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17歲女孩S骨惡化‧媽媽愁3.8萬手術費

S骨女孩葉玉晶脊椎側彎程度持續惡化,急需3萬8千令吉的脊椎矯正手術費,以恢復健康快樂的生活。

脊椎側彎導致葉玉晶(右)的肩膀一高一低,右邊背部的凸出情況相當明顯。左為陳麗順。(圖:星洲日報)只有17歲的她有個小小的心願,就是在手術後享用一頓好吃的燒鴨,以回味母親多年前經常為她打包燒鴨飯的溫馨回憶。她也希望手術後能夠盡快好起來,如此才能繼續打工以減輕母親的負擔,同時也希望能夠靠自己的能力,為自己儲存未來繼續升學的學費。脊椎彎曲已達55度葉玉晶背部如電擊般痛

來自單親家庭、家境困苦的葉玉晶為了幫補家用,會趁着空閒時間到餐館打工。為了不讓媽媽太操勞,她經常與媽媽分擔家務。她是媽媽心目中最孝順的孩子,奈何在今去年10月,卻被診斷出脊椎側彎,且彎曲程度已達42度,但由於負擔不起龐大醫藥費而無法動手術。直到今年5月再次進行掃描,發現脊椎側彎程度已有50度,而在今年10月彎情況更是持續惡化,目前已達55度。

葉玉晶透露,她經常感到背部如電擊般疼痛,近期疼痛的程度更嚴重,不論是站、坐,甚至是躺着,過了一段時間就如千針不斷穿刺,非常難受。“脊椎側彎嚴重影響我的生活,我甚至無法好好的幫媽媽做家務,因為我不可以抬重的東西,不能長時間站或坐着,只能做些比較輕鬆的家務,媽媽因此非常操勞。”

單親媽媽月入僅1200 無法支付龐大醫藥費
母親陳麗順是家裡唯一的經濟支柱,在餐館工作的她月入僅1千200令吉,而龐大的醫藥費更將她壓得喘不過氣。為了讓女兒盡快接受脊椎矯正手術,她唯有尋求星洲日報基金會的幫助,希望各界善心人士能夠慷慨解囊,為女兒籌足3萬8千令吉的手術費。陳麗順坦言,葉玉晶經常遭受外人的白眼,出門在外被人指指點點,有者更以她的病情當作茶餘飯後的笑話。“女兒受到這樣的對待,身為母親的非常心疼。因此我希望能夠快點讓女兒接受脊椎矯正手術,不要再被外人取笑。”痛心女兒因病常被人笑
可憐的葉玉晶,面對旁人的恥笑,除了感到氣憤,更讓她因此而自卑,但更讓她害怕的,是動手術,以及手術之後滾滾而來的醫藥費。“醫生說需要植入鐵片,還有大約14顆螺絲,我感到非常害怕。但是我更擔心手術後要不斷的複診,屆時的醫藥費又是一筆很大的開銷,我不想增加媽媽的負擔。”
較早前,醫院安排葉玉晶於明年1月進行脊椎矯正手術,但由於病情惡化比預期中的快,因此將提前在12月19日進行手術。

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浸信親子競技熱鬧溫馨

浸信親子競技熱鬧溫馨

【澳門日報消息】浸信中學小學部於本月五日舉行“童心同樂”親子競技活動日。參與的班級為小一至小三共九個班,學生人數為二百八十一人,出席的家長有二百多人,場面熱鬧溫馨。

活動司儀由徐謙謙老師及黃晶晶老師擔任,以黃老師帶領做“護脊操”拉開序幕。護脊對小學生特別重要,同學們每天都背着沉重的書包上學,期望透過護脊操讓同學們舒展肩脊,並可作為常規練習,有助保護脊骨健康。在場同學在黃老師的指導和帶領下,按着節拍翩翩起舞。

是次活動與澳門循道衛理聯合教會社會服務處合作。該機構富有經驗,在活動中帶領一連串的親子互動遊戲,為孩子、家長和老師帶來歡樂難忘的時光。

親子活動在兒童成長過程中留下愉快美好的回憶。活動是以孩子為主體,父母為主導而進行,不僅有情感交流,孩子們在遊戲中更享受到濃厚的樂趣,吸引孩子注意力,提高參與活動的興趣。啟發潛能的遊戲和運動能訓練孩子的靈巧性,鍛煉身體機能,增強協調能力,發展他們的創造才能和探索精神。

Chiropractic care may help solve some babies’ health issues

DENVER — I covered this story as I do all stories, as a journalist: fair, unbiased, presenting both sides.

