Health & Wellness

Jul
09
2014

Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)? The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bone at the base of the hand and it houses the median nerve, which runs through the forearm into the palm. CTS occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed or squeezed at the carpal tunnel site.

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Jun
09
2014

How to Choose Between a Podiatric Versus Orthopedic Surgeon

Navigating America’s healthcare system can be a daunting task, especially when patients are faced with choosing a specialist to address their specific need. Further complicating the matter is having to choose between two specialists that seem similar, like a podiatric versus orthopedic surgeon. What is the difference? And how is a patient to know which is the better choice for their specific condition?

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Apr
24
2014

Treat Your Feet Right

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, which means now is a good time to take a closer look at your own feet and ask whether your shoe choice is helping or hurting them. According to Dr. Rick Miller, a podiatrist at Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHFS) who’s been in practice for more than 35 years, shoe choice can play a major role in the overall health of feet.

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Apr
10
2014

Launch of New Spine Surgery Program

We just experienced an exciting moment in the life of our hospital! Our new Spine Surgery Program kicked off on Tuesday, May 6, with our first Spine Wellness Class. The turnout was wonderful to see, and we were thrilled to hear several patients comment that their concerns were alleviated.

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Mar
13
2014

Ready, Set, Go: Sports Season & Adolescent Injury

The warming days of spring are right around the corner, which means parents and kids are gearing up for sports season. Whether it’s organized school or community sports or just playtime in the front yard with friends, kids are exceedingly active—and far more prone to injury—when weather gives them the freedom to be outdoors.

That means parents need to be ready for the risks of sports and outdoors activities.

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Feb
24
2014

Simple ENT Surgery Can Make a Big Difference

Many people are skeptical that a simple ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery can dramatically improve their quality of life. But the truth is ENT surgeries aim to do just that. With allergy season right around the corner, more and more people are aware of just how aggravating their chronic sinus and allergy problems are, but did you know there reasons beyond allergies to consider visiting an ENT? You might be surprised to learn just how many conditions these specialists can correct with simple surgery.

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Dec
10
2013

Importance of Handwashing Highlighted this Month

This year, National Handwashing Awareness Week is observed December 1-7, 2013. Campaigns associated with this annual event highlight the importance of proper handwashing in preventing the spread of communicable diseases, including the flu, common cold, pink eye, pneumonia and strep throat, to name a few.

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Nov
13
2013

The Great American Smokeout is in November

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout each year on the third Thursday of November and encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Studies show that quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

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Sep
16
2013

September is Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month takes place each September and is an annual observance month designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The main objective of Healthy Aging Month is to provide inspiration, encouragement and practical ideas for adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.

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Aug
26
2013

September is Pain Awareness Month

Each September, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) observes Pain Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness about the 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. The ACPA is committed to raising awareness through mass media, public forums and other sources so that chronic pain may be readily recognized, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed.

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Jul
19
2013

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

While many Americans believe arthritis is a condition that only affects older people, the reality is that nearly 300,000 children in America also receive a diagnosis of arthritis. To bring awareness to this condition, the Arthritis Foundation designated July as Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. With proper diagnosis and early treatment, serious and permanent damage to a child’s joints can be prevented, and they can go on to live an active, healthy life.

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Jun
14
2013

June Is Men’s Health Month

Each year in June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten awareness of preventable problems and encourage early detection and disease treatment among men and boys. The centerpiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law on May 31, 1994.

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