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Adult ADD? What is it? Naples, Ft. Myers

 

Have you been told by friends and family that you just don't focus? That you can't seem to pay attention? Has this been an ongoing issue, but now you feel it is time to address it? Well, no matter what you may have read or heard, Attention Deficit Disorder is a very real condition. There is no simple blood test, and the diagnosis is a clinical one; that means the diagnosis is made by the physician based on the history and background, and also by ruling out other diagnoses that may act like Attention Disorder. Your doctor may order a brain scan (MRI), EEG, lab tests, and even paper and pencil testing (neuropsychological testing). Often this is a genetically transmitted disorder. There is usually a parent or grandparent or siblings with the same traits.

 

How to Promote Spine Health and Avoid Injury!

Each year millions of children and young adults walk to and from school carrying backpacks that may be causing spine problems. Studies have shown that backpacks can weigh anywhere from 10 or 20 pounds or even 30 pounds or more depending on the age of the student and what is included in the backpack. Often times the backpack will include items such as notebooks, textbooks, laptops, lunches, or even small musical instruments. It is rare that a child or their parents will actually weigh these backpacks. And while formal studies of backpack safety are few, a number of recent studies have shown that individuals that carry more than 10% of their body weight can have spinal disk problems, spine disorders, scoliosis, neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, and even small fractures of the spine. One small study using a stand up magnetic resonance imaging scanner showed distortion of disk height, abnormal curvature and early signs of scoliosis with caring backpacks ranging from 10% to 22% of the child's body weight. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that backpack-related injuries are up 33% since 1996.

Warning Signs that the backpack is too heavy:
  1. The student struggles to put the backpack on.
  2. When wearing the backpack, the student is forced to lean forward or show incorrect posture.
  3. Any pain in the neck, mid back, or low back or headaches while wearing the backpack.
  4. Any tingling or numbness in the arms, legs, or fingers while wearing the backpack.
  5. Red marks or indentations from the straps.

What is Neurology? Naples, Ft. Myers

 

Neurology is the field of medicine that deals with the nervous system; this involves the brain and brain stem, the spinal cord, nerve roots, nerve twigs (peripheral nerves), muscles, and how they interact with everything in your body. It is the nervous system receptors that are responsible for appreciating pain throughout your body.

Common neurologic disorders include;

  • Stroke (loss of blood and oxygen to the brain)
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tremors, movement disorders, and seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders and restless leg syndrome
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
  • Balance and ambulation disorders
  • Tumors of the brain and brain stem
  • Spinal cord, neck, and back pain disorders, concussion, and pain syndromes
  • Headache disorders, migraines, peripheral neuropathy, and carpal tunnel