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Help for those who suffer with Chronic Medical Conditions

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jul 10, 2013 1:14:00 PM

chronic medical condition, stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, head injury, hyperbaric therapyHyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen.  This promotes natural healing for persons who suffer with chronic medical conditions.  In the hyperbaric chamber the atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled and is used for a wide variety of treatments.

With normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With the hyperbaric oxygen therapy oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked.  With the hyperbaric therapy extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process which is great news for anyone suffering with a chronic medical condition.  The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.  This is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.  

CONDITIONS WHICH MAY BENEFIT FROM HYPERBARIC THERAPY INCLUDE:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Allergies                                                   chronic disease, stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lupus, Brain & Head injury
  • Brain & Head Injury
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer's
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Loss of Limb
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sports Injury
  • Stroke
  • Wound Healing
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Body Detoxification
  • Sleeping & Skin disorders
What are the side effects?
The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure.  To minimize this risk, patients learn techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression. occasionally some patients may experience changes in their vision during their treatment.  These changes are usually minor and temporary.  A rare side effect is oxygen toxicity which is caused by administering too much oxygen.
What information should you discuss with the technician prior to treatment?
  • If you have any cold or flu symptoms, fever, sinus or nasal congestion
  • If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant
  • If there has been a change in any of your medications
  • If you have skipped a meal prior to your treatment
  • If you are diabetic and did not take your insulin prior to your treatment
  • If you have any concerns or anxiety 
How does hyperbaric therapy help brain injury or stroke?
When cells in the brain die, either from trauma or lack of oxygen, blood plasma leaks out into surrounding brain tissue causing swelling and reducing blood flow.  These otherwise normal cells go dormant because they can't function without the appropriate amount of oxygen.  Hyperbaric therapy dramatically increases the oxygen carried in the blood plasma, making oxygen available to heal damaged capillary walls, preventing plasma leakage and reducing swelling.  As the swelling decreases, blood flow can be restored to the dormant tissue and these cells then have the pltential to function again.  
Insurance and Medicare consider coverage for several conditions so check to see if this is an available option prior to treatment. 
The above information is from www.hbot.com additional information is available at this site.

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Topics: Parkinson's, stroke, brain injury, chronic disease, Alzheimer's, Chronic Medical Condition, Chronic, hyperbaric therapy, Lupus

Head & Brain injury

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jun 7, 2013 1:21:00 PM

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When you experience a head injury, the brain which is a soft organ protected by the bone that surrounds the brain becomes more vulnerable.  This type of injury can cause swelling and bleeding of the brain. Falls are the leading cause of brain injury for all ages.  
The head injury that is most common is a concussion.  A concussion can cause unconsciousness or not.  
If you suspect that someone has a concussion, here are some things you can do while waiting for the emergency response team:
  • Only if it is absolutely necessary for safety reasons should you attempt to move the injured person.
Check to see if the injured person is conscious or unconscious.
  • If unconscious, check breathing, circulation and the airway.
  • How is the injured person's awareness and eye movement?
  • Be watchful for vomiting and try to keep the injured person awake for a period of time in order to monitor their condition.
Brain injury symptoms can include:
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Inability to remember what caused the injury or any events immediately before or up to 24 hours after the injury
  • Difficulty retaining new information
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty communicating coherently
  • Loud ringing in the ears
  • Emotional and behavior changes
  • Changes with sleep habits
What to do once you have returned home from a head injury:
  • Avoid driving for the first few days.
  • Try to rest and relax as much as possible for the first 48 hours. Chances are that you will feel more tired than usual.
  • Don't be left alone for the first 48 hours, make arrangements for someone to be with you.
  • Don't eat or drink for the first 6-12 hours unless advised by your physician.  
  • Once you resume eating keep the amounts small aid in moderation.
  • Use an icepack on the painful or swollen area.
  • Only take the pain medication instructed by your physician.
  • The only treatment for mild head injury is rest and not overdoing activities.
You should seek medical care if you are experiencing the following:
  • A fever-this could indicate infection
  • Visual problems such as blurred or seeing double
  • Memory recall, confusion
  • Dizziness or blackouts
  • On-going and severe headaches
  • Sluggish and lethargic behavior
  • Tremors or spasms
  • Vomiting
  • Fluid or blood from ears and nose
  • Extreme weakness
  • Numbness, tingling or neck pain
  • Difficulty communicating
Take your time and be certain that you have fully recovered before returning to your normal activities.  Recovery time will vary by individual and by the severity of the injury.  Always seek the advice of your physician.  
If you or a loved one should experience any symptoms of a head or brain injury, seek medical advice even if the symptoms seem mild.  Immediately call 911 for anyone who is unconscious or who experiences seizures, repeated vomiting or for any symptom that seems to worsen over time.  To be safe seek emergency care for any head injury even if consciousness is not loss and the symptoms clear up quickly.  A brain injury may have occurred and the injury can have serious and long-lasting effects.

If you are finding it difficult to juggle it all - work, family, errands and other demands that often leave you over taxed.  Where do you turn when a loved ones needs are more than you can manage on your own?  What do you do when some of the care alternatives seem like a complication rather than a solution?  We understand, in fact, we have been there.

Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care, Easy Living Services. Offering flexible care plans designed to guarantee safety, comfort, companionship and personal care and attention to your loved one at home.

Finally, a real solution.  At last, peace of mind.  Call us at 770-442-8664.  

Topics: caregiver, Atlanta Home Care, Brain Health, head injury, brain injury, concussion