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Spotlight on Aquatic Rehabilitation

If you’ve ever seen a specialist in orthopedics, then you might already be familiar with the basics of rehabilitation, which typically include physical therapy and occupational therapy. But did you know that not all rehab therapies take place on dry land? There are many benefits of aquatic rehabilitation, which is why Palms West Hospital is pleased to offer it to our patients.

Indications

Aquatic rehab therapy is appropriate for a wide range of medical conditions, especially neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. Patients with chronic problems such as arthritis and fibromyalgia can find relief by performing specialized exercises in a heated pool, as can those who are recovering from sports injuries or from surgery. Those with balance disorders, back pain, and spinal injuries might be referred to an aquatic therapy program. However, certain patients might not be good candidates for aquatic rehabilitation, including those with incontinence, non-healing ulcers or open wounds, chlorine allergies, and seizure disorders.

Functional Improvements

During an aquatic therapy session, patients perform a series of customized stretches and exercises while in the water. Patients may find that they gradually improve their muscle tone and strength, increase their range of motion, and develop better balance. These functional improvements translate to improved quality of life and ease of completing everyday activities.

Benefits

The functional improvements associated with aquatic rehab can also be achieved with land-based therapy, but aquatic therapy offers unique benefits. Because of the buoyancy of the water, there is less stress exerted on the joints. This means that exercises that would have been too painful on land may be possible in the water. Aquatic rehab is particularly beneficial for patients with balance impairment. Since the water slows down bodily movements, patients can complete exercises without the fear of falling and sustaining additional injuries.

The unique outpatient aquatic rehabilitation center at Palms West Hospital sets our medical services apart from others in the area. Our rehab center in Loxahatchee, FL, features a spacious, heated pool with an automated lift and programs designed specifically for the needs of patients with fibromyalgia and spinal trauma. You can connect with one of our registered nurses around the clock by calling (561) 345-7009.


Exploring the Complexities of Treating Chronic Pain

When patients arrive at the emergency care department with painful injuries, they might receive a short-term prescription for pain relievers. For many patients, this is sufficient. Unfortunately, some people go on to develop chronic pain, which can persist long after the original insult to the tissue has healed. Chronic pain can also be associated with chronic medical conditions such as arthritis. The complexities of chronic pain make the problem challenging to treat. Patients with these issues can turn to the providers of Palms West Hospital for compassionate medical services.

Pathophysiology

Pathophysiology refers to the way in which the body or its components are affected. When the nervous system senses an injury to the body, it fires off signals that register as pain. There is a good reason for pain sensations; they let your brain know that something is wrong and that you need to take care of it. However, chronic pain is different. When chronic pain arises from an ongoing bodily problem such as an untreated torn rotator cuff, it is thought that the pain continues because of the ongoing activation of the nerve fibers. However, the severity of the pain does not always correspond with the severity of the actual injury. And in many cases, chronic pain persists for months or years despite the healing of the original injury. The reasons for the sensitization and hyperactivity of the nerve fibers are still under investigation.

Treatment

Since it is usually not preferable to take strong pain relievers over a long period of time, pain management specialists and other doctors must find creative approaches to helping patients with chronic pain. Chronic pain treatment might include superficial injections like trigger point therapy or more invasive injections like epidurals. Some patients might even find relief of pain with tricyclic antidepressants. Other possible treatment modalities include physical therapy and other rehab services, muscle relaxation exercises, and biofeedback. It’s important for patients to clearly communicate their responses to treatment. Often, finding the right approach requires trial and error, and the close collaboration of patients and doctors.

At Palms West Hospital, you’ll find a continuum of care for acute and chronic conditions. The medical services available to Loxahatchee, FL residents include emergency care, rehabilitation, and general surgery. If you have a general question or would like a referral to a specialist, you can speak with a registered nurse by calling (561) 345-7009.


Taking a Closer Look at Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow inside the uterus and have the potential to cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms. For some women, fibroids will have no noticeable signs, while other women might experience heavy menstrual bleeding, painful urination, and fertility problems as a result of fibroids. When fibroids are causing symptoms, uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, is one of several treatment options to manage pain and discomfort. Below, you will see some of the details of UFE to help you understand if this procedure is right for you.

