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    What Are the Different Types of Bone Fractures?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Bone fractures are a common reason why people seek emergency care. Though the skeletal system is strong and flexible, trauma from a fall or blow can cause one or more bones to break. However, x-ray imaging can quickly alert orthopedic doctors to the nature of a break so that they can determine the best course of action, which often entails a cast to render the affected bone immobile until it heals. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers orthopedic services for breaks of all severities for our Hudson area patients.

    Comminuted Break

    A comminuted break can be a serious condition, as it occurs when a bone splinters into multiple fragments. Should this happen, it is essential that all pieces of the bone are brought into proper alignment so that they can fuse together correctly. Any number of circumstances might lead to a comminuted break. For instance, a serious car accident can lead to comminuted breaks of the arms or legs. Osteoporosis, which weakens the bone, might also contribute to comminuted breaks suffered during slip and fall accidents.

    Open Break

    A open break, so named because the bone penetrates the skin, can also produce serious complications. When bone breaches the skin, it provides the opportunity for bacteria to invade the wound and cause an infection. To reach the skin, the bone may also lacerate nerves or muscle tissue. Depending on the size of the fracture, blood loss might also be a concern. Immediate emergency care to address these many components is crucial to avoid irrevocable or long-term complications.

    Stable Break

    Though a major medical event that requires professional orthopedic attention, a stable break typically necessitates fewer extensive treatment services than a comminuted or open break. When a break such as this occurs, the bone fractures into two pieces that stay in close proximity to each other. Their positions are often well aligned as well, making it easier for an orthopedic physician to address the break. The recovery process for a stable break may also entail a shorter period of time.

    Let Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point be your medical resource for all of your healthcare needs. Our emergency care department offers around-the-clock assistance for individuals who experience painful and potentially disabling breaks. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system today at (727) 755-0561 to learn more about our services.

    Tips for Living Well With Type 1 Diabetes

    Last updated 5 days ago

    One of the pancreas’s primary functions is to produce insulin that keeps blood glucose levels stable. When the pancreas can no longer provide this function, it can result in type 1 diabetes. Yet even if you have this condition, you can enjoy a healthy future when you take the necessary measures to control your blood glucose levels. For more information on proper type 1 diabetes management, contact Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.  

    Manage Your Diet

    Blood glucose levels depend directly on the food you eat. After each meal and snack, the body converts digested food into blood glucose, which provides energy to the cells of the body. Some foods may take a considerable period of time to process, making it easier for the body to keep stable the amount of blood glucose in the bloodstream. However, other foods can lead to rapid blood glucose spikes that may prove dangerous if precautions are not taken to lower them. By establishing nutritious eating patterns, you can largely avoid blood glucose fluctuations that may harm your health.

    Keep Physically Active

    A consistent exercise routine is imperative if you have type 1 diabetes. Physical activity can deter the many complications that this condition can otherwise produce. For instance, exercise can help to manage your blood glucose levels. Because the body uses blood glucose for energy, when you work out, you can prevent your blood glucose from becoming excessively high.

    Maintain Your Insulin Usage

    Even with excellent lifestyle habits, you must still adhere to a regular insulin management schedule. Because your pancreas can no longer produce the insulin you need to properly digest and use the food you eat, you must supply your body with it. Your physician can help you determine the amount and frequency of your insulin injections so that you can prevent extreme blood glucose imbalances. Getting regular health checkups can also alert your doctor to any emerging diabetes complications that he can address before they evolve into more advanced problems.

    Have you been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? If you have questions about your condition, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson can help. For more information on proper type 1 diabetes nutrition and physical fitness, call (727) 755-0561 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse representative.

    Tips for Coping with Depression and Anxiety After a Heart Attack

    Last updated 10 days ago

    A heart attack can leave many people feeling anxious and fearful about their health and future. Such emotions are common after a major health event, but should they persist, professional support might be necessary.

    This video discusses ways for heart attack sufferers to address their anxiety. Reaching out to loved ones can provide solace, as can finding moments to relax throughout the day. Depression is a clinical condition that requires behavioral health support, so if you are finding it more difficult to carry out your normal everyday activities, you might want to speak with a healthcare provider.

    Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you find appropriate support when experiencing anxiety or depression. Call our Hudson hospital today at (727) 755-0561 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives about your concerns.

    Spotlight on Prostate Cancer

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, which highlights the importance of prevention and early detection. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers comprehensive cancer care services for Hudson residents; however, we urge all eligible men to take advantage of available prostate cancer screening services to prevent advanced disease that can sometimes result in more aggressive treatment measures.

    Risk Factors

    No one risk factor can definitely determine whether a man might get prostate cancer, but by knowing about these risk factors, men can decide whether they need to get screenings earlier than the average recommended age of 50. For instance, men who have a brother, father, or son with prostate cancer may be at a higher risk for this disease. Even in the absence of a family history, some men might still have a genetic tendency for prostate cancer. Men should also note that as they age, their likelihood of getting prostate cancer can increase.

    Symptoms

    Cancer care experts stress the importance of prostate cancer screenings because this condition often develops without any evident symptoms. Only once the disease has grown beyond the prostate may it produce warning signs of its presence. Men who experience elimination difficulties may want to discuss their concerns with a physician, as this condition can be a sign of prostate cancer. Lower body discomfort and weakness may also warrant the need for a medical examination.

    Treatment Services

    When found in its earliest stages, prostate cancer can often be addressed with less invasive and more effective treatment options. If the cancer is contained to the prostate, a physician may recommend observation or surgery depending on the growth rate of the disease. More advanced cases of prostate cancer may demand surgery along with chemotherapy or radiation. All men diagnosed with prostate should discuss their available treatment options with their cancer care team.

    Are you due for your prostate cancer screening? Then call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point at (727) 755-0561 to learn more about how this common preventive cancer procedure works. You can also go to our website for information on the extensive array of services that our exceptional cancer care department provides for Hudson residents and their loved ones.

     

    Learn How to Spot Healthy Portion Sizes in Restaurants

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Many American restaurants serve meals that can greatly exceed recommended daily calorie needs. This video offers some tips on how to determine a single portion size when enjoying a restaurant meal.

    A single portion size depends on the type of food. For instance, nutritional experts recommend keeping in mind the average size of three dice when eating dairy products such as cheese. When ordering a baked potato, eat only that which would match the size of a computer mouse. Should you want to dine on seafood, keep your fish portion size to that of a deck of cards.

    Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson offers the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system for local residents. To learn more about maintaining a nutritious diet, call us at (727) 755-0561. 




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