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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Post Orthopedic Surgery Exercises

The human body is an amazing thing, capable of regenerating itself and providing enzymes or cells to assist in survival. However, much like a machine, it can grow worn over time and may come to need assistance in the later years. When irregularities develop in the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves, orthopedic surgery is utilized to mend the intricate networks and systems that make up the human body. Orthopedic surgery can help to prevent common problems such as arthritis, but also plays an integral part in combating larger issues such as cerebral palsy and bone tumors. While providing significant help in the long run, patients who have undergone surgery may need to keep their body active to prevent less serious complications from arising along the road to recovery.

Summit Medical Center, leading experts in the field of orthopedics, understands the importance of maintaining activity after surgery. There are many exercises that our surgeons recommend after orthopedic surgery in Oklahoma City. These exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home, to reduce pain and stiffness:

General Aerobics
Otherwise known as “Endurance exercise” is the most common form of physical exertion. Engaging in light aerobics can increase cardiovascular health, help control weight gain, and improve stamina. All aerobic exercise aids in creating a better lifestyle in various ways, including strengthening the joint muscles to fight against arthritis and other concerns.

• Walking
• Riding a Bike
• Swimming

Strength Improvement
The intricate network of muscles woven throughout your body is what allows for movement, and the implicit flexibility of the tissue is what creates range of motion. Unfortunately, muscular tightening or stiffening can cause severe pain and reducing in potential movement. Improving muscular strength will further defend against post-surgical complications. Stronger muscles mean a stronger body, and a stronger body will stand a better chance against a host of other potential physical ailments. Remember, however, that overexerting yourself will do more harm than good. Be sure to check with your primary care physician to learn your limits.

• Lifting Light Weights
• Finger/Palm/Toe Resistance Devices

Improving Rotation and Motion
Range of Motion exercises are intended to help improve the degree or distance, depending on the joint being used, a limb can move through its typical range. With slow, careful movements, test how far along a normal rotation or bend the effected limb can move. Avoid over stretching, as you could potentially cause damage to brittle or sore joints.


• Moving joints through their normal arches.
• Turning your feet at the ankles or hands at the wrists slowly.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Difference between Ophthalmologists and Optometrists

Healthcare is now filled with unique careers that cater to most of the needs of the community. Aside from doctors, there are also specialists that tend to specific duties that go above and beyond general care. Because these doctors are usually only visited when there's a problem, some people don't know who to go to for certain conditions.

When it comes to your eyes, proper care is necessary. While some people begin to lose their eyesight with age, others have had poor vision all of their lives. Without a specialist taking care of you, your sight could eventually get worse and you will struggle with everyday tasks. Worse yet, poor sight could lead to serious injury through car accidents and the like. Having the wrong prescription could also hurt your eyes more in the long run, which is why regular visits to the eye doctor are so crucial to your health and well-being. So, when looking for the best eye doctor in Oklahoma, where do you start?

By definition, optometry is a profession in the healthcare industry that focuses on the eyes and their related visual structures (such as vision and the way we, as humans, process the things that we see). By studying optometry, doctors develop the ability to assess eye health and functionality and to recommend a course of action based on each person's unique situation. This includes testing each patient to determine the specific prescription that they need. Optometrists' main responsibility is primarily to do with external solutions, such as contact lenses, glasses, and vision therapy, as opposed to internal procedures. 


Ophthalmology is a branch of science that covers the surgery and disease management of the visual pathways, including the brain, eye, and the areas surrounding it. Individuals who practice Ophthalmology are considered the most advanced in their field and are often capable of handling sophisticated invasive procedures in order to correct issues and cure or rid the body of diseases. Ophthalmologists are also responsible for the management of eye assessments that could be used in diagnosing advanced ocular diseases such as glaucoma.

Both of these groups of professionals are vital to medical institutions that deal with eye care and ocular diseases. When you are looking for help managing this most important of senses, make sure to find an Oklahoma Ophthalmology professional with experience and an excellent reputation.