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Caring For Those Tired Joints

Standing, bending, climbing, walking, sitting, typing, cooking ….. so many of our daily activities require healthy, functional joints. Some joints provide stability, while others help us move about from place to place.

Isn’t the human body complex? There are so many moving parts that need to function in synchronicity to help you live. Sometimes message from our body can be confusing. Pain in one area may actually be because of a problem in another. Don’t let your body fool you. If you get your health game strong and gather the right amount of knowledge you can lead a pain free life.

Aging and stress lead to wear and tear on our body. And if you are dealing with pain day to day, it can wear you down even more, causing fatigue, depression, and disrupting your everyday life.

It may seem counterintuitive, but being busy and active helps relieve the fatigue. Yes, that’s right. As repetitive as it sounds, moderate exercise along with a balanced diet is the key to leading a healthy and pain free life.

Some joint issues are more than just using the joints too much – or not enough. One of the most common joint problems is Arthritis, which means inflammation of a joint or joints.

Some of the common types of Arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form of arthritis. It usually develops slowly and gets worse overtime.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This form is an auto-immune disease, where the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body, causing pain and inflammation. It can affect multiple joints at a time, lead to chronic pain, instability, and deformity in the joints. In addition to joints, it can also affect other organs in the body like lung, liver, etc.
  • SLE: Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is another auto-immune condition which affects multiple systems in the body. Some varying symptoms for lupus are: skin rashes, seizures, oral ulcers, and photosensitivity. Your doctor can differentiate the type of lupus by running some diagnostic tests.
  • Gout: This painful condition is caused by a buildup of uric acid, which forms crystals that cause inflammation in your joints. Gout commonly affects men but women are not immune. Most commonly, Gout is treated by pain relieving meds like NSAIDS prescribed by your doctor.
  • Fibromyalgia: Women are more likely to experience this condition than men. A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.
  • Reaction to your meds: Some drugs prescribed to treat one problem could cause a reaction leading to joint pains and fatigue. Be watchful of any symptoms when you start a new drug routine. These kinds are usually associated with rash, change in bowel movements, etc.

Symptoms can vary, depending on the condition but may include:

  • Pain or aching.
  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling.
  • Redness.
  • Less range of motion.

Eating healthy for pain relief doesn’t mean eating dull and boring food. Load up on foods rich in:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Like salmon and nuts to curb inflammation.
  • Vitamin K: Add greens, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage for their pain-soothing properties.
  • Vitamin C: Brighten your diet with juicy oranges, sweet red peppers, tomatoes, and other C-rich foods to minimize cartilage loss that comes with arthritis.
  • Spices: Turmeric and ginger are warming spices and very useful in soothing inflammation.

We at Florida Home Care believe in empowering you with basic skills and information that could lead you onto the path of a healthy lifestyle. A free consultation with one of our professional team member is always a good idea to understand and discuss any symptoms you might be facing in your day to day life.

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Autism Awareness

AWARENESS – NOT FEAR. FACING AUTISM

Autism is a word that can be a frightening diagnosis for a parent to hear.  It’s emotionally distressing to know that your child will have this development disorder for the rest of their life. Understanding what autism is can help the family better help the child, and each other, have a loving and productive life.

Autism is more than just one thing. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) covers a broad range of symptoms associated with this complex brain development. It includes Asperger Syndrome, as well as non specified development disorders. Recognizing the symptoms early and addressing them is important. Symptoms to look for in your child include:

  • Making very little or no eye contact.
  • Not recognizing their name by 12 months old.
  • Greatly delayed speech or language skills.
  • Extended repetitive mannerisms such as flapping their hands, rocking, or spinning in circles.
  • Becoming overly upset at changes in the routine.
  • Repetition of words or phrases that are said to them.
  • Physical look or actions don’t match what’s being said.
  • Extreme sensitivities to light, sound, or textures.

Individually, these symptoms may be a part of growth and development. But combined they can be signs that your child has some form of ASD.

Determining if a child has Autism can be done by the age of two. Diagnosing older children can be done through evaluations. Many times teachers can recognize the first signs through sudden changes in behavior or habits.

Exactly why children develop ASD is still being studied. It typically occurs more in boys than girls. Genetics play a role as well.  It also seems to occur more often in children that have other genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome or tuberous sclerosis.

