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Passing Down Valuable Information: Family Medical History

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Whenever you go to your doctor or specialist, you may be asked to update your medical profile.  This helps the doctors, specialists and nurses better understand your medical needs and have a better idea of your history.  Your history may include certain medications you’ve been on, injuries you may have had and family history.  LA Medical is celebrating Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week and talking about how family history affects medical conditions.

Family history and medical history go hand in hand.  This helps your doctors or specialists better understand your family’s medical history instead of individually evaluating them.  Some families share the same genetically matching diseases or disorders, like diabetes, where others could have a range of different diseases, like narcolepsy and heart disease.

Whenever you fill out your family medical history, make sure to be very informative. This helps doctors determine special treatments plans from rehabilitation, medications or a combination of things.

Family Tree/Medical History

Family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles and environments that may influence their individual health and their risk of chronic diseases. The most common family-related diseases are cancer (various forms), coronary heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.  If you have a close family member with a disease, you may have a higher risk of developing that disease than those without such a family member, according to the CDC.

Doctors are interested in three generations of your biological relatives. They would like to know the age of diagnosis and the age and cause of death for deceased family members. If you don’t know your family’s history, just ask! It’s helpful to talk with your family about health issues, record them and update your records from time to time.

LA Medical hopes you’ll initiate getting some of your family members together to discuss your family’s history.  LA Medical has you covered when it comes to bathroom safety and incontinence supplies.

Don’t Break Your Back: Treating Back Pain

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

According to the Arthritis Foundation, around 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain and often times that pain will come back. You’ve probably experienced body aches and back pain at multiple times in your life.  LA Medical agrees they are not fun to deal with and may not allow you to get a good night’s rest, concentrate on work or play with your children.  Read below how LA Medical doesn’t want you to break your back and how to recover from the injury.

Back pain can come from almost anywhere like an ache or from an injury that has reoccurring effects.  Back pain can affect you anywhere on your spine and may come from a traumatic accident, simple sprain or strain, arthritis, fractured vertebrae or a ruptured disc.

Here are some ways that you can treat your back pain: Don't Break your Back!

  • Use heat – Applying heat to your back eases pain quicker than commonly used pain reliving drugs.
  • Use ice – Only use ice if your back pain is severe.  Ice helps avoid additional pain and swelling, but using ice for too long may cause your back to become stiff.
  • Exercise – If you’re behind a desk most of your day, consider going for a walk on your lunch break or go for a swim after work. Moving your back muscles helps the swelling in your back loosen up.
  • Massage therapy –Massage therapists work your muscles to relieve pain and stress and increases circulation. There are several types of massages available to choose from.
  • Sleep it off – Make sure to get plenty of sleep.  Tossing and turning in bed will only seize up your back pain.
  • Watch your health – Eating poorly, smoking and drinking alcohol affect your entire body which may cause nutrients not getting to your back to allow for maximum flexibility and usage of your back.

LA Medical cares about your health and your back.  We don’t want you to be in pain! Check out our heating pads and back belts for support!

Gout’ta Here: Dealing with the Gout Pain in your Shoe

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Do you know what the farthest body part away from your heart is? Amazingly, it’s your right big toe.  The knuckle part of your big right toe may be an issue for you down the road, but not limited to other joints like feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows and sometimes soft tissues and tendons.  Gout pain is like an inflammatory arthritis, but causes sudden pain, swelling and tenderness with the pain never seeming to go away.  LA Medical would like to explain more in depth about how you can deal with gout pain and the pain in your shoe.


Gout can become chronic and can affect the same area over and over again.  Gout, over time has been known as the “Disease of the Rich.” Years ago, the wealthy had access to wine and spirits that had been barreled which included lead.  When you consume any form of lead, your kidneys produce large amounts of uric acid, which finds a home in your joints. While in your joints, gout creates crystal-like needles that inflame the joint.

Make sure to watch your diet while dealing with gout.  Smoking potent cigars, eating rich steaks and drinking higher quality alcoholic beverages will not help your body fight off the uric acid, but sometimes create more, which will cause more gout pain.

