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    Examining the Uses and Benefits of Physical Therapy

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Physical therapy focuses on re-establishing comfortable movement of the body. Whether you have suffered an injury or are looking to manage a condition such as arthritis, physical therapy can strengthen the body and improve your flexibility. Physical therapists often work in conjunction with primary care physicians and medical facilities to ensure that you are getting the most out of your therapy.

    Physical Therapy for Injury Recovery

    Physical therapy is often used to facilitate recovery from an injury to muscles, ligaments, tendons, or even bone. The goal of physical therapy following an injury is to restore your body to its pre-injury state so you can resume the normal activities in your life. During physical therapy, you will work to regain strength and flexibility to support the injured area. This not only speeds up the healing process, but prevents future injury as well.

    Physical Therapy for Long-Term Management of Medical Conditions

    Certain medical conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and spinal conditions, make it difficult or painful to move. Physical therapy may be used in conjunction with other medical care to treat pain and restore or improve your body’s range of motion. In individuals with such conditions, strengthening the muscles that support the joints allows for pain-free motion and a significant improvement in quality of life.

    Major Benefits of Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy helps you to recover from or manage a medical condition with the help of a trained professional. Regular appointments and one-on-one treatment keep you motivated and track your progress. By strengthening the body, you are creating a greater support system for your muscles, joints, and bones. Physical therapy may also be your preferred treatment if you do not wish to undergo surgery or other more invasive medical procedures.

    The Physical Therapy Department at the Newton Medical Center provides rehabilitation, pain management, and education to improve your life. Call us today at (888) 507-9146 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. You can click through to our website to learn more about physical therapy and the other comprehensive medical services we provide.

    Protect Your Health!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Are you taking the steps necessary to protect your health? Browse through these links for more information on maintaining your overall health, wound management treatment options, obstructive sleep apnea, and ways you can stay fit as you grow older. Give Newton Medical Center a call at (888) 507-9146 to learn about our triage center and ER services.

    • The foods you eat have a direct impact on your health status. Explore this article from WebMD.com to learn which foods can improve your immune system.
    • Exercise may help you lose weight, but it also provides a number of other health benefits. Visit this link from MayoClinic.com for more information about the advantages of exercise.
    • Make sure you are protecting your health by following these great health and wellness tips from USAWeekend.com.
    • Why do some wounds heal faster than others? Learn all about the causes of non-healing wounds by reading through this article from the World Health Organization
    • This article from the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants takes a closer look at common wound healing treatments

    Identify Your Risk for Sleep Apnea With This Helpful App

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, not all patients are aware that they are suffering from this sleep disorder. Available for your phones and tablet devices, the new Are U Sleepy? Sleep Apnea Risk app makes it easy for you to assess your symptoms and determine whether you are at risk for sleep apnea. Complete with four major tests used to diagnose sleep apnea and a BMI calculator to determine if your weight is increasing your chances for OSA, this app is a must-have! Click on the link to download yours today.

    Whether you are suffering from a sleep disorder or just want to assess your health status, Newton Medical Center is here for you. We also feature a triage center, minor care area, and emergency room. To learn more, call (888) 507-9146 today!

    A Look at Your Wound Care Treatment Options

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Nearly all of us will suffer from some type of wound or laceration at one point or another. While many wounds will heal on their own, some will necessitate specialized treatment from an emergency medical facility or triage center. For example, wounds that become infected or those associated with impaired circulation often require treatment from a comprehensive wound care facility. Read this article to take a closer look at the wound care treatment options offered by Newton Medical Center.

    Medications and Antibiotic Therapy

    Infection is one of the leading causes of delayed wound healing. In the event that your wound is not healing due to contamination, the physicians with Newton Medical Center will provide antibiotic therapy and/or a variety of oral, topical, and injectable medications.

    Nutritional Assessment and Counseling

    In some cases, simple dietary adjustments are enough to promote the healing process. Your wound care specialist may recommend increasing your intake of protein, healthy calories, zinc, and vitamins A and C in order to stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities.

    Surgical Debridement

    Wounds that cannot be healed through medications or lifestyle modifications, as well as those that show severe signs of infection, may require surgical debridement. During this process, the compromised tissues are removed before the area is flushed or cleansed to remove any remaining dead-tissue. The wound will then be treated with antibiotics and packed with gauze to control bleeding.

    Bio-engineered Skin Grafts

    Individuals who require surgical debridement may require a bio-engineered skin graft for extremely large wounds. These grafts are designed to simulate your body’s own natural tissue and therefore have an extremely small chance of rejection.

    Wound Dressings

    Regardless of the treatment method utilized, all wounds will be dressed in sterile bandages or gauze in order to protect the tissue during the healing process.

    Don’t let a non-healing wound increase your chances for additional health complications. Learn more about your wound care options by contacting Newton Medical Center online or at (888) 507-9146. You can also learn more about our ER services or minor care area by visiting us online.

    Tips for Staying Fit at Any Age

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Exercise is an important part of promoting your long-term health. Unfortunately, many of us tend to put off exercise as we get older, especially when we suffer from certain chronic joint conditions. Take a look at these tips to help you stay fit regardless of your age.

    Start Slow

    Getting back into an exercise routine when you’ve been sedentary for quite a while is not always easy. Make sure you start slow, taking the time to stretch your muscles and ease into physical activity. You may consider starting off with mild aerobic exercises such as walking or swimming to help you get back in the swing of things before taking on more strenuous activities.

    Know Your Limit

    You don’t necessarily need to exhaust yourself completely in order to get a good workout. In fact, pushing yourself harder than you are used to may actually cause more damage to your health in the long run. Instead, try to participate in physical activities that make you break a sweat but don’t cause you to gasp for breath.

    Find a Workout Partner

    One great way to stay motivated when starting an exercise routine is to work out with a partner. Consider asking one of your family members or close friends to take walks with you around the neighborhood, take yoga classes with you, or simply window-shop around the mall.   

    Enroll in a Fitness Program

    One of the best ways to stay fit once you’ve entered your 40s is to enroll in a physician-monitored fitness program. Newton Medical Center’s Fitness Forum is proud to offer a number of beneficial programs, including monitored cardiac rehabilitation, a maintenance program, a risk factor reduction program, and our healthy senior exercise program.

    You can protect your health no matter how old you are by contacting the Fitness Forum at Newton Medical Center. Give us a call at (888) 507-9146 for more information on our outpatient services. You can also check out our website for a full listing of our emergency medical services.

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