fusion surgery.

 

All or part of your damaged disc would be removed during the procedure and replaced with bone. Then, the vertebrae surrounding the new piece of bone will be fused together, using titanium rods. That will stabilize your back and relieve you of some of your pain, if not all of it.

 

But, what are the risks of this procedure? Knowing the risks shouldn’t scare you away from the procedure. However, it’s good to know what you’re getting into and to have all information necessary to make the best decision for your specific situation. So here are the top 2 risks associated with spine fusion surgery and Laser Spine Surgery NJ.

 

No Pain Relief

 

This is probably the biggest risk. You may go through all the time, stress, and danger of spinal surgery – and then not feel any pain relief at all. Even if you have the best doctor and the surgery goes perfectly, this could still happen. The surgery is meant to return your spine back to it’s pre-surgery condition – but the damage to nerves may be too severe for your body to recover from. There is a low probability of this happening but it’s good to know it’s possible going in.

Nerve Damage

This is another big risk but is also rare. If nerves are damaged during the procedure, it could affect things like bladder control and loss of strength in the legs.

The best thing you can do is to be educated about the risks. Now you know two of the major risks. Talk to your doctor and ask about all risks and his experiences with them. You should have a full picture of the possible outcomes before the procedure. Visit http://www.progressivespine.com/ for more information regarding Spinal Fusion.

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Tips For Giving Flowers To Hospital Patients

flowersHospitals aren’t the cheeriest of places, so when a friend or relative falls ill, it’s nice to be able to send something to show you’re thinking of them. By far the easiest – and perhaps the most uplifting – gift is to send flowers. This is especially true if that friend or relative happens to live abroad. Thanks to the internet, sending flowers internationally is exceptionally easy – so there’s no excuse not to send that retired uncle who lives in Spain a nice bouquet to cheer him up.

Before you rattle off an order for any old bunch of flowers however, there are a few pieces of information you need to decipher first. For one, you might not even be allowed to send flowers to your friend or relative depending on the ward or unit they are in. It is recommended that before sending flowers, you first ring the hospital they are staying in to find out what ward they are in and what their policy is on receiving flowers.

It’s not unusual to find that places such as a burn unit or intensive care ward will not accept flowers at all. Even some new baby units will not allow flowers, so it’s definitely worth checking first. Some hospitals will only allow flowers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flower) once a patient has been assigned permanently to a specific ward. If space is short then you might not be able to send flowers until the patient is given a room to themselves.

You also need to take into account what size of flower arrangement you plan to send. It might seem like some grand gesture to send a massive bouquet with loads of ‘get well soon’ balloons attached, but this could be a massive waste of money if there’s limited space and everyone else has the same idea. Instead, it’s recommended that you send a front-facing vase that can be leant against a wall, making it easy to store. It’s also worth noting that a lot of wards are a bit iffy on balloons too if they are made from latex, so best to check the policy on these too.

Once you’ve confirmed that you can send flowers and have identified a suitable type of bouquet, go wild! Try not to focus on the fact that your friend or relative is ill, or you may inadvertently end up sending a sombre bunch of flowers that will completely defeat the point. Instead, choose warm colours like oranges, reds and yellows that will brighten up a room and cheer up the recipient. Finally, finish your flowers off with a distracting message – instead of ‘Get well soon’, focus on messages such as ‘Thinking of you’ as nobody wants a constant reminder that they’re ill. With the right bouquet and accompanying message of support, your friend or relative will be comforted by your thoughtful gesture.

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How To Prevent Bleeding Gums

bleeding gumsFrom time to time, one may find small traces of blood in the saliva while brushing or spitting. Panic would typify an initial response but this is quickly replaced by a sigh of relief when one realizes that it is just slight bleeding gums which most think is normal. Some claim that it is due to the body being too ‘heaty’, while others might just blame themselves for brushing too hard.

Bleeding gums are often times not taken seriously and in fact, many are not aware that bleeding gums can possibly signal a more serious condition. Dr. Smith, a dentist from a private dental clinic explains, “In my experience, it is quite common for people to  be unaware that they have a problem with their gums and this is because in the early stages, bleeding gums may not hurt as much as a full blown toothache or abscessed tooth due to dental caries. The general perception of people who do not visit their dentists regularly for checl-ups is that if they are not in pain, it probably means that they do not have any problems with their teeth or gums.”
What Causes Bleeding gums

The following are some of the possible causes for bleeding gums:

