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    What to Do When You Suspect a Bone Fracture

    Last updated 1 day 19 hours ago

    Though a serious condition, a bone break may not always be an immediately obvious one. Aside from blunt force trauma, breaks can occur from repetitive motion activities that deteriorate the bone or disease that weakens it. No matter the nature of the fracture, it’s important to seek immediate ER care for it.

    Should you suspect a break, take measures to alleviate pressure on it. So if you think you broke your fibula bone, avoid walking on the injured leg. To prevent further damage to the bone and the structures closest to it, immobilize the part of the body that contains the fracture. If swelling or discomfort is an issue, apply a cold compact to the area until you receive professional medical attention.

    The imaging services at Southern Hills Hospital can provide our physicians with the visual resources they need to accurately assess the nature of your injury. Whether you suffer a broken arm or fractured vertebra, we have the comprehensive treatment services you require for a speedy recovery. Call (702) 880-2700 to speak with one of our Las Vegas associates about our healthcare options.

    How to Stay Healthy and Active While You Are Pregnant

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Many women consider pregnancy a much anticipated and enjoyable part of their lives. However, pregnancy can also create aches and pains, deplete energy reserves, and increase the risk of excessive weight gain. The good news is that physical activity such as the following exercises can offset these pregnancy-related problems. You can also contact Southern Hills Hospital for additional prenatal advice from our knowledgeable maternity hospital staff.

    Make Walking a Social Event

    Obstetricians may promote walking as a low-impact form of cardiovascular exercise that women in all stages of pregnancy can do. Yet some women may find daily walks to be monotonous. When you ask your friends and family to accompany you on your walks, you can inject some fun into your regular workout routine. Considering how busy your life might become after your baby arrives, planning your walks as social outings can provide you with some much needed bonding time with loved ones.

    Dive into Water Fitness

    As your pregnancy progresses, you might find it challenging to engage in high-impact activities that place pressure on your back, hips, and knees. Especially if you already suffer from painful joints, rigorous exercise can aggravate discomfort and cause injury. Swimming and water aerobics are ways to be active without risk of pain or bodily harm. The cushion of water around your joints can protect them from injury while you enjoy a thorough cardiovascular workout.

    Stretch Your Physical Limits

    Did you know that yoga is quickly becoming a popular form of exercise for pregnant women? When practiced under the supervision of an expert familiar with safe pregnancy positions, yoga can help to relieve the strain that additional weight might put on the body. Due to yoga’s positive effects on joint and muscle flexibility, some women also find it a valuable aid in facilitating a smooth and easy delivery.

    Are you expecting a summertime baby? Southern Hills Hospital is here to help you through every aspect of your pregnancy and delivery. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system is available to expectant mothers living in the greater Las Vegas region. To find out more about how to maintain your wellness during pregnancy, call (702) 880-2700. 

    What Are the Challenges Presented with Aphasia Following a Stroke?

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The effects of stroke can affect any number of abilities, including motor coordination and facial movement. In some cases, stroke can also impact the capacity to communicate with others or understand written language. Aphasia is a condition that encompasses the many ways in which stroke survivors may experience these communication challenges. For more information on how Southern Hills Hospital can help stroke survivors manage aphasia, contact our Las Vegas-based Stroke Center.

    Reading and Writing Obstacles

    Aphasia may present in some facets of speech and language while leaving other abilities intact. However, research indicates that aphasia may damage written language facilities more severely than other parts of communication. As a result, a person with aphasia may have trouble comprehending once understandable written words. He may also find it difficult to communicate by writing down his thoughts and needs, as aphasia can obstruct the brain’s ability to remember and order words into proper sentence form.

    Comprehension Impediments

    A stroke survivor may become especially aggravated if aphasia affects the ability to understand what others say. Deteriorated comprehension skills may limit complex interactions between stroke survivors and friends and family members. To facilitate communication, stroke care experts recommend that loved ones focus on using short and easily understandable questions that stroke survivors can respond to with a single word.

    Speech Difficulties

    The communication complications of aphasia may also extend to speech abilities. Stroke survivors may struggle to recall the words they want to use when communicating with others. They may also find it challenging to physically articulate their needs. For these reasons, friends and family members may need to devote more time to their verbal interactions. By giving loved ones enough time to communicate their needs, stroke survivor friends and family members can alleviate the anxiety and frustration that this condition can produce and facilitate the relearning of communication skills.

    Southern Hills Hospital can help you better understand how to communicate with someone who has special speech and comprehension needs. Call our Las Vegas hospital today at (702) 880-2700 to discuss your questions and concerns with one of our knowledgeable representatives. 

    What to Expect During Common Imaging Exams

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Has your physician recommended that you undergo a digital mammography, ultrasound, or DEXA bone density scan? Each of these procedures represents imaging services that most patients can quickly and comfortably receive on an outpatient basis. If you have never received an imaging exam, you might be wondering what happens during it. The following information highlights the most common aspects of these procedures. You can also contact Southern Hills Hospital to learn more about your upcoming appointment.

    Making You Feel Comfortable

    Your well-being is essential to the technicians who perform your imaging exam. Prior to having you undergo the procedure; a technician can describe how the process works and what it aims to photograph. He can also explain how you might feel during the procedure. For example, you experience some pressure when you undergo a digital mammography. During other procedures, such as an X-ray or MRI, you may feel no sensation at all.

    Undergoing the Procedure

    Once you are ready for your imaging exam, the technician may have you lie down on a table, which moves into a larger device to take the MRI or CT scan. To facilitate clear image development, you may need to change into loose clothing or minimize your breathing movements. A digital mammography typically requires you to stand still. You might also need to disrobe from the waist up. Most procedures take only a few minutes to complete. Once the imaging exam is done, you can dress and wait for further instruction from your physician.

    Getting Real-Time Results

    In some instances, your physician may have you leave the hospital and follow up a day or two later with your imaging exam results. However, many imaging services create photographs of the internal structure in question in just minutes. If your physician has the opportunity to view your results immediately after the procedure, he may be able to discuss his findings with you on the same day. In this way, imaging exams can be an integral part of getting the swift medical attention you deserve.

    Southern Hills Hospital offers a wide range of imaging services to the greater Las Vegas community. Our facilities provide X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, CT scans, DEXA bone density scans, and digital mammograms. For an appointment, call us at (702) 880-2700.

    Staying Prepared for a Visit to the ER

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Chaos can occur when a sudden illness or injury calls for a trip to the ER. When you plan ahead for this event, you can ensure the best possible experience for you or your loved one.

    This video offers some tips for a potential ER visit. To avoid treatment delays, have an already filled out document that lists all pertinent medical information available for the triage staff. Should the hospital decide to admit you or your loved one, you might also want to prepare an overnight bag that contains personal hygiene products and a fresh change of wardrobe.

    Southern Hills Hospital strives to provide a positive emergency care experience for each of our patients. If you live in the greater Las Vegas area, call (702) 880-2700 or browse our website to learn more about the healthcare options we provide.

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