Tracheostomy – An Introduction

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As owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark treats patients with a variety of disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Dr. William B. Clark builds on more than 32 years of professional experience and has an in-depth understanding of tracheostomy procedures.

Defined as a surgically introduced hole from the trachea to the outside air, a tracheostomy helps to bypass obstructed or damaged airways. It is particularly common for patients who require extended use of a ventilator, though it may also help to reconstruct the airway after surgery on the larynx or trachea. In addition, it may provide support for patients with breathing difficulties due to injury or illness of the lungs or throat, while other patients receive a tracheostomy to protect the airway following head and neck surgery. Similarly, for patients with swallowing disorders, it may help to keep food out of the lungs.

Many patients only need a tracheostomy while in the hospital, though some are permanent or semipermanent and go home with the patient. In these cases, the patient must take special care to keep the tube clean. This process includes a thorough sanitization of the tube as well as the inner and outer cannula, and a thorough disinfection of exposed skin near the opening. It is extremely important for patients with a tracheostomy to follow specific instructions from a health care provider.


Causes and Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

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Meniere’s Disease

As owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, head and neck surgeon Dr. William B. Clark treats a comprehensive range of ear, nose, and throat disorders. Dr. William B. Clark possesses experience treating patients with Meniere’s disease and other related illnesses.

A disorder of the inner ear, Meniere’s disease has been identifiable to medical science since the early 1860s. It is most common in adults with first-time diagnoses typically occurring when a person is 20 to 50 years old. It is quite rare in children. Some believe that it arises as the body’s response to injury of the inner ear, though scientists have suggested that it may be related to a food allergy. Risk of developing the disease increases with family history.

Symptoms of Meniere’s disease include ringing in the ears and hearing disturbances, including distortion of low tones and difficulty in discriminating speech sounds. Patients also often experience a spinning sensation known as vertigo, which may arise in conjunction with nausea, vomiting, weakness, or cold sweats. Symptoms tend to be most severe during an acute attack, which may last up to several hours. Attacks tend to worsen in severity and frequency as the disease progresses, during which time hearing loss episodes may lengthen and eventually become permanent.

Exercises You Can Do to Pitch Faster

A longtime head and neck surgeon, Dr. William B. Clark owns ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Outside of his professional pursuits, Dr. William B. Clark maintains a passion for baseball after having played as a pitcher throughout high school and college.

Pitchers require a variety of skills to achieve fast throwing speeds. You may spend hours practicing your technique, but you also need to build full-body strength to increase the velocity of your throws. The following exercises can help you develop the power you need to become a successful pitcher.

Deadlifts. Deadlifts build lower body strength and train your body in ground force application, providing a strong base for any pitch. In addition, deadlifts help cultivate a firm grip, which will help you throw harder during games.

Long toss. Practicing long tosses will help loosen and build your shoulder muscles. During training sessions of between 15 and 20 minutes, practice tossing the ball over varying distances to build the speed of your pitches.

Pressing moves. You need to build the muscles in your triceps, chest, and shoulders to throw consistently fast pitches. Most pitchers prefer alternative pressing methods to the bench press, which can cause impingement in the shoulder. You should use neutral grip presses and practice push-ups to build strength instead.

Florida’s Special Olympics Chapter Sends Two Athletes to Capitol Hill

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William B. Clark owns ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Dedicated to helping others, Dr. William B. Clark supports the Special Olympics.

Established almost 50 years ago, the Special Olympics held its first event in 1968 in Chicago. The organization’s mission is to offer year-round sports training to children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Not only does it provide participants with physical fitness, but it also offers friendship opportunities for athletes and their families. In 2014, the organization announced the event has reached 4.4 million athletes at more than 80,000 annual events and competitions.

On March 18, 2015, the Special Olympics’ 12th annual Capitol Hill Day had leaders, Special Olympics athletes, and family members from 39 states gather in Washington, D.C. Two athletes from Florida, David Mallis and Stacy Barnes, met with 12 of Florida’s congressional leaders to advocate for the Special Olympics. They discussed improving school environments so that children with disabilities would not be bullied.