Did you know that September is Chiari Malformation Awareness Month? This chronic condition isn’t well-known to many, but its impact on the lives of those who have it can be severe. Despite how little awareness there is about this condition, it affects a surprisingly large number of people—over 300,000 in the United States alone. We hope to bring a little more awareness to this condition by sharing some basic facts about Chiari, its symptoms, possible treatment options, and what it’s like for those who live with Chiari.
If you have high blood pressure, you should have already talked to your doctor about the best ways for you to manage your condition. They may have prescribed certain medications to help, but it’s important that you don’t rely solely on the medication to do the job for you; you must also make certain lifestyle changes to effectively manage your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. Keep reading for some tips on managing your high blood pressure at home.
Stress fractures are a relatively common injury among runners, military recruits, and other athletes. However, they can occur in just about anyone who engages in repetitive, high-impact activities. If you’ve been doing high-impact workouts, engaging in sports that require a lot of jumping, or running long distances on hard surfaces, you’re at risk of developing a stress fracture. Here’s what you need to know about this type of injury.
Ankle injuries are extremely common, especially in the physically active. All it takes is a small stumble while out on a walk, a loose stone while hiking, or misplaced foot while playing a sport, and you can quickly find yourself on the ground. Of course, most rolled ankles aren’t a serious problem; a few minutes of discomfort in the joint, and you’ll soon find yourself “walking it off” like your coach used to tell you to do. But how do you know when that rolled ankle is something more serious? How long should you wait for the pain to subside before you seek medical treatment? Here are some tips to tell the difference between a rolled ankle and a more serious injury.
Summer is here, and temperatures are climbing. Unfortunately, many types of injuries tend to become a lot more frequent at this time of year too, including broken bones. If you (or your kid) are unfortunate enough to be in a cast at this time of year, you might be uncertain of the best way to care for your cast and the injured limb while still enjoying all that summer has to offer. This article will give you a few tips on properly caring for the cast throughout summer’s many activities to help avoid potential complications while still enjoying this time of year.
When you injure your leg and are in a cast or boot for an extended period of time, it’s important that you keep your weight off of the injured limb as much as possible. Obviously, this means using some sort of mobility aid. But there are many different mobility aid options out there, including wheelchairs, crutches, and knee scooters. So how do you know which one is best for your recovery? Here’s a quick comparison of these different mobility aids so you can make a more informed decision; however, it’s always best to consult with your doctor when it comes to your recovery.
Compression socks and stockings can offer relief for a number of issues, from generally achy legs to circulation issues and varicose veins. But if you’ve never purchased compression socks before, you might not know that there are actually different levels of compression, and each level is designed to help with different issues. If you’ve been given a prescription from a doctor for compression socks or stockings, then the prescription should specify what level of compression you need. If not, or if you’re simply looking for compression garments as a form of relief from general achiness, keep reading to learn how to choose the right level of compression for you.
Summer is in full swing, and even if it’s not exactly the same kind of summer we’re used to, with many areas still having strict social distancing guidelines in place, kids are still outside playing and enjoying the summer sun. And that means there are still many of the same opportunities for common summer injuries. Below is a list of the most common injuries that occur during the summer, as well as the best ways to treat them.
By now, most of the United States has been practicing social distancing and isolation for about two months. And, for many people, the impact on their health has been considerable. Aside from physical health problems relating to a more sedentary lifestyle, mental health issues can become much more prevalent when isolated from the friends and family that you rely on for support. As we continue practicing social distancing, here are a few tips to help you stay health—physically and mentally—while in isolation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted countless aspects of our everyday lives, and it seems that information surrounding this virus is constantly changing. With such uncertainty, it’s natural to worry about what you should do if you begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19. This blog will give you some basic tips and recommendations on how to care for yourself, based on current government health guidelines.
Whether your C-section was unexpected or planned in advance, you’ve just undergone major abdominal surgery. And, though C-sections are fairly common and account for over 30% of all births in the country, that doesn’t make it any less serious or make your recovery any easier. It’s incredibly important to acknowledge the extent of this surgery and provide yourself with the necessary rest and care to recover, even as you adjust to having your new baby. Here are a few tips to help you to recover more quickly from your C-section.