But just know that I am a mom, whose newborn spent the first four months a miserable mess. We tried everything and nothing helped. We were sleep deprived and at wits end. Until someone turned us onto an idea that is growing in popularity. A chiropractor for babies.

When you think of chiropractors, you think of cracking and twisting and adults. But more and more parents are turning to chiropractors for babies suffering from everything from colic, to digestive problems, to ear infections. We took a look at this age old practice that is an alternative for parents.

What’s wrong with the baby?

There is nothing more heartbreaking or frustrating as a parent than not being able to figure out what is wrong with your baby. Denver mom, Suzanne Shaw said, “It was horrifying experience as a parent … and exhausting and tiring and you felt so sad because you didn’t know what you could do to help him so it was just heartbreaking to see your kid on that much pain.”

Her son, Michael had a double ear infection when he was 2 years old.

Three rounds of medication didn’t work and Suzanne was at the end of her rope. She said, “I’m like I will try anything at this point, wits end, he was in excruciating pain not good for a two-year-old.”

At first, she thought the idea of a chiropractor for such a young child was crazy, but she gave it a try. After just two adjustments, green and yellow ooze came out of Michael’s ear.

She said it was the infection coming out of his body. “Sure enough, off all the meds, fever was gone, no more crying … back to be normal 2-year-old.”  And Michael remembers the adjustment was quick and painless. He said, “He like puts this thing on your spine, clicks it. When he starts to push it, it goes like dut dut dut dut.”

No medical problem necessary

Some parents don’t wait for a medical problem. Anicka Coradyn Olsen has been bringing her baby girl to see Dr. Greg Mortimer since she was a newborn.

Olsen said, “I just wanted to start off on the right foot. I think it is such a benefit and it is so encouraging for a parent’s heart. When you know your child is fussy or upset or colicky and you can come and do something that isn’t medicine or giving her something and she feels better.”

Dr. Greg has been in practice for 22 years. He treats everyone from professional athletes to kids and even babies.

Dr. Greg said, “They are so cute, and they don’t whine as much as their parents. They just say I want to feel better … and I know I can help them.” The whole process is extremely gentle. He said, “It’s like giving them a hug, not even that hard a hug.”

As parents of a colicky, fussy, inconsolable and miserable baby, we finally decided to take our 4-month-old baby girl to see Dr. Greg.

He noticed right away that she was able to look all the way over her right shoulder, but she was not able to turn her head to the left. After the first adjustment, our baby girl was much more flexible, less fussy and we noticed she started sleeping better. Dr. Greg said, “Now she can move her head right and left equally … she has so much less tension in her body.”

But Dr. Greg warns this isn’t to help babies sleep better, but he believes if he can make them more comfortable, better sleep may be a result. He said, “It’s to take stress out of her little body. So her body works better. So her body will normalize.”

But not everyone agrees this is the right way to treat babies.

Dr. Steven Perry with Cherry Creek Pediatrics is on the board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He said, “The problem is a lot of it is anecdotal. There’s not a lot of evidence.” And Dr. Perry says one of his main concerns is misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis with a child being treated by a chiropractor instead of a pediatrician.

“We had a colleague who had a baby treated by a chiropractor who actually had meningitis that was going to chiropractor. It had a serious outcome. That worries me more than anything.”

Dr. Greg Mortimer has spent years trying to educate parents about chiropractics for kids and he knows there are skeptics. But he said, “Skeptics are the best. If I can get them into my office, once I convert them, they sing it from the rooftops. They witness that it’s not some hocus pocus witch craft. It’s just a very basic gentle adjustment of the spine that makes a world of difference.”

Just another option for parents to consider, because there is nothing better than seeing your baby happy and healthy.

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趁妻熟睡 躲音響房 椎間盤移位男燒炭自殺亡

椎間盤移位男燒炭自殺亡

如果椎間盤移位男得到脊醫的醫治, 又會少一個悲劇發生了…

【本報訊】44歲男子因椎間盤移位痛不欲生,昨趁妻子在熟睡中,偷偷起床走進鄰房,用毛巾塞住門窗罅隙燒炭自殺。早上妻子起床揭發,報警送院,惜已天人永隔。警方調查得悉,死者日前曾發「死亡短訊」給妻子,聲稱因痛症不想做人,相信他是因病自殺。
記者:徐雲庭 鄭文輝

死者符浩文(44歲),租住深水埗楓樹街2F號一單位,與姓張(40歲)妻子育有一子。符是超級音樂迷,住所面積雖不大,但有一間房專作聽歌用途,擺滿音響儀器。據悉,兩夫妻做兼職維生,符偶而做貨車司機賺錢。數年前,他患上椎間盤移位,感到腰痠背痛,漸漸病情惡化,有時痛得難以入睡,令他感到生不如死。

