2015-07-17 / Health & Medical

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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 lowimpact 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.

Providing home care for you and 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.

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. We have 10 practitioners with 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

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.

Get relief from sunburn

Sunburn is something nearly everyone will experience at least once in their lifetimes. Though men, women and children should look to prevent sunburn entirely, sometimes sunburns occur, making those exposed to too much sun uncomfortable and possibly even dealing with considerable pain. Sunburn is marked by red, sensitive skin that can be hot to the touch. Inflammation and blistering may occur. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that while sunburn may seem like a temporary irritation, it can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Treating sunburn may require several different approaches. • Get out of the sun the moment you first feel irritation. Your skin may not be red, but irritation may be the first indication that you are being burned by the sun. • Take cool baths or showers to relieve the pain and heat in the skin. Cool, damp towels also can do the trick. • Use a moisturizing lotion with aloe vera. Avoid

moisturizers with petroleum, as they will lock in heat. • The American Academy of Dermatology notes that sunburn may lead to dehydration. Drink plenty of water to keep your body well hydrated. • Blisters may occur if sunburn is particularly bad. Do not succumb to the temptation of popping the blisters, as doing so may result in an infection. • Take a dose of ibuprofen to reduce swelling and counteract the pain. Ibuprofen also may help prevent some long-term damage. • If a blistering burn covers more than 20 percent of the body, seek medical attention. In addition, visit your physician if a sunburn is accompanied by fever and chills. • Keep sunburn covered up with tightly woven clothing to aid in healing. Sunburn can be painful and increase your risk for skin cancer, so prevention and treatment should be taken seriously.

Get comprehensive eye exams from Dr. Jo Johnson

Dr. Jo Johnson has been serving the eyecare needs of York County since 1977. A fully licensed medical doctor whose specialty is ophthalmology, Dr. Jo (as many of her patients call her) provides both medical and surgical eyecare. She operates at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford where she does cataract and implant surgery.

In her offices, Dr. Johnson offers comprehensive eye exams to look for signs of glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, lyme disease and many other diseases. She treats eye diseases and injuries and also prescribes glasses. The emphasis is on meeting the personal eyecare needs of her patients and evaluating the health of their eyes.

Dr. Johnson takes the time to get to know her patients and their medical histories. She has the knowledge and experience to assist her patients in making sensible decisions concerning their health and the health of their eyes. Her warm and supportive approach to her patients makes her an ideal choice for your family’s eyecare needs. Dr. Johnson sees children through seniors and accepts most insurances including Medicare and Mainecare.

She has offices in 2 convenient locations: Kimball Health Center, 333 Lincoln Street, Saco • 283-3676 and Johnson Hall Museum, 2713 Post Road (RTE. 1), Wells • 985-2020

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips:

Health Tip of the Month: Nuts to you!!! According to Mercola.com (the world’s largest natural health website), people who ate at least 1/3 oz of nuts per day had an average 23 percent reduced risk of death due to cancer, diabetes, respiratory and neurodegenerative disease during a decade –long study. Previous research found that eating nuts at least five times a week lead to a 29 percent reduction in mortality risk due to heart disease; a 24 percent reduction for respiratory disease; and an 11 percent reduction for cancer. Most nuts’ nutritional makeup closely resemble an ideal ration of the basic building blocks- fat making up the greatest amount, followed by a moderate amount of protein and a low amount of non-vegetable carbs. The healthiest nuts to eat are raw almonds (with skin on), macadamia nuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, pecans, pistachio, hazelnuts and cashews.

Thought for the Month: Vitamin K2 is every bit as important as vitamin D for protecting your heart and bone health; it’s essential for activating enzymes involved in transporting calcium from your arterial walls to your bone.

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: A case study published on July 17, 2014, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documented chiropractic care helping a 9-year-old girl who was suffering from chronic ear infections, neck pain, headaches and hearing loss. The study records that over the first three weeks of chiropractic care, the girl did not experience a single headache. After three weeks of chiropractic care, she was brought to an otolaryngologist for reevaluation. It was found that her hearing level had returned to 95% of normal. As a result of these profound improvements surgery scheduled for tympanostomy tubes was considered unnecessary, and the procedure was cancelled. “Numerous studies have identified positive outcomes in otitis media with chiropractic care based on the detection and removal of subluxation,” the study concludes. “This case study demonstrated a total remission of chronic ear infections in a girl under chiropractic care.”

For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our

Coastal Rehab celebrates 10 years in business

Cape Elizabeth based Coastal Rehab, LLC marks 10 Years of Outstanding Service to Cumberland and York County Residents. Cape Elizabeth, ME, June 12th, 2015

Coastal Rehab, LLC, a provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy services is celebrating ten years of delivering high quality therapy services to individuals in Cumberland and York counties. The private practice has experienced steady growth since 2005.

“We’ve come a long way since our founding in 2005 and I’m very proud of what we have accomplished to date”, remarked Nathalie Descheneaux, Owner and Founder of Coastal Rehab.

“We have established strong relationships with our clients and elder care providers, which can only come from experience, integrity and genuine care for the satisfaction of our clients.”

The company sets itself apart by carefully selecting only the most talented and reliable physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as consistently providing the highest levels of customer service seen in the industry. About Coastal Rehab

Founded in 2005, Coastal Rehab has become a premier therapy practice serving Southern Maine. The company provides therapy services in the home or onsite at any of their 4 locations in Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and Kennebunk. For more information, please call 767-9773 or visit www.coastalrehab.me.


Art of Awareness has relocated to 100 Waterman Dr. and has opened the Bridge Studio. Our approach is client centered, supports sustainable self-care and health at every size.

In addition to offering therapeutic services for a wide range of mental health and wellness issues we now have a beautiful movement studio.

Bridge Studio provides Yoga, Tai Chi/ Qigong, Meditation and Mindfulness Classes.

New students can try our 2 week Unlimited Introductory Class for $25. Seniors & Teens only $11 per class. 10 class card is $120 5 class card is $65 Drop In Classes $15 per class

Go to artofawareness.org for more information about therapy or to sign up for studio classes or call 207-799-1331

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about health insurance?

Karen Vachon, Licensed health insurance agents helps individuals, families, small business owners, and senior citizens navigate their health insurance options. From Obamacare to Medicare Vachon’s approach is different. She gets up close to the individual client’s needs and situation and taps into available resources to protect life’s twist, turns, and surprises.

“The health insurance purchased has changed a lot in the last year and people are really confused”, explains Karen, who helps people determine their eligibility for tax credits, along with choosing a plan that best meets their needs and budget. “People are also concerned about the tax penalty if they don’t have health insurance”, says Karen, who helps people identify if they’re exempt from the penalty; or would prefer more affordable protection off the exchange.

Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed and confused? Call Karen! 207-730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

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