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Out of Breath? Stay Active!

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
One of the best ways to treat your COPD is staying active.

One of the best ways to treat your COPD is staying active.

Have you ever heard the phrase “the less you do, the less you are able to do”? This little saying rings true when it comes to exercise – especially if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Weak muscles need more oxygen, so if you don’t keep your strength, daily tasks like cooking or shopping will keep you out of breath. But regular exercise can change that. The more you condition your muscles, the easier daily activities become and you can maintain independence. Try a few of these simple exercises to get started!

  • Go for a walk – You can walk anywhere – outside, in a large building, on a treadmill. If it seems daunting, add a minute each day to build up your stamina.
  • Calf raises – Adding leg work to your workout routine will make it easier to walk farther and faster. For a calf raise, stand behind a sturdy chair to hold for balance. Lift up high on your toes and hold the raised position briefly. Lower your heels back to the ground and repeat. As you get stronger, add more reps!
  • Exercise your diaphragm – Your diaphragm is a key breathing muscle. Sit down with one hand on your chest and one below your rib cage. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling your stomach raise with one hand. Exhale through your mouth and tighten your stomach. The hand on your chest should not move. Repeat for 5 to 10 minutes Breathing like this will strengthen your diaphragm and make breathing in this way automatic.

If you are living with COPD, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Overall wellbeing can help you deal with the symptoms of your condition. If you have mobility issues in addition to your COPD, LA Medical has a variety of walkers and rollators to help keep you safe and active. November is COPD Awareness Month. Help us spread the word about this debilitating condition.

Why Not All Mobile Aids are Created Equal

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Find the right mobility aid for you!

Walking aids come in many styles; LA Medical explains the different styles of mobility aids.

You fell, had an injury, or are experiencing pain and a doctor has told you that a walking aid would be helpful in your life. You also want to prevent any future falls or injuries and understand the importance of being proactive. With a walking aid you know you will be able to avoid future problems. You are beginning to look for options but are not sure which is best. LA Medical is the place to go.

We offer an abundance of walking aids and are confident you will find what is best for you. We also want you to be proactive and take steps now to avoid problems in the future. We encourage you to keep searching for yourself or a loved one and keep their health a priority. We understand it can be difficult knowing what kind of walking aid to get for specific purposes, which is why we have created this guide to help you select the best one for your lifestyle.

Canes– A cane is a great tool for support and balance. After surgery or an injury it is important to strengthen the muscles in your leg again, but it may be slightly painful. A cane can help ease tension on the leg. It is small and can be easily transported from one place to the next.

Walkers– A walker can provide the assistance to walk independently while performing daily activities.  Find the right one for you based on budget, structure, and added accessories such as a seat or bag.

Wheelchairs– Used permanently for disease or disabilities, a wheelchair requires the use of upper body strength. They allow for a degree of independence and exercise.

Power Wheelchairs– If a patient doesn’t have adequate upper body strength for a wheelchair; a power wheelchair will be a better option. They will still be able to maneuver around without physically propelling themselves.

Scooters– They are used as a single person vehicle indoors or outdoors. They have baskets for carrying items and rechargeable batteries. They increase mobility and freedom.

Accessories- You may now be experiencing difficulties carrying items with your arms, which are now occupied. We have a convenient walker bag to hold snacks, water, books, or medications and a cup holder to prevent spilling. Tennis ball gliders can be used on the bottom of walkers for smooth gliding and easy moving. Check out our online catalog for more! LA Medical hopes to serve your needs!

Staying Safe at the Park during National Park and Recreation Month

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Get outside and explore safely.

Explore National Parks safely with these mobility tips.

July is National Park and Recreation Month! The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and it is time to get outdoors and soak it all in! Visiting a local park can allow you to meet people, breathe fresh air, and get exercise. Whether you are in a wheelchair or use a walking aid, outdoor activities may seem more difficult. LA Medical doesn’t want you to be slowed down because of your walking aid, which is why we provide products to ease your life. We know you will find what you are looking for to live life to the fullest every day and not skip a beat. Here we have provided products to assist you when moving around. We wish you a great summer filled with memories to last a lifetime.

