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A hip replacement is a surgical procedure that is completed by a healthcare professional with the goal of removing damaged sections of the hip joint, and replacing them with foreign parts that are usually created from metal and/or very hard plastic to create an artificial joint.  The artificial joint will ultimately result in decreased pain and improvement of function for the individual involved.  An individual may be a candidate for a hip replacement if the pain experienced interferes with their daily routines and activities they are expected and want to perform, only though after less invasive treatments have been deemed unsuccessful.  Damage to the hip joint from arthritis is the most common reason that one may need a hip replacement.

Causes & Considerations of Hip Replacements

  • This type of arthritis is developed as a result of wear-and-tear on the joints. It damages the cartilage that helps the joints move smoothly.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Results from an overactive immune system and produces a type of inflammation that works to erode the bone and cartilage, causing joints to become deformed.
  • In this condition the bone may collapse and become deformed from an inadequate blood supply to the ball portion of the hip joint.
  • Pain that continues to persist despite use of pain medications.
  • Pain that worsens with walking, even with use of an assistive device such as a cane.
  • Observable changes in sleeping habits due to hip pain.
  • Decrease in the ability to climb stairs.
  • Difficulty rising from a seated position.

If an individual does undergo hip replacement surgery they should expect to either be given a general anesthetic or a spinal block, which will only numb the lower half of the body.  During the procedure the surgeon will make an incision and proceed to remove diseased and damaged bone and cartilage, while leaving all the healthy bone intact.  The artificial material will then be inserted into your pelvic bone to replace the socket that was damaged.  After surgery is over, individuals will enter recovery for a short time while the anesthesia wears off, where they will be closely monitored to maintain stable vital signs and a tolerable level of pain.

 

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After surgery there will be an increased risk of blood clots due to being immobile for a variable length of time.  Therefore, soon after surgery candidates will be encouraged to sit up and even try walking with an assistive device and supervision, of course.  Blood-thinning medications may also be prescribed after surgery just to prevent blood clots, depending upon your specific situation.

Individuals should also expect to participate in physical therapy services after a hip replacement to work on function and mobility with the goal of speeding up the recovery process.  Keep an open mind though, because recovery and improvement of strength in your new hip joint could take up to as long as 12 months.

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Even though the recovery period could last almost a year, it will definitely be worth it because the pain once experienced will be greatly reduced.  Individuals should expect the new hip joint to not only reduce their pain, but they will most likely notice an increase in the mobility of your new joint as compared to what was removed…which will allow for further participation once again in most of their daily routine activities.  However, individuals should not expect to participate in everything they once did because high-impact activity such as running will most likely be too stressful on the artificial joint.

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Ultimately, although hip replacement surgery comes with various risks…the reward of greatly decreased pain, along with an increase in mobility prove to outweigh the risks.  Individuals who can participate in their own daily routine as long as possible seem to have greater self-esteem and self-worth, which overall leads to a healthier and happier life.  Life is short, so if you are thinking a hip replacement may make yours better…do not hesitate to consult with your healthcare provider today to go over your options.

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of hip replacement supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are recently undergone a hip replacement, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your hip replacement needs.

A migraine is an intense headache that can cause throbbing, or a pulsing sensation, in an area of you head…it basically feels like your heartbeat has migrated upwards to your head.  It’s not comfortable at all.  Unfortunately too, migraines are usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to both light and sound.  Therefore, if you’re in a room that is bright and loud, your migraine will seem to be that much worse.  The pain that migraines cause can last for hours to days, and it can even hurt so much that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to rest until the pain subsides.

Some individuals will notice that their migraines follow the same pattern and are preceded by an aura (an event that signals to them that a migraine is coming on).  An aura can be anything from flashes of light to tingling in the arm or leg that signals another migraine is coming on.

What Causes Migraines?

The specific cause of migraines is not currently understood.  Most likely, genetics and factors in the environment play a strong role in their development.  Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem area and how it interacts with the trigeminal nerve, which is a major pain pathway in the human body.  Also, imbalances in brain chemicals may also be a culprit to the development of migraines.  Specifically, a chemical known as serotonin that is responsible for regulating pain levels within your nervous system.  The levels of serotonin during a migraine attack decrease, so if there aren’t enough chemicals to regulate the pain, it will result in more pain for you and possibly a migraine.

What Triggers a Migraine?

