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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - In-house Service Departments
    Home Delivery and Setup Medical Conditions ALS Aging Arthritis Broken Hip Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Incontinence Multiple Sclerosis Osteoporosis Parkinson s Disease Spina Bifida Spinal Cord Spinal Muscular Atrophy Stroke Learning Centre CPAP Therapy Daily Living Aids Healthy Feet and Legs Home Accessibility House Calls Beds Incontinence Lift Chairs Long Term Care Manual Wheelchairs Mobility Scooter Patient Handling Devices Power Wheelchair Stairlifts Van Conversions Bathroom Safety Healthy Back Walking Aids Funding Assistance National Agencies British Columbia Agencies Alberta Agencies Saskatchewan Agencies Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online In House Service Departments Each of our locations feature service departments right in the store There you can find factory trained technicians capable of servicing all the home healthcare products we sell We also service products that were not purchased at our stores Some products if not properly adjusted can become a health hazard Our technicians will ensure the products you purchase are set up properly to give you the maximum benefit and they ll be there for you if your equipment needs service repairs or adjustments We will happily go

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Home Delivery and Setup
    Systems Van Conversions Walking Devices Wheelchair Ramps Services Rental Products In home Assessment In home Trials In house Service Departments Home Delivery and Setup Medical Conditions ALS Aging Arthritis Broken Hip Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Incontinence Multiple Sclerosis Osteoporosis Parkinson s Disease Spina Bifida Spinal Cord Spinal Muscular Atrophy Stroke Learning Centre CPAP Therapy Daily Living Aids Healthy Feet and Legs Home Accessibility House Calls Beds Incontinence Lift Chairs Long Term Care Manual Wheelchairs Mobility Scooter Patient Handling Devices Power Wheelchair Stairlifts Van Conversions Bathroom Safety Healthy Back Walking Aids Funding Assistance National Agencies British Columbia Agencies Alberta Agencies Saskatchewan Agencies Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Home Delivery and Setup Services Sometimes it s just not possible to make it to our store that s why we provide home delivery services Choose the home healthcare products you need and then have us bring them to you We ll even set them up for you if the product requires it Speak to one of expert staffs at the closest location near you Find a MEDIchair near you MEDIchair

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Medical Conditions
    Stairlifts Therapeutic Support Systems Van Conversions Walking Devices Wheelchair Ramps Services Rental Products In home Assessment In home Trials In house Service Departments Home Delivery and Setup Medical Conditions ALS Aging Arthritis Broken Hip Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Incontinence Multiple Sclerosis Osteoporosis Parkinson s Disease Spina Bifida Spinal Cord Spinal Muscular Atrophy Stroke Learning Centre CPAP Therapy Daily Living Aids Healthy Feet and Legs Home Accessibility House Calls Beds Incontinence Lift Chairs Long Term Care Manual Wheelchairs Mobility Scooter Patient Handling Devices Power Wheelchair Stairlifts Van Conversions Bathroom Safety Healthy Back Walking Aids Funding Assistance National Agencies British Columbia Agencies Alberta Agencies Saskatchewan Agencies Manitoba Agencies Ontario Agencies Locations All Locations Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online We have loved ones too We know how important your loved ones are to you because so are ours We want to make sure we can help by providing you and your loved ones as much knowledge we can to inform and educate about medical conditions Please select which medical condition you would like to learn about Medical Conditions ALS Arthritis Aging Broken Hip Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Incontinence

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - ALS
    yet known although several theories are now being researched At present neither a cure for ALS nor a means of prevention is known In 1993 scientists announced in a paper published in the British journal Nature that they had isolated the gene associated with about 20 of the cases of the inherited form of the disease While only 10 of ALS patients have this genetic predisposition there is no evidence of a clinical difference between the familial and the sporadic forms of the illness Does ALS Cause Pain The onset is insidious and without pain As the disease progresses muscle cramping can occur In its final stages the wasting of the body may cause severe pain Extreme mental anguish is often caused by a lively unimpaired mind trapped in a totally immobilized body What Parts of the Body Does ALS Affect ALS does not affect the mind because it attacks only motor neurons The person with ALS remains mentally sharp and in full possession of the senses of sight hearing taste smell and touch Are There Different Types of ALS Sporadic which is the most common form of ALS Familial a small number of cases suggest genetic inheritance of ALS Guamanian a high number of cases of ALS occur in Guam and the Trust Territories of the Pacific What are the Early Symptoms of ALS ALS usually becomes apparent either in the throat or upper chest area or in the arms and legs Some people begin to trip and fall some lose the use of their hands and arms some find it hard to swallow and some slur their speech Can You Catch ALS ALS cannot be caught It is not contagious In 90 of ALS cases it strikes people with no family history of the disease Ten percent of

