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Glaucoma: Symptoms and Prevention

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve. It builds up increased pressure inside the eye. This, in turn, damages the connectivity between the optic nerve and the brain resulting in permanent vision loss.

Symptoms and Types of Glaucoma

There are two main types of Glaucoma:

  • Open-angle glaucoma
  • Angle-closure glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma: This is more common and harder to detect. People do not experience any serious symptoms but the patient sufferers gradual loss of vision and may even completely lose it if left untreated. It is estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma.

Angle-closure glaucoma: It is not very common but it's very easy to detect. Symptoms include immediate vision loss, severe eye pain, extremely red eyes, and nausea. Vision loss occurs very suddenly and there are no proven successful treatments to regenerate lost vision. Since it is not so common, not more than 10% are affected every year.

Are You at Risk For Glaucoma?

A survey done for Glaucoma Research Foundation found that 74% of over 1,000 people interviewed had their eyes examined at least every two years. Yet, there are no exact steps or methods to prevent glaucoma.

Everyone is at risk of glaucoma but certain groups are at higher risk than others:

  • People at the age of 40 and above are at higher risk of getting affected by glaucoma;
  • If you are a diabetic, it is highly recommended that you go on regular medical check-ups;
  • If you have a family history of glaucoma: do not forget the most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, is hereditary;
  • If you have already underwent a LASIK surgery;
  • If you are an African / American – it is six to eight times more common in African Americans than in Caucasians;
  • People with variations in blood pressure, traumas or hypertension.

What foods to eat?

  • Some healthy food habits to build strong eyesight:
  • Intake of vitamin A, B and C
  • Foods rich in protein
  • Green leafy vegetables, fruits and cereals
  • Increased intake of fish oil, B-complex and calcium
  • Avoid consuming tea, coffee, and alcohol

How to Treat Glaucoma?

A variety of options are available to treat glaucoma, depending on the severity of the condition. It can be treated with eye drops, pills, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of these very effective methods.

Eye Drops: It's effective for patients in their initial stage of glaucoma. The patient needs to hydrate his / her eyes with drops but only as prescribed. Adverse effects include swelling, itching, sore eyes, blurred vision, allergies, and redness.

Laser Surgery: It repairs the connectivity issue between the optic nerve and the brain protecting from permanent eyesight loss. Laser surgery is for people who can not tolerate medications. However, its effect is typically not permanent.

Micro Surgery: A thin tube is transplanted and the optic nerve gets connected to the brain through it. The success rate of this method is quite less when compared to laser surgery.

These treatments only work for people diagnosed in the earlier stages of glaucoma. Without treatment, it will result in complete vision loss. That is one of the reasons people call it “the sneak thief of sight.”

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Treatment for Orthopedic Pain

If you feel pain doing normal day-to-day activities, then you need help. It is especially important to find a hospital that will handle your case individually and address all the things that you may be dealing with, you need specialized treatment and a team of orthopedists should be able to offer you help in different fields to ensure that all matters are handled as exclusively and quickly as possible. These are the kinds of people, who can handle emergency cases in the orthopedic area.

Definition

This is a field of medicine that revolves around the treatment and study of the musculoskeletal system. This is most especially the muscles, the joints, and the spine. This is an area that deals with disorder corrections as well as correction of deformities that are related to one's musculoskeletal system. This means that orthopedics is very close to the treatment and handling of back pain.

The orthopedic care usually employs different kinds of management techniques including physical therapy, manual treatment as well as bracing. Bracing is done so as to handle different kinds of spinal dysfunctions like the sacroiliac joint, scoliosis, and chronic back pain.

Carpel tunnel syndrome

This is a syndrome that is often referred to as CTS. It leads to the numbness, weakness, tingling, pain, as well as other types of problems within the hand because of pressure on the median nerve within the wrist. This nerve has different tendons running through into your hand via the carpal tunnel. It is this nerve that controls movement as well as sensations in the thumb and the three fingers with the exception of the small one. When this nerve is put under pressure, it can cause CTS.

The pressure executed can be from anything, which makes the tunnel appear smaller. There are diseases that can cause this like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or even hypothyroidism. There are other causes such as early postpartum recovery because of fluid in the extremities, pregnancy, postural considerations, as well as the hormonal differences.

Treating this syndrome may include non-surgical options like physical therapy, exercise on the fingers, Hand, and wrist. A brace can also be worn to make the joint immobile. This is a common area where orthopedists concentrate on. It is important to note that this is only one of the areas that can be affected.

Arthroscopic surgery

In some cases, surgery may be necessary, especially when the pain is too much. The different operations can include ACL constructions, rotator cuff reconstructions, shoulder reconstruction, and even joint replacement.

There are other areas that are treated with advanced surgery. They include ankle and foot surgeries, repairing tendons in the triceps and biceps. Congenital abnormalities in the hand are also deal with.

Your hand can have abnormalities straight from birth and this can cause a lot of restrictions to one as they grow older and desires to interact with the surroundings. Different orthopedists have the know-how and training to handle different classifications and degrees of abnormalities satisfactorily.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another area that is covered. The disease lasts a very long time and may affect a huge part of the population.

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Carpal Tunnel Stretch

What is a Carpal Tunnel?

