At Advantage Health and Wellness Center we offer a number of different medical services for our patients. Our integrated team is here to help you achieve the best long term outcome with the least invasive procedures possible.
NEW! Vestibular Balance Testing
Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms?
- Feeling Dizzy
- Hearing difficulties
- Ringing in the ears
- Dim Vision in one or both eyes
- Weakness on one or both sides of the body
- Speech difficulties
- Feeling imbalanced
- Feeling “woozy”
You may benefit from this new service!
Balance disorders interfere with an individual’s daily activities, including their ability to work or travel, and may result in a higher risk of falling. Balance disorders can be caused by a number of underlying issues, including neurological, vestibular or proprioceptive.
Every minute of every day, another person falls and fractures a bone or hip. Accidental falls are a major concern as our population ages. Not only are falls the number one cause of accidental death for people over age 65, the hard and soft costs of injuries due to falls exceeds $200 billion every year. The price tag of falls has the government, Medicare and insurance companies searching for ways to reduce their costs.
Advantage Health and Wellness Center offers a series of cutting edge diagnostic tests designed for an accurate diagnosis. We also provide effective treatment programs and patient education.
NEW! Hemoglobin A1C Testing
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Increased hunger?
- Increased thirst?
- Increased urination?
- Dry Mouth?
- Itchy Skin?
- Blurred Vision?
- Slow healing cuts or sores?
- Yeast Infections?
- Pain or numbness in feet and/or legs?
These are common symptoms associated with increased blood sugar and diabetes. These symptoms need to be addressed.
The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then to gauge how well you're managing your diabetes. The A1C test goes by many other names, including glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c.
The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher the A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications.
Contact us today to learn more and what you can do to help prevent diabetic complications.
Diagnostic ultrasound, also known as Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images.
Ultrasound has been used by radiologists and sonographers to image the human body for at least 50 years and has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. As currently applied in the medical field, properly performed ultrasound poses no known risks to the patient. Sonography is generally described as a "safe test" because it does not use mutagenic ionizing radiation, which can pose hazards such as chromosome breakage and cancer development. However, ultrasonic energy has two potential physiological effects: it enhances inflammatory response; and it can heat soft tissue.
Ultrasound energy produces a mechanical pressure wave through soft tissue. This pressure wave may cause microscopic bubbles in living tissues and distortion of the cell membrane, influencing ion fluxes and intracellular activity. When ultrasound enters the body, it causes molecular friction and heats the tissues slightly. This effect is typically very minor as normal tissue perfusion dissipates most of the heat.
A joint injection (intra-articular injection) is a procedure used in the treatment of inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendinitis, bursitis and occasionally osteoarthritis.
A hypodermic needle is injected into the affected joint where it delivers a dose of any one of many anti-inflammatory agents, the most common of which are corticosteroids.
Medically Directed Rehab
Now there is a new and better way to make life more liveable through therapeutic services. Advantage Health and Wellness has a complex Therapy Department designed to enhance patient treatment.The Medically Directed Rehab Program is comprised of traditional health education, therapy services, and medically-directed exercise programs personally catered to your needs and abilities.
Nerve Conduction Study
A nerve conduction study (NCS) is a test commonly used to evaluate the function by being able to look at the ability of electrical conduction of the motor and sensory nerves of the human body. This is a test to help determine the best course of care for most of our patients.
Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) is a common measurement made during this test. The term NCV often is used to mean the actual test, but this may be misleading since velocity is only one measurement in the test suite.
Nerve conduction studies are primarily used for evaluation of paresthesias (which is numbness, tingling and/or burning) and/or weakness of the arms and legs. The type of study needed depends in part by the symptoms of the patient. A physical exam and thorough medical history is taken to customize treatment plans. Some of the common disorders which can be diagnosed by nerve conduction studies are:
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Spinal disc herniation
- Ulnar neuropathy
- Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injection is a procedure used to treat the areas of muscle that are in pain and contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that are created when muscles cannot relax. It is possible to feel these knots under the skin. It is fairly common that trigger points irritate the nerves around them and cause a pain that is felt in another part of the body, known as a referred pain.
The trigger point injection procedure consists of a injecting a solution through a small needle into the patient's trigger point problem area. The solution contains a local anaesthetic that sometimes includes a corticosteroid. When injected, the trigger point is made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Usually, a brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Several sites may be injected in one visit.
Trigger point injection is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. In addition, trigger point injection can be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches.
Supartz is a solution of highly purified sodium hyaluronate, it is one of the hyaluronates used in viscosupplementation. This solution is injected directly into the knee joint to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid.
The injections are approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in those who have failed to respond to simple painkillers or exercise. Use for other joints is currently being researched.
X-ray is defined as a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to light but of shorter wavelength and capable of penetrating solids and of ionizing gases.
X-rays allow physical doctors and chiropractors to view your bones and joints with clarity, and to some extent, the related soft tissues. With the help of x-rays, chiropractors can better evaluate the health of your bones and come to a more accurate diagnosis.
If the chiropractor takes your x-ray in a standing or weight-bearing position, the various normal and abnormal curves of the spine can be seen as well as the severity of changes in joints.
The chiropractor can evaluate the general health of your bones; determine whether or not you have any congenital anomalies (unusual shapes to your bones from birth), fractures, dislocations, and arthritic conditions, infections of the bones, or joints and tumours which would significantly alter the plan of treatment.
X-rays of the neck, low back or involved area are often taken. The doctors might send the patient to an x-ray facility for advanced imaging such as an MRI, Cat scan (CT), bone scan and other clinical procedures that maybe necessary depending on the patient's findings. These procedures are utilized to ensure the patient gets the most effective treatment for their condition. Diagnosing the cause of the problem is our first concern and our diagnostic capabilities include:
- Muscle Function Testing
- Orthopedic Evaluations
- Neurological Evaluations
- Computerized Range of Motion and Muscle Testing