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Aging
    process that is the future of all living creatures The number of people over 65 increases annually Since aging is an inevitable fact it must be discussed in the sense of the coherent problems Medical care has provided longer life but is no guarantee of a trouble free physical or mental existence To a varying extent the following conditions of aging appear and often progress in later years Muscles fatigue easily and there is less endurance With decreased body movement joints can become stiff There is a tendency toward hardening of the arteries Muscle reaction to stimuli slows and concentration becomes more difficult Many of the senses may experience partial or complete loss Body resistance declines increasing susceptibility to infection Decreased circulation and absorption of calcium from the bones may result in osteoporosis shown by skeletal shrinkage and an increased tendency to bone fractures more prevalent in women Incontinence concerns Although aging is neither a disease nor an accident it requires consideration and understanding to satisfy the needs of the geriatric client who may require assistive devices Concerns Associated with Aging Chronic Pain Many seniors endure a variety of aches and pains Chronic pain can have a serious impact on physical and emotional well being Common sources of chronic pain include migraine headaches and arthritis The most common forms of arthritis in the aging population are Osteoarthritis Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis Falls and In Home Injuries Falls are very common among the elderly and can be caused by intrinsic and extrinsic factors Intrinsic factors are related causes which are external to the person such as the physical environment Some examples associated with falls are unkept sidewalks poor or wet walking surfaces stairs inadequate lighting obstructions on pathways lack of handrails scatter rugs low beds and seats and improper footwear Depression

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Arthritis
    aspect becomes affected and patients must be watched carefully for disruption of the atlantoaxial joint In advanced cases of the disease subluxation at the atlantoaxial joint can occur Early in the course of the disease several changes on joint structures occur Joint effusion and inflammation of the synovium occur producing a soft tissue swelling that is easily detected during evaluation of the patient Additionally changes osteoporosis in the ends of the bones forming the joint may be present early in the disease process The attack on a joint by the disease usually begins with the synovium Early in the disease edema begins to be seen in cells in the synovium and multiplication of synovial lining cells occurs As the disease progresses the synovium may grow considerably larger eventually forming tissue called pannus Pannus can be considered the most destructive element affecting joints in the patient with rheumatoid arthritis Pannus can attack articular cartilage and destroy it Further pannus can destroy the soft subchondral bone once the protective articular cartilage is gone The synovial fluid secreted by the synovium is thought to serve two main purposes lubrication of the joint and provision of nutrients to the avascular articular cartilage In this disease process interaction between antibodies and antigens occurs causing alterations in the composition of the synovial fluid Ultimately digestants are formed in the fluid which attack the surrounding tissue Once the composition of this fluid is altered it is less able to perform the normal functions noted above and more likely to become destructive The changes in the synovium and synovial fluid briefly described above are responsible for a large amount of joint and soft tissue destruction The destruction of bone eventually leads to laxity in tendons and ligaments Under the strain of daily activities and other forces these alterations in bone and joint structure result in the deformities frequently seen with rheumatoid arthritis Considerable destruction of the joint can occur with pannus invading the subchondral bone Bone destruction occurs at areas where the hyaline cartilage and the synovial lining do not adequately cover the bone If the disease progresses to a more advanced stage the articular cartilage may lose its structure and density resulting in an inability to withstand the normal forces placed on the joint In these advanced cases muscle activity causes the involved ends of the bones to be compressed together causing further bone destruction Further the disease can irreversibly change the structure and function of a joint to the degree that other degenerative changes may occur especially in the weight bearing joints of the body Joint destruction can progress to the degree that joint motion is significantly limited and joints can become markedly unstable Prevention of Disability and Preservation of Function Another major element in the treatment of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis is to prevent disability and preserve bodily function One way to achieve this goal is to develop an exercise routine based on specific needs that preserves motion strength functional activities and lifestyle Positioning is