While taking a trip to the park make sure to keep safety in mind. LA Medical has walking aid accessories here to help you.

  • A carry pouch can be easily attached to your walker or rollator to hold books, snacks, or a camera. It is made with durable and easy-to-clean material.
  • While using a walker it can be difficult to move as easily as you would like. That is why we provide tennis ball glides for a smooth, quiet, and durable glide experience.
  • When spending times outdoors it is especially important to stay hydrated. It can be difficult to carry a water bottle, which is why a cup holder is available to provide an “extra hand.”

Keep in mind the products we offer to ease your life and don’t hesitate to call us. We know life can add extra obstacles that make travel and adventures more difficult. Don’t be slowed down this summer! Allow LA Medial to assist you in making summer a season of enjoyment.

Flying with Ease: Airport Wheelchair Travel 2

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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LA Medical is continuing on with wheelchair travel and making sure your needs are being taken care of by the airport or airline.  Every airline has a list of reservation requirements that vary for rules or regulations.  LA Medical wants you to be aware of certain regulations such as providing medical certificates and battery storage for power mobility products.

If you or someone you know has a condition where they require additional assistance on the aircraft, they may need to provide the airline or travel agent with a medical certificate.  Under certain conditions, you may need to apply and receive a medical certificate from your doctor.  You may need to be examined by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to receive a medical certificate before you board a plane. You must state if you need or have one of these:

  • Medical oxygen while on-board
  • If you have a communicable disease or infection
  • Require medical attention during the entire flight

Every airline has different rules and regulations to work with you in these predicaments.  Contact your airline or travel agent with any questions.

Battery operated wheelchairs or mobility scooters must be looked at more in-depth while going through security. Newer power wheelchairs and mobility scooters have lithium-ion batteries installed which makes security checkpoints go a little smoother.  But what do you do if you have an older machine?

While going through security, your wheelchair or scooter will not have to be disconnected from the battery, but your equipment must have an effective method of preventing accidental activation during transport or flight such as removing the key, turning on a kill switch, removing the power arm or taping a switch in a closed position.

Wet cell batteries, or spillable, require special preparations to be transported.  The battery must be disconnected and terminals must be protected from causing an electrical short.  Sometimes wet batteries will be transported in a special box to reduce damage and leaky batteries.  Dry cell, or non-spillable, batteries have fewer requirements for transport and handling.  Dry cell batteries can stay plugged in during transport.

Contact LA Medical today with all of your mobility questions!

The Difference between Crutches and Knee Walkers for Injuries

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Unfortunately, sometime in our lives we may get an injury resulting in us taking it easy for a while and causing us to watch our step; literally.  If you prefer having more mobility, while recovering from an injury, a wheelchair may not be the best option for you.  Most homes are not fit for wheelchairs.  Today, LA Medical would like to help you understand two different forms of getting around with an injury: crutches and knee walkers. 

Crutches and walking aids have been around since thKnee Injurye Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.  Man has been able to somehow, someway move while having an injury of any kind.  Crutches come in two main forms, under armpit and forearm.  Injuries that require crutches as a form of healing and getting around can range from any broken bone, sprain, torn ligament or tendons, post-surgery and joint dislocations.  Crutches help by not having any pressure put on your injury while standing.

Crutches can pose a little bit of a problem.  Problems can be that you’re unable to carry things in your hands and it’s hard to maneuver opening doors by yourself.  Most people who use crutches short-term carry a backpack to help them carry personal items and have a friend or family member help them.

LA Medical also offers the great alternative to both a crutch and a wheelchair and that is a knee walker.  Knee walkers come with either three or four-wheeled stability, steering with brake controls and a comfortable cushion to rest your knee from a sprain or ankle injury.  Knee walkers provide you with more independence to open doors and carry things a lot smoother.  Knee walkers can support people who have either a left or right side injury and are ideal for people recovering from foot surgery, breaks, sprains, amputations and ulcers of the foot.