  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Fluctuations in estrogen levels seem to trigger headaches in this specific population.
  • Hormonal medications such as oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy may either make migraines better or worse.
  • Certain foods
  • Aged cheeses, salty foods and processed foods may all trigger migraines.
  • If you skip meals, or decide to fast…that can also trigger attacks.
  • Drinks
  • Alcohol and other beverages that are highly caffeinated may trigger migraines.
  • Abnormal sleeping habits
  • Missing out on too much sleep or even getting too much sleep can both trigger a migraine.
  • Physical factors.
  • Physical exertion that is more intense than an individual is used to can trigger a migraine.
  • Stress
  • Weather changes

Once you approach your healthcare provider and explain your situation with the development of migraine headaches and you are definitively diagnosed, a treatment plan will be implemented for your specific case.  Migraines cannot be cured; however there are ways to manage your symptoms and condition.  Generally, medications to help treat migraines fall into two categories:  pain-relieving medications and preventive medications.

Pain-relieving medications are the ones that are taken during your migraine attack with the goal of stopping symptoms of your headache that have already begun. The migraine caplets on the right are great to relieve your pain.

 

Preventive medications on the other hand are those that are taken regularly, usually on a daily basis, with the goal of reducing the severity and/or frequency of future migraine attacks.

Possible Treatment Options

  • Pain relievers.
  • Includes medications such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin and Tylenol which are best to relieve mild migraine pain.
  • Also includes migraine-specific medications that can be purchased over the counter, such as Excedrin Migraine that may help to ease moderate migraine pain.
  • Triptan medication.
  • Works by tightening blood vessels and blocking the pain pathways in the brain.
  • Medications may include such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) and almotriptan (Axert).
  • May cause nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and weakness.
  • Not recommended if you are at an increased risk of stroke and/or heart attack.
  • Ergot medication.
  • Ergotamine and caffeine combination medications are less effective than Triptans.
  • Most effective with pain that lasts for more than 48 hours.
  • Include medications such as Migergot and Cafergot.
  • Anti-nausea medication.
  • Migraines are usually accompanied by nausea, so being medicated for this complication could make your attack slightly more tolerable.
  • Medications include those such as Reglan and chlorpromazine.
  • Opioid medications.
  • Contain narcotics such as codeine and usually used for those who cannot take Triptans or ergot medications.
  • They are habit-forming and are usually only used as a last resort.

Preventive medications may also be used for this condition, depending upon how your signs and symptoms present themselves.  Preventive medications can reduce the frequency, severity and length of migraines and may also increase the effectiveness of other medications that are being used during migraine attacks.

 

Ultimately, migraines should not be taken lightly because if left untreated over an extended time period, the pain that an individual is caused may begin to interfere with the daily routine…so do not ignore signs and symptoms, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of migraine and headache supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are suffering from a migraine or headache, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your migraine needs.

Current diabetes trends show that by 2050 nearly 1 out of 3 American adults will have a diabetes diagnosis.  A staggering 60% of the non-traumatic lower limb amputations are performed on diabetics.1  Keeping your feet healthy is only one challenge diabetics face.  Simple actions can help reduce the risk of major complications such as gangrene, limb amputation or diabetic ulcers.

  • Get your body moving. Walking, swimming, dancing, any exercise improves circulation and helps with weight maintenance. Where proper athletic shoes to avoid foot injuries.
  • Daily feet inspections. T.L.S., Touch. Look, Smell your feet and toes daily.  Be observant of cuts, sores, calluses, bruises, or ingrown toenails.  Foot odor may be a sign of an infection.  See a podiatrist if you notice any problems.
  • Lather up.  Use lotion on your feet to minimize dry, cracked skin and assist with your feet inspections.  Avoid lathering between the toes, lotion between the toes can cause bacterial growth.2
  • Don’t dare go bare.  Barefoot is a NO…NO for diabetics.  Don’t go without shoes, even in your own home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great for those with diabetes.
  • Wear soft socks. Diabetic socks or seamless socks are best to avoid friction which could cause blisters.
  • Well fitted shoes.  Buy shoes that are sized properly and made of premium construction.  Shoes designed for diabetics are available online and thru your physician.
  • Always have a doctor or trained nurse remove calluses, corns, or warts.
  • Podiatrist, podiatrist, podiatrist.  It can’t be said enough how important regular checkups by a podiatrist are for keeping your feet safe and healthy.  Incorporating a podiatrist in your “care team” can assist in reducing the risk of lower limb amputation.2

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies to providers and consumers.  Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your diabetes supply needs.

1.  http://professional.diabetes.org/admin/UserFiles/0%20-%20Sean/Documents/Fast_Facts_3-2015.pdf

2.  https://diabetesatwork.org/_files/factsheets/ii_b_02_fs.pdf

3.  http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=980

 

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