曾發死亡短訊予妻

日前他曾發短訊給妻子,坦言不堪頑疾折磨,企圖以死解脫;其妻聞言大驚,不斷鼓勵他振作。然而,符一直鬱結難解。昨晨6時許,符妻起床發現枕邊空空,丈夫不知所終,她走出廳即嗅到濃烈燒炭味,心知不妙,打開音響房的門,驚見丈夫昏卧地上,旁邊有一煲炭,門窗用毛巾塞住罅隙,她立即報警。
救護員趕抵為他進行心外壓,惟送院搶救終告不治,符妻悲痛欲絕。警方在場沒撿獲遺書,初步相信死者趁妻子酣睡時,離開睡房走到聽歌房燒炭自殺。案件並無可疑,稍後將安排驗屍確定死因。
骨科專科醫生潘德鄰表示,椎間盤移位是椎間盤骨與骨之間軟組織損傷的疾病,可因突發性意外造成,如跌傷、撞傷等;另一原因是長期勞損引致,其中搬運等苦力工作最常見此病。他表示,這種病在世界各地普遍,由於椎間盤壓着神經線,會導致腰骨痛及坐骨神經痛,最嚴重可致癱瘓。
潘醫生續稱,患者長期受痛症折磨,對精神會造成很大困擾,甚至喪失工作能力,引致經濟問題。患者可通過磁力共振、藥物及運動舒緩痛楚,亦可做手術。
此外,根據資料本港多名藝人曾因意外導致椎間盤移位,包括官恩娜、佘詩曼及朱慧敏等,其中官恩娜曾指因搬重物傷了腰骨,及後騎馬時傷勢惡化,導致椎間盤移位。 

http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20141127/18949447

按摩治痛症 危機四伏

每逢假日,上班一族都會輕鬆一下。按摩、做SPA、做運動、旅遊或大吃一頓,都是讓身心放鬆的好方法,有助紓緩一個星期累積下來的疲勞和壓力。就身體上的疲勞而言,不論藍領或白領都容易有肌肉痠痛的問題,有的人選擇按摩,有的則選擇安坐家中的按摩椅,兩者效果相近。然而,按摩只能為肌肉帶來短期效果,當中甚至隱藏了不少危機。

相信大家都有以下經驗:在按摩或使用按摩椅後,紓緩的效果只能維持一至兩日,甚至只有短短幾個小時。肩頸或腰背的肌肉很快又回復繃緊的狀態,甚至比未按之前更加痛。如果按摩後未能使肌肉鬆弛,很可能已患有脊骨錯位,因錯位的關節壓迫周圍的軟組織及神經,令肌肉長期處於繃緊的狀態。事實上,表面的肌肉按摩只能短暫紓緩肌肉疲勞,無法治療因脊骨錯位引起的痛症。

按摩並非一勞永逸的方法,而當中也暗藏不少危機。按摩時,某些動作的幅度會較大,應量力而為,否則會容易導致脊骨受傷。當中,最常見的是按摩師使力不當拉傷了肌肉,而踩背、拗背和鎖頸等招式則更為危險。按摩時,要確保不可觸及筋骨,以減低受傷風險。

按摩椅則屬於被動式運動,主要針對肌肉做拍打及旋轉動作,但每一款按摩椅的力度都不同,如使用者不熟悉按摩椅的操作,有時可能會因按摩椅使力不當而拉傷了肌肉。一張舒適的按摩椅的確可幫助消除疲勞,但使用時間不宜過長。一般按摩椅有設定按摩的時間,每當按摩椅停止按摩時,應小休或走動一下,避免維持同一個姿勢過久。這樣,脊骨和肌肉都能得到休息,減少勞損的機會。若按摩或使用按摩椅不當,都有機會拉傷肌肉,甚至造成腰椎、頸椎錯位或椎間盤突出等問題,弄巧反拙。

有不少人都誤以為按摩時要感到痛楚才有效,但其實痛楚只是一種信號,表示身體已不能負荷。而且,並非人人都適合按摩或使用按摩椅。一些體力虛弱(如手術後)的人士、患上骨質疏鬆症、心臟病、高血壓和本身脊骨已有錯位等人士,亦不宜做按摩或使用按摩椅。以骨質疏鬆患者為例,由於其骨質流失會令骨頭變得脆弱,如按摩力道過大,也有可能會發生骨折。因此,如發現有痛症,盡快找醫生作詳細檢查才是最好的方法。

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資料來源:朱君璞 脊骨神經科醫生
香港執業脊醫協會主席