• 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.

  • What Can Men Do to Prevent Testicular Cancer?

    The risk of many types of cancers, such as prostate cancer, increases with age. Testicular cancer is different. Although it’s fairly uncommon, it most often strikes younger men. And unfortunately, not much is known about lifestyle modifications or medical management that may reduce a man’s risk of testicular cancer. However, if you do have concerns about your reproductive health, you might consider talking to a family physician at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. If need be, your family doctor may refer you to a specialist at our community hospital.

    Correct Cryptorchidism

    Cryptorchidism is also known as undescended testicles. Usually, this condition only affects one testicle. Cryptorchidism is more commonly diagnosed in babies who have been born prematurely since the testicle hasn’t had enough time to move into the scrotum yet. Males who were diagnosed with cryptorchidism at birth may be more likely to develop testicular cancer later. In some cases, an undescended testicle may correct itself within the first few months of the child’s life. If it does not, then surgery may be needed. Correcting cryptorchidism surgically may possibly reduce the patient’s risk of testicular cancer .

    Know Your Risks

    Aside from correcting undescended testicles, there is little that men can do to reduce their risk. If you do have a high risk of testicular cancer, however, you could monitor yourself for abnormal changes and discuss these with your doctor. You could also ask your doctor if you should be screened regularly for testicular cancer. The other risk factors of this type of cancer include having a family history of the disease, being between the ages of 20 and 35, and being Caucasian. Other conditions that affect the testicles may also increase the risk of testicular cancer, such as atrophic testicle and mumps orchitic.

    Know What to Look For

    The signs and symptoms of testicular cancer may include the development of a painless lump in a testicle, enlargement or swelling, and pain of the testicle, scrotum, lower back, and groin. Men who notice abnormal changes might consider speaking with a physician.

    Bring your health concerns to a family care practitioner at Southern Hills Hospital, a state-of-the-art medical center that proudly serves the greater Las Vegas area. Our community hospital is pleased to offer a number of specialty medical services, including stroke care, orthopedic care, maternity health, and geriatric psychology. Call us at (702) 880-2700.

  • Stress and Endometriosis: What’s the Connection?

    The uterine lining, or lining of the womb, is known as the endometrium. The endometrium is shed during a woman’s normal monthly cycle. In women with endometriosis, there is endometrial tissue located outside the uterus, which also responds to the monthly cycle by swelling, breaking down, and bleeding. However, there is no exit path for this displaced tissue and as a result, women with endometriosis may experience considerable pain, especially during menstruation. This condition also affects maternity health, as it may contribute to infertility. Las Vegas residents can hear more about endometriosis by watching this featured video or consulting an Ob/Gyn at Southern Hills Hospital.

    Clinical Study

    The Ob/Gyn in this video explains that the cause of endometriosis is not yet known, although there are several theories. Chronic or severe mental stress is not considered to be a cause of endometriosis. However, recent research has explored whether stress may exacerbate the symptoms of endometriosis in women who have already been diagnosed with the condition. A study presented to the American Physiological Society involved inducing female rats with endometriosis. One group of rats had endometriosis and underwent stressful swim tests, another group had endometriosis and did not swim, and the control group did not have endometriosis and did not swim. After two months, the researchers determined that the stressed rats with endometriosis displayed the greatest increase in inflammatory mechanisms. Of course, this is preliminary research, not definitive evidence of a possible link between stress and endometriosis.

    Risk Factors

    It never hurts to practice good stress management, whether or not a woman has endometriosis. Women might also consider speaking with their doctors about their risk of endometriosis, which includes having a family history of the condition and having children at an older age.

    Women throughout Las Vegas can count on Southern Hills Hospital for exceptional women’s health services, including compassionate maternity care. Our community hospital also serves residents of Las Vegas with unrivaled stroke care, geriatric psychiatry services, and orthopedic surgery. If you would like to request a referral to an Ob/Gyn at our hospital, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.

  • Looking for Early Signs of Autism

    You might notice some unusual color coordination on April 2 nd . Specifically, you may see much more people wearing blue than you might expect and if you’re in the vicinity of various national landmarks or monuments around Las Vegas, you might notice that they have an unusual blue hue. In fact, the entire month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. This designation encourages families to become better informed about the challenges associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and how parents might identify possible signs of autism in their children. Every child develops differently; a doctor at a community hospital such as Southern Hills Hospital will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.

    How does your child communicate?

    Autism affects a child’s development , which may include his or her ability to communicate nonverbally and verbally. Some signs of autism can include the impairment of:

    • Understanding body language
    • Understanding tone of voice
    • Understanding nonliteral language (i.e. sarcasm)
    • Understanding facial expressions

    Similarly, children with autism may have trouble using those methods of communication. Young children may have delays in babbling and speaking. Older children may acquire impressive vocabularies, but express themselves in an atypical tone of voice or have trouble with the “give and take” of conversations.

    How does your child play?

    Parents of children with autism often notice that their youngsters interact differently with others. Young children may refuse to make eye contact, prefer to play alone instead of in groups, and drift toward specific types of play. For instance, kids with autism may be more likely to prefer activities that involve movement—either watching it or participating in it. They often avoid pretending play activities.

    Does your child have behavioral issues?

    Most kids enjoy routines, but children with autism are often known for having significant difficulties with deviations from routines. These deviations may result in meltdowns. Children may also display repetitive motor characteristics like arm flapping and distractions with specific interests like trains or vacuum cleaners.

    Southern Hills Hospital is a full-service medical center in Las Vegas that provides family-centered primary care and specialty medical services. Here, you’ll find healthcare for every stage of life—from our maternity healthcare and our orthopedic care to our geriatric psychology services and much more. Families throughout the greater Las Vegas area can reach our community hospital at (702) 880-2700.