• December 6, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Oculoplastic Surgery is a sub speciality of Ophthalmology that deals with abnormalities and deformities of all the tissues that surround the eyes. This surgery is directly related with plastic surgery as it works to improve the aesthetic value of the eye and part of the face. The Oculoplastic surgeons must complete an advanced training in plastic surgery after completion of their degree in Ophthalmology. Oculoplastic surgery is also used to treat medical conditions. The area around the eye is extremely sensitive and complex. Oculoplastic surgeons perform the job of correcting medical and aesthetic deformities in this region with their extensive knowledge and experience.

    The medical reasons for Oculoplastic surgery commonly include cysts on the eyelids or tumours on the eyelids. Vision obstruction such as drooping eyelids can also be corrected through this surgery. Watering eyes, dry eyes, Thyroid eye disease and Blepharospasm are other medical reasons for performing this highly specialized surgery. The aesthetic reasons of the surgery include correcting the baggy lower eyelids, toning the over-hanging upper eyelids, lifting the eye brows, increasing facial volume as well as removing the periorbital wrinkles. In every case, the process is complex and needs an expert to perform this eye surgery.

    Lacrimal surgery is a specialized type of oculoplastic surgery performed on the tear glands of children suffering from congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction or some other condition that causes watery eyes. This surgery can be performed on adults, as well. Depending on the cause, this surgery might be medium to minimally invasive. The time of recovery depends on the type and the extent of the surgery. In most cases, patients are released just after the operation is performed. However, before deciding on Oculoplastic Surgery, it is essential to choose the best eye surgeon and eye surgical center with care, to get the best treatment in every respect. You can always check the website of the eye surgeons for details.

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    The physicians at Ophthalmology Associates have offered eye care services in Fort Worth, HEB, Weatherford, and Granbury for over 40 years. For more information call us at (817) 332-2020 or Contact Us Online to request an appointment by simply filling out the on-line form. It’s a beautiful world, you deserve to see it well!

  • December 1, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Once youve obtained your masters degree in physical therapy and received your state license, youre likely ready to get started in the working world. As a new graduate, youll probably have a lot of options when beginning your first job search. For instance, youll have the choice to work at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, outpatient care centers, and the list goes on. While choosing the type of facility youd like to work in will be one of the first decisions you make, its important to remember that you have travel therapy options available to you. Working as a traveling PT opens up a world of possibilities that traditional physical therapy jobs might not. You may have some questions about the travel therapy industry like those below:

    What are the Benefits of working as a Traveling Physical Therapist?

    Shorter assignments as opposed to traditional positions, with options for change after 3 months
    You can choose the location of your employment – work anywhere in the U.S. you want to
    Youll be able to better expand your skill set working with a number of different medical professionals and patients as you change assignments
    Youll receive insurance, medical coverage, and great pay
    Freedom to work at any type of facility youd like to, with the options to change after the assignment is over
    Perfect your skills & learn new techniques

    How do I get started working as a Traveling PT?

    Now that youre aware of the options that are available to you and the benefits, its quite easy to get started. First, youll want to research some highly reputable travel therapy companies out there like Travel Therapist Jobs or Advanced Medical. Next, youll want to look at their requirements and the benefits/programs they have available to make sure you choose the company and the assignment that work for you. Many travel therapy companies have customer service so that someone is always available to you before, during, and after any travel assignment you go on. Working with a travel therapy company will give the freedom to choose where you want to work, for how long, and in what type of facility. Youll be able to search job requirements and options from the convenience of your own home! After which, youll get in contact with a career counselor who will find you the perfect travel assignment that suits all of your needs!

    Again, youre likely ready to get started working as a physical therapist once youve graduated and you shouldnt overlook all the options available to you. Sharpen your skills, meet new people, and broaden your horizons with physical therapy travel jobs.

  • November 29, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    You notice some pain in your jaw when chewing, which progressively worsens over several weeks. Occasionally you feel a clicking or catching in your jaw when opening and closing your mouth. Eventually you are unable to fully open your mouth and experience pain even when you speak. If you have never experienced this, count yourself very lucky. If you have, you are already familiar with the relatively common condition known as TMD.

    TMD, short for temperomandibular disorder, is estimated to affect as much as 40% of the population at some point in their lifetimes, and is especially prevalent in the young. Initial diagnosis is typically made through a visit to the dentist, and the eventual treatment multidisciplinary with various management techniques. One of the lesser known treatment techniques, but something that is gaining in popularity, is soft-tissue therapy of the masticatory muscles the muscles used to move the jaw.

    As a sports chiropractor using manual soft-tissue therapy on a daily basis, I have treated TMD on many occasions with success, however good research on the subject has been lacking. Recently however, this type of myofascial therapy for TMD was tested for efficacy in a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia examined the clinical effectiveness of manual therapy in the treatment TMD. Specifically, they compared myofascial therapy to myofascial therapy plus self-care and education and no care (the control group in the study).

