A note of thanks that we would like to share

After a recent Free vascular screening fair at Oshkosh Senior Center, a member of the community had this to say about our practicing professional volunteer team….

 

Good Morning, We just wanted to let you know we are thankful for the senior center. Thank you for providing needed services to our community. We recently attended the vascular screening. We would like to thank all the professionals involved for giving of their time. They provided a much appreciated service

 

Please follow Living Well Foundation for the next scheduled FREE vascular screening fair in the Fox Cities.

The screening is coordinated and led by a Physician/Ultrasound team. Not only is this event free it can detect medical problems that could save your life.

Again, The Living Well Foundation promotes and is thoroughly committed to health and wellness and vascular disease prevention in the communities throughout the Fox Valley. We would like everyone to have the opportunity to have preventive screening for vascular disease.

We are excited to be part of the community and your healthcare.

Additional details of future events to follow, stay connected.

 


The Living Well Foundation’s Vascular Screening Program

The Living Well Foundation’s vascular screening program is a no cost community focused service. The Foundation promotes and is thoroughly committed to health wellness and vascular disease prevention for the communities throughout the Fox Valley. The committed passion and purpose of the screening is a preventative measure for individuals asymptomatic of possible unknown vascular disease. This dedicated screening should be considered an important supplement to ones regimented healthcare plan.

The contributing risk factors regarding vascular disease may include:

  1. Previous or current tobacco use
  2. Family history
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Diabetes
  5. Age ( 55+)
  6. Diet
  7. Environment

Who we are:

The Living Well vascular screening program is staffed with practicing professional volunteers. The Physician team overseeing and reporting your results are professional practicing board registered Medical Doctors with years of specialized training in various radiology modalities including Ultrasound-X-ray-MRI-C.T.-Interventional procedures-Neuro-imaging-and specific vascular disciplines.

The Ultrasound team are practicing sonographers multi-registered, by the highest standards, through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or ARDMS. Both the physicians and sonographers are hospital based imaging professionals with decades of imaging and healthcare experience working on a volunteer basis.

 

What you will experience:

The screening process will require you to make an appointment at the determined location, sign consent and release forms. No written report will be issued. A verbal result will be given by the attending physician upon completion of screening exams. If there are concerns with any of the screening exams the physician will guide and refer you back to your primary physician for needed follow-up.

Your appointment time is here: The technologist will call in and explain the screening process and exams.

 

1. The Carotid Screening:

The sonographer will assist you to the exam table and have you lie down. Ultrasound gel will be applied to your neck area and the technologist will move a transducer (our camera so to speak) over both the RT and Lt Carotid arteries. This will allow the physician to visualize real-time the structure and integrity of the neck arteries to observing for plaque or arterial narrowing. Approximately 5-10 minutes.

2. Abdominal Aorta Screening:

The sonographer will ask you to lift your shirt up to expose your abdomen. Ultrasound gel will be applied and the transducer moved up and down your abdomen over your aortic vessel. This portion of the test checks for enlargement of the abdominal aorta. The physician will report the results of the Carotid and Aortic exam as this portion is completed.

3. Ankle-Brachial Indices Exam:

The ABI exam will assess for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The technologist will assist you in removing your socks, shoes and rolling up your shirt sleeves. (Please attempt to wear short sleeves or loose fitting long sleeves the pressure cuff wraps around your upper arm). The sonographer will wrap inflatable cuffs to your upper arm and around both ankles. Each pressure cuff will be inflated while the technologist listens with a small transducer for arterial sounds post inflation. The physician will evaluate the acquired data from the ABI unit and verbal results of the test given. The technologist will assist you putting your socks and shoes back on. This will complete the vascular screening. Questions you might have will be answered by the physician.


Treatment Options for Low Back Pain

Many individuals will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Most who

seek treatment will begin with a conservative treatment plan that typically includes rest, ice,

anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, as well as physical therapy or chiropractic care.

If these are not sufficient, it is likely a radiographic image, CT or MRI study will be viewed by a

radiologist to determine if abnormalities in the lumbar spine may be present.

In the case of radiculopathy, image-guided injections or lumbar decompression spine

surgery are viable options to reduce pressure off a nerve and improve feeling in the legs in

these patients. [1] Osteoarthritis is a condition that may result in spinal stenosis. This occurs in

older patients more commonly than younger individuals and can also be treated with lumbar

decompression. [1] Total disc replacement or artificial disc surgery may be an appropriate

procedure for those with degenerative discs that may be causing debilitating symptoms. 1

In case of painful compression fractures refractory to conservative management, a

procedure called vertebroplasty or vertebral augmentation is a safe and effective treatment to

achieve pain relief, reduce disability and improve quality of life. In the case of spinal cancer

surgery will likely be performed with emphasis placed on removing the tumor, controlling or

reducing pain, and fixing or maintaining neurological function and spinal stability. [2]

With the ability and skills to read multiple types of diagnostic images and offer

image-guided treatments for pain relief, radiologists offer a critical service to help patients get

the necessary treatment to improve their quality of life, and in some cases, save a patient’s life.

 

Author 1: Braden Stoeger UWSP Biology Major

Author 2: Kunal Patel, MD

 

References

Ullrich Jr, P.F, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon. (2004, May 10). “When to See a Surgeon for Low Back

Pain.” Retrieved January 21, 2017, from

http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spine-specialists/when-see-a-surgeon-low-back-pain

Schneider, J. H., MD. (2010, April 1). “Types of Spinal Tumors.” Retrieved January 21, 2017,

from http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/spinal-tumor/types-spinal-tumors