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According to the American Spinal Decompression Association, at some point in our lives, 80 percent of us will experience low back pain. While it is true that low back pain can be caused by a variety of issues, including muscle spasms, arthritis as well as back sprains and strains, a disc herniation, which is also referred to as lumbar disc disease, can also cause pain in the back.
Furthermore, when a lumbar disc is herniated, radiculopathy may result.
Radiculopathy (aka sciatica and sciati...
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) refers to pain and inflammation in the soft tissues of the body. This chronic (ongoing) condition affects the connective tissue (fascia) covering the muscles. MPS can affect just a single muscle or an entire group of muscles.
Myofascial pain syndrome is a condition characterized by tenderness, muscle pain and spasms. Although fibromyalgia and MPS are similar, fibromyalgia typically involves muscle pain on both sides of the body; whereas, myofascial pain syndrome...
Although a well-balanced diet is essential for everyone, the elderly population is especially susceptible to suffering with malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. According to a survey that was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 10 percent of the seniors living in residential communities are anemic (iron deficient). Senior care education related to diet and nutrition in conjunction with caregiver training may help reduce the number of iron deficient seniors living in residential facilities.
According to the most recent information available (Aug. 2015), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that from 2000 to 2010 the prevalence of autism increased by nearly 120 percent. Furthermore, a March 27, 2014 announcement from the CDC states that this condition impacts 1 in 68 children across the nation.
Although nails may seem insignificant when it comes to diagnosing a patient, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT) frequently analyze an individual’s fingernail bed using the capillary refill test (blanch test) to determine whether an individual is hypothermic, in shock, has peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or dehydrated.
In Oct. of 2014, the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) sponsored The Future of Assisted Living: Consumer Preferences and the Era of Healthcare Reform in Washington, D.C.: Those who attended the seminar consisted of 35 assisted living stakeholders. This conference was held to discuss the issues that would define the future of assisted living.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2013, 42 percent of 3-year-olds and 68 percent of 4-year-olds were enrolled in pre-primary programs. Although there is no cure for and the actual cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unknown, there are treatments available to help children with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that early diagnosis and treatment of ASD has the potential to improve the child’s development and minimize his or her symptoms of autism. Early diagnosis is possible if daycare and preschool teachers have autism awareness training.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD): There are a variety of physical and behavioral conditions that frequently co-occur with ASD. Caregivers and practitioners interested in learning more about autism and co-occurring conditions can take advantage of aba autism training courses online.
Yes, it is true that depression can affect one’s physical health. Sadly, the stigma attached to mental illness remains: These negative stereotypes affect individuals with mental health conditions because they may forego treatment, which could eventually lead to physical health issues.
Many times, a patient seeks depression treatment from his or her primary care physician. Patients may seek assistance from their doctor because of the stigma attached to seeing a mental health professional or due to limitations on his or her health insurance coverage.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2010) states that the federal government in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are pushing for the integration of behavioral health care and primary care for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI).
Currently, the geriatric population is the fastest growing population in the world; in fact, the current number of seniors in the U.S. exceeds 40 million. As people live longer, the elderly population is expected to reach 72 million by 2030. Medical professionals receive very little training when it comes to the mental health of seniors, which is concerning since this is the age group with the highest rate of suicide. Caregivers and medical professionals know the signs that indicate depression. While medication may be necessary, there are other ways a caregiver can assist a patient who is experiencing depression, at least until his or her medication takes effect.
Some individuals within the autism community have suspected that food additives and diet have negatively affected children who have a developmental disorder characterized by communication and social deficits. The term autism diet or GFCF refers to a diet that is free of products that contain gluten, which is a protein composite found in grains such as rye, wheat and barley as well as casein, which is a protein found in milk. For years, this special diet has been used as an alternative treatment for children with autism; however, according to a recent study, an autism diet does not improve the symptoms or behaviors related to any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Many seniors suffer with recurring foot pain; however, caregivers can help alleviate their patients’ discomfort. Furthermore, many times the early signs of a systemic condition appear in the feet; therefore, home health care providers can also examine a patient’s foot to attain insight into his or her health. These systemic conditions include circulatory problems, diabetes and arthritis. Signs caregivers can look for include brittle nails, dry skin, discoloration and loss of leg hair. CNAs should also ask their patients if they are experiencing any cramping, numbness and/or tingling in their feet.
The focus on sensorimotor issues in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continues to rise: There have been several studies indicating how eye movements and eye contact tendencies can assist in determining whether a toddler has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and if he or she does, the severity of the child’s developmental disability. These findings are significant in that they may change the way physicians diagnose and treat autism. According to Susan E. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, and chair of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee early detection is key as children who are identified early and receive treatment have better outcomes than those who are not.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that approximately 3 percent (somewhere between 7 to 8 million people) of the general population experience intellectual disabilities; furthermore, approximately 30 million American families (or one in ten) are directly affected by an individual who has an intellectual disability at some point in their lives.