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Physical therapy vs. opioid use in chronic pain treatment [National Physical Therapy Month]

Physical therapy vs. opioid use in chronic pain treatment [National Physical Therapy Month]

National Physical Therapy Month takes place in October each year to raise awareness of physical therapy as a healthy and effective alternative to opioids. The presence of pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek help from a healthcare professional. National research shows that chronic pain, defined as pain lasting longer than 3 months, affects roughly 100 million American citizens. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is “high-quality evidence” that treatments provided by physical therapists (PTs) are especially effective at reducing pain and improving function in cases of low back pain, fibromyalgia, and hip and knee osteoarthritis. Additionally, a number of studies show the efficacy of physical therapy interventions in preventing, minimizing, and, in some cases, eliminating pain in patients post-surgery, in patients with cancer, and in other clinical scenarios. It is evident that opioids have a role in addressing pain. Nevertheless, our modern society too often turns to quick-fix solutions for their problems, disregarding the risk they take upon themselves by doing so. According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans who are at least 60 years old say they have taken no less than 1 prescription drug within the last month. As far as pain and prescribing opioids go, this desire for a quick fix not only can be ineffective, it also can be dangerous. Frequently, when patients experience pain, non-opioid choices are safer, more effective, and longer lasting.   According to the CDC, in addition to the risks of addiction, overdose, and death, side effects of opioid use include: tolerance physical dependence increased sensitivity to...
Addiction in the Workplace [A Must-Read: 6 Ways to Deal With Addicted Employees]

Addiction in the Workplace [A Must-Read: 6 Ways to Deal With Addicted Employees]

As a business owner, you know that anything that affects your business IS your business. Drug addiction might be a personal problem, but employees under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work constitute a great risk for themselves as well as others. The well-being of your staff is important to you, so here are six ways you can identify and deal with an employee’s addiction. Research If you’re unacquainted with addiction and are uncertain if a employee is an addict, plenty of materials are available to assist you. Many trustworthy medical centers, educational institutes, and anti-addiction organizations have information that explains addiction, its symptoms, and tips for how to address it. The internet is a good place to find information, too. Here are just a few examples of government-related sites that can provide useful information: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) If you are Miami-Dade-based and are interested in getting information about drug addiction and drug testing in Hialeah, visit our website or call us to make an appointment. Observe Does your employee take unexpected days off more frequently than before? Do they arrive  later or leave earlier than normal? Do they act differently? Do they look, sound, or smell differently? They might have red eyes, for example, or slurred speech, or smell like drugs or chemicals. Based on the information you’ve collected in phase one, you can compare your employee’s appearance and performance to several indicators of drug addiction. Listen Are your other employees worried about this employee? If your employee’s...
Time for Flu Shots! [Must-Have Fall Vaccination Guide]

Time for Flu Shots! [Must-Have Fall Vaccination Guide]

As the fall approaches, we have to start thinking about protecting ourselves and our families against winter diseases. Mostly because the weather isn’t changing, we remember this when it’s too late. Here’s your guide to approaching the matter in an informed, organized and efficient way: Think ahead It takes 10 to 14 days following any vaccination before the immune response and subsequent protection kick in. That is why most countries start immunizing in the early autumn. The peak epidemic season starts before mid-November, and the season usually ends at the end of May the following year. The defense provided by the shot is projected to last for at least one flu season. As October approaches, make sure to plan your vaccinations in the early days of fall to make sure you are protected throughout the winter. Check if you’re in the high-risk group for the flu Getting a yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone. But specific groups of people have the potential to suffer more significantly than others when they contract influenza, and they are encouraged to get a flu shot in September or October of each year to avoid being infected, as well as avoid the risk of flu-associated hospitalization. The flu shot is especially recommended for: People with cystic fibrosis People with heart disease Children and teenagers on aspirin therapy People with asthma, or any chronic respiratory illness People with compromised or suppressed immune systems Adults with chronic diseases Pregnant women Health care workers People over the age of 65 People living in nursing homes and retirement homes, or anywhere that an influenza infection would spread...
Medical Center Hialeah – Did you know you can do THIS to protect your heart?

Medical Center Hialeah – Did you know you can do THIS to protect your heart?