This article will describe how to perform a carpal tunnel stretch to help alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel. I call it the fist stretch. First let's talk about what carpal tunnel syndrome actually is. There is an actual tunnel that goes through the wrist. This is a passageway that allows the nerves and tendons to pass through the wrist. There are eight carpal bones (wrist bones) that are shaped in a “C” or horseshoe. This makes up three of the four sides of the carpal tunnel. The fourth side is comprised of a wide and thick ligament that extends from each end of the horseshoe to form the roof of the tunnel. The width of the tunnel is about the size of an index finger. The contents of the tunnel includes the median nerve along with nine tendons.

What Causes My Symptoms?

Due to pressures including repetitive movements the eight carpal bones can lose their health alignment. When this occurs it causes pressure or pinching of the median nerve entrapping it between the bone and the thick ligament forming the roof. This will produce symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and burning symptoms into the fingers of the hand. It may also cause decreased strength and a loss of grip strength in the hand. Performing this carpal tunnel Stretch will help alleviate these symptoms.

How to Get Relief

This carpal tunnel stretch (the fist stretch) is a good procedure to treat the carpal tunnel syndrome pain. The wrist should be placed in a neutral and relaxed position. Keeping it straight slowly close your hand into a full fist, bending all the knuckles, and you keep it relaxed. You're not squeezing the fist trying to perform a superman grip. You are opening and closing the fist in a relaxed manner. Now the most important aspect is that when you open the fist make sure you extend and stretch your fingers as far as you can. Visualize your fingers are cables that are being pulled tight stretching them out as far as you can. You want to hold the stretch for about 3-5 seconds. Perform the exercise for 10 repetitions and can be done multiple times through the day or when the wrist feels tight. This will stretch the webs of the fingers, tendons and ligaments in your hand. You should feel this stretch. This exercise will improve the circulation and increase the flexibility in your wrist relaxing the muscles.

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Healing Arthritis Pain With Herbs

“It is just too difficult to get out of the bed in the morning.” This is a common complaint from my yoga students. Should we believe that it is a disorder for only the elderly? No. I have seen young people suffering from arthritis pain. When acid wastes accumulate in the fluid, which lubricates our joints, they get swollen and the ends of the bones become rough and stiff. The cartilage becomes dry, brittle after the secret dries up completely, and the bones rub against each other. In this condition, the body becomes stiff in our joints and muscles and the pain starts. This pain is, 'Arthritis' pain.

Actually, arthritis is a chronic syndrome of inflammation of the joints, which slowly increases the destruction of these structures. It does not appear to be one disease. It looks as if a person is suffering from many physical disorders. Doctors say they first have to diagnose it as arthritis, because there are many different diseases, which we described as arthritis. There are two most common types, one is osteoarthritis and the other is rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition, also known as a degenerative condition where a bone or joints of the body are affected. In this condition, the infection attacks the surrounding of the lubricating fluid in the joints. The entire structure is affected and it creates swelling, fatigue, stiffness, and fever, pain in fingers, wrists, knees, ankles and spine. It sometimes may bring a crippling condition too.

The second condition is osteoarthritis, which has been related to the wear and tear of aging and deterioration of the cartilage at the end of the bone. This causes acute pain. This mostly applies to one area of ​​the body such as the neck, knee, and sometimes hips.

Yoga helps eliminate arthritis pain, breathing exercise, and meditation help calm the mind, emotions, mental and physical pains.

Early in the morning, drink one liter of water sitting on a chair. Water is a wonderful cleanser and excellent moisturizer. Repeat this water therapy in the evening again two hours before eating your dinner every day. Do not drink water late as it may interrupt your sleep. For arthritis patients, it is important to sleep through the night, because the body repairs itself while sleep. Water will lubricate your joints reducing your discomfort. We all need to drink a lot of water, because human body contains 70% of water, and if we do not drink adequate portion of water in a day, our body cries for it.

Recipe to eat :

· Consume half a teaspoon of Giloye powder and one teaspoon of Amla powder with warm water first thing in the morning and before going to bed daily.

· Swallow one teaspoon of Triffla (a mixer of dried baherha, amla, and hararh powder – these are fruits, grown in India, and are available at Oriental and Indian stores) with water first thing in the morning and at bedtime. It detoxifies the human body and sets metabolism.

· Take one teaspoonful of castor oil, mix with one teaspoon of ginger powder, and swallow this with warm water at bedtime. You may put the mixture on the tongue and swallow with warm water each night. Continue this process for three weeks and this will clean your intestines.

· Ajwain powder

(Indian wild celery seeds powder) t tsp

Turmeric powder t tsp

Yellow mustard seeds powder t tsp

Ginger powder 1 tsp

Gurh (raw sugar) 1 tsp

Mix the first four ingredients well. Put gurh in a pan, heat with a few drops of water; add mixed ingredients when gurh melts, and stir continuously. Turn off the heat and make three tiny balls, when cold. Swallow one herbal tiny ball with water three times a day. Make it in bulk so that you may consume it for one week or one month and continue this process for at least six months. Use either, first two or last two recipes at a time, whatever convenient.

Nature Cure is a slow process, but 100% natural with no side and after effects. These are simple remedies to heal pain in the body, instead of contaminating our immune systems, using harsh chemicals.

“PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE BRING GREAT REWARDS”

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