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What's the Relationship Between Osteoporosis and Arthritis?

When it comes to the risk factors for a given disease, there are many different risks to consider. These include uncontrollable risk factors such as your age and family history, along with modifiable risk factors such as your dietary choices and activity level. But in some cases, having one medical condition may increase the risk of developing another health issue, such as developing osteoporosis after having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). When you meet with an orthopedic specialist at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, you’ll learn all you need to know about your diagnosis and its treatment options.

Conditions

You can watch this video to hear a neurosurgeon at Southern Hills Hospital describe osteoporosis. He explains that it is a disease that involves the softening of the bones. Weakened bones are more susceptible to fracturing, which may require intervention from an orthopedic surgeon. Arthritis is a different type of disease, of which there are many subtypes. Rheumatoid arthritis is among the most common forms of arthritis. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the membranes around the joints become inflamed. This causes the release of enzymes that attack the cartilage and bones, causing them to deteriorate. RA can result in joint pain, stiffness, mobility impairment, and other troublesome symptoms.

Associations

Although RA and osteoporosis are different diseases, they can overlap in the same patient. In fact, patients who have already been diagnosed with RA may be at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Primarily, this is because some of the drugs used to treat RA, known as glucocorticoids, can result in substantial bone loss. The National Institutes of Health suggest that RA may even directly cause the loss of bone mass. Furthermore, it is thought that the symptoms of RA may indirectly encourage the development of osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercise is essential for maintaining healthy bone mass, and many patients with RA find it too difficult to engage in exercise regularly because of the symptoms of the disease.

At Southern Hills Hospital, you’ll find exceptional bone and joint care. Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgery specialists perform complex spine surgeries and joint replacement produces at our state-of-the-art hospital in Las Vegas. To request a referral to an orthopedic surgeon or other specialist, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.


Grilling Tips to Keep You Safe This Summer

Few activities epitomize summer as much as grilling. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to wind up in the emergency care department because of burn injuries caused by grilling. You may already know that it’s important to keep kids and pets away from a hot grill and that you should never add flammable fluids to a fire. But do you know why grease can be hazardous or why you should marinate before instead of during grilling? Read on to learn everything you need to know to have a safe summer cookout with your backyard grill.

Setting Up Your Workstation

Even if you set up your grill in the same spot every year, you’ll need to take a look around before igniting the charcoal. Check whether any tree branches have encroached over the space; if so, you’ll need to move your grill or get out your pruning shears. Position your grill on a level, firm surface away from the house, deck railings, or other structures. If you have a propane grill, check the connectors and tighten them if need be. Remember to open the lid of a gas grill before igniting it. Additionally, keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it.

Preventing Burn Injuries

Before igniting your grill, make sure it’s free of grease and other buildups. This applies to the tray beneath the grill, too. Accumulations of grease or fat can increase your risk of burn injuries. Remember to keep kids and pets far away from your cooking area. While you’re grilling, it’s best not to wear long sleeves or loose clothing that might catch on fire.

Grilling for Good Health

There is no definitive proof that grilling fatty meats can increase your risk of cancer, but it is known that heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are produced when meats are cooked at high temperatures. It is thought that these compounds may be carcinogenic, but the evidence is lacking. Still, it is healthier to grill plant-based foods or to trim the fat from meats when you grill. You can also marinate before—rather than during—grilling to minimize HCA formation.

For more helpful tips on healthy grilling this summer, browse the food safety articles available on the website of Southern Hills Hospital. Our community hospital provides advanced medical services for Las Vegas-area families, including maternity care, stroke care, emergency care, and orthopedic surgery. Please call 911 or visit our ER if you sustain serious burn injuries while grilling; non-emergent inquiries may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 880-2700.


Raising Your Awareness of the Myths and Facts of Stroke

Stroke is a major cause of death and disability, which is why stroke awareness is crucial for everyone. For this reason, the American Stroke Association seeks to spread actionable information about the signs of stroke and the appropriate responses during May, which is American Stroke Month. Here at Southern Hills Hospital, our emergency care team urges our neighbors throughout Las Vegas to become better informed about what to do in the event of a possible stroke. If stroke does affect you or a family member, our hospital is a Joint Commission-Certified Primary Stroke Center that can provide specialized stroke care.

Myth: Stroke Primarily Affects Seniors

It is true that as you grow older, your risk of stroke may increase. However, younger patients can also suffer from a stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, about a quarter of all strokes occur in patients younger than 65 years of age. One in every 10 strokes affects patients ages 45 and younger.

Myth: Stroke Always Eliminates All Functional Abilities

It’s common knowledge that stroke survivors can suffer from a significant functional impairment. But did you know that the type and degree of impairment can vary considerably? Not all stroke survivors are completely dependent on others for care for the rest of their lives. With rapid stroke care and intensive rehabilitation services, patients can often regain some of their independence.

