Tag Archives: back pain

Summer time mishaps and where you should go on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Summer is almost here, and when something happens – heat stroke, sprain or sever sun burn – you can visit one of SMH’s Urgent Care Centers. If you are showing signs of a stroke or heart attack or other serious medical event, one of the two emergency rooms is where you should go.

Wide array of clinical programs supporting SMH on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Apart from the Nurse Residency program that is active at SMH, there are many others including the geriatric-centered “Niche”, Vascular Access, Acute Pain and behavioral health just to name a few. Sarasota Memorial is blessed by having a breadth of clinical support teams.

New procedure to treat chronic pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Eugene Pereira discuses a new, advanced procedure that can help treat chronic pain for the long term. A simplified analogy? It like placing a wedge between vertebra to keep the nerve openings stable.

Opioids and how to treat chronic pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Opioids, while effective, have side effects that have lead them to be prescribed more carefully. Better understanding  of how the body becomes used to them has helped to discover new techniques in treating chronic pain.

Types of pain and how it affects your body on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Ageing is a natural process and that will inevitably lead to pain. However, other types of pain can be due to other factors. Listen to find out how OTC pain relievers affect your health – and for other options.

The evolution of Pain Management on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Eugene Pereira – Director of SMH’s Pain Management Program, talks about how pain care transformed into pain management. New methods are more scientific in approach. Listen in to find out more.

Florida State University’s College of Internal Medicine Residents – on Health Check with Heidi Godman

With their 4 years of training at Florida State University’s College of Medicine completed, 13 internal medicine residents have been matched to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s new graduate medical education program. Listen in to find out exactly what being a “Resident” means.

Using interactive experiences in the Pavilion to assist in rehabilitation on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

From a hydraulic car for mobility training to a full furnished condo which helps people regain functionality their home – the Rehabilitation Pavilion has it all. Oh… and a full size grocery store!

The Ekso Skeleton – Available to Help Patients Recover at the Rehabilitation Pavilion on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The clinical care offered in the Rehabilitation Pavilion is truly out of this world. Not only does that apply to the team of people, but also to the technology. Task-driven tools like the Ekso Skeleton and the Vector Track are truly state-of-the-art.

What’s Inside the Rehabilitation Pavilion on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

From the Mobility Garden to the state-of-the-art gyms, the new Rehabilitation Pavilion offers services for all types of patients. It has been designed to help patients regain their independence following strokes, brain tumors, brain injuries, broken bones, spinal fractures, amputation, surgery and trauma-related injuries.

SMH’s New Rehabilitation Pavilion is Open! On Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

Opening the new 74,000 sq. ft. facility will make a difference not only for families visiting patients, but also help with the transition to home life. Private rooms, bathrooms and couches for families are just some of the new amenities.

Elder care in the hospital… and at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated Hospital, SMH has committed to elder care while in the hospital and before the patient goes home. The special markers will give health care providers enhanced skills to care for the aging population.

Ageing in Sarasota on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned the special designation of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). With about 63 percent of inpatient admissions being 65 years and older, SMH wanted to go the extra mile in earning NICHE designation. Listen in to find out all the reasons.

Stella’s Bariatric Surgery Story on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Stella shares her story about weight-loss surgery. From her childhood obesity struggles to the life-changing surgery, Stella describes her experience.

What are the types of weight-loss surgery? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

After a patient has been cleared for bariatric surgery, a personalized approach is initiated by the whole the team to fit the patient’s needs, goals, and lifestyle. Listen to find out about all of the types of weight-loss surgeries.

Who qualifies for bariatric surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Weight-loss surgery is a life changing event. To qualify for bariatric surgery, a person’s BMI must be over 30. After that has been determined, the process begins. Listen and find out how it works.

Hernia and other types of surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Of the many types of surgery that a General Surgeon performs, Dr. Suescun has performed thyroid, hernia, gall bladder and breast surgeries. While many people are familiar with the terms, not everyone understands what they are. Listen in to find out more.

Behind the curtain in SMH’s Trauma Center on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

What are some of the more common injuries that preset themselves in the trauma unit? How can they repairs the bones? Listen in and find out.

Orthopedic Trauma Surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

New SMH orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Holden will spend part of his time in our Level II Trauma Center. Some of the cases that he sees are more complicated than others. Listen in to find out more about what happens behind the curtain.

The Amazing Advancements in Back Pain Relief on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Compression fractures – or bone cracks – happen in the spine. There can be many causes of compression fractures. Hear Linda’s story and how she benefited from a new procedure that helped alleviate her pain.

Indentifying What Gives Us Pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Beyond diet and exercise, other areas in our active lives can affect pain. Keeping the mantra “Everything in Moderation” in mind, and the fun part of life can be enjoyed. Find out more.

Can milk cause pain? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

We all have pre-conceived notions when it comes to allergies. But did you know that allergies can cause pain? Find out how some products, like milk, can be the root cause of pain.

How to avoid pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Godman

Our pain level can be linked by our lifestyle choices. Even though our bodies can put up with a surprising amount of damage, there are limits. Find out how some of those situations can affect your pain level.

X-Rays, MRIs and more tools used in Compression Fractures diagnostics – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Betsy Barr experienced a sudden, painful pang while moving heavy furniture. It turned out to be a compression fracture. Hear she dealt with the pain, and from SMH’s experts on diagnosis.

Compression Fractures and a new technique to relieve pain – On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Pain is one of the biggest reasons for people visiting their doctor. Back pain is common, and a blow or osteoporosis is a leading cause of compression fractures in the spine. Listen to find out different ways to avoid damaging the bones.

Dr. Courtney Simmons & The Pain Care Management Team at SMH on Health Check with Heidi Godman

In this first part of a 4-part series, Dr. Courtney Simmons, a pain management physician, is the newest member of the Pain Care team. Her expertise, especially in anesthesiology, gives her a unique perspective on how the body reacts to pain.