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Ready to Roll: Your Wheelchair Maintenance List

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Keeping your wheelchair in tip top shape is important to keep you safe and active.


Just like our vehicles need regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly, the same can be said for manual wheelchairs. Though they do not look like very complicated pieces of equipment, manual wheelchairs have quite a few moving parts that need proper care. LA Medical has an experienced staff that is knowledgeable in wheelchair care and maintenance. We have composed a list of some important maintenance tips to keep you moving!


The first day that you have your wheelchair, be sure that you and your loved one read through the owner’s manual to learn how to fix common problems. It is also recommended that you apply some car wax to the frame of the wheelchair to make future cleaning easier. You should also wipe down the chair daily with a clean damp to helps keep dust and dirt from building up.


After this initial check-up, keep doing weekly checks on various parts of the wheelchair. The nuts and bolts should be inspected each week to make sure they are tight enough to prevent loose bolts that can lead to other major problems with the wheelchair. If your wheelchair is collapsible, it is also important to keep an eye on the folding mechanism. The folding mechanism needs to be lubricated often to prevent damage and ensure good performance. Be sure to check the frame for cracks and the wheels should be checked to make sure they are not bent or out of alignment.


If you feel like it has been awhile since you have done a maintenance check up on your wheelchair, don’t wait! Most owners’ manuals can help with any problems that you encounter. But if you think that your wheelchair is outdated and needs to be replaced, LA Medical carries a wide variety of manual wheelchairs in lightweight, standard and transport options. Please let us know how we can help with your wheelchair needs!

Helping You Help Them: Tips for Caregivers of Patients with Cancer

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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It is important to take care of yourself if you are helping care for the health of a loved one


When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, they are not the only one affected. Family, friends and supporters are also affected by the health changes in someone that they love. LA Medical recognizes that not only do those diagnosed with cancer need support, but also their friends and relatives. That’s why we have provided these ideas for helping a cancer patient cope with their illness.

  • Be prepared for behavioral and mood changes in your loved ones. Different medications and discomforts can cause them to become depressed, fatigued or irritable.
  • Encourage your loved one to be as active and independent as possible. Not only can this be a mood-booster but also serves as a motivator to become more self-reliable and in control.
  • Remember your own needs. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep and eating properly. If you take care of yourself, it may be easier to help take care of the needs of your loved one.

Keeping a positive attitude when you are helping with the care of a loved one dealing with cancer can cause a lot of stress. But feeling this kind of burden not only harms you, but can affect the care that you give your loved one. Some ideas for reducing your own stress are:

  • Assert your feelings rather than becoming aggressive, angry or passive
  • Exercise regularly
  • Accept help from other family members or friends who offer
  • Consider joining a support group

Hearing the news that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. There are many online and in person resources available to provide support to the caregivers of those with cancer. Cancer Support Community offers free support groups and educational programs for both patients and caregivers.  In order to offer the best possible care to your loved one, it is important to keep yourself healthy and taken care of. Neither of you can do this alone. LA Medical wants to help! Take a look at our online catalog to view products to aid the well-being of your loved one.

The Bitter Side of Sweets

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Halloween is a great time to teach your kids about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle


Halloween is a favorite time of year for many children. Who can blame them? You get to dress up in a costume, deck your house with spooky decorations and of course get lots of candy.

Halloween can also be a challenging time for parents who are trying to emphasize the negative effects of junk food to their kids. This time of year can be used as a tool to teach children the importance of a healthy diet and how to treat themselves only in moderation. As a family owned distributor, LA Medical cares about the health of you and your family. Try some of our tips to make this a healthier Halloween for you and your kids!

Procrastinate buying candy – Most stores have had Halloween candy displays since the middle of September. If you buy the sweets right when they hit the shelves, it is more tempting to tear into them before trick-or-treating even starts. Try to hold off buying your candy until one or two days before the big event. You may even get an end of season discount!

Establish candy eating rules with your child before they go – Discuss rules with your child about not eating any candy until they have come home and had an adult inspect it. Sort through the candy to make sure that everything is in its original wrapping and has not been tampered with.  This is also a good time to agree upon when the candy will be eaten.

Stay active – Take a longer walk around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat and enjoy the Halloween decorations and costumes that others are wearing.

Divide up the candy right away – After you have sorted through the candy, have your child help divide up their favorite sweets into small baggies. This is a good way to teach portion control, a vital part of a healthy diet. Set a rule about eating one baggie of candy each day and put the others out of sight so they are not a temptation.

Help your child to enjoy their Halloween without overindulging. If your family dedicates to practice healthy eating habits throughout the rest of the year, limiting poor nutritional choices throughout holidays like Halloween will be much easier. LA Medical offers different diabetic supplies in our online store.