    This was a private clinic-based study, with eligible participants ranging from age 18-50 presenting with jaw pain with or without joint sounds of at least 3 months and a willingness to participate in the study. Patients with physical or psychological contraindications were excluded. The outcome measures were jaw pain at rest, jaw pain upon maximal active opening, and jaw pain upon clenching.

    The primary therapy consisted of myofascial release of the masticatory muscles, including the temporalis, medial and lateral pterygoid, and masseter. The subjects were treated twice per week over a period of 6 weeks for a total of 12 therapy sessions. Additionally, one group was given additional education and self-care consisting of self-mobilization, exercises and stretching, as well as general education on TML anatomy, biomechanics, disc displacement and dysfunction, and the role of psychoemotional factors contributing to TMD.

    The results showed a statistically significant positive efficacy for both the myofascial therapy only, and the myofascial therapy plus education and self-care groups. Not surprisingly, the therapy plus self-care group showed a better 1 year outcome than the therapy alone group a trend that has been supported for the care of most musculoskeletal conditions.

    Although the results of this study are no surprise to those practicing manual therapy, it serves to reinforce what we already know anecdotally. For patients suffering from TMD there is now evidence for another great intervention, and for manual therapists not currently treating TMD, there is a great opportunity to expand your skillset and serve those in need.

  • November 29, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Many people are unfamiliar with the term occupational therapy. Like most things that people are unfamiliar with, the field is not as importance as it should be given. Many people suffer from occupational deprivation, and are unfamiliar that it’s a medical problem that can be handled. There are occupational therapists that can help individuals be better organized in whatever field is right for them.

    With the growing age of the population, more and more masses are relying on occupational therapy and mental health treatment besides their long term health care programs. The goal of occupational therapy is to give people the support and training to be capable to live independently specially in areas relating to daily living activities such as feeding, bathing, and grooming.

    You need to worry whether you are working or living a stressed life, occupational therapy is the best solution of your well being. The most important step you need to take is to find the best and experienced occupational therapist. For this you have numerous options which also include the cheapest internet as medium to get the services of such professional therapists.

    The concept of occupational therapy has been discovered and was used since a long time. However, the concepts disappeared between the medieval period. But, today they have been re initiated as a fairly new branch of medical health. In the periodic ages, occupational therapy was generally prescribed to people who had any mental imbalances.

    Now a days, Occupational therapies are mostly used in old age homes and giving a inclined result , as the occupational therapies strive to provide the older people the skills that would make life easier and better for them in terms of their old age. The occupational therapies also try to ensure that maximum independence of a person when they attain old age.

    For children, occupational therapy may include helping a child perform at a socially acceptable level, being able to be interactive with others at a level accepted by most people. It can involve helping a child with academic skills development, play and social time, in the school or home situation. Occupational therapists understand that occupations contribute to a person’s sense of identity and place in society. Occupational therapy can help you to maintain a personally satisfying routine of activities.

    Occupational therapy treatment focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

  • November 24, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Medical malpractice is an act of professional negligence committed by a doctor or other health care provider. In most cases, it involves a course of treatment that falls below an accepted standard of care for a particular illness or ailment. The worst cases involve severe or life threatening injury, or even death.

    Regulations and standards for medical malpractice cases can vary according to country and jurisdiction. For this reason, Solomon Neuhardt recommends a disciplined attorney to handle the very complex legal issues connected with legal claims arising from medical error.

    Errors that cause medical malpractice can begin from very simple omissions or infractions, which result in a variety of unfortunate situations for patients. For example, permanent injuries or further damage to an already unpleasant and painful medical complaint. Most all of these errors could have been prevented, with properly administered and mindful care.

    Because professionals obtain liability insurance to offset lawsuit costs and risks, patients may be more likely to be victorious in medical claims. However, when it comes to medical malpractice, the legal system can be a very complicated process to navigate. Solomon Neuhardt believes that only highly disciplined lawyers are able to effectively manage and litigate medical malpractice cases.

    The costs of health care in the U.S. continue to rise, however, the quality of medical services available does not match those rising costs. Statistics have shown that approximately 195,000 people die annually in the U.S., due to medical errors. Approximately 73 percent of malpractice claims that are settled, involve medical errors.

    Doctors, health care providers and their insurance companies have the best legal representation available. Only a highly qualified medical malpractice personal injury attorney can level the playing field and ensure that injured patients will receive the care and compensation they are entitled to and deserve. This is why patients need Solomon Neuhardt’s highly disciplined and qualified medical malpractice specialists and lawyers to handle their claims and lawsuits.

