2017-07-21 / Health & Medical

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JULY is... Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis affects children, too

Aches and pains are a widely accepted side effect of aging. Over time, bones can become more brittle and cushioning tissues between joints can deteriorate. But while arthritis and pain are often associated with the elderly, young people, including children, can experience arthritis as well.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, juvenile arthritis, or JA, comes in many forms and affects nearly 300,000 children. JA is an umbrella term used to classify a variety of diseases affecting the joints and musculoskeletal systems in children. Juvenile lupus, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), juvenile dermatomyositis, and Kawasaki disease are just a few of the conditions that fall under the JA umbrella.

Unlike adults, who may develop arthritis from years of wear and tear on the body, kids with JA can often trace their condition to genetics. JA also is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s natural immune system ends up attacking its own cells by mistake when something goes awry. With arthritis, that attack can result in pain, inflammation and fever.

Juvenile arthritis can cause persistent joint pain, swelling and stiffness. The Mayo Clinic says that some children with arthritis also develop serious complications, such as growth problems or eye inflammation, and JA may affect the skin and gastrointestinal tract.

Arthritis is typically a lifelong condition. Although flare-ups may last a few days or weeks, those with arthritis can usually expect their symptoms to persist throughout their lives. This can be especially challenging for children who are not mature enough to understand their condition. Furthermore, JA can be easily overlooked by doctors who are not used to seeing young patients with arthritis. Parents who learn to recognize the symptoms of JA may be able to identify the condition before their children’s doctors, and that early detection can help kids better cope with the discomfort and pain caused by their condition.

• Stiffness: Children with JA may be particularly stiff in the morning.

• Pain: Kids who complain of pain right after waking up rather than after a day of physical activity may be exhibiting signs of JA. Pain may dissipate as children begin moving.

• Swelling: Redness and swelling around the joints is an indication of inflammation. This swelling may come and go or persist for several days.

• Fever: Sudden fevers not linked to any respiratory or stomach ailments may be indicators of JA.

• Fatigue: JA can cause children to be more tired than usual. Fatigue also can affect eating and sleeping patterns.

If a pediatrician suspects JA, he or she likely will recommend a visit to a pediatric rheumatologist, who will then take a complete health history to determine the type of symptoms present and the length of time those symptoms have been present. Laboratory work, x-rays and other imaging tests will rule out other conditions, but no test can definitively say if a child is or is not suffering from JA.

There is no cure for arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation and improve quality of life. A combination of medications, physical therapy and healthy eating are usually prescribed to ease symptoms. Medications may be anti-inflammatory drugs as well as biologics, which put the disease into remission and prevent the body’s immune system from attacking the body further. Several different treatment plans may be tried until the right combination is found.

Weight management and healthy eating can help a child with JA prevent further joint damage as he or she ages. Physical activity, including low-impact exercises that take the stress off of knees or hips, also are good for the joints and can improve strength and flexibility. Arthritis is a condition that affects both adults and children. More information is available at www.arthritis.org.

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284-9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

Did you know?

A Senior helping Seniors. I have been helping my peers for over 12 years understand the various options available when becoming eligible for Medicare. Turning 65, leaving employment after turning 65, or maybe just moving into the State of Maine? You have choices.

As an independent agent, contracted with many of the Medicare insurers in the State of Maine, let me help with the various options available whether it is zero monthly premiums or a Cadillac plan that has a monthly premium. Medicare Supplement (Medigap), Medicare Advantage and/or Prescription drug plans, let me explain how it works and help you make the choice that is comfortable for you.

There is no obligation or fee for this service.

Call anytime … Judy Cunningham

Office (207)799-2550 or Cell (207)318-0459

Individual Care of Maine

Q. What makes Individual Care of Maine different from other In Home Care companies.

A. A few things separate us from other in home care companies.

First; We prioritize getting outside daily as it pertains to each client. depending on the physical abilities of each client we try to walk an move each day.

Second; We believe in cooking exceptional meals. There is just something about a home cooked meal that is good for the soul. When we train we also incorporate some cooking lessons to get our caregivers thinking about exceptional nutrition.

Third; We pay our caregivers way above the industry norm. We work as a team and help one another. When the caregivers are happy everybody is happy. In most situations the saying “the client comes first” is the norm. We believe this but we also feel that the caregiver also comes first. If the caregiver is well compensated and well supported by their employer, inevitibly ensures that the caregiver takes pride in the job that he or she is doing. When you take good care of your employees they, in turn take good care of the client.

Q. What was the inspiration for Individual Care of Maine

A. A dear friend was having a terrible time finding quality help with her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She was going through many caregivers and was continuously stressed about what was going on at hom while she was at work. Caregivers were calling in sick, not showing up, and sometimes just not a good fit for the family. Having been in a role as a caregiver as early as age 22 when my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then with a son needing ongoing surgeries from a bone disorder, and then being a cancer survivor myself I understood both sides of caregiving. I understood the stress and worry of caring for a family member and also recognized the difference my caregivers made in my and my familys life while I was undergoing my own treatment for cancer. I was inspired and I knew how I wanted our company to look. More human and less corporate.

Rolnick Chiropractic Wellness Centre

HUGS - From the moment we are born to the time of our death, touch is an extremely important contributor to emotional and physical health. The act of hugging causes the release of the “feel good” hormones dopamine and oxytocin and reduces the damaging hormone cortisol. Health benefits from hugs include lower blood pressure, reduced heart rate, reduced anxiety and increased compassion. Hugs have also been shown to decrease incidence of depression. Sharon Farber, Ph.D., commented in Psychology Today: “Being touched and touching someone else are fundamental modes of human interaction, and increasingly, many people are seeking out their own professional touchers and body arts teachers — chiropractors, physical therapists, Gestalt therapists, Rolfers, the Alexandertechnique and Feldenkrais people, massage therapists, martial arts and T’ai Chi Ch’uan instructors. Some even wait in physicians’offices for a physical examination for ailments with no organic cause — they wait to be touched.” The late Virginia Satir, psychotherapist and pioneer in family therapy, spoke about the importance of touch and hugs as it relates to a person’s emotional health: “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Hugs are healthy for your emotional and physical wellbeing. Even a 10-second hug may give you most of the benefits listed above. 95% of disease today is caused by stress. Hugs are an excellent way to reduce the effects of stress. For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207- 283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com.

Did you know?

People who periodically experience difficulty sleeping may benefit from spending more time outdoors. According to researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, sleeping outside can be beneficial to the sleep-wake cycle. That’s because spending time under the stars increases melatonin levels in the body. Melatonin is a hormone that controls wakefulness. Higher levels help the body relax and induce sleep. The researchers found that individuals who spent a weekend in the woods camping out at night fell asleep earlier and rose an hour and a half earlier in the morning. For those who don’t like to camp, increasing exposure to daylight and then avoiding sources of artificial light (i.e., televisions and cellphones) at night can help create a similar effect.

MASSAGE & ACUPUNCTURE… a vacation for your body.

Need help unwinding over vacation? Or perhaps you need to continue your therapeutic massage and acupuncture treatments while you’re away. Put yourself in the hands of the skilled staff at MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupuncture and yoga. We have served the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard community since 1991.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, allergies, insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Trying to cram 48 hours in to a 24 hour day? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. All our practitioners are trained in gua sha and cupping, soft tissue techniques borrowed from Chinese medicine. Both are extremely effective at working out stubborn old injuries and revitalizing damaged tissues.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic has convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. OPEN SUNDAYS. Please visit us at out our web site: www.massagecraft.com

Providing home care for you & your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

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