Week 1: Talking to your Health Care Provider
You get ready for a date. You prepare for tasks and meetings at work. How do you prepare for visits to your health care provider?
The first step is to find a health care provider you feel comfortable with. If you can share how you feel, both physically and emotionally, then you and your health care provider can work together as partners in your health care.
A basic plan for your visit can help. Before you arrive, make a list of things you want to talk about. Put your questions in order, so you are sure to ask about the most important ones first.
During your visit, explain your symptoms: what is bothering you, when it started, and if you have noticed any pattern. Ask for clear explanations about your condition, any medication or treatment, and instructions on how to recover after an illness, injury, or hospital procedure.
Consider bringing a family member or friend. Let them know in advance what you want from your visit. With good communication, you and your health care provider can team up to make sure you get the best health care possible.
Week 1: Talking to your Health Care Provider « A Primer for Women’s Health
Having a Hip Replacement
Tips on getting through a joint replacement
Published on January 30, 2012 by Paul Thagard in Hot Thought
I’m currently preparing for my second hip replacement to take place in February, remembering the lessons learned from my first one in April, 2011. My younger brother is also getting a new hip in February, so I’m writing this to help him and other people go through a difficult but worthwhile experience. My replaced right hip works wonderfully, free of the pain that started in 1995 and grew steadily worse. There are many Web pages that provide valuable medical information, but in this post I want to focus on practical advice about getting how to manage the whole process.
For medical advice, let me suggest these pages:
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hip-replacement/MY00235
My Joint Replacement: http://www.myjointreplacement.ca/
My goal in this post is to provide practical suggestions to deal with matters that the medical sites don’t much discuss.
Having a Hip Replacement | Psychology Today
Leveraging ePatient Communications
Posted by bryonmain on February 28th, 2013
As social media in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry becomes more widespread, a growing trend is ePatient communication. The internet has become the go-to source of information for many people; that holds true as they research diagnoses, check up on current research, and connect with others for support.
Citizen bloggers, with a particular diagnosis, educate themselves, and are a key source of information for others with a similar diagnosis. In the digital age, where nearly everyone has a smartphone, these “man on the street” blogs offer a personal voice, answering questions and addressing areas of concern, as well as offering support. Patient bloggers, read by a wide range of patients and caregivers, can be a key source of internet buzz, when they offer a review or opinion on a new therapy or drug treatment option. Pharmaceutical companies can network with these bloggers, gaining both a platform for patient marketing, but also a window into the concerns and trends patients notice.
Leveraging ePatient Communications | Digital Pharma Blog
The Cutting Edge of Osteoarthritis Treatment
Researchers are developing new ways to manage OA and gaining insight into its causes.
By Susan Bernstein
Humans have dealt with the pain, stiffness and swelling of osteoarthritis, or OA, for ages. Yet researchers still study the disease vigorously with the goals of finding more about what causes OA, what steps may help people prevent OA and what new treatments may alleviate its symptoms and halt joint damage. In recent months, news on OA treatment developments and insight into the disease’s possible causes, and what may prevent it, have emerged.
Most important, researchers now have a deeper understanding of OA, a concept called patho-mechanics, and this knowledge affects OA treatment development. At the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) State-of-the-Art Symposium held in April 2010 in Chicago, lecturers noted OA must be viewed as a combination of how your body’s mechanics work, how your genes may have set you up to develop OA, and outside factors that can affect your bone, cartilage and various tissues and lead to the disease.
The November 2010 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in Atlanta featured reports from a number of researchers who are digging deeper in OA’s mysteries and its possible treatment.
Osteoarthritis Treatments, Medications | Osteoarthritis Research
By Genevra Pittman
NEW YORK | Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:25pm EST
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many hospitals are hard-pressed to tell people needing a hip replacement how much their procedure is likely to cost, according to a new study.
Even when they can cite prices, going rates for the procedure may vary from hospital to hospital by a factor of 10, researchers found.
"It was very frustrating," said Jaime Rosenthal, a student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, who led the new research.
"You got transferred to all these different people. You had to leave messages, call back."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 327,000 Americans had a hip replaced in 2009.
