Following an injury, prolonged illness, or surgery, a period of physical rehabilitation that incorporates some combination of physical, occupational, and speech therapy is often necessary to help patients regain function and successfully resume normal activities of daily living. According to Marci Cancic, PT, MBA, Director of Therapy Services at UTMC, therapy is a conservative “first line of defense” that is not only effective in managing a wide range of conditions, but can also reduce the need for more invasive procedures such as pain injections or surgery.
Following menopause, approximately 60% of women experience a condition known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). GSM is made up of multiple symptoms including vaginal itching, irritation, and dryness. Additional symptoms might include urinary urgency, dysuria, and increased nighttime voiding. The most significant symptom, however, is painful intercourse due to vaginal atrophy. As a result, intimacy is affected and interpersonal relationships can become strained. Unfortunately, many women in this population suffer in silence, believing it to be an inevitable part of the aging process.
When hearing aids have been recommended to you, there are many options to consider, such as the style, circuitry, and price. At Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic, we have had a few patients ask us about purchasing hearing aids through the internet. Although this may seem like a good idea at first, and you may think you are saving money, in the long run the hearing aids will end up costing you more and it may not be the best option for optimal hearing.
If you’ve ever been hurt or had surgery, you’ve probably been prescribed pain medication. That’s the standard treatment of care, right? Well, for some this plan of care has an unplanned result—addiction. You may have heard about the opioid epidemic in the news lately, and you should know that it can especially impact older adults.
See if this sounds familiar: You have a medical appointment. You check in at the front desk on time and take a seat. You wait for quite a long time, and then finally your name is called. You go to the exam room, and the nurse comes in, asks a few questions, and takes your blood pressure. You wait some more. The doctor comes in, asks a few more questions, writes a prescription, and is gone. You leave the office with more questions than answers. You aren’t quite satisfied.
Thanks to advances in imaging technology, breast cancer is being detected earlier and earlier these days. As a result, treatment with advanced therapies is being initiated sooner, patient outcomes are improving, and mortality from this disease is on the decline. Earlier detection also means that a much greater percentage of breast cancers can be removed successfully via breast-conserving lumpectomy versus mastectomy.
Videogames often get a “bad rap” for encouraging inactivity, a critique that one might argue is justified when it comes to many young people today. However, when a group of seniors and their supporters gathered together at Genesis Village on August 28 for a Wii Bowling tournament, the scene was anything but sedentary.