Tag Archives: pain management

Types of summer time hazards to be aware of on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

During the summer, there are hazards associated with being out having fun. Apart from the always needed sun screen, there are other tips to avoid more uncommon pains like a skate sting.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Everything you need to know about Gall Bladders on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

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.

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.

What does a general surgeon do? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dr. Eric Suescun, General Surgeon at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is a former Air Force doctor. He loves what he does: making a positive & permanent change in someone’ s life.

Patient & family focused palliative care on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Supportive care services at SMH are born from the essence of palliative care; easing difficult conversations, family focused care and quality of life. Providing means for openness can help at a critical time in one’s life.

From 2000 applications to 13 Medical Residents on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

SMH will receive over 2000 applications and will interview 200 candidates… to fill 13 medical resident spots. All the excitement comes down to National Match Day. Listen in!

Protecting your bones – from smoking to ATVs on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Bone breaks are often preventable. Eating properly, wearing your seat belt when driving and exercise are among some of the ways you can help prevent a serious injury.

The magic of young bones compared to older bones on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With over 75% of emergency visits being caused by falls, knowing how bones age is critical. In a trauma situation, those factors come into the decisions the surgeons make.

What does Heart Failure Mean? On WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Heart failure is a complex diagnosis. It has several symptoms, and multiple scenarios in which it can show up. Listen to find out more.

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.

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.

How Kyphoplasty works and how quickly it relieves back pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

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.

Kyphoplasty and how it helps Compression Factures – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

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.

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.

Back pain and their causes – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

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!

Narcotics and Chronic Pain Management on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

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.

Migraines & the causes of chronic pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

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.

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.

Prognosis of Pancreatic Cancer Survival – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Cancer is like a virus – once it gets into the lymph nodes and makes new cancer cells. With chemotherapy and it’s advancements in the past 20 years along with the advent of robotic surgery – prognosis is much better about extending a patient’s life.

The “miracle” case of a Pancreatic Cancer patient on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

We hear about Mr. Fred Perrotta’s story, from the first sign of jaundice all the way through the operation. And now in chemo, Mr. Perrotta is a cancer survivor story!

Pancreatic Cancer and the advancements in treatments on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Pancreatic cancer, as one of the top 3 causes of cancer related-deaths, occurs in about 1 in 20 patients. One of the difficulties with diagnosing the cancer is how many of the patients are not presenting symptoms. Listen and find out more about symptoms & the causes of pancreatic cancer.

Tips on Making a Home Safer from Fall Injuries – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Clutter, loose rugs and night lights are just some of the tips that can help make your home – or outside – safer. Medications can also put you at risk. Always keep an open conversation with your doctor regarding multiple medications.

Common sense and hidden issues on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With a physician referral, patients can benefit from the expertise of a  physical or occupational therapist. They can help with getting proper nutrition, regular exercise & teaching good stretching techniques. However, some hidden issues like low protein or dehydration could be discovered, which can lead to more serious injuries in falls.

Survive Cancer Better with Sarasota Memorial’s STAR Program® on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Hear about this nationally recognized, evidence-based Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation program that helps survivors physically and emotionally heal from the side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or other cancer therapy.