Injury or trauma which may include tooth picking, ill-fitting dentures, improper brushing and flossing.
Tip: if your new toothbrush begins to fray after only two weeks of use, it is highly likely that you are brushing too hard and hurting your gums.
Tooth or gum-relate infections.
Blood disorders, bleeding and clotting disorders, which includes hemophilia and leukemia.
Nutritional and physiological factors such as vitamin C and vitamin K deficiency.
Pregnancy and hormonal changes.
Certain medications, i.e. continuous use of blood thinners such as aspirin, heparin therapy and treatment procedures such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Dr. Smith also adds that gingivitis is the most common cause if bleeding gums. Gingivitis literally
means ‘gum inflammation’ and is characterized by the following:

Red, swollen and puffy gums
Gums bleed easily and can be painful when touched, brushed and flossed
Gums looking ‘loosely’ detached from the teeth
Bad taste in the mouth
Persistent bad breath
Receding gums

Gingivitis is caused by the long term effect of dental plague deposits in between the teeth. Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film mad of different types of bacteria, mucus and food debris. It is actually soft and can be easily removed by regular tooth brushing and flossing. However, if plague is allowed to build up over a period of time, it will eventually calcify and harden to form dental calculus/tartar. The formation of calculus in turn, promotes more plague to accumulate. Unlike plague, dental calculus can only be removed by dentists using ultrasonic scalers or by manually scraping them off. It is the bacteria of plague which produces toxins causing gums to be red, swollen and bleed easily.

Dr. Smith points out that it is quite common for people to avoid brushing the areas of the gums which are bleeding, but this worsens the condition because that allows plague to continue to build up. One should continue to brush the problem areas gently and bleeding should soon stop. But if it persists, one should seek dental help.

“These days, gingivitis is the most common type of dental related diseases, even more common than dental caries. It can affect practically anyone who has teeth, even in children and generally speaking, the extent and severity of gingivitis can increase with age if plague control is not maintained.”

There are certain risk factors which may contribute to gum disease, i.e.:

Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy or even during or puberty.
Diabetes.
Smoking. Be wary that smoking masks the early signs of gum disease and this may delay early detection to the point where advanced periodontitis sets in.
Certain drugs such as oral contraceptives, immunosuppressants, and anti-epileptic drugs.

Dangers of Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums is a serious problem as it may either indicate the beginning of a gum disease or a serious underlying systemic problem. Bleeding gums can progressively worsen if proper treatment and care is neglected. It may start off with mild bleeding during brushing but it may worsen resulting to the recession of the gums from the teeth where bleeding then occurs more frequently. ‘If gingivitis is allowed to progress, it will eventually lead to chronic periodontitis. Periodontists is when the periodontal ligaments attaching the tooth to gum and underlying bone, and the actual bone, is destroyed. This tooth may become loose, it will hurt and sometimes even pus starts flowing out between the gums and teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss,” explains Dr. Smith.
Dr. Smith advises those with bleeding gums to seek medical help before the condition worsens, as bleeding gums per se in gingivitis is reversible, but once it progresses to periodontitis, the damage is permanent, i.e. bone and gum loss. Hence regular dental check-ups at least every six months is important in detecting the problem at its’ earliest stage.

The general perception of a gum problem is that it is contained only within the oral cavity. But in actual fact, the skin of the oral cavity is rich with blood vessels, and bleeding gums which are open wounds in the mouth, allow bacteria and toxins to enter the body’s bloodstream. Studies have shown that there is a strong association between periodontal disease and coronary disease. Uncontrolled periodontal disease can worsen cardiovascular related problems, i.e. coronary heart disease and stroke. This is said to be due to the persistence of high levels of backteria around the gums which can eventually flood into the bloodstream, causing systemic problems. Hence it is important to look out for signs of gum problems such as the following:

Gums bleeding easily
Gums looking red instead of pinkish
swollen gums
Pain when touched or brushed

Treating Bleeding Gums

The first step is to identify the underlying cause of bleeding gums. If it is a medical problem, one should seek the help of a doctor to treat the underlying problem whereas if the cause is dental, which is more common, the best treatment is to maintain good oral and dental hygiene.
As Dr. Smith puts it simply, “Essentially, the removal of plague and calculus stops bleeding gums and in turn promotes pink, healthy, painless gums firmly attached to teeth.”

Bleeding of the gums can be managed through applying gentle pressure with a gauze pad soaked in ice water. In addition, do rinse with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt to one cup of water) three times a day as this helps the gums to heal quicker. In some cases, a dietary change may be necessary as sore and bleeding gums can be aggravated by citrus fruit and juices, rough or spicy food, and alcohol.

Bleeding gums is a progressive disease. One should not suffer the consequences of a condition which is very much preventable and is in fact, reversible if treated early.