Since the beginning of this year, much of the world has been put on edge by coverage of the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic. This illness, which was first found in China, is one that has never been seen before. It quickly spread to numerous other countries and was soon declared a pandemic, leading many people to wonder what they should be doing to protect themselves. Here are a few tips about what you should and should not be doing in response to this global health crisis.
For those with reduced mobility, such as the elderly or individuals with degenerative muscular disorders, everyday tasks can become potentially dangerous situations. Simple things like climbing the stairs, reaching a high shelf in a cabinet, or even getting in and out of the shower can result in serious injuries. One of the most dangerous pats of the home for these individuals is the bathroom, which is often filled with uneven, slippery surfaces. If you or a loved one have mobility issues, consider making these 5 simple upgrades in the bathroom to make it a safer place.
Being prescribed to bedrest might seem like a dream to someone who’s never had to endure it before. Spending all day in bed, having food brought to you, and binging your favorite Netflix show would be the perfect weekend to some. But when you’re confined to a bed for weeks at a time, the situation become much less appealing. Whether you’ve been prescribed bedrest for your pregnancy or another medical condition, here are a few products you should pick up to help make your time in bed as comfortable as possible.
Asthma can be difficult to diagnose in children. Not only are many of the symptoms of childhood asthma quite subtle, but children are often unsure of how to communicate the feelings they’re experiencing, so you may not even be aware of some of their symptoms at all. If your child has been having breathing troubles, and you’re worried they might have asthma, here are a few signs to be on the lookout for. And if you’re ever concerned about your child’s health, you should always contact your pediatrician for professional medical advice.
Life can be stressful and, quite frankly, exhausting at times. It’s normal to sometimes feel a bit rundown or tired. But if you’re constantly feeling tired despite getting a full night’s sleep, then there may be something impacting the quality of your rest. Here are a few possible reasons that you’re always feeling tired. Try implementing a few of these changes and see if your rest improves. If not, consider talking to your doctor about a sleep study so you can pinpoint the cause of your sleep troubles and get them treated.
As a medical device that is placed over your nose, and possibly your mouth as well, it is extremely important that your CPAP machine is kept clean and sanitary. If you’re a new CPAP machine owner, you might be a little uncertain on how exactly to keep your machine clean, and prevent the growth of any bacteria inside the tubing and other interior parts of your machine. Keep reading to get some tips on cleaning your CPAP machine to ensure its proper function and protect your own health.
Daily exercise is an important part of all-around health. But when you injure yourself, getting in that daily workout can get a lot more difficult. First and foremost, if you’ve been seriously injured, please see your medical care provider to ensure you’re healthy enough to resume exercise without worsening your injury. If you’ve sustained a minor injury, such as a sprain, consider some of these tips to continue your daily workouts while you recover.
Traveling during the holidays is always stressful, but it gets much more stressful if you are traveling with, or you yourself require, a wheelchair or walker. They make your TSA check longer, slow down your boarding and deplaning process, and can cause other hassles. However, they’re an absolute necessity for many people. So, if you’re traveling with a walker or wheelchair this holiday season, here are a few tips to follow.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and you’re likely working your way down your list, trying to find the perfect gift for every friend and family member. This process can be stressful, and in the end, you’ll likely end up giving some people something they’ll use a handful of times, then discard or store in the back of a closet. This year, why not give them a gift that will last a lifetime? Give them the gift of a healthier life. Here are 5 perfect Christmas gifts to help your loved one improve their health.
Joint replacements are relatively common among senior citizens, with hip and knee replacements being the most common. These joints take a great deal of strain and absorb a lot of impact, even during everyday activities like walking. Over time, these joints naturally begin to wear down, which may eventually lead to a necessary joint replacement. However, there are a few things that you can do that can help to protect and support your joints, and reduce your likelihood of ever needing this surgery. Here are a few tips.
Transitioning from using a walker to using a wheelchair can be difficult for many people. As we age, we can begin to feel that we are constantly sacrificing our independence in various ways, and moving from a walker to a wheelchair can feel like another one of those sacrifices. However, there are many circumstances in which switching from a walker to a wheelchair is better for your health, safety, and overall quality of life. Here are 5 signs that may indicate you need to make the transition.
