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    What Are the Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Osteoarthritis can inhibit sufferers from enjoying the quality of life they deserve. This condition, which deteriorates the joints, can lead to chronic pain, joint stiffness, limited range of motion, and noticeable swollenness. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers orthopedic services to ease these inconvenient complications to which the following risk factors may contribute:

    Past Injuries

    A joint injury in childhood or young adulthood can resurface decades later as osteoarthritis. Damage to the joint can deteriorate the cartilage or bone that make up this part of the body. As a result, prior injuries can have a cumulative effect on the subsequent health of the joint, causing it to slowly worsen with time. Athletes and manual workers in particular can be at risk for osteoarthritis due to the high rate at which they suffer joint injuries.

    Excessive Weight

    The joints can successfully withstand and absorb hundreds of pounds of force with every step, jump, or other motion. Yet when the body must carry excessive weight, the joints may strain under the additional pressure that they endure on a daily basis. The joints that reside in the lower regions of the body, such as the hips and knees, often bear the greatest stress from excessive weight. With nutritious eating behaviors and frequent physical activity, though, overweight individuals can ease the strain that their joints might otherwise continue to suffer.

    Advancing Age

    Though osteoarthritis can affect people of all ages and health states, this condition impacts older individuals most frequently. Even healthy seniors can suffer from this problem, as natural wear and tear on the joints can contribute to their deterioration over many years. For osteoarthritis sufferers of any age, though, orthopedic care can help to minimize the painful and limiting side effects of this chronic disease.

    Don’t let osteoarthritis stop you from enjoying your favorite activities and pastimes. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you determine the type of orthopedic treatment that will best address your joint issues. To find out more about our services for Hudson residents, call (727) 755-0561.

    A Look at Knee Replacement Surgery at Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point

    Last updated 5 days ago

    An arthritic knee can make mobility difficult and painful for sufferers. This video demonstrates how Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can restore knee function for patients.

    Eric underwent knee replacement surgery at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and as his recovery indicates, this procedure can have profound effects on every aspect of life. Though once hindered by a deteriorated knee, Eric can now enjoy his favorite activities. He no longer feels limited by his former health issues and hopes that his story can serve as an example of how Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can make movement easy and pain-free again for orthopedic patients in need of knee replacement surgery.

    Are you a candidate for knee replacement surgery? To find out, call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson at (727) 755-0561. 

    Signs of a Diabetic Emergency

    Last updated 10 days ago

    For diabetic individuals, blood glucose maintenance is a daily need. When blood glucose is too high or too low, it can lead to extensive and potentially life-threatening complications. Should you have any questions regarding how to respond to a diabetic emergency, the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you recognize common warning signs and symptoms.

    Hypoglycemia

    Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when the body has too little blood glucose. Blood glucose provides the cells of the body with energy so that they can perform their necessary functions. Without enough of it, diabetic individuals may display evident signs of exhaustion or wooziness. Some people may also begin to shake or suffer from seizures. This condition can impact the mood of sufferers as well. Loved ones may notice angry outbursts or bouts of unhappiness from sufferers. Advanced hypoglycemia may also lead to sudden deteriorating eyesight or heart palpitations. Before complications lead to more serious side effects such as loss of consciousness, sufferers should be directed to eat a simple carbohydrate snack to return their blood glucose levels to a normal state.

    Hyperglycemia

    Hyperglycemia is the opposite of hypoglycemia. Individuals suffering from it have too much blood glucose in their bloodstreams. Normally, the hormone insulin helps the body move blood glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. However, diabetic individuals either produce too little insulin, or their bodies cannot utilize it properly.  In many cases, individuals suffering from hyperglycemia may complain of incessant thirst. They may also make more frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate. Both signs point to a need to stabilize blood glucose levels. Physical activity as advised by a physician can typically restore blood glucose to a healthy balance. In instances where either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia persists, individuals should seek immediate professional assistance.

    Do you or a loved one have diabetes? Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you learn how to maintain healthy blood glucose levels and avoid other diabetic complications. To learn more about diabetes and its management, call our Hudson hospital at (727) 755-0561.

    Caring for Someone With Cancer: What to Expect

    Last updated 12 days ago

    The effects of a cancer diagnosis reverberate beyond the cancer patient. This disease can impact family members, close friends, and even neighbors and coworkers. For someone who takes on the role of caregiver for a cancer patient, it is important to be as prepared as possible for the life changes and responsibilities that cancer care can bring. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point encourages residents in the greater Hudson area to contact our hospital with any questions regarding how to be a caregiver for a cancer patient.

    Coordinating Medical Care

    Cancer care can become an overwhelming process for some patients. For this reason, many healthcare providers recommend that a loved one be in attendance for all doctor appointments. Some caregivers may also be tasked with communicating information between different teams of doctors and arranging transportation to and from each treatment session or checkup.

    Maintaining Healthy Communication

    Key to helping a cancer patient stay focused and positive about his treatment is talking to him about it. Making sure that he feels informed and empowered about his care can greatly enhance his cancer treatment experience. Caregivers should also keep in mind that some cancer patients may grow weary of discussing their condition too often. To maintain a normal semblance of life, it’s important to have conversations and discussions about other topics such as work and recreation as well.

    Managing Household Needs

    Cancer care can demand a great amount of time. It can also drain the energy reserves of those going through it. If a love one is going through treatment, he may no longer have the time or ability to attend to his domestic needs. To help him enjoy a peaceful and stress-free home life, you may want to coordinate his household chores and meal planning schedule with other family members and friends.

    Let Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point help you successfully navigate your cancer care needs. Call us today at (727) 755-0561 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral representatives. We offer comprehensive and compassionate cancer care options for the greater Hudson community. 

    What Is Hyperbaric Therapy?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Hyperbaric therapy involves the use of pure oxygen in a pressurized environment to promote healing. Patients undergoing hyperbaric therapy lay in a tube-like container that is slowly pressurized until it reaches one and one half to three times the normal atmospheric pressure. A session may take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the condition being treated.

    Hyperbaric therapy can be used to treat a number of conditions, but one of its most common applications is for wound care. The high levels of pressurized oxygen encourage the body to rush oxygen-rich blood to the site of the wound to promote healing. Hyperbaric therapy can also be used to treat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, thermal burns, and much more.

    The Wound Care Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers hyperbaric therapy to help resolve stubborn wounds. You can find out more about wound care and all of our hospital services by calling (727) 755-0561.




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