Bone Boosters

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis


Bones play a major role in our bodies. From protection to structure to storage, our bones do it all! October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day and LA Medical wants to give attention to our bones and how to keep them healthy and strong.

Why is Bone Health Important?

New bone is continuously being changed while old bone is broken down. As you get older, your body makes new bone at a slower rate. Most people reach their peak bone mass around the age 30 and after that you lose slightly more bone mass than you gain. Your likeliness of developing osteoporosis depends on how much bone mass you attain by age 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that.

What affects bone health?

  • Calcium – a low-calcium diet contributes to diminished bone density
  • Physical activity – an inactive lifestyle is associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis
  • Tobacco and Alcohol – tobacco has been shown to contribute to weak bones while too much alcohol can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium.
  • Hormones – An excess of the thyroid hormone can cause increased bone loss
  • Gender – Women have less bone tissue than men to begin with. After menopause, estrogen decreases and can cause bone loss. Lower testosterone levels in men can also cause a lower bone mass
  • Eating disorders – People who have suffered from anorexia or bulimia are at an increased risk of bone loss

Bone health is vital to our health and longevity of life. The International Osteoporosis Foundation organizes World Osteoporosis Day and remains dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Be sure to wear white on October 20th in support of World Osteoporosis Day and all those who are affected by this disease.  Check out LA Medical’s online catalog today!

Taking Care In The Commode

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Older individuals are staying in their homes longer than before which increases the possibility of a dangerous fall.


There are almost 200,000 bathroom accidents every year. Most of these involve older adults. If you are concerned about safety in the bathroom, LA Medical has some solutions that could help ensure the well-being of you or a loved one.

OId style toilets can not only be uncomfortable, but dangerous as well. The low seating style can make it hard to sit down or get back up. The lack of balance and strength can cause harmful falls. By installing an elevated toilet seat with handrails can make it easier to get up and down while providing balance support to prevent a fall.

The bathtub may seem more dangerous than relaxing to some individuals. Stepping in and out of a bath or shower can be slippery and dangerous. Many senior citizens use towel bars and racks to support themselves but these were not made to support human weight. By forcing so much body weight on a device that isn’t sturdy, you are putting yourself at risk for a terrible slip. Consider investing in a transfer chair that allows you to easily sit and slide into the bath or shower without having to step over the wall of a tub. LA Medical also offers different grabs and bars that are designed to resist a lot of weight and can be strategically placed near the toilet and bath to offer stability and safety. There are also bath seats available for those who do not feel comfortable standing in a shower or have difficulties sitting all the way down into a bath.

With many elderly individuals staying in their homes longer, it is important to consider bathroom safety. Older people are at an increased risk for bathroom accidents and preventing falls should be a concern for everyone. LA Medical wants to help you and your loved ones make the bathroom a relaxing room once again.

A Scary Shift in Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in children


Are you ready for Halloween? Kids everywhere are getting excited for America’s scariest and sweetest night of the year. However, it is important to give children proper training about what makes a healthy diet and making sugary habits can affect their health.

Just a few years ago, it was almost unheard of to have a child diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In fact, it used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it was much more common among adults. However, the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in the youth of America, especially those who are overweight. It is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes glucose. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly. While medical suppliers like LA Medical offer diabetic supplies to help maintain diabetes, it is still a daily struggle for many adults and children. Doctors don’t fully understand why some children get type 2 diabetes while others with the same risk factors don’t, but there are some definite trends. Some different risk factors of type 2 diabetes in children are:

  • Being overweight
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Female gender
  • Specific ethnic groups
  • Problems with insulin resistance
  • Inactivity

While there is typically a genetic background to type 2 diabetes, the alarming increase in juvenile type 2 diabetes diagnoses underscores the role of environmental factors. The greatest risk factor for type 2 diabetes is excess weight. According to the CDC, nearly one third of all American children are considered overweight or obese. When a child is overweight, chances of them developing diabetes more than doubles. Obese children produce too much insulin so when the need for insulin arises, they are likely unable to produce enough more.

Type 2 diabetes is an increasing issue in the United States and, in many cases, can be prevented. Encourage your kids to eat healthy foods, be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. Halloween can be a great time to teach your kids the importance of maintaining a healthy weight through activity and a well-balanced diet. If you or your child suffers from type 2 diabetes, LA Medical offers quality diabetic supplies in our online store. Check it out today!

Stretching Your Way To Wellness

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Creating a stretch routine can provide health benefits for your entire body


If you are dealing with chronic back or joint pain from different medical conditions or an injury, you have probably tried various methods in an effort to ease your pain. Prescription painkillers, localized shots, topical creams and other medicinal solutions may temporarily dull the pain, but they can be expensive and only serve as a short term solution. LA Medical has other options available that can be done from the comfort of your own home.