  • November 21, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Craniofacial therapy is a type of massage therapy that grew out of osteopathy, the ancient art of bone setting. The practitioner uses specific techniques, along with presence, where sacred space is held by means of mindful awareness for healing. The subtle art of precise and gentle touch is applied to correct imbalances in the fluid and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This allows the client to achieve releases from tension throughout the entire body, bringing about relief from physical pain, and with that bringing a restoration of clarity.

    Craniofacial therapy is a viable tool for healing of many medical problems and is routinely used as a preventive health measure, as it increases the bodys ability to fight off many ailments.

    Another extraordinary quality of visionary craniofacial therapy is it has the ability to touch the depths of one’s being and find access to a greater sense of clarity, serenity, dealing effectively with old habits and patterns. This includes the communities of chiropractors, massage therapists, kinesiology practitioners, reflexology practitioners, dentists, etc. These practitioners may have a gift in this modality and if they do the results can be extraordinary to say the very least.

    Massage in itself is a healing process, in that when you are finished with an hour or even half hour session you will be in a place both physically and mentally to heal from the wounds that you suffer from. Massage is generally accepted and blessed now by the medical community as a form of holistic healing, because it is hugely difficult for medicine to prove that massage doesnt promote healing. In fact, quite the opposite. Massage therapy is a form of healing, and if you have ever had a sports injury or automobile injury and used massage to help you come back from it, you agree 100% that its really fantastic.

    The King of Prussia major league soccer team is one such benefactor in sports massage is their way of helping muscles get to the point of relaxation to the point that healing is increased in both effectiveness and depth. This is further proof that massage therapy in the area of sports healing is going to grow today and long term.

    Things that can advance massage therapy efficiency are aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, and reiki type activity. Anything that can promote the state of relaxation is only going to increase the effect of the massage, releasing more toxins, and allowing the patient to even reach a state of higher consciousness.

  • November 19, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has remained a major cause of mortality, morbidity and leading cause of large-scale disabilities worldwide. TBI results in a large number of deaths and a cause of permanent disabilities with enormous losses to individuals, families, and communities [1]. World Health Organization (WHO), in 2004, has estimated that 25% of road traffic collisions requiring admission to a hospital suffered TBI [13]. Pathophysiology of TBI involves two main phases: these are primary injury following the trauma, and the secondary injury which is mediated by inflammatory response to trauma.
    However, no effective therapy or program is available for treatment of individuals with TBI; nonetheless, researchers had tried some therapeutic agents like levodopa/carbidopa and some neurotrophic factors in brain injury with persistent vegetative state with the aim of augmenting and slowing the progression from persistent vegetative state into some degree of consciousness. This still needs experimentation to confirm if these dopamine precursors and other neurotrophic factors have any role in TBI.
    Solomon O. Ugoya and Jian Tu from Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University; and Technology Place, North Ryde, Sydney, Australia, respectively, have stated that Neural stem cells (NSCs) have recently been shown to contribute to the cellular re-modeling that occurs following TBI and attention has been drawn to the area of neural stem cell as possible therapy for TBI. The NSCs may play an important role in the treatment of TBI by replacing the damaged cells and eventual remyelination. They also pointed out that they can achieve the translation of basic knowledge of neural stem cells into therapeutic options in persons with TBI by enhancing and integrating these neural progenitor cells (NPCs) unto neurogenesis and directing these cells to the specified targets or through multi-potency where the transplanted cells can differentiate into glial cells, neurons, and endothelial cells, as the i confirm if these dopamine precursors and other neurotrophic factors have any role in TBI.
    Solomon O. Ugoya and Jian Tu from Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University; and Technology Place, North Ryde, Sydney, Australia, respectively, have stated that Neural stem cells (NSCs) have recently been shown to contribute to the cellular re-modeling that occurs following TBI and attention has been drawn to the anjuries are not always selective but diffuse and we may need to induce these transplanted cells into appropriate phenotype.
    Neural stem cell therapy is a strategy that offers hope in the future for treatment of brain injury. In addition, we are now able to monitor autologous neural stem cells in vivo, cell migration and clearly demonstrate that neural stem cells could selectively target injured brain or spinal cord tissue and undergo neurogenesis.
    Recently, more attention has been drawn to the area of stem cell therapy, largely due to advanced knowledge about stem cells. The stem cells may play an important role in the treatment of TBI by replacing damaged cells, and helping functional recovery. The search for stem cell therapy for TBI is progressing.

  • November 15, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    When most people go to medical school, they are not focused on the business end of running a successful medical practice. Most of the time spent in school training for the medical profession centers on learning about the human body and equipping you with the skills you need to provide top quality healthcare for those individuals who will be relying on you for treatment. What most medical professionals are not aware of is that they will not only be caring for their patients in the examination room, but they will need to be able to provide information and care for their patients practically around the clock. Rather than running yourself ragged trying to answer phones, make calls, and field questions from patients in need, you should consider hiring a medical answering service.