Heart disease is the main cause of death in the United States today. We spend our lives worrying about car accidents, mass shootings, murders, etc., when in fact the biggest risk of death is inside us. This data is alarming, but the good news is there are things you can do to help prevent heart conditions such as stroke or cardiac arrest. Did you know your lifestyle has a great influence on your heart? Many people don’t realize how much is in their hands when it comes to preventing disease and staying healthy. We hope this article will help you see that and convince you to take the necessary steps to take good care of your heart.   How can I protect my cardiac health? There are many things you can do to help prevent cardiovascular (heart) diseases. The list includes: Take care of your overall health. Know the risks. Watch the symptoms. And most importantly, schedule regular checkups at your doctor’s office. Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, if possible. If your friend is heading out for a smoke break, it’s OK not to join her. It’s your life we’re talking about. Check your blood pressure regularly. The norm is 120/80. Anything higher than that can indicate that something’s wrong. Check your cholesterol. Aim for no higher than 200 mg/dL. The lower your LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol levels) and the higher your HDL (‘good’ cholesterol levels’) within that number, the better. Maintain a healthy diet. Limit foods rich in trans fats as they can increase the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Added sugar is to be limited or avoided as much as...
8 Physical Therapy Treatments After a Fracture

8 Physical Therapy Treatments After a Fracture

Have you ever broken a bone as the result of a fall or accident? If you have, then you will agree that it is a very stressful event. It happens unexpectedly and fills us with worry about the length of the healing process, the pain, and the possibility that we won’t recover fully and that our daily activities will be affected. You don’t need to be afraid. At RiteCare, we help you understand the process as we give your body what it needs to heal itself quickly and with minimum stress. Bone healing is a natural process. Your body is fully prepared to heal itself when it comes to fractures.  All you need to do is to give the bone optimal conditions to do so. These conditions require help of healthcare professionals, of course. If needed, doctors will order an X-ray. In some cases, an MRI or CT scan may also be required. After examining your scans, they may need to re-align and set the broken bone. Immobilization of the affected bone could require casts (most common), metal plates and screws, intramedullary nails or external fixators. Typically, the fractured bone area will be immobilized for 2-8 weeks. If a broken bone has been aligned appropriately and immobilized, the healing process can start. After the bone has healed, it is necessary to begin regaining muscle strength and flexibility in the affected area. Depending on which bone has been broken, your physical therapist’s goals are to help you: Reduce Pain and Swelling. Your physical therapist may apply diverse types of treatments and electrothermal modalities, like specialized massage, electrical stimulation, and cold...
How Physical Therapy Will Help with Your Chronic Pain [Quick Guide

How Physical Therapy Will Help with Your Chronic Pain [Quick Guide

Do you feel as if “everything hurts, everywhere” and your symptoms spread from one area to another? Do you feel fatigued and afraid to do your normal activities? Do you feel anxious and depressed? If you do, you may be suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain is a condition that arises when the brain concludes there is a risk to a person’s health based on signals it receives from the body. This disorder can, and often does, occur autonomously of any actual body damage (due to injury or disease), and lasts beyond physiological tissue healing time. It is projected that 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain each year. The causes of chronic pain vary broadly. While any condition may lead to chronic pain, there are a few medical conditions expected to cause chronic pain. These include: Trauma/injury Diabetes Fibromyalgia Limb amputation Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Some conditions, like cancer or arthritis, cause constant pain. With chronic pain, nevertheless, pain continues to be produced by the nervous system even after physical tissues have healed. Chronic pain touches the life of each person suffering from it in a different way. In some cases, chronic pain may lead to decreased activity levels, job loss, or financial complications, as well as anxiety, depression, and disability. Physical therapists work together with chronic pain patients to reduce their pain, and restore their level of activity to the highest conceivable levels. With treatment, the adverse effects of chronic pain can be diminished. How Can a Physical Therapist Help? Your physical therapist in Hialeah will evaluate your condition, teach you about chronic pain, as well as develop...
RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center receives a 2018 WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD® as one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers

RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center receives a 2018 WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD® as one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers

We are pleased to share the news that RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. Women’s Choice Award® is presented to the best hospitals & doctors in the United States, i.e. those having both exceptional ratings, as well as providing the highest level of care and commitment to their patients’ health and well-being. This Award takes into account women’s preferences when selecting a healthcare facility, using very strict criteria. Now, women can feel even more confident in selecting RiteCare for themselves and their families. “The Women’s Choice Award reflects our continuing commitment to delivering an excellent  healthcare experience, and we are honored to be distinguished as as one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers this year,” said Dr. Hossein Joukar, Medical Director & CEO of RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center. “To have our Urgent Care Medical Center recognized by the Women’s Choice Award is an honor and reinforces our goal to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of care.” Our urgent care centers provide walk-in attention for medical issues without the long wait and expense of an emergency room visit. You can walk in to our RiteCare Urgent Care Clinic for problems such as sprains, minor cuts or burns, headache or earache, common cold, cough, sore throat, and even the flu. RiteCare Urgent Medical Center’s urgent care facilities are also home to primary care, flu shots, physical therapy, and immunization services for the Miami, Hialeah, Miami Springs and the South Florida region. We contribute to...
How to avoid driver fatigue