Simple stretching exercises can help to decrease the pain in your joints or back by increasing the blood flow to those areas. It also helps increase your range of motion, making movements of all kind easier. Like all exercise, flexibility movements can help to release the muscle tension caused by stress. Speak with your physicians to make sure that you are using stretches that are effective for the location of your pain, as well as to make sure you are doing them correctly to prevent injury.


Stretching and even yoga are great ways to naturally alleviate chronic pain from conditions like arthritis. Simple hip flexor, shoulder, and hamstring stretches have been shown to greatly alleviate back pain. It is best to make stretching part of your daily routine. If you find that you need a little extra boost of pain management, but do not wish to resort to medication, try the Therma Moist Heating Pad from LA Medical. The pad draws in humidity from the air and uses it to more effectively treat pain in your legs, back, neck or anywhere else on your body.


You do not have to live with high levels of pain in your life, so consult a doctor about trying some stretching exercises or yoga in combination with a Therma Moist Heating Pad from LA Medical Retail to ease your pain.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Many women continue to struggle after they win their battle with breast cancer



Your treatments may be over, but the day that radiation or chemotherapy ends does not mark the end of your journey with breast cancer. Your mind and body have just gone through a lot of stress for a long time period and both need appropriate time to heal. LA Medical recognizes this and wants to offer additional information on your post treatment care.

There are two major hurdles that many breast cancer survivors face post-treatment. The first is fatigue resulting from the accumulated effects of treatments. The second is what many women are calling “chemobrain”. This phenomenon refers to the mental changes, memory deficits and inability to focus that many women face during and after their treatments.

Many women who have undergone the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment process live in a constant fear of a recurrence. It is hard to shift back to a life where cancer is less in your face than it was throughout your treatment. Just as when you started treatment, your life changes when they are over. You are now in a period of a “new normal” and may experience some form of separation anxiety from the old.

Everyone is different and had their own unique experience with breast cancer and its effects. Doctors’ rule of thumb as to the time it takes to heal from much of the anxiety that follows cancer treatment is the same time from your first “cancer scare” to the date of your last treatment. This will vary among women. Don’t let yourself become discouraged if you are not feeling back to normal right away. There are many support groups available for breast cancer survivors and many hospitals are now opening entire departments devoted to survivorship.

LA Medical offers various personal care and safety equipment in our online catalog that can help ease the transition into your new normal. Let us help you change from patient to survivor!

6 Ways to Take Action during National Skin Care Awareness Month

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Care for your skin to ensure it looks its best for as long as possible.

Care for your skin to ensure it looks its best for as long as possible.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Aging is a part of life that should be embraced, as it shows the many years of life that have been lived. Through the memories made and chances taken, every wrinkle has earned its place. While there are some changes that are out of our control, there are steps that can be taken to stay as healthy as possible during the aging process. September is National Skin Care Awareness Month, which is why LA Medical would like to offer up six helpful tips for healthier skin as people age. LA Medical wants to remind you it is never too late to adopt new habits and break old ones.

  1. One of the primary reasons for premature wrinkles is sun exposure. Over time, sun rays damage fibers in the skin and make it harder to recover after being stretched. Wearing sun screen every day, even when it is cold and cloudy outside, is the best way to stay protected.
  2. Smokers experience more wrinkles at an earlier age. Smoking damages the skin’s elasticity, as well as other major organs. There are different ways people go about quitting smoking. Find what works for you and take action today!
  3. With countless products on the market that claim to revitalize skin and reduce wrinkles, it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t. There are currently three products that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat sun damaged or aging skin: tretinoin cream and carbon dioxide and erbium lasers.
  4. Age spots are dark flat areas that are caused by years of sun exposure. They are common on exposed places such as the face, neck, arms, and feet. Using sun screen can help prevent future spots and tretinoin cream can help in reducing the appearance of the dark spots.
  5. As people age they lose oil and sweat from their skin, which increases dryness and itching. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease, can also increase itching, which can disrupt sleep and cause irritability. Ointments, creams, and lotions can all assist in reducing itching. Use a humidifier that can increase moisture in the air.
  6. As people age they may notice their skin bruises easier. The skin thins and loses fat and connective tissue, which supports blood vessels and makes them more susceptible to injury. However, sometimes bruising occurs due to an injury or illness and medical attention is needed.

Aging a natural part of life and LA Medical encourages you to embrace it. As time goes on, it is important to take steps to keep your mind, body, and spirit as healthy as possible. Protect your skin with tips found here and visit LA Medical online for skin care and health products.