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Dealing with Back Pain and Other Issues

Persistent lower back pain affects many people at some point during their life and can be very debilitating. There are a number of other chronic conditions that can make life uncomfortable but if you are able to spend a little money on home medical equipment, most of these problems can be managed to a certain extent. Whilst it may not be possible to eradicate pain and other symptoms completely, you should be able to improve your quality of life with a bit of luck.

Adjustable bed
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Equipment options for back pain

  • Adjustable beds – although they represent a fairly major investment as far as many people are concerned, they do make good sense in some cases. The discomfort that is caused by some types of back problems can be alleviated by sleeping in the semi fowler’s position, which is much easier to maintain when sleeping on an adjustable bed. You could approximate the position with the help of a number of pillows but they tend not to provide very good support when lying down for any length of time.
  • Coccyx cushion – for those times when you need to be seated rather than lying down, a cushion that is designed to reduce the pressure on your spine can be a great help. They are usually made with high density memory foam and shaped to help you sit in a position that encourages a natural lumbar curve.
  • Ice packs – filled with a liquid that can be refrozen as many times as you wish, these packs can be applied to the lower back for pain relief. Whether they are suitable for you will depend on the exact nature of your condition so it is a good idea to consult a doctor before you rush out to buy one.

Options for other conditions

  • Otoscope – if you or a member of your family suffers from a recurring ear infection or a regular build-up of wax that impairs your hearing, it could be worth investing in one of these to monitor the condition. For those who also suffer from eye problems, something like a Kawe diagnostic set could be a good option. Comprising an otoscope and an ophthalmoscope, this type of set can be used to identify optical problems such as cataracts as well as aural conditions. It is possible to learn how to use them quite easily but if you are not very confident in your abilities, you may prefer to visit a medical professional instead. Whatever you decide, you will still need to seek medical attention if you should discover that a chronic condition is getting worse.
  • A medical book or course – whilst not strictly coming under the category of medical equipment, if you equip yourself with the knowledge to deal with chronic conditions at home, your life could become considerably easier. Some universities run self-management programmes that are designed to help people cope on their own so it could be worth getting in touch with local educational facilities to see what they have to offer. If you don’t like the idea of studying alone, you could always ask a close friend or family member to a course with you.

It will not be possible for sufferers of all types of chronic conditions to alleviate their symptoms and monitor their condition at home but for some people it could be a viable option that helps them to feel more in control and ease the pain they are experiencing. If you would like to find out exactly what you can do to help yourself, it is a good idea to make an appointment to see your local doctor in the first instance.

About the Author:

Oncall Medical Supplies is a medical equipment provider in the UK with several years of experience in the field of medicine. They ensure that their Kawe diagnostic set range and other products are of the highest standards.

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