Monthly Archives: November, 2012

The lights at both ends of the (carpal) tunnel

    Ever felt numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands after an extended session of Internet surfing or playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? What you’re experiencing is carpal tunnel syndrome. With computer workstations crowding the workplace and computer gaming taking up most people’s free time, carpal tunnel syndrome has become a common …

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Shopping for wheelchairs: How to choose the right one

Wheelchairs not only allow mobility-challenged people to move around, they also give them independence and help make life easier. However, medical insurance coverage in the United States covers only one wheelchair per person, so searching for the perfect wheelchair is of utmost importance. Before purchasing a wheelchair, patients need to ask themselves the following questions: …

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Catch a ride: Scooters or electric wheelchairs

Image credit: CNNgo.com The belief that people with limited mobility are helpless is no longer relevant, especially now that they can choose from a lot of options that will help them regain the freedom to move around independently once again.  There are two kinds of electric mobility assistance apparatuses in the market today: wheelchairs and …

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Medical mist: Demystifying the nebulizer

Nebulizers are devices that are used to administer medication in forms of a liquid mist to the airways. It is the route preferred by doctors in treating respiratory tract diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, and cystic fibrosis, as the drug immediately becomes available to the affected organs, thereby producing quicker results. The most common type …

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Crutched: The art and science of proper ambulation with mobility aids

Patients confounded with mobility problems usually necessitate canes to assist them with walking.  Canes are widely used because of their functionality — providing balance and support, and decreasing weight bearing on the affected lower extremity of people having a hard time walking. However, cane use does not immediately produce the desired results.  Patients must be …

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