Health & Wellness

Apr
06
2016

Under Pressure: Hyperbarics In Wound Healing

Atmospheric pressure and exposure to a key chemical element may not sound like the ideal mix for treating persistent wounds, but it’s actually one of medicine’s most long-standing and highly effective solutions.

The chemical element? Oxygen. And the method itself is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy or hyperbaric medicine, which has long been used to address not just wounds, including skin grafts and burns, but also decompression sickness (common among divers), carbon monoxide poisoning and even anemia.

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Mar
24
2016

Sweet Dreams for Complete, Quality Health

If you only remember one thing for the sake of your health, let it be this: sleep well.

Sleep is one of the most critical components in your overall health, affecting your physical, mental and emotional states of being. Unfortunately, in this age of mobile phones, digital clocks and televisions in bedrooms, getting proper rest has become a unique challenge. But don’t accept the idea that sleep deprivation is part of life—it shouldn’t be! There are things you can do to slumber soundly, and Methodist Hospital for Surgery is here to help.

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Feb
27
2016

Avoiding Orthopedic Injury During Winter Play

Texans don’t really catch “fresh powder” at home, but we somehow maintain a hearty love of snow and ski slopes. And whether we choose a weekend in New Mexico or a grander getaway to Colorado resorts, Texans are always seeking exciting winter escapades.

But before you head up a mountain—and certainly before you glide back down—prep yourself to stay safe and avoid all-too-common orthopedic skiing and snowboarding injuries.

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Feb
16
2016

Methodist Hospital for Surgery Earns ACR Accreditation

Methodist Hospital for Surgery, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

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Oct
15
2015

Improving Quality of Life with Physical Therapy

What do you think of when someone mentions physical therapy (PT)? If you find yourself believing that physical therapists are called on scene only after someone has suffered a traumatic injury or stroke, allow us to reacquaint you with this particular medical specialty.

PT has numerous applications, for everything from orthopedic pain and neurological conditions to autoimmune disorders and even asthma. And as you may have already guessed, there are various types of PT, too, including orthopedic, acute care, post-operative care, neurologic rehabilitation and more.

In reality, once you look at all that can be accomplished with PT, you’ll probably realize that you or someone close to you could benefit greatly from a consultation and treatment plan.

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Sep
10
2015

Don’t Take a Back Seat to Back Pain

Most adults consider back pain a common part of life. Long days behind a desk, toting toddlers, gym routines and even daily chores all seem to become known as a twinge in the neck, a throb in the shoulders or just an endless ache along the spine. But how can you know when back pain is something more than just a symptom of the norm?

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Aug
04
2015

Closing the Gap with Specialty Wound Care

Not all wounds are created equal.

If you’ve tried all the ointments and employed countless bandages but your wound persists beyond a week or two, it may be time to visit a specialist. And maybe you’ve never thought of wound healing as a struggle, but there are millions who are uniquely prone to dealing with stubborn—even life-threatening—cuts, abrasions and bruises.

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May
25
2015

Step Up! Podiatric Insight for Happy, Healthy Feet

Sometimes it’s easy to write off foot pain—blame a long afternoon, ill-fitting shoes or yesterday’s workout—but it’s not something to ignore, especially if it’s persistent.

Fortunately, the podiatric specialists at Methodist Hospital for Surgery have some insight for keeping your feet happy, healthy and steadily stepping along.

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May
13
2015

Stretch to Stay Injury-Free While Getting Active

Spring abounds! So it’s time to get back outdoors, where you can get active and vary that winter exercise routine—whether you’re participating in sports, biking or running or hiking a trail, the possibilities are endless. But while you’re trekking about the wild outside, make sure you’re aware of potential risks for injury.

For insight, we turn to Joe Goodwin, PT, OCS, CFMT, a physical therapist at Methodist Hospital for Surgery, who sheds light on the best ways to avoid sport or exercise-related injuries.

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Apr
13
2015

Taking Command of Joint Pain

You probably don’t think about how your joints are functioning when you step out for a stroll—unless those joints are causing pain. In that case, sore hips, throbbing knees and aching shoulders can stop you dead in your tracks. The problem is the way joints connect bones and support every aspect of physical movement; so if you have problematic joints, you’ll feel it every time you take a step, have a seat or raise an arm.

Fortunately, whether your joint pain stems from arthritis, gout or a sports injury, you have lots of treatment options. From simple home treatments to modified diets and visits to the specialists, there’s a solution for almost every unhappy joint.

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Feb
12
2015

How Joint Wellness Classes Are Empowering Patients

For most people who are nervous about the idea of surgery, it is the fear of the unknown that concerns them most. No one likes to enter a situation with unanswered questions, but the feeling is seriously compounded when you add things like anesthesia and recovery to the equation.

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Dec
17
2014

Understanding Chronic Pain & Pain Management

Chronic pain is a phrase often heard in medical practices, but what does it actually refer to? Aaron Lloyd, MD, is a pain specialist at Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHFS) and recently shared some of his expertise and insight on this topic.

According to Dr. Lloyd, the term chronic pain describes a large and varied group of conditions, which makes it impossible to offer a single treatment solution. The underlying causes of pain are also varied, but often include one of the following:

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