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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most common surgeries is for Gall Bladder. But what is it? Listen to find out what it does, and what can go wrong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the kyphoplasty procedure, the cements used can closely mimic human bone density and strength. And while this procedure can seem like a breakthrough in treatment, the best practice is prevention. Listen in for some tips.
In most instances, once compression fractures happen, they continue to deteriorate. If the patient’s case allows for the procedure, kyphoplasty is a solution that can provide instant relief from chronic back pain.
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.
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.
Lower lumbar, or back pain, is one of the most common ailments. Some of the most common causes are Arthritis or muscle tightness. Other than narcotic solutions, physical therapy and short-term use of anti-inflammatory medications can help. Listen to find out more tips!
Anti-inflammatory, -convulsive or -depressants are some of the examples of pain medications that can be prescribed to help with pain management. Opioids are used with caution, due to the possibility of addiction. Learn more about all the types.
Joints, ligaments and… old age are all causes of chronic pain. Apart from the potential physical causes, there are other causes such as stress. They can lead migraines – severe headaches. Find out more about some of the onset reasons.
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.
When conservative treatments fail to relieve your neck or back pain, consider non-surgical treatments, such as injections, that can provide relief while also serving as a diagnostic tool to help identify the source of the pain.
As Supportive Services (or Palliative Care) is classified a specialty, it needs to be consulted or referred by a physician. It is an extra layer of support for the patient while they are facing serious illness.
End-of-life care or Supportive Services is a medical specialty dealing with patients who are suffering from serious illness. And while hospice care is associated with terminal illnesses, it is also used to help those suffering from chronic conditions.
Experts from Sarasota Memorial’s Pain Care Center discuss pain management, the many types of pain, and also hear from a patient who passed through the pain management program.