The surgery is especially common among the elderly, who are covered by Medicare. Still, about half of all hip replacements in the U.S. are done on people younger than 65 – some of whom may not have private insurance.
Costs of hip replacement hard to find, vary widely | Reuters
BACKGROUND: Hip replacement, or arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the disease parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with artificial parts, called prosthesis. The goal of hip replacement surgery is to increase mobility, relieve pain, and improve the function of the hip joint. People who have hip joint damage that interferes with their daily activities and are not benefitting from treatment are candidates for hip replacement surgery. The most common cause of hip joint damage is , but other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis (the death of bone caused by insufficient blood supply), injuries, bone tumors, and fractures can also lead to the breakdown of the hip joint. Doctors used to reserve hip replacement surgery for people over 60 years old. They thought that older people are less active and put less stress on the artificial hip than younger people. In recent years, however, doctors have found that hip replacement surgery can be successful in younger people because technology has improved the artificial parts. Today a person’s overall health and activity level is more important than age in predicting a hip replacement’s success. (Source: www.niams.hih.gov)
Hip surgery flip! The newest replacement approach | Health – Home
If you’ve received a blood transfusion, had lifesaving radiation therapy, experienced a natural birth or even lost weight by counting calories, you have used one of the many health innovations given to us by women in medicine.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Healthy Living staff has been thinking about the accomplishments of the women who pioneered work in the sciences. As health journalists, we believe that all doctors and researchers deserve more recognition for their contributions to society. And as women, we can’t help but notice that our gender can affect the way we’re treated in these disciplines — from colleague discrimination to legislation aimed at lessening the control female patients have over their bodies, it can sometimes feel as though we’re living in a previous era.
That is, until we realize what previous generations actually went through. Take for example the story of Rosalind Franklin: the geneticist’s strides in X-ray photography led to the best images of DNA strands of her era, but coworker Maurice Wilkins shared her images with a competing team at Cambridge, who used it to help solve the mystery of how DNA is structured. It wasn’t until decades later that Franklin was recognized for her contribution — well after her death and after that competing team (along with Wilkins) were awarded the Nobel Prize.
Now, we live in a country where half of medical school graduates are women and a country where we value — have actually written into law — retelling the accomplishments of women in our own history. So we decided to celebrate by bringing together a list of 50 women who have had the greatest impact in medicine and health research and have, in the process, taught us about our own bodies.
50 Women Who Shaped America’s Health
Only 16 percent of U.S. hospitals were able to say how much a hip operation would cost a potential patient when asked, and those that answered quoted prices that differed by more than $100,000, a study found.
As more Americans are asked to foot a bigger portion of their health-care bills, being able to comparison shop is essential, said Peter Cram, the study’s author. The research, reported yesterday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, shows the obstacles patients face in trying to lower their medical costs.
“Hospitals, they aren’t used to this request,” said Cram, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, in a Feb. 8 telephone interview. “Our finding should inspire people to the fact that you should ask about prices even if you have insurance. People should demand more.”
Hip-Replacement Prices Blindfolds Patients, Study Finds – Businessweek
How to Choose the Right Cane & Use It Correctly
The right cane can relieve pressure on sore knees, hips, ankles and feet, as well as improve balance.
By Heather Larson
Walking canes come in even more varieties than candy canes. Materials, colors and handle styles are a matter of preference. Cane type and size, however, there are options that affect function and safety.
The right cane used correctly improves balance and reduces risk of falling by widening the base of support, as well as decreasing weight on lower-body joints, says Lori Ramage, a physical therapist and the Joint Club Coordinator at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz.
Choosing Type and Fit
The most common styles of canes are single point and quad or three-point canes. Ramage says most people with arthritis need only single-point canes, and those with a neurological impairment are best suited to quad canes, because they put more weight on them.
When being fitted, wear your walking shoes and stand tall with your arms at your sides. The top or curve of the cane should hit at the crease in your wrist. “If the cane is too high, you won’t get the support you need,” says Ramage. “When the cane is too low, you slump.”
How to Choose Right Cane | Sore Knees, Hips, Ankles, Feet | Arthritis Today