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    What Is Spinal Stenosis?

    Last updated 2 hours 36 minutes ago

    Spinal stenosis is a common orthopedic condition that occurs when the spinal canal becomes narrowed. The spinal canal houses the spinal cord and nerve roots. When the canal is narrower than usual, the nerves can become compressed, leading to symptoms such as pain that radiates down a leg, numbness, weakness, and cramping. In severe cases, the patient may experience other complications of nerve problems, such as partial or complete paralysis of the legs, sexual impairment, and loss of control of the bowels or bladder.

    Spinal stenosis is more common among older adults and it often stems from an underlying medical condition, such as trauma to the spinal area or rheumatoid arthritis. Other possible causes include osteoporosis, Paget’s disease of the bone, and spinal tumors. Orthopedic specialists recommend conservative treatments in most cases, such as medication and physical therapy. Less commonly, orthopedic surgery may be required.

    The Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Westside Regional Medical Center provides personalized, advanced care for those suffering from spinal stenosis and other orthopedic conditions. Residents of the Plantation, FL area can schedule a visit with an orthopedic specialist by calling (954) 302-7112.

    Understanding the Health Risks of Insulin Resistance

    Last updated 5 days ago

    About 60 million Americans have insulin resistance, yet many do not realize it. Insulin resistance is a condition that often leads to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It occurs when the body is no longer able to properly use insulin. Those with insulin resistance have a higher risk of having poor cholesterol levels, characterized by low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is the good type of cholesterol, and high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is the bad type of cholesterol. Poor cholesterol levels can lead to atherosclerosis.

    When left untreated, type 2 diabetes can develop from insulin resistance. Those with diabetes must carefully control their blood sugar levels or risk additional adverse health effects, including diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the eye, and nephropathy, or damage to the kidneys. This condition may also lead to nerve damage, hearing impairment, and heart and blood vessel disease.

    At Westside Regional Medical Center of Plantation, FL, our healthcare team will partner with you to help you lead a healthy lifestyle and prevent or treat insulin resistance. Connect with us by calling (954) 302-7112 or by visiting our website to explore our services, including stroke care, orthopedics, and women’s services.

    Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that grows progressively worse. In the early stages of the disease, you may only suffer mild symptoms such as changes in your handwriting. In the later stages, you might suffer from severe falls that can land you in the ER. If you think you could be experiencing some early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and risk factors, and explore your treatment options if need be.


    The early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are typically subtle, such as slight tremors in the fingers and hands. Depression, loss of smell, and sleep disturbances have been reported in patients with Parkinson’s. Other possible symptoms can include slowed movements, a shuffling walk, and rigidity of the muscles. Muscle rigidity can manifest itself in smaller handwriting, difficulty swallowing, and a mask-like face. Parkinson’s patients experience difficulty with speech, problems with coordination and balance, and restless leg syndrome. As the disease becomes more severe, symptoms such as dementia, loss of bladder control, and personality changes can appear.

    Risk Factors

    Patients with Parkinson’s disease suffer from the deterioration and death of neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain. While it’s unknown exactly what causes this disease, potential risk factors have been identified. These include genetic mutations, environmental triggers, and ongoing exposure to toxins such as herbicides. Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with it, as are those over the age of 50.

    Treatment Options

    Although no cure yet exists for Parkinson’s disease, certain treatments may help slow the progression of the disease and help patients cope with symptoms. For example, in the early stages of the disease, a doctor might recommend dietary changes and an exercise regimen. Medications may help delay the disease’s progression and alleviate issues such as sleep disturbances, depression, and inattentiveness.

    Families of the Plantation, FL area who are affected by Parkinson’s disease can turn to the expert team of neurologists at Westside Regional Medical Center. Our hospital prides itself on offering exceptional patient care across a range of areas, including chest pain, women’s services, orthopedics, stroke care, and ER services. Schedule an appointment today by calling (954) 302-7112.

    How Physical Therapy Helps Patients

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Physical therapy consists of an individually tailored program of exercises and stretches to promote relief of pain and encourage healing. This type of treatment program may also include other therapies, such as the use of ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and cold and heat therapy. Physical therapy is commonly recommended for those who are recovering from injuries, such as sports injuries, those who are recovering from stroke, and those who are interested in preventing future injuries. Physical therapy may help prevent future injuries by correcting improper movements and promoting the proper alignment of the body.

    Another key benefit of physical therapy is that it is a conservative treatment method. In other words, it’s non-invasive, which minimizes the risk to the patient. Additionally, patients who seek pain relief with physical therapy instead of strong medications can avoid the potential for side effects.

    In addition to our orthopedics department, Westside Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer an outpatient physical therapy program that features state-of-the-art equipment and one-on-one care. If you wish to learn more about the services available at our hospital in Plantation FL, such as our stroke care department and women’s services, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (954) 302-7112.

    Knowing the Signs of a Heart Attack In Women

    Last updated 12 days ago

    For the best possible outcome, it’s crucial to get to the ER as quickly as possible after suffering a heart attack. Unfortunately, many women delay calling for an ambulance to take them to the ER because they may not experience the classic chest pain that is typical of heart attacks in men. Instead, women may experience an array of symptoms that may mimic those of other common conditions.


    Some women do indeed experience chest pain with a heart attack. It may feel like an uncomfortable pressure in the chest or a squeezing sensation. When chest pain is associated with a heart attack, it typically lasts for a few minutes, and it may resolve and then recur. Women may also experience discomfort or pain in the neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back, and abdominal areas.

    Respiratory Distress

    Another warning sign of a heart attack in a woman is respiratory distress. Shortness of breath that occurs despite a lack of physical activity is cause for concern.

    Flu-Like Symptoms

    Some women who suffered a heart attack reported experiencing flu-like symptoms. For example, you might break out into a cold sweat for no apparent reason. You might experience nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, or dizziness. Stomach pain is also possible.


    For most people, feeling a little tired now and then is nothing unusual. However, if you experience excessive fatigue for no apparent reason and it isn’t usual for you, it could indicate a heart attack. Abnormal fatigue paired with other unusual symptoms is cause for alarm; it’s best to call for emergency medical services, rather than to try to wait for your symptoms to resolve themselves.

    At Westside Regional Medical Center, we’ve launched a public awareness campaign known as Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) to help our neighbors become better informed about the early warning signs of a heart attack. When a heart attack does occur, our ER response team initiates immediate diagnostic and therapeutic protocols. Residents of the Plantation, FL area should call 911 if they think they require ER services; otherwise, call us at (954) 302-7112 for information about our hospital.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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