Although gout doesn’t have a cure, it is the most treatable form of arthritis and pain. The easiest way to remove those “needles” is to see your doctor to remove access uric acid.  Pain medicine may help take the edge off, but it will still hurt to walk because of the swelling.  After you and your doctor come up with a treatment plan, it may take some time from a couple hours to a couple days for gout to disappear; but it may come back.

LA Medical hopes you’ll watch your diet as well as your feet to see if you have gout.  Check out our supply of daily living aids and homecare beds.

A Joint Partnership: The Basics of Joint health

Posted on: October 22nd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Almost 50 percent of the American adult population is affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions.  Joint health is just as important as bone health; they allow us to move instead of being stiff and uncomfortable. LA Medical wants you to know how you and your joints work together, and where your most common joinJoint Healthts are located.

Joint health helps our bodies to move, open doors, bend down, stretch and look around. Your joints are held together by connective tissues like ligaments and cartilage.  There are three types of joints that connect bones together:

  • Fibrous joints connect bones without allowing movement.  Fibrous joints hold the bones of our skull and pelvis.
  • Cartilaginous joints connect bones by cartilage and only allow for a little movement, like your spine or ribs.
  • Synovial joints allow for more movement than cartilage joints.  A bursa sac contains synovial fluid to lubricate and protect the bones and joints that move the most, like your knees, elbows and wrists. If you crack your knuckles, the snap is the bursa sac releasing the fluid.

There are actually different types of joints that help our bodies move, exercise or even just sit around:

  • Hinge joints allow extension and retraction of an appendage, like your knee.
  • Saddle joints allow movement back and forth and up and down, but doesn’t allow for rotation, like your knuckles in your hands.
  • Ball and socket joints work the best in your hips or shoulders and allows for radial movement.
  • Ellipsoid joints are similar to ball and sockets, but allow for less movement, like your wrist.
  • Pivot joints allow rotation around an axis, like your neck.
  • Gliding joints let bones slide by each other, like your ankles and feet.

LA Medical hopes you keep your joints moving and healthy by eating healthy, exercising regularly and avoiding overworking yourself.  Asking for help may reduce your risk of an injury or getting arthritis later down the road. If you want to keep your joints moving, consider looking at LA Medical heating pads and orthopedic braces.

Your Bones and Preventing Osteoporosis

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Men and Women with OsteoporosisWomen will suffer more than men while dealing with the risks of osteoporosis.  Worldwide, 33 percent of women over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. As a part of Bone and Joint National Health Week, World Osteoporosis Day is October 20th and LA Medical is promoting healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis.

Women tend to lose 30-50 percent of their bone density which makes their bones easier to break.  Osteoporosis injuries will most likely take place in the hip, spine, wrist and other bones.  Costs of having osteoporosis can range from getting shorter over time, posture causing you to hunch and keep you from getting around.  Men also suffer from osteoporosis, which is around 2 million men annually. The most common injury between both men and women are hip fractures from falls.

The Mayo Clinic researched that the more bone mass you have built up before age 30 is put into a “bank” and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age.  The higher your bone mass, the more bone you have.

World Osteoporosis Day is organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and they’re dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

Strong bones help make strong men and women.  Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and fractures:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat healthy and eat foods with nutrients for your bones and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Avoid negative lifestyle habits.
  • Identify the risk factors.
  • Talk to your doctor to get tested and treated, if needed.

If you know of strong women in your life, consider nominating them in the Women of Steel campaign. This campaign helps salute and celebrate women’s determination and strength, inside and out, to kick osteoporosis.

Make sure to wear white on October 20th to support World Osteoporosis Day.  Make sure to take a look at LA Medical’s full online catalog with all of our products.  If we don’t have your product, let us know and we’ll be happy to get it for you.

Don’t Fail Your Bone Density Test

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

As we age, our bones lose strength and density, which over time makes our bones weaker and more easily broken.  Common bone and joint-related issues are arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis.  This month, LA Medical is celebrating Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. If you feel your bones are weak, consider calling your doctor and getting a bone density test. Read below to learn more about the bone density test.

