Monday, January 20, 2014

Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill

Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmills are being used by leading health care organizations to help seniors recover from surgery, rehabilitate after an injury, or maintain exercise in order to combat the diseases of aging.

Alter G's patented Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology was developed at NASA, and applies a comfortable and uniform lifting force to your body, which provides precise body weight reduction that allows anyone the ability to walk or run normally while eliminating pain and protecting healing tissue.

Exercise is the key to maintaining wellness and optimizing recovery in older adults.  With the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill, seniors can exercise in a fall-safe, comfortable environment in spite of other medical conditions.

Nicole McCord, Marketing Director at Parkview Care Center in Evansville shares, "Instead of worrying about falling over, patients concentrate on walking and coordination.  Not only does the Alter G strengthen muscles, it also builds the patients confidence.  The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill is an essential component of our rehabilitation programs."

Source:  Parkview Care Center, NASA, Alter G, Wellness Communications

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wound Care

Wounds that won't heal after surgery, illness such as diabetes, or a hospital stay are particularly disabling.  Often, when wounds don't heal, they grow larger, and soon one's quality of life is seriously diminished.

Many times wound care experts treat only the body, but there is a growing trend who now also embrace the importance of treating the mind and spirit of the patient to get the results that are desired for healing.  Balancing good nutrition with compassionate therapists who use proven protocols and the use of state-of-the-art equipment helps the patient to experience wound healing success.

If you are need of a wound care program, make sure to check out all available options, including programs offered by long-term care providers who offer in-house in and out patient programs, a growing and popular trend for patients.

Source:  Parkview Care Center, Wellness Communications

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

When Does the King Need a Crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.

The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
  1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  4. To hold a dental bridge in place
  5. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
  6. To cover a dental implant
  7. To make a cosmetic modification
Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.

Remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day -- especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Antibacterial mouth rinse can also help.

Source:  WebMD, Audubon Dental Center, Wellness Communications

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Knee's in Need?

We are certainly hearing a lot of talk about knee injuries now that the NFL Football season has begun. The knee is the most commonly injured joint in all age groups. It is especially susceptible to damage during athletic activities and exercise. 

Many knee injuries can be treated conservatively with rest, ice, mobilization, and physical therapy.  Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Or, certain medical conditions, including arthritis, gout and infection, may be at the root of your knee pain.

Some common causes of knee pain and injuries include:
  • A blow to the knee, either from contact during sports, a fall or a car accident 
  • Repeated stress or overuse, which may occur from playing sports or if your work or hobby requires doing the same activity over and over again 
  • Sudden turning, pivoting, stopping, cutting from side to side, which happens frequently during certain sports 
  • Awkward landings from a fall or from jumping during sports, such as basketball 
  • Rapidly growing bones, which are especially prone to injury during sports 
  • Degeneration from aging 
If you're experiencing knee pain, consult a physical therapist to see if a rehabilitation program is right for you.
Source: ProRehab, Wellness Communications