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Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • Choosing Your Rheumatologist Wisely

    Posted on January 29, 2014 by Core Products

    There are a number of reasons you might need a new rheumatologist – maybe you just moved to a new location. Maybe you’ve had a recent injury or been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and you need the right specialists to help you along the way. Perhaps you just need a change in personalities.

    Whatever the reason, it’s important your rheumatologist is a good fit for your personality, condition, and circumstances. Feeling comfortable with your health workers can ease what can be a stressful process of healing or treatment. With this in mind, here are five ways to evaluate your prospective rheumatologists before choosing the right fit for you:

    1. Find a Specialist. Rheumatology is its own category of medicine that focuses on the treatment of autoimmune diseases that involve pain. However, within that field, rheumatologists can specialize in RA. It’s important to find a rheumatologist who specializes in your condition to get the best treatment. You can start this process with your primary doctor. Unfortunately, because of insurance limitations and lack of local rheumatologists, patients with RA can’t always get to a rheumatology office on a regular basis. In these cases, your doctor may be able to treat your arthritis on a regular basis in conjunction with less regular trips to the rheumatologist.

    Check the reputation of the physician or practice. Your doctor can make recommendations, and there are a number of online resources you can use to gauge the reputation of health care professionals. Directories such as HealthGrades, RateMDs or Vitals.com compile online reviews of physicians. You can always ask around, as well – friends, neighbors, or relatives with RA are likely well versed in your local options.

    2. Evaluate the Office. Now that you’ve done your homework, schedule an appointment with a place you feel might be a good fit. Make sure to listen: Call them on the phone to schedule. Was the staff helpful and courteous? Did you feel they had good customer service? Try and get a feeling for the wait time when scheduling an appointment. If you have to wait several weeks or months to see your doctor, they might be close to capacity for patients.

    3. Observe During Your Visit. Now you’re in the office for your visit – see if the staff still seems helpful. Time your waits to see the doctor – first in the waiting room, then once they bring you back for your procedure or visit.

    4. Talk to your Doctor about Your Condition. This should go without saying, but you will want to be prepared with specific questions about arthritis and your specific case. Your doctor should be happy to answer questions, but you will need to be the one to ask them. The more information you can gain about your rheumatoid arthritis and your treatment options.

    Research has shown that treating rheumatoid arthritis early and aggressively can avoid future joint damage. Your doctor should discuss treatment and how to avoid later problems. Even mild RA sufferers can take disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to slow down your RA.

    Overall, think about your experience throughout the entire process. Did you feel well-served, comfortable, and cared for? If not, this could be a red flag, and a sign of how things will go in the future. Of course, choosing a new doctor or clinic is a painstaking process – but if you’ve done it right, it will save innumerable headaches and stress (not to mention joint paint) further down the road in your treatment of RA.

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  • 5 Tips to Minimize the Occurrence of Back Pain

    Posted on January 13, 2014 by Core Products

    For many of us, back pain is one of those unavoidable things. Whether it’s carrying in too many groceries at a time, a marathon round of golf, yard work, or even picking up a pencil from the floor, one wrong move can ruin a weekend. What you may not know, is there are a few easy things you can do to greatly minimize the occurrence of back pain.

    1. The first thing is simply, to stretch. Take 2 minutes each morning and stretch your back by slowly and gently, bending in each direction. Be sure to breathe while your stretching, that oxygen is good for the muscles.
    2. When lifting, bend at the knees and not at the waist. It’s especially important to avoid twisting, turning or pivoting while picking up an item. My favorite way to remember that is the saying, "lift like an elevator, not like a crane".
    3. Don’t overload yourself. A good rule of thumb is if you’re going to try and lift an object that is more than 20% of your body weight, ask someone for help lifting it. 
    4. When lifting an object, keep it close to your body. It puts more and more stress on your back, the further out it is held from the body.
    5.  Lastly, exercise. You’d be amazed how even a little exercise can help minimize the occurrence of most common back pain. Lower back, abdominal, and oblique exercise help to stabilize and strengthen the core. For many that have a low to moderate activity level, exercise is best thing to help minimize back pain.

    For those with chronic low back pain, see you doctor and ask about a good treatment plan. Ask your doctor if TENS therapy is right for you.

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  • Four Tips for Coping with Sleep Apnea

    Posted on January 3, 2014 by Core Products

    Core Products International, experts in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) products, provide four top tips for those living with sleep apnea.

    Recognized as a serious disorder, sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. A person with untreated sleep apnea repeatedly stops breathing while asleep, preventing the brain and body from receiving enough oxygen.

    Core Products International provides superior tips to help people live more comfortably and possibly avoid the dangers of the sleep disorder:

    1.    Watch your weight: According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, roughly half of the people diagnosed with sleep apnea are overweight.* Go to the doctors for regular checkups to ensure you are keeping a healthy weight. Don’t be afraid to discuss a weight loss program with your physician, especially if you carry hereditary risks for sleep apnea.

    2.    Quit Smoking: According to Mayo Clinic, smokers are three times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).** OSA is the more common form of apnea and is caused by a blockage in the airway.

    3.    Know your family history: If a family member has sleep apnea, relatives may be at an increased risk for the condition as well.**

    4.     Reduce Alcohol Intake: Similar to smoking, those who consume alcohol excessively can be at a greater risk for sleep apnea. The over indulgence of alcohol causes throat muscles to relax, putting any person at a greater risk for OSA.

    Core Products also offers pillows designed specifically for people with sleep apnea who use a CPAP machine. The unique shape of the Mini CPAP Pillow does not interfere with the placement of the CPAP mask and is great for travel while the full size Core CPAP Pillow comes in 3 different heights to fit you best. These pillows helps CPAP users feel more comfortable using their equipment and helps to prevent mask leaks and soreness. Use Discount Code CPAP10 at checkout for 10% off a Core CPAP Pillow.

    There is no known cure for sleep apnea, but it is highly treatable with CPAP. For more information on Core CPAP Pillow, please contact Customer Service at 800-365-3047 or info@coreproducts.com

    ** http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleep-apnea/DS00148/DSECTION=risk-factors

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  • The Massage Therapist's Thumb Massage Techniques

    Posted on January 2, 2014 by Core Products

    Have you ever wondered about the secrets to giving a professional quality massage? Do you have the massage tools you need to give that perfect, therapeutic massage?

    Watch these short videos to get tips and tricks on how to use the Massage Therapist's Thumb on various parts of the body such as the back, arms & hands, neck, hips, around joints and more!

    Learn More about the Massage Therapist's Thumb Here

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