Many women feel a great deal of discomfort during their pregnancies, especially in the third trimester, when the belly is much larger and the baby a great deal heavier. This is why many pregnant women use a maternity support belt, also known as a “belly band,” in their third trimester. Here are just 5 ways that a belly band can help you during this part of your pregnancy.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which the individual frequently stops breathing in their sleep. Each instance will typically only last for a second or two, but with repetition and over time, those few seconds can lead to serious health problems. That is why it’s vital to get treatment for your sleep apnea as soon as possible. Be sure to consult your physician, and visit one of our locations to purchase a CPAP machine and associated supplies. Here’s a look at some of the health risks of leaving your sleep apnea untreated.
Exercise is an essential part of overall health and wellbeing. But sometimes, it can really put a strain on your body. If you’re participating in any high-impact activities like basketball, HIIT training, or even just running, it’s important that you protect your joints during these activities to avoid joint pain and long-term damage. Here are 7 ways you can reduce joint strain during your high-impact activities.
Hernias are a relatively common health condition that impact thousands of people in the United States every year. But, despite how frequently they occur, most people know very little about the true causes of hernias, the different types of hernias, or how they are treated. We’d like to give you a quick look at this medical condition so that you have a better idea of what they are.
If you require the assistance of a walker to get around, you want to ensure that that walker is as functional as possible for you, and provides several conveniences to make it even more user-friendly. Of course, most walkers provide simple functionality; they help provide you with support and balance as you move about. But, with the addition of a few simple accessories, you can make your walker even more convenient and functional. Here are 7 walker accessories you might want to consider adding to your mobility device.
First-time moms have to deal with a pretty steep learning curve. As the saying goes, babies don’t come with a manual, and you’ll have a lot to learn about your new little addition. And while it will almost never be easy, having the right tools on hand can make those early days with your baby go much more smoothly. Here are 4 products that we think every new mom should have.
Mobility aids are essential to the independence of many individuals. They enable people to get around on their own more, and do things that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. But how do you know which type of mobility aid is right for you? Here’s a closer look at manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and power scooters, so you can decide which option best suits your needs.
If you or someone you care for requires the use of durable medical equipment (DME), the prospect of acquiring that equipment can be daunting. Such items can often be quite large, and may come with a high price tag. It’s important that you take the time to do your research to determine whether buying or renting your DME will be the best option for you. Here are six questions to ask yourself when making this decision.
There are generally three types of walkers out there: a standard walker that has four legs and no wheels, a two-wheeled walker that has wheels on the front two legs, and a rollator walker that has wheels on all of the walker’s legs. For many individuals who need a little help getting around, a rollator walker can be a great help. If you’re considering a rollator walker, here are some pros and cons to consider before making a purchase.
Trips and falls are the most common causes of serious injury in senior citizens. As you age, your bones become frailer and your muscles become weaker, which means even a small stumble can have much more serious consequences than when you were younger. So, it’s important that you take the proper steps to prevent these causes of injury as much as you possibly can. Here are a few tips that may help.
Homes, cars, power tools, medical equipment. These are all items that you can choose whether to rent or to purchase for your own use, but how do you determine which of the two options is better for you? The answer is going to be different for everyone, which is why we offer both purchasing and rental options on much of the medical equipment we carry at Medical Xpress. This article will give you an overview of the types of medical equipment that you might consider renting, and help you to determine if renting or buying is the right option for you.
If you have sleep apnea, and you’ve been prescribed a CPAP machine, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little overwhelmed with this new piece of machinery. Getting used to the device, and figuring out how to sleep comfortably in it, can be difficult, but it’s made a little bit easier if you take the time to familiarize yourself with each of its parts, and all the necessary accessories. Here’s a quick look at what you should know about your CPAP machine.
When most Americans hear the term “medical expenses,” they’ll likely think of the costs of doctor’s appointments, hospital visits, and medications. But for millions of other Americans, annual medical expenses can also include the cost of certain medical equipment—and, often, that equipment is no cheap. But, luckily, many types of durable medical equipment are covered by most insurances and Medicare. Here’s what you need to know about durable medical equipment, and what is typically covered.