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Broken Hip
    in young people is one of the strongest bones in the body With aging and disease the upper femur weakens and becomes vulnerable to a fracture Why Do Bones Weaken Bone is a living tissue composed mainly of calcium and protein Bones with high calcium content are strong Healthy bone is always being re modeled That is small amounts are being replaced If more bone calcium is absorbed than is replaced the density or the mass of the bone is reduced This bone becomes progressively weaker increasing the risk that it may break Loss of bone tends to occur mostly in the spine lower forearm above the wrist and upper femur the site of hip fractures Spine fractures wrist fractures and hip fractures are common injuries in older people A gradual loss of bone mass generally beginning about age 35 is a fact of life for everyone After growth is complete women ultimately lose 30 to 50 of their bone density and men lose 20 to 30 Women lose bone calcium at an accelerated pace once they go through menopause Menstrual periods cease because a woman s body produces less estrogen hormone Estrogen in women is important for the maintenance of bone mass or bone strength A measurement of bone density when menopause begins may help women decide whether to use estrogen replacement therapy to retard bone loss How to Prevent Broken Hips Orthopedic surgeons experts in the care and treatment of patients with fractured hips are concerned about the epidemic of hip fractures and the impact these severe injuries have on patients their families and on society Orthopaedists know that prevention of hip fractures is far better and far less costly than treatment after the bone is broken Here s what can be done Ensure that diet contains the necessary calcium and vitamin D during childhood adolescence and adulthood Vitamin D plays a major role in calcium absorption and its incorporation in bone A doctor may recommend an increase in intake of vitamin D after menopause Elderly people may consume less vitamin D and absorb calcium poorly A doctor should be consulted concerning increasing daily intake of vitamin D Exercise to minimize bone lose Weight bearing exercise such a walking considered one of the best methods of maintaining bone strength jogging hiking climbing stairs dancing aquatic exercises treadmill exercises and weight training are very important Consult a doctor before beginning any vigorous exercise program Doctors will evaluate physical condition and help decide which activities are best The National Institute of Aging recommends beginning an exercise program slowly especially if one has been inactive Starting with short periods of about 5 to10 minutes twice a week and building up slowly adding a few minutes each week It is possible to build up to exercise periods of 15 to 30 minutes three to four times a week Proper diagnosis and early treatment can help reduce the risks of osteoporosis A medical doctor will prescribe individual treatment Treatment plans should be initiated

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  • MEDIchair - The Home Medical Equipment Specialists - Cystic Fibrosis
    Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Northern Territories Ontario Saskatchewan About Us About Us Privacy Security Policy Careers Contact MEDIchair Shop Online Cystic Fibrosis CF is an incurable inherited disorder mainly affecting the lungs and digestive system In the lungs where the effects of the disease are most devastating CF causes increasingly severe respiratory problems In the digestive tract CF often results in extreme difficulty in digesting adequate nutrients from food Most persons with cystic fibrosis eventually die of lung disease It is estimated that one in every 2500 children born in Canada has CF At the present time approximately 3000 children adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis attend specialized CF clinics What Causes Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease occurring when a child inherits two copies of the defective gene one from each parent Approximately one in every 25 Canadians is a carrier of the gene which causes CF Since they have only one copy of the gene these individuals do not have cystic fibrosis themselves and can never get the disease In most cases they are not even aware that they are carriers since they do not have CF or any of the symptoms Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis Chromic cough producing a thick mucus Excessive appetite combined with weight loss Bowel disturbances Salty deposits on the skin Repeated or prolonged bouts of pneumonia Treatment of Cystic Fybrosis Percussion and postural drainage to help loosen the mucus which clogs the lungs Pancreatic enzymes taken with all meals to aid digestion Nutritional supplements and vitamins to promote good nutritional status Inhalation of aerosol medications to alleviate congestion and ward off or combat lung infection Exercise How Does Cystic Fibrosis Affect Everyday Life For persons with CF life includes a daily routine of therapy and periodic visits to a

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