Myth: All Cases of Stroke Are Basically the Same

You probably already know that stroke affects the brain. But did you know that there are different types of stroke? Any type of stroke requires emergency care. When a stroke patient arrives at the emergency care department, the stroke team will assess the type of stroke. Stroke is commonly categorized according to whether it is ischemic, hemorrhagic, or a transient ischemic attack (TIA). But it may also be categorized according to which specific area it affects, such as brainstem, cerebellar, right-side, or left-side stroke.

When every second counts, you can trust Southern Hills Hospital to deliver specialized care. Our emergency care team is available around the clock to respond immediately to possible stroke patients. If you think you could be having a stroke, call 911 now. Otherwise, you can call a registered nurse at our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 880-2700 to get more information about stroke care.


Exploring the Most Effective Strategies for Getting Healthier Sleep

If you’ve been struggling for weeks or even months to get a good night’s sleep, you’ve probably already heard the standard advice. Sleeping in a dark, moderately cool room, adhering to a regular sleep schedule, and cutting down on caffeine are all good tips. But for some people, these strategies may not be enough. Some individuals in Las Vegas may have special health concerns and require extra sleep guidance, such as pregnant moms and shift workers. Whatever your concerns may be, a physician at Southern Hills Hospital can help you find a sleep solution.

Pregnancy

The first trimester is marked by high levels of progesterone, which can make pregnant moms feel frequently sleepy. Although you may be sleeping more, you may not necessarily be sleeping better. Progesterone can disrupt normal sleep cycles and pregnancy itself can lead to frequent urination and problems getting comfortable. If you’re a stomach sleeper, this can be particularly problematic. Try sleeping on your left side throughout your pregnancy. Doing so reduces the pressure on your liver, reduces swelling, inhibits heartburn, and improves blood flow to your developing baby. Remember to avoid sleep aids during pregnancy, including herbal remedies.

Shift Work

Las Vegas is infamous for its nighttime entertainment. If you’re a shift worker, it can be difficult to fall asleep when most people are waking up. You may need to wear an eye mask to block out sunlight, perhaps in addition to using room-darkening curtains. Wear earplugs or run a fan for white noise, especially if you share your home with others who are awake during the day.

Anxiety

Do you lie awake running through a list of mistakes you’ve made, problems that might occur, or things you have to do the next day? You might consider talking to your doctor about whether you may have an anxiety disorder or other mental health issue. Experiencing occasional worry is nothing abnormal, but if your anxiety is severe enough to disrupt your sleep and reduce your quality of life, it may be time to ask for help. Many people with anxiety benefit from medications and psychotherapy, both of which may help facilitate a good night’s sleep.

Southern Hills Hospital provides compassionate care for Las Vegas residents at every stage of life. Our community hospital features exceptional neuroscience specialists, orthopedic surgeons, maternity health providers, geriatric psychiatric specialists, and many others. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700 to request a referral to a specialist in Las Vegas.


Spine Injury Prevention for Summer Activities

In sunny Las Vegas, outdoor activities are popular year-round. But if you’re planning a staycation from work or looking forward to summer break from school, you may find yourself heading outdoors more than usual. Sports are a great way to connect with friends, stay fit, and even cool off if you head for the pool. By taking a few precautions, you can reduce the risk of being rushed to the ER at Southern Hills Hospital because of spine injuries. Orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons alike would likely recommend following the basic safety guidelines for your chosen sport, such as using the right protective gear.

How Swimming May Affect the Spine

Did you know that most spinal injuries occur in the cervical and lumbar regions? That’s according to the neurosurgeon interviewed for this featured video. Low-impact exercises like swimming are generally ideal for your spinal joints because of the low risk of wear and tear damage. However, reckless choices near a pool can lead to serious spinal injuries. Diving into the shallow end of a pool can cause spinal injuries, for instance. While responsible adults may be less likely to dive into a shallow pool, judgment can be impaired by the presence of alcohol. It’s highly advisable to avoid consuming alcohol near pools.

What to Consider When Choosing CrossFit

When getting in shape for swimsuit season, many people turn to CrossFit. CrossFit is a popular approach to exercise that involves pushing yourself to the limits. Although CrossFit is known to be a great way to burn calories, it does place demands on the spine because it can involve heavy weightlifting activities, such as the dead lift. If you intend on joining a CrossFit group this summer, consider getting clearance from your doctor first and gradually increase the amount of weight you lift to let your body adjust.

Southern Hills Hospital is a leading provider of orthopedic care and neuroscience services in Southwest Las Vegas. Visit our website for an online Spine Class presentation or to learn about our other lines of services, which include maternity health, stroke care, and geriatric psychology. To request a referral to an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, call a registered nurse at (702) 880-2700.


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