Avid athletes are susceptible to a wide variety of injuries related to their sport, and often, every sport has its own types of common injuries. However, there are a few athletic injuries that are frequently seen in athletes of all types, from runners to football players, and everything in between. Those injuries are sprains and strains. Luckily, there are a few steps that everyone can take—whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete—that will help to prevent these common athletic injuries.
In today’s world, most people spend a great deal of their days in front of a computer, either typing on a keyboard or clicking with a mouse. When they’re not engaged in these actions, many people spend their downtime playing video games or engaging in various activities on their smartphones. All of these actions can lead to a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Here’s what you need to know about this condition, from causes to treatments and more.
For many individuals with mobility issues, the simple act of standing from a seated position can be quite difficult. You may require a hand from a nearby person, or use a cane to help push yourself to your feet. But when you’re home alone, if you don’t have a cane or other item nearby to help you up, what do you do? Many people use lift chairs, which can ensure a person’s comfort while sitting, as well as their safety when trying to stand again. Here’s how Medical Xpress can help you find the right lift chair to suit your needs.
Medical Xpress is proud to have 7 locations across the great state of Texas. Each location carries a variety of medical equipment and supplies, and no two stores are exactly alike. But what kind of customer service can you expect at these locations? Despite the slight differences in their geography and their inventories, every Medical Xpress location offers the same level of exceptional customer service. Here’s what you can expect when you walk into any Medical Xpress store.
Sleep apnea can have a large impact on your life, but can be largely corrected through the use of a CPAP machine. However, if you’re planning a trip any time soon, it’s important that you take proper consideration for traveling with that important piece of medical equipment. So, here are some helpful tips that will make traveling with your CPAP machine simpler and easier.
Raising a child is never easy—but it becomes even harder when your child is dealing with a lifelong medical condition, like asthma. However, caring for a child with severe asthma doesn’t have to be a trial. By arming yourself with knowledge and taking proper steps to prevent flare-ups, your child can have a completely normal life, and feel just like other children. Here are 6 tips to help you care for your child with severe asthma.
For those with mobility issues, the bathroom is often the most treacherous room in their home, and more accidents occur in this space than in any other room in the house. This is because bathrooms are filled with slippery surfaces, and often require individuals to step up and over ledges to attend to hygiene needs. This includes stepping into and out of a bathtub. So, how can you make your bathtub easier to use, and make your bathroom a safer place? Here are five upgrades that can help.
Walkers are an essential mobility aid for many individuals, especially those in their Golden Years. However, standard walkers don’t completely remove mobility limitations; in fact, they come with quite a few limitations of their own. If you feel like your standard walker—or even your wheeled walker—isn’t meeting your needs, it may be time to upgrade to a four-wheel rollator walker. Here are four signs that this mobility aid is right for you.
Many elderly individuals struggle to get up from a seated position. They may require the help of a cane, or assistance from another person to pull themselves back to their feet. But when another person is not around, and you don’t want to rely on a mobility device to stand up, there is another option available—lift chairs. Here’s what you need to know about lift chairs, the different types available, and key features to consider to ensure you’re selecting the right lift chair for your needs.
Canes and walkers are extremely common mobility aids for the elderly, or those with otherwise limited mobility. However, these aids can’t provide all of the assistance you need if they’re not adjusted to properly accommodate your height. How do you know what the proper height is for your cane or walker? Here are a few tips to help you ensure your mobility aid is properly adjusted. If you need further assistance selecting a mobility aid, or adjusting yours to your height, please feel free to stop by one of our locations and speak to one of our team members.
Mobility aids are essential to the quality of life for many individuals. Without such a device, many people would be unable to move freely about their own home, much less go anywhere outside of their home. For decades, the walker has been a go-to mobility aid for senior citizens. And while these devices are certainly useful, they’re quickly being replaced by a more advanced version known as the rollator walker. Here are 5 key benefits that the rollator walker provides over a standard walker, and why you should consider using one of these mobility aids.
