• Tips for Recovering from Common Knee Injuries


    Since the knee is a weight-bearing joint and it has many complex components, it’s particularly susceptible to sustaining an orthopedic injury. The best way to facilitate your recovery from a knee injury is to carefully follow the advice of an orthopedic doctor. In some cases, this may involve working with a physical therapist and using other conservative treatment measures. For severe knee injuries; however, orthopedic surgery may be required.

    Strengthen Supporting Muscles

    One common type of knee injury, particularly among runners, is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or runner’s knee. This occurs when the cartilage underneath the kneecap becomes irritated. Adding some extra rest to your workout schedule can help you recover from PFPS. Additionally, consider working with a physical therapist to strengthen your glute and hip muscles. One exercise your physical therapist may recommend is lateral side steps with a resistance band placed just above your knees. With your feet separated, bend your knees to assume a crouched position. Stay in this position while walking sideways for about 10 steps, and then reverse directions.

    Modify Your Physical Activity

    Discuss your workout routine with your physical therapist. He or she may recommend modifying your activities. For example, if you’re a runner, you can shorten your stride and keep your knee slightly bent as your foot lands. This reduces stress on the knee joint .

    Consider Orthopedic Surgery

    Sometimes, physical therapy and activity modifications aren’t enough to recover from a knee injury. Consider talking to an orthopedic surgeon about whether you might be a good candidate for knee surgery. Often, orthopedic surgery can be accomplished with minimally invasive techniques, which facilitates a faster recovery.

    Surgical services at Southern Hills Hospital include advanced orthopedic surgery, such as knee replacement surgery. Our community hospital is also pleased to provide Las Vegas residents with superb emergency care, maternity services, and stroke care. If you would like a referral to an orthopedic surgeon or you wish to learn more about our range of services , call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100.

  • Screenings to Detect Colorectal Cancer Early On

    Nurse with male patient in UK Accident and Emergency

    Colorectal cancer develops from abnormal cells located in the colon or the rectum. As these abnormal cells begin to divide in an uncontrollable manner, a tumor is formed. Although colorectal cancer is among the most prevalent types of cancer, there are screening tests available at community hospitals that can detect this disease early. During a screening test, a physician at the community hospital may even be able to prevent colorectal cancer by removing precancerous growths.


    One of the standard tests available at hospitals for detecting colorectal cancer is the colonoscopy. This involves inserting a colonoscope into the rectum and through the colon. The tiny camera on the colonoscope allows the physician to examine the tissues carefully for polyps, which are abnormal growths that may be precancerous . If any polyps are detected, the physician can use the instrument to remove the growths. Generally, healthcare experts recommend that all individuals ages 50 and older who have an average risk of colorectal cancer undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years.


    A sigmoidoscopy is quite similar to a colonoscopy. However, this screening test only allows the physician to examine the rectum and sigmoid colon, or lower colon, for abnormalities. Like a colonoscopy, patients must undergo certain preparations before the screening to empty the colon. However, the preparation for a sigmoidoscopy isn’t as extensive.

    Fecal Occult Blood Tests

    Did you know that it’s possible to have trace amounts of blood in your stool that is undetectable to the naked eye? This is why your physician might recommend a fecal occult blood test. Since polyps and colorectal tumors can sometimes bleed, this test can be useful for evaluating health. For this test, you’ll use a special kit to collect a stool sample and return it to the community hospital for testing.

    At Southern Hills Hospital of Las Vegas, you’ll find a full range of diagnostic services, including screening tests for colorectal cancer. You can visit our website to further explore our healthcare services, including emergency care, stroke care, orthopedic surgery, and geriatric psychology services. Or, contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100 if you have general questions about your wellness.

  • Increasing Patient Safety Awareness this March


    Each year, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) designates one week in honor of promoting patient safety. In 2015, Patient Safety Awareness Week is being recognized during the second week of March. During this time, patients, their family members, healthcare providers, and medical institutions are being urged to become active participants and further the theme of “United in Safety.” This theme emphasizes the critical nature of the engagement of each individual patient in his or her own care.

    When patients, family advocates, healthcare providers, and others engage in an ongoing, open dialogue, patients can become better informed to make decisions for their wellness. Additionally, the safety of the healthcare providers may be better supported. To that end, participants in this safety awareness week may visit the website of the NPSF to search for upcoming online events, including webinars, and to download educational materials for display.

    At Southern Hills Hospital of Las Vegas , our entire staff is committed to providing quality care to each patient. Call (702) 880-2100 or visit our website to learn more about our hospital’s services, including emergency care and orthopedic care.

  • Getting the Facts on Poisoning Prevention


    The majority of all poisoning cases occur in the home. Many of these cases involve young children. While parents may know that they need to keep chemicals such as antifreeze and pesticides away from the reach of children, they may not realize that there may be other hidden household hazards. Additionally, poisoning is a common cause of death among adults, often occurring as a result of carbon monoxide or medication mismanagement. While prevention is always ideal, it’s a good idea to know the quickest route to the nearest emergency care center or community hospital , just in case.

    Practice Medication Safety

    It’s quite common for kids to be averse to taking medications. As a result, many parents try to convince their children to take medications by telling them that it’s just like candy. Unfortunately, this may tempt the child to access the medication later and overdose on it. By never comparing medications to candy and by keeping all medications, even over-the-counter drugs, locked up, you can keep your kids safe. Medication mismanagement is hazardous for children and adults alike. Many adults, particularly seniors, end up in emergency care centers each year because they mistakenly took the wrong drug or took an inappropriate dosage. Scrutinize the product label before taking medications.

    Beware Electronic Cigarettes

    Did you know that through the end of 2014, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 3,957 reports of toxic exposure to liquid nicotine from e-cigarettes? Adults may overlook the potential hazards of e-cigarettes simply because they’re a relatively new product and not much is known about their safety. E-cigarettes and liquid nicotine should always be locked up when not in use. Additionally, adults who use these products should carefully protect their skin from contacting the liquid nicotine. Other adults and children can suffer from secondhand exposure through skin contact.

    To better serve the emergency care needs of families in the Las Vegas area, Southern Hills Hospital has partnered with Sunrise Children’s Hospital to provide access to sub-specialists for pediatric emergencies. If you believe your child may have ingested a poisonous substance, our emergency care team is standing by to help. For general healthcare information , call the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (702) 880-2100.