Category Archives: Medical Procedures

When is the Best Time to Get Braces?

At some point, many people are faced with the fact that they need braces. Braces have many purposes for dental health, a major one being to correct jagged, misaligned, or overlapped teeth. Braces can also correct overbites or underbites. Dentists will refer to this simply as a “bad bite,” but the official name of the condition is called malocclusion. An overbite is when the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, and an underbite is when the lower jaw is bigger than the upper jaw. Patients typically wear braces for about 2 years, though the time frame ultimately depends on the patient.

How Often Should You Get a Massage?

Massage therapy is one of the many beneficial therapeutic options you can choose from at a spa or a practice that specializes in massage and aroma therapy. People who get massages for their first time realize the effects immediately, and then they start to question how often a person should actually receive a massage. It’s a great question, as massages are healthy and beneficial for your muscles.

The Road to Surgery

General surgery is defined by the American Board of Surgery as “a discipline that requires knowledge of and familiarity with a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment.” Because it is of an all-encompassing nature, general surgery requires that surgeons have a vast knowledge of the body’s systems, ailments, and the surgical techniques that will correct them. We’ve researched general surgery residency at some of the most prestigious schools of medicine in the country. Here’s a look at what it takes to become a general surgeon in the United States today.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Is Laser Spine Surgery an Option?

As we age, our bones start to weaken and we tend to experience more pain in the back and neck areas. Vertebral fractures and other disc-related problems start to appear, especially for people over the age of 35. Back pain and injury is also attributed to the kind of lifestyle we live. For example, frequent lifting of heavy items can lead to spine problems. All of these back-related symptoms are indicative of the degenerative disc disease.

Hands-Free Wheelchairs Get New Technology

Scientists and students from Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University have published a study that details a new technology they’ve developed that allows paralyzed wheelchair users to control movements using a magnetic tongue stud.

Laser Spine Surgery – An Option For Scoliosis Sufferers?

People who suffer from scoliosis typically don’t notice it until it’s too late. Unfortunately, the spinal curvature can be pretty severe before people realize what’s going on. Aside from a noticeable spinal curve, people with scoliosis may notice that their shoulders and hips are uneven. Untreated, the spine may begin to twist as well causing severe back pain and problems with breathing.

A history of limited options

In the past those who suffered from S or C shaped spinal curvatures didn’t have much of a choice with their treatment options. The go to procedure was an open spine fusion surgery. This is and was a complex procedure which involved large incisions (and the resultant scars) , removal of substantial portions of the spine and replacing it with cumbersome (and bulky) devices. This procedure is intensive and the recovery for patients was long and difficult. Unfortunately, the choice for patients was essentially between further discomfort and deteriorating health or the fusion surgery.

An Overview of Vaccines

A few days ago, a friend kindly broke my long writer’s block (so many subjects, so little time), with a question about vaccines. She had heard a radio ad for a study in which a new AIDS vaccine candidate would be tested. The ad stated that the vaccine was perfectly safe. Is that possible, she inquired? While I can’t speak to that particular vaccine in question, I thought I’d provide a dose of my knowledge on the kinds of vaccines and how they might (or might not) be safe, effective, useful, and so on.

Vaccines are a rapidly expanding field of the medical world, and there are many family practice jobs like the ones from Leap Doctor and research jobs available specifically in vaccine study. Most of us have a working definition of vaccine: that shot they give you so you don’t get sick. This is a good generalization for the everyday person. Of course, vaccines can be given orally (polio), nasally (mostly experimental), by gene gun (also experimental), as well as via injection. And there’s different types of injection from the “stab-and-jab” of the subcutaneous (aka: anywhere under the skin) injection, to the more carefully poked intravenous (aka: into the blood) injection. Beyond that, vaccines are indeed supposed to prevent illness, in essence, by giving you a little bit of what could ail you in an attempt to get your body on the permanent alert.