View LA Medical’s selection of armpit and forearm crutches and the Drive Knee walker today. Contact us with any questions or concerns!

How to find the Right Vehicle for your Mobility Needs

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Being able to drive around California in your vehicle only increases your independence of being able to get around on your own. Standard motor vehicles are not designed for people who use mobility products or other medical products to make sure they’re safe in any vehicle.  LA Medical wants you to be able to find the right vehicle for your mobility and safety.

Finding the right vehicle for mobility needs

Before finding the right vehicle, you’ll need to evaluate your wants and needs.  What works for you? Are others riding in the vehicle? Are you hauling things? People called driver rehabilitation specialists will evaluate you to identify the adaptive equipment you’ll need most fitted to your situation.

Selecting the right car, SUV, truck or van requires you, your evaluator and qualified vehicle modification dealer to work together to best suit your needs for mobility and driving. Some common questions that will be asked are:

  • Does the necessary adaptive equipment require a van, or will another passenger vehicle work?
  • Can the vehicle accommodate the weigh that needs to be installed?
  • Will there be enough space for your family and other cargo?
  • Do you have enough room to park the vehicle in your garage and enough room to get out and into your home?
  • Are there additional options that you can request to make the vehicle safer?

A complete evaluation and testing includes getting a vision screening, muscle strength, flexibility and range of motion test, eye-to-hand coordination test, reaction time test, judgment and decision making  test and making sure you’re able to drive with the adaptive equipment added to the vehicle.

Make sure not to rush into purchasing or leasing a vehicle if it won’t work for your needs.  Also, make sure if you purchase a used vehicle that it is carefully inspected for all safety features and that all options work. Let LA Medical know if they can help get professional diagnostics or wheelchair accessories for your wheelchair today!Make sure to find a qualified evaluator in your area or call your local Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED).  They’ll be sure to pair you with Driver Rehabilitation Specialists throughout the country.  Check with your insurance company as they may be able to pay for the evaluation.

Mobility Aids: What to Look For

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

At LA Medical Retail we offer a variety of mobility aids for those with various levels of mobility and stability needs. While we offer a large amount of options, it is not always easy for our customers to know exactly which item suits their level of mobility. To make sure that you know which aid is ideal for you, here are the mobility aids we offer and which level(s) of mobility they are suited for.

Manual wheelchairs are just one of many mobility aids we carry for people with varying levels of mobility.

Crutchesonly ideal for very short periods of time and for those recovering from injuries or a surgery. When using crutches, your hand supports should be at waist height with your elbows slightly bent.

Canesavailable in regular and quad, canes can be used for added balance and to help bear weight for those that can still walk well on their own. Ideally, your cane should be even with the back of your wrist when your arms are at your sides.

Rollatorsthese provide some balance to those that can still move around quickly, but require a little added stability. You know you have the best height for your rollator when the angle between your hip and arms when holding the hand grips is 20-30 degrees.

Walkersproviding more stability than rollators, walkers are for slower movers that need more weight bearing assistance. When standing behind your walker with hands on the grips, your elbows should only be slightly bent, and your back should stay upright when walking.

Manual wheelchairscan be used by anyone with partial to no mobility in their lower body, both independently and with assistance from a caregiver. Body width, depth and height measurements will be needed to fit a wheelchair properly.

Power wheelchairsa perfect option for those with very low mobility and function in both upper and lower body. Again, just like manual wheelchairs various measurements of you or your loved one’s body will be needed to fit the chair correctly.

Mobility Scootersmore of an outdoor option because of their larger size and turn radius, mobility scooters work well for those that cannot walk long distances. Height and weight measurements will need to be taken into account when purchasing a mobility scooter.

LA Medical Retail is happy to assist you or your loved one with your mobility aid needs, and we can answer any question you have regarding our mobility products. Feel free to give us a call or browse our online catalog for improvement in your mobility today!