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Back pain is a problem that millions of Americans live with, but it does not have to be a daily disruption in your life. With the right diagnosis, your back pain can become an issue of the past through surgery, rehabilitation, or non-surgical therapies. Below you will see some of the most common spinal problems that could be behind your back pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease occurs when the spinal discs become dehydrated and weakened by the pressure of excess body weight or as a result of the aging process. Because this is a degenerative condition, it will continue to worsen over time. When the discs become weakened by degenerative disc disease, they can bulge outward and irritate nearby nerve endings. The discs may also collapse, causing two vertebrae to grind together and generate pain.
Any part of the spine may be affected by spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal column. As the spinal column becomes more restricted, the nerves become compressed and send pain signals to the brain. There may also be problems such as numbness and clumsiness due to nerve irritation.
While scoliosis is most often diagnosed and treated effectively in adolescence, it may develop in adulthood and cause serious problems in the spine. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that causes pain, instability, balance issues, and difficulty in everyday activities.
Osteoporosis is often responsible for compression fractures, which tend to take place after an impact injury to the spine. Bones weakened by osteoporosis are more susceptible to fractures of this nature, which may go undiagnosed because back pain is misunderstood as a normal part of the aging process.
If you suffer from back pain and other symptoms of spinal disorders, you can find the orthopedic care you need at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in North Miami Beach. Call (305) 921-0492 or visit our website today to find a physician who can help you live free of back pain.
Last updated 5 days ago
When cardiac arrest occurs, emergency medicine is essential for patient recovery. Cardiac arrest is often fatal, because it causes the heart to stop beating and pumping blood to vital organs. Aside from the physical stress this causes to the heart, brain damage is one of the most serious effects of cardiac arrest.
At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, one life was saved with the creative intuition of the emergency department where medically-induced hypothermia was used to reduce brain damage as the heart was repaired. This technology may be used for many patients in the future, creating a more positive outlook for patients facing sudden cardiac arrest.
For a closer look at the cutting edge technology featured at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s ER, visit our website or call (305) 921-0492. Our full-service hospital provides accredited and award-winning care for all patients in North Miami Beach.
Last updated 7 days ago
If you are a women over the age of 40 and you have never had a mammogram, it may be time to schedule your first screening to prevent breast cancer in your future. While most mammograms do not result in cancer diagnoses, these screenings are important for the early detection of breast cancer, which facilitates more successful treatment. Read on to learn what your first mammogram will be like so that you are more comfortable during the exam.
Before Your Exam
You will have to be undressed from the waist up for your exam, and many diagnostic centers will provide changing rooms and front-opening garments so that you feel less exposed. Many mammogram technologists are women, so this may help you feel more comfortable. Prior to taking X-rays of your breast tissue, the technologist will offer an explanation of how the test works and walk you through the whole procedure.
During the Procedure
New mammogram technology has decreased pain associated with the exam, but there may still be discomfort. The breast must be compressed to get a clear picture, so there is a sensation of squeezing and pressure while the exam is taking place. However, this only lasts a few seconds.
After Your Test
Once your mammogram is over, a physician will look at the images of your breast and identify any abnormalities. If there are abnormal results with your mammogram, you will be called back within five days of the exam. You should keep calm if you are called, as fewer than 10% of women who receive callbacks for their results actually have cancer. When results are normal, you will be notified through mail within 30 days.
The Breast Diagnostic Center at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can provide the compassionate and sensitive care you need to keep up with the full spectrum of screenings recommended for women over 40. To connect with one of our registered nurses in North Miami Beach, visit our website or call (305) 921-0492 today.
Last updated 12 days ago
You might think that a heart attack is easy to recognize right away, but many people confuse the symptoms of heart attack with those of other conditions and fail to seek emergency care right away. Typically, people think that a heart attack will bring on sudden and severe chest pain with shooting pain in one arm. While these symptoms may occur, chest pain and tightness can also be mild or not present at all. Therefore, it is important to know other common heart attack signs that will let you know when it is time to visit the ER.
Upper Body Discomfort
In addition to chest pain or discomfort, you may have pain or stiffness in the upper body. Areas such as the jaw, neck, upper back, arms and upper part of the stomach can all be sources of pain during a heart attack. You should pay close attention to chest pain, as there are some distinct characteristics that can indicate a heart attack. Pain that comes and goes or worsens when you rest, for example, is likely associated with a cardiac episode.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath caused by a heart attack can be the first symptom, and it may arise during physical activity or while you are resting. If you are resting and you are still having trouble breathing with slow, controlled breaths, you should call 911 right away.
Nausea and Lightheadedness
Women are particularly prone to heart attack misdiagnoses, because symptoms can be limited to nausea, dizziness, and lightheadedness. These symptoms can be easily confused for other, less threatening conditions, but they should not be ignored—especially in patients with a high heart attack risk.
At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, you can find the quick emergency care necessary for heart attack treatment. For a look at the low Stemi time and unique technology in Aventura’s emergency department, visit our website or call (305) 921-0492.
Last updated 14 days ago
February is American Heart Month, so it is the perfect time to prioritize your health and change your dietary habits. A healthy diet can be highly effective in the prevention of heart disease, and it will offer many more benefits to keep you on track with your positive changes. Below is a look at some of the simple ways you can improve your dietary habits starting this month.
Cook Meals at Home
When you cook your meals, you will have more control over the ingredients that go into your food. You will not have to worry about added butter, salt, and sugar. Plus, you will have endless options for your meal choices, so you will not be limited by unwholesome choices on a restaurant menu.
Discover New Foods to Put on the Table
By exploring foods that you do not typically eat, you might curb your cravings for unhealthy foods and learn to create healthier meals. One fun way to try new foods is by selecting a fruit or vegetable that you have never tried each time you go grocery shopping. If you shop at a farmers’ market or specialty store, you may find a wide range of exotic yet healthy produce to try. Changing your intake of grains with choices like quinoa or farro is another great way to mix up your diet.
Learn to Read Nutrition Labels
You may be in the habit of only looking at the calorie content on nutrition labels or not reading them at all, but this could cause you to eat too much fat and sugar while missing out on fiber and other important nutrients. You should always look at the serving size for any packaged food product and look at the daily recommended value percentage of fat, sodium, and fiber that the food has. Ideally, fat and sodium should be low and dietary fiber should be high. Currently, sugar content is not shown as a daily percentage value, but soon food labels will make the amount of added sugar clearer for consumers under new laws.
For cardiac screenings and tips for healthy living in your daily routine, visit Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in North Miami Beach. You can connect with us online or by calling (305) 921-0492 to speak with one of our nurses.