Bone Density

A bone density test helps determine if you or someone you know has signs of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes your bones to become more fragile and more likely to break or fracture. Before performing bone density tests, the only way medical professionals could detect osteoporosis was after you broke a bone. Having a bone density test helps you know your risks of breaking bones before a fall, but we don’t anticipate you falling anytime soon!
Bone density tests are very simple and painless.  An X-ray helps measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone.  Your spine, hip or forearm will be tested for osteoporosis. The test only takes about ten minutes. Your doctor may recommend getting a bone density test if you’ve lost height, fractured a bone, taken certain drugs, received an organ transplant or noticed a drop in hormone levels. There are downsides to having a bone density test.  There are different ways to test for bone density and one test may be more accurate where others may not be.  Some tests cost more money, but they do not give you the results you’d like. Also, bone density tests may not be covered by insurance and it may not identify the cause.

Bone density tests help determine your chances of having osteoporosis or other bone complications.  Let LA Medical help with any back or joint pain by taking a look at our wide selection orthopedic aids and supports that help brace your feet, ankles, arms, necks and back!

Arthritis Causes Friction: Common Types and Treatments

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Generally, arthritis is an inflammation of your joints.  Medically, arthritis has a different explanation which is used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints.  Arthritis can actually affect organs and cause widespread symptoms. With over 100 different kinds of arthritis, LA Medical will go over arthritis causes, the more common types of arthritis and treatments.


There are three common forms of arthritis, described by the CDC:

  • Osteoarthritis – A degenerative joint disease that affects the cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint, as well as bony overgrowth. The most common joint affected by this form of arthritis is male and female knees.
  • Rheumatoid (RA) – An autoimmune condition that causes premature mortality, disability and comprised quality of life.  RA manifests itself in multiple joints of the body and can inflame at any
    time. Pain is a result of faulty immune response.
  • Juvenile Arthritis (JA) – This autoimmune disease affects children 16 years old and younger.  JA shares similar qualities with RA and affects an average of 80,000 children.

Common treatment and prevention plans for adults and children who suffer from these top three arthritis types are to stay active, protect your joints by reducing the amount of trauma they get and get involved to find out more about arthritis and support groups.

LA Medical is proud to celebrate and promote World Arthritis Day on October 12th.  Arthritis affects 50 million adults every year and can be very painful.  World Arthritis Day promotes living better and aging well while overcoming different types of arthritis and they also raise awareness for arthritis disorders in the medical community, people who live with arthritis and the general public.  World Arthritis Day also strives to help people receive the care they deserve and influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of arthritis disorders.

Make sure to contact LA Medical with any questions or concerns. Check out our full online catalog today!

Skeletal Health Tips for Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

You’ve probably had back or joint pain at one point in your life or another.  Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to the Bone and Joint Initiative. Throughout the week of October 12-20 is the Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week which is focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma.  All month, LA Medical will provide skeletal health tips so you can protect your bones and joints.

Skeletal Health

Have you ever been told to drink your milk to improve bone strength? Drinking milk and getting calcium into your diet is a key benefit to your overall bone health.  Bones help protect our organs, help with our posture and attach muscles to each other.  Your body makes new bone quicker than the old bone breaking down. After age 30, you don’t produce any more bone mass.
Drink milk, or soy milk if you’re lactose intolerant, and eat dark green vegetables, fish and health supplements to decrease your risk of fractures and improve bone density.What can you do to keep your bones healthy? Take a look below:

  • Make sure to exercise! Physical activity reduces your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol and use of tobacco products.  Tobacco weakens your bones and alcohol increases your chances of osteoporosis.
  • Your body needs vitamin D to help absorb calcium.  Foods like tuna and egg yolks and getting a certain amount of direct sunlight helps increase your intake of vitamin D.

If you’re concerned about your bones or any risk factors, get in touch with your doctor today.  They’ll perform a bone density test which will determine if you have any bone loss. Your doctor will assess your future risks and recommend medications to help with bone health.

LA Medical hopes you’ve learned a little more about how you can improve your bone health and to celebrate Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. If you need help getting around your home, take a look at our mobility scooters and walking aids.