Patient Education

Hard to Reach : TENS Units & Conductive Garments

The use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) units for the treatment of chronic and/or post-surgical pain is well-documented and widespread by doctors of various specialties. TENS units use a small electrical current delivered through the skin to nerves with the use of electrodes. They have been known to alter a patient’s perception of pain for varying lengths of time. The effectiveness of treatment with TENS units depends on several factors such as the patient, the treatment settings, and the type of pain.

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Life With a Colostomy

Adjusting to a colostomy can be challenging initially, but it does not mean that you can not live a full and active life. Modern colostomy equipment is discreet and secure, and you can perform the majority of the activities that you enjoyed before.

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Why Won’t My Wound Heal?

Like many other good things in life, wound-healing is a process. You probably didn’t like the events that earned you your cuts and scratches, but if you do have them, you get to see that your body perform an remarkable work. However, time does not necessarily heal all wounds. If several weeks have gone by, you may be left wondering about your open scrapes. It’s important that you figure out why your wound will not heal properly and just what you can do about it.

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Sleep Apnea : What You Need to Know

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts. You might have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you are feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep.

The main types of sleep apnea are as follows:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the prevalent form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
  • Central sleep apnea, which happens when your brain does not send appropriate signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also called treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
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Ongoing Diabetes Care

How often you should go back to your diabetes doctor is dependent upon many things. If you take insulin for your diabetes or if you are having trouble managing your sugar levels, you should see your doctor at least four times annually.

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Tips for Dealing with Limited Mobility

Mobility issues affect nearly every facet of someone’s life. Along with losing the ability to carry out routine daily activities and self-care with no assistance, restricted mobility could make it hard or impossible to take part in hobbies and other tasks which once made life so pleasurable. This reduction often has a negative impact on mental wellness, and may affect one’s feeling of self-worth and well-being. It is not unusual for the mobility challenged to suffer with depression, anxiety, or battle with feelings of anger and guilt.

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Common Questions About Pain and Treatment

We at STYMCO recognize the physician-patient relationship is personal and critically important in determining the proper diagnosis and subsequent best treatment of your health condition. STYMCO encourages you to be as candid and as detailed as possible with your doctor during your visit. The following questions are offered as a helpful guideline in this effort.

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Orthopedic Bracing as a Treatment Modality

Generally, there are two well known and accepted types of brace support options. First, those designed to support the large weight-bearing, postural musculoskeletal groups such as the neck and back. Second, those intended for the stabilization and flexibility demands of the numerous joints of the body. Both of these types of braces are typically prescribed to provide healing support to an injured or post surgical area, or to protect against injury potentially inherent in certain strenuous physical sporting activities.

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NMES for Decreased Swelling

Swelling can cause pain and loss of motion, which can limit the use of the muscles. Early intervention with NMES devices can increase circulation. Blood flow increases by bringing nutrient-rich blood to the injured area. This increases the range of motion to the injured area and decreases the amount of spasms experienced.

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NMES for Chronic Injury/Post Surgical Pain

Get your muscle fibers working again as soon as possible; as indicated by your healthcare professional. After traumatic injury or surgery, it’s important your muscles regain strength and tone to allow for faster recovery. Neuromuscular Electrotherapy Stimulation (NMES) is a specific gentle and effective type of electrical stimulation whose benefits are two-fold: first, pain control and second, muscle stimulation, which cause muscle fibers to strengthen by contraction.

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