Posts From December, 2019

Myths about Permanent Disability Benefits

There are a lot of different myths and misconceptions about disability benefits, especially permanent disability. If you’ve been injured or have an illness that makes it difficult or impossible for you to work regularly, you need to consider applying for permanent disability. However, you want to make certain you understand the myths around it and educate yourself about the process and what permanent disability benefits mean.

Myth: You Can’t Work with Benefits

Many people believe you can’t work at all while applying for disability or receiving benefits. That’s not the case. In fact, there’s a monthly limit to the amount of money you can earn from work while on disability. You can also earn money from investments and interest you make on investments. If you’re married, your there’s no limit on how much money your spouse can make.

Myth: Everyone Who Applies is Denied the First Time

Most people have heard that they will be denied benefits the first time they apply. While it’s true that many people who do apply are denied at first, but if you fill out all of the necessary paperwork and have all of the required documentation, you can certainly be approved for your benefits right away.

Myth: Young People Can’t get Permanent Disability

Another misconception people have about disability is that it’s only available to older people. They believe that if they’re not near retirement age, they can’t get benefits. That’s not true at all. You actually become eligible to receive disability when you turn 18, but the amount you receive depends on how much you’ve paid into social security. Older people will usually be eligible for more monthly benefits than young people, which is likely the basis of this myth.

Your Benefits Will Fully Replace Your Income

Sadly, this is a myth. Your benefits are calculated based off of your lifetime average wage. That means if you’ve had a low paying job for much of your life, but had a higher paying job for the last two years, your benefits won’t match that higher salary.

Need Help Applying?

If you need assistance applying for permanent disability, the experts at Maximum Orthopedics can help. Contact us today to discuss your case.

  • Posted on: Dec 30 2019
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How Do Ultrasounds Help with Pain?

If you’re in pain, but don’t want to take pain medication all the time, you may have heard about therapeutic ultrasound. This pain management option isn’t something many people understand or even know about most. Most think of ultrasounds in relation to pregnancy, but the technology can be used for much more. In fact, ultrasounds have been used to treat pain as far back as the 1940s!

How Does it Work?

Therapeutic ultrasound is done in much the same way as ultrasounds used to view a fetus is done. The doctor will first apply a transmission gel to the area. Next, they run an ultrasound probe over that area. The gel transfers the vibrations from the probe to the skin.

How Does it Help?

Ultrasound vibrations help increase the flow of blood in the area where they’re applied to. This can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Some studies even suggest that it helps bone fractures heal faster. If you have pain caused by old scar tissue, high intensity ultrasounds can help break that tissue down and relieve the pain. Ultrasound is often used to treat injuries to soft tissue, muscle spasms, and non-acute joint swelling.

Another way ultrasounds can be used in treatment is called phonophoresis. This is a way of administering medication beneath the skin without using a needle. The ultrasound vibrations actually push the medication through the upper layer of the skin.

What to Expect from a Treatment

An ultrasound session doesn’t take long at all. Typically, the doctor will run the probe over the area for about five minutes. However, if the ultrasound is being used to break down scar tissue, it can take longer. During the treatment, the doctor will continue to move the probe around the area. You won’t feel any pain at all. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to have ultrasounds done several times.

Do You Suffer from Chronic Pain?

If you have pain that you believe could be treated by ultrasound or want to know if ultrasound therapy is an option, contact Maximum Orthopedics today to set up a consultation.

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2019
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