Who is a good candidate for UFE?
Unless your fibroids are causing symptoms, you will not need to seek treatment. If you have not had success with treatments like birth control and pain medication, uterine fibroid medication will likely be an ideal choice for treatment unless there is a possibility that you are pregnant.

How does UFE work?
Embolization works by cutting off the blood supply to the fibroids, which will cause them to shrink over time. With UFE, a catheter is inserted into the groin and guided to the uterine artery to administer an embolic agent to restrict blood flow and shrink the fibroids. Once the growths are reduced, the uterus will return to normal.

What are the benefits of the procedure?
UFE is a safe alternative to open surgical procedures with fewer complications to consider. For women who want to have children following fibroid treatment, UFE will be a much more low-risk option than surgery. Recovery is also minimal, as there is no damage to the surrounding tissues with treatment.

At Palms West Hospital, we offer a number of endovascular treatments in our Imaging Center in Loxahatchee. To learn more about these non-surgical therapies and other hospital services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 3

Heart Conditions That May Affect Your Child

Many people associate heart disease with older adults, but there are actually a number of cardiovascular conditions that can affect infants and children. With regular pediatric care, these conditions are easily diagnosed and managed to create a lifetime of better heart health for your child. This article will take a look at some of the more common heart conditions seen in children that you should be aware of.

Heart Murmurs
A heart murmur is a sound that is caused by the movement of blood through the heart and nearby blood vessels. In most cases, heart murmurs in children are innocent heart murmurs, meaning that they are harmless sounds unassociated with any other conditions. Still, your child’s pediatrician might investigate a murmur further to be sure that defective valves are not the source of the sound. In these cases, minor surgical procedures may need to take place to ensure proper valve function without a risk for regurgitation.

Congenital Heart Defects
There are many different congenital heart defects that may be seen in children, and these ailments are present from birth, typically resulting from incomplete formation of the heart muscle or blood vessels during gestation. Some of these defects include aortic valve stenosis, coarctation of the aorta, or pulmonary atresia.

Arrhythmias
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rate caused by irregularities in the electrical pulses that control the heartbeat, which can be problematic if it is undiagnosed and untreated. In kids and teens, arrhythmias are most often managed through regular monitoring and changes to regular activities.

High Blood Pressure
Although high blood pressure is most common in adults, children are not immune to this condition, which can be a significant health risk. Teaching your child healthy habits like eating right and exercising regularly will be the best line of prevention or treatment of high blood pressure during adolescence.

With the Children’s Hospital at Palms West, you can find dedicated pediatric cardiovascular care in Loxahatchee. Palms West Hospital is the only hospital in the Western Communities with a dedicated pediatric care center and 24/7 pediatric ER. To learn more or find a physician for your child’s care, give us a call at (561) 345-7009.


Knowing What to Do When Someone Has a Heart Attack

A heart attack is a life-threatening medical situation that will require immediate care to increase the chances of survival and reduce long-term disabilities. Unfortunately, many people will not seek care for a heart attack soon enough or at all, and this is in large part due to poor recognition of heart attack symptoms. In this article, you will get a look at how to better recognize when someone is having a heart attack and react with the appropriate care.

Recognize the Signs

Many people imagine that a heart attack is characterized by very obvious symptoms, such as sudden and severe chest pain that will have a person grasping at his or her chest. While chest pain is often present during a heart attack, it may be relatively mild or come and go in waves. There may also be a number of more subtle signs, such as upper body pain, nausea, and shortness of breath. These are more common symptoms in women than in men, and as a result, women tend to neglect heart attack care more frequently than men.

Do Not Wait Out Symptoms

The average person will wait 3 hours before seeking medical care for a heart attack, and this is problematic, because significant damage to the heart muscle can take place during this time. Even if you are not sure that symptoms are caused by a heart attack, you should not gamble by waiting to see if symptoms go away.

Call 911

In the event of a heart attack, you will not want to attempt to drive yourself or someone else to the ER. By calling 911, you will have the resources of EMS to provide immediate screening and care, which can be lifesaving.

At Palms West Hospital, you can find dedicated emergency care and cardiovascular services in Loxahatchee. For answers to your health questions or current ER wait times, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 345-7009.


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