After you’ve had surgery, you might spend a bit of time in the hospital to begin your recovery; but, odds are, you’ll be finishing that recovery at home. Recovering from surgery is a long, slow process, and it’s not enjoyable by any standard. However, you can make it a bit more comfortable and easier on you by having the right items at home, waiting for you when you get back from the hospital. Here are 8 things you should have ready for you to make your at-home recovery more comfortable.
The weather is getting a little warmer, and many people are beginning to spend more time outdoors doing some of their favorite activities. But if you have limited mobility, you might feel confined to your home, unable to get out and enjoy the springtime weather. That doesn’t have to be the case. Here are a few outdoor activities that those with restricted mobility can still enjoy.
Having surgery to treat a medical condition or an injury is far from the end of your treatment. Post-surgery, it is vital that you properly care for the surgical wound to ensure that you recover quickly, avoid complications, and prevent an infection. If you’ve never cared for a surgical wound before, here are a few things that you should know about how to do so properly.
There is a huge variety of compression garments out there, each with its own intended purpose. From compression shorts for athletes to compression socks and tights to help with medical issues, these types of garments can offer enormous benefits for a huge number of people. If you’ve considered purchasing compression garments, but weren’t sure if they were right for you, consider these 7 benefits of different types of compression clothing.
As we age, it’s important that we take the time to evaluate our own personal safety. Often, this is based on changes to our mobility or to our cognitive abilities, and these changes can be difficult to acknowledge. But when we do acknowledge them, many people may feel that they are not entirely safe in their own homes. Whether you experienced a fall last year or found yourself needing to call for help just to get out of the bathtub, you may be asking yourself, “Am I safe in my own home?” If this is you, here are 5 changes to make this year to feel safer when you’re home alone.
It’s a New Year, and at this time, many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve themselves and their overall quality of life. If you struggle with independent mobility, improving your ability to get around without assistance is a great goal to strive towards this year. For those who want to become more physically independent in 2019, here are a few tips to help improve your mobility.
If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, the accumulating expenses can be a difficult burden to bear. However, for certain situations, the IRS offers a deduction for medical expenses in order to lessen the burden of high medical bills. So, you may be wondering whether or not the items you purchase from us at Medical Xpress are deductible on your tax return. This article will give you a brief overview on which purchases may qualify; however, it is not to be viewed as tax advice, and we strongly recommend that you work with a reputable CPA if you wish to deduct any medical expenses.
Sleep apnea is a condition wherein the individual’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Some people with sleep apnea don’t even know that they have it until they share a bed with another person, who will then notice the unusual breathing patterns. For some individuals, however, sleep apnea can be a serious sleep disorder that greatly interferes with their quality of life. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, keep reading to learn some of the symptoms, as well as common treatment options available to you.
So you have been prescribed a Nebulizer to help with your breathing issues? Not being able to breath is a scary prospect within itself and there are many options or styles of Nebulizers out there on the market. It can be an overwhelming task to accomplish. Its hard to know which one will fit best for you. We at Medical Xpress would like to give you some information that will hopefully help with that process.
A rolling walker, or more commonly known as a rollator is a mobility device that has wheels, brakes and a seat. There are many different options available on the open market, so choosing one can be a tough task. A persons’ best bet is to consult a Medical Xpress professional to ensure that the right size and height are best suited for the individual person.
Loss of independence is often a major hurdle for our aging loved ones to overcome. At first, they may be unable to do physically demanding tasks alone. But as time progresses, they may find themselves unable to do everyday things, like driving a car, going up and down stairs, or simply walking around the block. The inability to do the things they once took for granted can often lead senior citizens to feelings of depression. But offering them back a portion of the independence can help to alleviate those feelings. Here are 4 ways you can help your aging loved one to feel more independent.
There are certain features that every home has, and we don’t often spend much time thinking about them. We open doors without wondering if a wheelchair could fit through it. We go up and down stairs without thinking about the potential hazard they present. But everyday home features like stairs and standard tubs or showers can actually pose a physical danger to senior citizens. Here are 5 simple home upgrades that can make a home safer for a senior citizen with more limited physical capabilities.