Living with Autism now is not as bad as in years past. There are many approaches combining different treatments and therapies that can help children grow and learn.  There is no one specific treatment, but a variety of options and combinations of therapies, medications, and training that will help the child and family adapt to the disability.

Occupational Therapy can help develop techniques and methods to take care of daily activities and gain a sense of independence.

Physical Therapy works to develop walking, balance, strength and coordination.

Family Support and Counseling reminds everyone that they are not alone. Knowing you’re part of a community can help to find resources and discover new ideas for improving daily life, and provide much needed emotional support.

Speech Therapy addresses the issue of communication that most suffering from ADS have. It allows the child to better express their needs, so it reduces frustration which can trigger incidents.

A coordinated treatment program can bring all the aspects of evaluation and therapy together. Working with your doctor and other professionals that specialize in care to specific disorders can greatly improve the child’s chance for successful progressive steps.

The earlier the diagnosis, the better chance for proper intervention and development of a treatment program. Autism may be considered a childhood issue, but children grow in to adults. It is something they will be living with throughout their life.  It’s important to give the child a strong foundation in these key areas so they can grow and thrive as adults, something that would not have been possible years ago.

During Autism Awareness Month, it’s important to try to understand the needs of people dealing with ADS.  They should have every opportunity to lead vibrant, independent lives.

Talk to your pediatrician to know more about Autism and educate yourself and make us part of your journey to good health and development.

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Essentials Of A Healthy Pregnancy

Essentials Of A Healthy Pregnancy

“We’re having a baby! Now what?” These are thoughts that go through every couple mind when they receive the news. You hear old stories from your grandma, experiences from your friends, or watched your sister’s journey through 9 months of carrying her baby… it still doesn’t make you any less apprehensive.  Don’t let that nervousness get the better of you.

We thought you might like some essentials that every expecting couple should know. (And soon to be grandparents as well!)

Pre-Natal Vitamins (not your usual candy)-

Even when you’re still trying to conceive, it’s smart to start taking prenatal vitamins. Your baby’s neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it’s important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.

Get your WORKOUT game strong-

Staying active is a must for most moms to be. Regular exercise will help you control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and help you sleep better. Take this as an opportunity to spend more time with your husband/girlfriend/sister by making them your workout partner.

And the added advantage – being in good shape helps you lose your post-baby weight much quicker.

(P.S-Always check with your Medical care provider before you start any new exercise routine)

Strengthen Your Pelvic Muscles-

Kegel exercise helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support your bladder, bowels, and uterus. Done correctly, this simple exercise can help make your delivery easier and prevent problems later with incontinence. The best part- these can be done anytime-anywhere!!!

Be Cautious Of Your Daily Routines-

Even everyday tasks like scrubbing the bathroom or cleaning up after pets can become risky when you’re pregnant. Be cautious when you do any of the following:

–           Heavy lifting

–           Climbing on stepstools or ladders

–           Using harsh chemicals

–           Standing for long periods of time, especially near a hot stove

Is your weight under check?

We know – you’re eating for two. But packing on too many extra pounds may make them hard to lose later. At the same time, not gaining enough weight can put the baby at risk for a low-weight birth, a major cause of developmental problems. Discuss your concerns with your Doctor or a nutritionist if needed.

Food Rich in Folates-

Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the baby’s neural tube (it covers the spinal cord), and it’s vital for the creation of new red blood cells. Start eating plenty of folate-rich foods like fortified cereals, asparagus, lentils, wheat germ, and oranges.

Educate Yourself-

Even if this isn’t your first baby, attending a childbirth class will help you feel more prepared for delivery. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about childbirth and infant care, but you can ask specific questions and voice any concerns.

Take this as an opportunity to learn about your family history and address your concerns with your doctor.

BE CAUTIOUS of Any Unusual Symptoms-

Contact your Medical care provider at the earliest, if you notice any of the following symptoms:

–           Pain of any kind

–           Strong  cramps

–           Contractions at 20-minute intervals

–           Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid

–           Dizziness or fainting

–           Shortness of breath

–           Heart palpitations

–           Constant nausea and vomiting

–           Trouble walking, edema (swelling of joints)

–           Decreased activity by the baby

The right education, healthy habits, and lots of love… will make your 9 months of pregnancy the best time of your life!!!

When in need… Let our professional team of Medical Experts provide you with all the essentials.

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