    One of your top priorities is making sure that your patients are taken care of. When you are looking at a medical answering service, you want one that will be available to help answer patient questions around the clock, even after your office hours are over and closed for the night. Many of these call centers will provide healthcare solutions for physicians after hours so that if a patient has some type of an emergency and needs information or help, the professionals working at the center will be able to assist them fully.

    One of the most important aspects to look for in a good medical answering service is HIPPA training. Nothing is more important than making sure that all of your patients medical information is kept safe, secure, and private. Look to make sure that all the professionals working for the company have received HIPPA training and that they have a deep understanding of privacy laws surrounding medical information. You also want a company that provides regular HIPPA training updates to make sure that employees are kept abreast of the latest changes that have been made to privacy laws. Make sure that you choose a company that has a high reputation for protecting private medical information, because if a leak were to occur, you and your practice will be held responsible.

    Another big part of choosing a quality medical answering service is the price. It is important to have a budget and choose a company that will offer all of the services you need at affordable prices within your budget. In the long run, by hiring a medical call center, you will save money since you will not have to hire a person to be on permanent staff.

  • November 11, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is software that organizes medical data so that physicians and medical administrative staff can access the information easily. Patient charts can be accessed using this program from any computer within the premises. The software also keeps an online record of surgeries performed, diagnosis made, treatment given and the medicines prescribed..

    EMR replaces the manual mode of maintaining records in the hospital and is the most common method of data storage in health care sector. The various advantages in using Electronic Medical Records software are discussed below:

    Saves Space: EMR eliminates the storage and maintenance of paper files for each and every patient. This software integrates all the details of the patient, including the case history and treatment information.

    Eliminates Filing Errors: Electronic medical record storage helps in preventing filing errors. Electronic medical records software also eliminates any threats of losing the patient health information in an emergency, as they are backed up everyday automatically unlike the manual paper method of recording information.

    Cost Efficiency Through Data Consolidation: Additional labor expenses and storage costs are eliminated with electronic medical records software. It also reduces the costs associated with data entry, billing and front desk. This enhances the operational efficiency and productivity through a higher volume of transactions.

    Safety and Security: While paper files can be lost, damaged or subject to natural disasters, EMR can avoid such situations with greater safeguards.

    Eliminates Repetitive and Unnecessary Testing: EMR prevents repetitive testing thereby making medical consultations economical for the patients.

    Accessibility: Electronic copy of medical reports can be easily accessed by the physicians using mobile gadgets in any part of the world, allowing them to follow up the patient for his/her medication and treatment..

    Better Diagnosis: Physicians find it easy to diagnose their patients whose records are automated as it saves a lot of time. Moreover, the reliability factor in EMR helps in avoiding duplication and repetitive testing thereby enabling a better diagnosis.

    Among $787 billion, nearly $19.2 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that American President Obama signed in the year 2009 is directed as an electronic medical records stimulus. The administration is working to complete the movement of EMR integration, because it believes there are many benefits in using electronic medical records software such as streamlining patient care and providing long-term savings in the health care industry.

  • November 3, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that non-profit organizations can apply for and receive government grants. This is a major source of funding for lots of non-profits. Since non-profit have a lot of volunteers their overhead is usually a lot less than the typical for profit business. One non profit recently applied for and received a large government grant to improve their equine therapy center. The people at this center use horses to help both disabled children and disabled veterans improve the quality of their lives. The government grants they received will help them buy more land and more horses. It also went to help with the maintenance of the entire facility. I was informed that in the next year they will apply for six more grants.

    One thing that they and many people find very helpful is to have a professional grant writer. Grant writing can at times be very frustrating and time consuming. Grant writing has become a very competitive field and there are a lot of professional grant writers available. A lot of non-profits don’t have the extra funds to hire a professional grant writer. In these cases many grant writers will offer their services at a reduced rate. If a grant writer does require payment for their services there are different ways to pay them.

    One way to pay a grant writer is to make the payment continent on getting the grant awarded. Then the grant writer is given a percentage of the grant that is awarded. This is where things can get a little tricky. The organization needs to come up with a percentage that is fair to the organization and to the grant writer too. This type of pay arrangement is sometimes troubling to a lot of the agencies that give out money. The grant money is earmarked for a specific purpose and not to pay for the services of a grant writer. This could cause some problems getting government grants. Its a lot of peoples opinion that grant writers should be paid a one time fee and or an hourly wage. Either way its a better practise than going the contingent pay option. The hourly wage or flat fee method of payment for grant writers is better for them too. Not all grants are awarded. It would be an awful lot of work to write a grant and then not be paid due to reasons that are beyond the grant writers control.