How to avoid driver fatigue

Fatigue Reasons Fatigue is a natural state that can transpire long before you fall asleep while driving. It has a negative influence on your response time, your ability to focus and your overall understanding of the road and traffic around you. What are the four major causes of fatigue? Sleep loss – this is the most basic reason for fatigue. The average human needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day. If you do not get your daily “quota,” it is likely to make you feel tired. A lack of sleep may accumulate over time (“sleep debt”), so make sure you sleep enough and regularly. Time spent driving – the longer people drive without resting, the greater their level of tiredness. In addition, the time spent on other activities, such as work or school, can increase fatigue and influence your driving later on. Before you go on a long trip, rest well, then take regular breaks while on the road. Circadian rhythms – the biological clock in our brain naturally determines when we feel sleepy. Circadian rhythms program us to feel most sleepy between 3am and 5am, with a secondary peak in sleepiness between 3pm and 5pm. If you want to avoid fatigue, plan your long distance trips accordingly. Monotony – boredom is a close cousin of fatigue. While planning your trip, try to choose picturesque scenery, listen to good music or audiobooks, or invite a companion to join you, so that you can have an interesting conversation while driving. Seeing the same, endless landscape with no stimulation can lull you into sleepiness. Driving While Tired Fatigue-related collisions...
Rates of drug use for Florida workers highest in a decade

Rates of drug use for Florida workers highest in a decade

  An analysis of more than 10 million drug test results presented at 13th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in May this year by Quest Diagnostics showed that drug use in the American workforce in 2017 reached the highest positivity rate since 2005. The overall percentage of workers testing positive for the presence of drugs among the combined U.S. workforce in 2017 was 4.2 percent (the same as in 2016). It’s a dramatic rise from the 3.5 percent rate in 2012, which was the lowest rate in 30 years. The analysis also showed the rate of testing positive for different drugs. Marijuana testing continued its five-year upward trend, with a nearly 75 percent increase, from 5.1 percent in 2013 to 8.9 percent in 2017, in the general US workforce. Cocaine positivity increased 12 percent in 2017, reaching a seven-year high of 0.28 percent, compared to 0.25 percent in 2015 in the general US workforce. Methamphetamine positivity increased more than 8 percent (US). The 2017 data implies changing patterns of drug use, with the number of positive tests for cocaine and amphetamines rising and falling in some parts of the country and marijuana use increasing in states with new recreational use statutes. Overall positivity in drug testing in Florida was 3.4 percent, lower than the national average, while the percent of positive tests from drug testing in Hialeah ranged from 3.2-3.5 percent. Shifts in positivity of different kinds of illicit drugs in Florida are comparable to those in other areas of the country, except for methamphetamine, whose positivity rate in Florida increased by 140 percent between 2013...
10 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Good for You

10 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Good for You

Whenever you are unable to do things you used to do due to pain, stiffness of joints or loss of feeling, your doctor will probably advise you to undergo some kind of physical therapy. Regardless of the cause of your struggle, you can be certain that your quality of life can be greatly improved through physical therapy. However, what you may not know is that physical therapy has other beneficial effects for you, too. We have compiled 10 reasons why physical therapy is good for you. Feel free to share them with your loved ones! We all deserve a healthy body and a pain-free life! 1. Physical therapy reduces pain Physical therapy techniques or treatments can help alleviate pain and repair muscle and joint functioning, and, in turn, reduce even chronic pain. 2. Physical therapy improves your mobility Chronic pain may influence your mobility, making it impossible to stand, walk or move at times. An experienced therapist will assess your condition and find the best way to get your joints and muscles working in harmony. An individual care program prepared at our Medical Center Hialeah can be tailored to fit your activity plan to ensure the best performance and comfort. 3. Physical therapy helps you manage age-related issues Specific conditions come with age. Fortunately, most of them can be helped or even prevented by incorporating physical therapy into your life. As you grow older, you may develop arthritis or osteoporosis or need a joint replacement. Physical therapy is the best prevention and healing tool when it comes to dealing with arthritic or osteoporotic conditions. It can also be very...

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