By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2011
Dr. David Duncan and Clinician Erin Koscheski of Axis HealthCare.
Axis HealthCare is an advanced prevention clinic with an emphasis on quality of life. Their programs are designed to help prevent disease and to control and check the advancement of existing diseases.
Axis HealthCare offers three primary treatment programs that aid the body’s natural healing process without medication or surgery: wound healing, foot care, and fall prevention. Axis HealthCare also treats non-healing wounds, neuropathy, edema, swelling, lower extremity numbness and tingling, incontinence, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and arthritis. Most of their patients are seniors; they also treat athletes.
“Axis HealthCare got started about two years ago with a priority on being in nursing homes and assisted living centers, although we’re open to the public,” says Marketing Director Krista Sanchez. “We have six facilities now, including a facility inside The Homestead of Owasso.”
The Tulsa Axis HealthCare facility, which opened in March, is located in the same building as the office of Dr. David Duncan. Dr. Duncan is the Axis HealthCare medical director and co-founder of the Dizziness and Fall Prevention Institute. The focus of his practice is on the geriatric population.
“If you’re looking for non-surgical treatments, there aren’t always a lot of options available,” says Sanchez. “Dr. Duncan recognized that need.”
Axis HealthCare takes a different approach from modern medicine. “In our geriatric population, most modern medicine is pointed toward disease management,” says Dr. Duncan. “This approach has something of a futile attitude behind it – you’ve given up on eliminating the disease. In contrast, what we focus on is prevention, which is more optimistic. We want to give our patients a different outlook and address some of the things that can make life miserable. We build strength, endurance and balance in the elderly in a safe environment. Opening new neural pathways in this way is not unlike a child learning to ride and balance on a bicycle. As far as the nerves in the brain, it’s the same for a five-year-old as for a 75-year-old.”
Axis HealthCare’s accelerated wound healing program uses the latest innovations in wound care technology to speed the healing process to decrease amputations and the recurrence of wounds.
Diabetic and non-diabetic foot care treatment programs include soaking the feet, trimming toenails, removing calluses and non-invasive ingrown toenails, and lower leg and foot massages to increase blood circulation.
Geriatric falls can indicate a surprising level of danger. As people age, muscles weaken and the speed of balance correction in the brain slows, as does the speed of nerve conduction. This leads to people leaning further out of balance, correcting more suddenly and overcorrecting, which cause falls.
According to Axis HealthCare, geriatric falls that require hospitalization have a 50 percent death rate within one year. Their fall prevention program measures fall risk and develops individually tailored fall interventions, with focuses on strength and balance.
Axis HealthCare’s treatments can be astonishingly effective. “We had a 67-year-old patient who had had multiple sclerosis for 15 years and had been in a wheelchair for five,” says Sanchez. “The doctors told him he would never walk again. He came in for treatment and in three months, his neuropathy had been reversed and he was walking without a cane.”
Axis HealthCare accepts Medicare and most major insurance providers. For more information, give them a call or visit them on the web at www.axishealth.net.