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Causes and Treatment for Hip Pain

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The hips are a common site for total joint replacement, which often becomes necessary as the structure of the hip deteriorates from the stress of aging. To better understand the nature of hip pain and the possible solutions for your daily discomfort, read the facts below about this complex joint and conditions that may affect it.

Structure of the hip joint

The hip joint is responsible for some of the most basic movements of the human body, including running, jumping, and walking. It is a ball-and-socket joint in which the femur attaches to the hip bone. Cartilage lines the bones to promote smooth movement through the extraordinary range of flexibility within this joint. A series of ligaments encase the hip joints and connect them to the muscle tissue.

Causes for painful degeneration

One of the most likely culprits behind hip pain is osteoarthritis, which is a part of the aging process. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage protecting the joints wears down, causing the bone to grind against hard surfaces and lead to inflammation. Other forms of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the hips. In elderly individuals, falls are a common source of hip pain directly resulting from an injury.

Treatment options for pain

Total joint replacement may be used to treat hip pain and restore mobility, but this option is not typically the first line of treatment. Physical therapy, pain medication, and joint injections may be considered before surgery is recommended by your orthopedic physician. If these options do not work, surgery may be the best course of treatment if you are physically fit enough for the recovery process.

For a more in-depth look at your needs for orthopedic care and hip pain treatment, consult Westside Regional Medical Center in Broward County. You can connect with us by visiting us on the Web or by calling (954) 473-6600. 


HCA Supports the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

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HCA will donate up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

The company is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross and will provide up to an additional $100,000 to match employee contributions to help the people of the Philippines. To make a match-eligible donation to the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief, please click here. HCA will provide dollar-for-dollar matching for gifts between $10 and $500 made at this site.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines and to our employees who have family members there,” said HCA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Bracken. “This donation on behalf of our employees is a natural extension of HCA’s mission, which is carried out every day by our nurses, physicians and other colleagues who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.”

In addition, the HCA Hope Fund is supporting the travel, burial and rebuilding needs of employees and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To apply for assistance, employees should visit www.HCAHopeFund.org and click on the “apply now” button. Established in 2005 to allow employees to help colleagues in need, the HCA Hope Fund provides assistance to HCA employees who have experienced disaster, illness, injury, domestic violence, and other situations. So far this year, the HCA Hope Fund has given $1.9 million to help more than 1,200 HCA employees and their families.


Use This App to Support Your Effort to Quit Smoking

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The month of November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, so it is the perfect time to finally quit smoking and make a change for a healthier lifestyle. With the NCI QuitPal app for your iPhone, you can find all the support you need to quit right in your pocket.

This app was designed using proven strategies to help long-time smokers quit, and it may be just what you need to give up cigarettes. You can track how much money you save by not smoking, receive tips to help you manage cravings, and compile a video diary of messages from your loved ones.

For more help in your effort to quit smoking, visit Westside Regional Medical Center in Broward County. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 473-6600 or visit our website to connect with us. 


A Guide to Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation

Suffering a stroke can significantly diminish your ability to speak, walk, comprehend language, and care for yourself on a daily basis. While the specific effects of stroke can vary depending on the area of the brain affected, the recovery process is generally long and intensive. Younger stroke patients and first-time stroke sufferers have the highest chances of complete recovery following a stroke, but there are other factors to consider, including emergency response to the incident. 

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Emergency care

At the first signs of a stroke, it is important to call 911 right away. With immediate attention from a certified stroke care center, blood flow can be restored quickly to minimize damage to the brain tissue. This will set the course for the most positive recovery possible.

Immediate rehabilitation

Before discharge from the hospital after a stroke, you may begin to work with a therapist to improve speech and mobility. While finely tuned skills will be reserved for detailed rehabilitation in the long-term, it is important to begin reestablishing some basic skills to facilitate a safe trip back home.

Long term post-stroke care

As you recover from a stroke, you may need to work with a professional caretaker or family member to ensure that you are maintaining healthy hygiene and eating habits. Once you begin to work with a rehabilitation specialist in an outpatient setting, you can regain your independence with personalized care fit for your specific needs. Your therapist may work with you in mobility skills, social interaction, memory exercises, or communication. The length of post-stroke rehabilitation is highly variable, as it will depend on your progress and commitment to recovery.

Westside Regional Medical Center in Broward County is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Care Center offering services from emergency response to outpatient rehabilitation. For a closer look at the facts about stroke, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 473-6600. 


How Seniors Can Prevent Injury-Causing Falls

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While falls among seniors may be the result of tripping and slipping, they are actually more often caused by imbalances and errors in weight shifting. This means that the best way to prevent falls and injuries resulting from them is by utilizing strength and balance exercises in your everyday routine.

Activities such as walking can build the muscles in the lower body and encourage better posture as you navigate your way around your home. For some extra work on balance and muscle strength, you might try some simple yoga or weight training exercises. These exercises will help you get in tune with your body and understand how to move with ultimate flexibility and freedom. If you need an ambulatory aid such as a cane or walker, do not hesitate to use these devices whenever you get up to walk somewhere. A significant number of falls occur in individuals who have been prescribed ambulatory aids but do not use them correctly.

For orthopedic care in Broward County, visit Westside Regional Medical Center. We can help you maintain healthy bones and joints. Visit us online or call us at (954) 473-6600 to learn more about our hospital services and events.


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