Knee Replacement Surgery: 4 Things You Can Do During Your Recovery

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Knee Replacement Surgery: 4 Things You Can Do During Your Recovery

Have you recently found out you need to have knee surgery? You may need to have a complete knee replacement. In fact, it is possible that the only way for you to get relief from the pain and return back to your usual daily activities could be to have this type of surgery performed. However, you might be worried about how long the procedure will take or how long you will be unable to move as freely as you would like. It typically takes anywhere from 3-6 months for a person to recover from a knee replacement surgery. There are also some things you may want to consider doing to relieve any discomfort and possibly even improve your recovery time. 1. Elevate Your Legs With a Comfortable Pillow After you get home from the surgery, you may have a difficult time getting into a comfortable position when trying to sleep. One of the best things you can do for your knee is elevate your lower legs with a comfortable pillow. You can stack two pillows on top of one another while you are in bed. It is best to rest on your back instead of resting on your stomach and putting any kind of pressure on the knee. 2. Use Ice Packs to Treat Discomfort on the Spot Instead of using heat to get relief from the discomfort, consider using ice packs. Applying heat to an incision could cause some complications, so it is important to avoid using the heating pad until the incision heals. You can easily apply an ice pack to your knee for about 30 minutes at a time. This cold treatment could potentially help you reduce and prevent inflammation. 3. Eat Healthy Foods to Help Promote Healing While you may not feel like doing much cooking after having your surgery, it is important to eat healthy anti-inflammatory foods that can promote healing. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a good choice. Some of the best anti-inflammatory options include sweet potatoes, chicken breast and spinach. If you are having a hard time preparing these meals, adding some fruits and veggies to the blender to make a nutritious smoothie is always a great idea. You may even want to ask a family member to help prepare meals with anti-inflammatory foods for you. 4. Start Small Exercises After the First Week During the first week, it is important to get as much rest as you can. You should spend most of the time with your legs elevated to give the incision some time to heal. However, you may be able to start moving a bit more after the first week, especially if you are starting to feel a lot better. Before doing any kind of exercise, make sure to talk to your physician. If the physician says it is okay for you to start doing light exercises, you may want to begin taking walks on the treadmill or even around your neighborhood. You should avoid running or doing any exercises that are strenuous. Light walking is one of the best exercises to do when you are recovering from knee surgery. After a few weeks have passed and you are feeling even better than before, you may want to consider doing water therapy. During water therapy, you will get...

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5 Tips For Keeping Your Walk-In Tubs Clean And Sanitary

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on 5 Tips For Keeping Your Walk-In Tubs Clean And Sanitary

Walk-in tubs allow senior citizens to continue to enjoy a relaxing soak and the benefits of hydrotherapy without having to put themselves at risk for a serious slip-and-fall accident. However, the tub will only work properly if it’s regularly cleaned so that the tight seal is maintained around the door in the side of the tub. Either follow these cleaning tips yourself or ask your caretaker to help you stay on track. Clear Jets If your walk-in tub features air and water jets to add massaging features to the bath experience, you may need to clean them out once a year or so, as minerals and soap scum can build up in the openings. The nozzles must be removed, soaked in a compatible cleaner to dissolve the deposits, and reinstalled. It’s best to leave this to the professionals because it involves using needle-nose pliers to pull the nozzles apart, and it’s easy for an inexperienced owner to accidentally damage their nozzles or the jet mechanisms in the process. Wipe the Seals Take the time to wipe down the flexible seal around your bathtub’s door at least once a week with a damp, clean rag. This removes any oils, soap residue, and other products that can break down the material over time. Just dirt and debris can interfere with the seal and lead to leaks, so give the seal a quick look-over every time you finish a bath. You don’t want to discover that there was a scrap of soap blocking the door seal by slipping on a big puddle caused by a leak you didn’t notice while in the bath. Sanitize the Water Lines For tubs with recirculating pumps and massage jets, the water lines connecting to the pump are a concern when it comes to bacterial exposure. When moisture lingers in those lines after being exposed to skin cells, dirt, and other contaminants, bacteria thrives and gets flushed back out into the tub during the next use. Run this quick sanitizing procedure once a week: First, run enough warm water to cover the highest jet or other opening in the tub’s walls. Next, mix in a cup of household bleach and a tablespoon of powdered dishwashing detergent. Then, run the pump or jets for about 15 to 20 minutes. Next, drain the tub. Finally, fill it again with just water, run it another 15 minutes, and drain. Avoid Oils Bath oils can add a luxurious element to an otherwise routine bath. Unfortunately, those same oils are damaging to the flexible rubber or silicone seals used around the door of a walk-in tub. While it is possible to replace that gasket and obtain another good seal, there’s a higher chance of a secondary leak once you’re on the second or third replacement seal. It’s better to try to keep the original equipment intact from the beginning by avoiding bath oils and other oil-containing products. Aside from damaging the seal, the oily residue left behind is hard to clean out and makes the tub so slippery it’s dangerous. Rinse Regularly Finally, don’t forget to give your tub a quick rinse with warm or hot water after each bath. Taking a moment to wash away the last bits of soap residue reduces scum build up dramatically between more thorough cleanings. This...

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Still Dealing With Urinary And Digestive Problems After Your C-Section? What Are Your Options?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Still Dealing With Urinary And Digestive Problems After Your C-Section? What Are Your Options?

Once reserved only for the most complicated birth, cesarean sections (or c-sections) are now becoming much more commonplace, with nearly one in three new mothers undergoing this procedure. While a c-section can provide some advantages over vaginal birth in certain situations, it can also pose some complications you may not have expected — after all, moving (and sometimes even briefly removing) some of your digestive and reproductive organs is often necessary in order for the obstetrician to access your uterus, and these organs don’t always go back quietly. Read on to learn more about some of the urological and digestive issues that may be plaguing you after your c-section, as well as some steps you can take to promote quicker healing. Inability to urinate Although many new moms have come to expect a bit of minor incontinence as their pelvic muscles reconnect and the pelvic floor strengthens, some find themselves dealing with the opposite problem — an inability to urinate without assistance. This can sometimes be simply due to the shock of having your bladder poked and prodded at from the inside, or in other cases you may have suffered temporary damage to the nerves and muscles that control your urine flow. If, despite your most valiant efforts, you aren’t able to pass urine on your own after your catheter is removed and your epidural wears off, you may need to be recatheterized temporarily to give your bladder time to heal. Your doctor will be able to examine you to ensure there aren’t any other physical impediments to urination (like a piece of tissue caught in your urethra or a blood clot blocking the entrance to your bladder) before making the recommendation to re-insert a catheter. In most cases, you’ll be able to change your catheter yourself (or with some help from a spouse or partner), so needing urinary help a bit longer than some other new moms shouldn’t require you to stay in the hospital — instead, you’ll be able to recover and recuperate in the privacy of your own home using urological supplies. Your health insurance plan will often cover the cost of disposable catheters for at-home use for a period of time after your c-section.  Inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement After you’ve had a c-section, you may be instructed that you need to pass gas before you’re permitted to eat — this ensures that your digestive system is still operating well at both ends. Unfortunately, the amount of gas introduced into your abdominal cavity during any type of surgery combined with the rush of hormones that can often cause your bowels to seal shut for a few days can lead to a perfect storm of digestive troubles. Compounding these issues is the fact that many of the typical methods to relieve gas pain and pressure (like bicycling your legs or drawing them up to your chest) are all but impossible while you’re dealing with a painful pelvic incision.  Fortunately, in many cases, these issues can be resolved with a brief regimen of over-the-counter stool softeners and gas relievers. The active ingredient in gas relief medication helps break down large gas bubbles into smaller ones that are more easily passed through the intestines, providing you with relief within just a few hours of...

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