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Avoiding the Leading Causes of Bone Density Loss

Your bones are comprised of living tissue. In fact, bone is continually being broken down and removed, and new bone is continually formed to replace the old bone. However, when insufficient new bone is formed or an excessive amount of old bone is lost, you are at a higher risk of fractures. This condition is known as osteoporosis. Not all risk factors of osteoporosis are controllable. However, leading an overall healthy lifestyle may help to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. To find out if you already have osteoporosis or if you’re at risk of developing it, you can undergo a bone density screening at the Radiology Department of West Palm Hospital. Continue reading to find out more about the causes of bone density loss.

Dietary Deficiencies

One leading cause of bone loss is eating a diet that is deficient in key nutrients. Your body needs calcium to maintain your bone mass and vitamin D to absorb the calcium. Since individual dietary requirements vary, you could consult a physician regarding your recommended intake of calcium and vitamin D.

Physical Inactivity

Leading an inactive lifestyle can increase your risk for bone density loss. On the other hand, weight-bearing exercises and weight lifting can help strengthen your bones and maintain bone density. Some examples of weight-bearing exercises include jumping rope, dancing, jogging, stair climbing, and walking.

Lifestyle Habits

Other major causes of bone density loss include smoking and consuming alcohol in excess. Additionally, if you already have osteoporosis, alcohol can increase your risk of falling and suffering a fracture. In general, health experts tend to agree that moderate alcohol consumption equals no more than one drink daily for women or two drinks daily for men. If you smoke, you should be aware that smoking can weaken the bones, particularly if you are a post-menopausal woman. You can find smoking cessation resources at your community hospital.

As part of our hospital services near West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Hospital provides bone density screenings with our state-of-the-art Lunar Bone Densitometer, the most comprehensive assessment tool for osteoporosis. If you have questions about our Radiology Department, call (888) 256-7694 to speak with a registered nurse. Our community hospital also provides emergency care, behavioral health services, and inpatient hospice care.


Common Anxiety Disorders that May Disrupt Your Daily Life

Millions of Americans struggle with anxiety disorders, which involve persistent feelings like fearfulness. These serious behavioral health issues can affect a person’s ability to fulfill work responsibilities, meet family obligations, and maintain relationships. Behavioral health specialists can help with these anxiety disorders by developing an effective treatment plan that may include cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

GAD is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about everyday situations. Individuals may be diagnosed with GAD if they experience these behavioral health issues for six months or longer. Typically, an individual with GAD will worry about a particular situation at a level of intensity that is beyond what the situation calls for. GAD may also cause other symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, nausea, and frequent urination. Individuals with severe GAD may find it difficult to go about their daily routine.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Individuals who suffer from social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, harbor an intense fear of being judged or even observed by others. They typically feel extremely self-conscious and they may feel fearful when leaving their home. For a person with severe social anxiety disorder, interactions as simple as talking to a cashier can bring about overwhelming anxiety. Anxiety may be accompanied by physical symptoms such as excessive sweating, shakiness, blushing, problems talking, and nausea.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

As with other anxiety disorders, individuals with OCD may find it difficult to cope with everyday life. This disorder is characterized by severe obsessions, or disturbing thoughts. In response to these thoughts, an individual may develop rituals. For example, if an individual is terrified of house fires, he or she may have to check and re-check the knobs on a stove multiple times before leaving the house or going to bed. It isn’t unusual for a person without an anxiety disorder to check the stove or the locks on a door. However, people with OCD feel compelled to perform these rituals even if they try to stop, the rituals are upsetting to them, or the rituals interfere with their daily lives.

The Pavilion at West Palm Hospital provides comprehensive assessment and compassionate, multidisciplinary treatment to individuals with behavioral health issues. We offer intensive inpatient and outpatient services, including services for youths, adults, and seniors. For general information about behavioral health call 561.863.3958


Water Safety Tips to Avoid Summertime Emergencies

Water Safety

Relaxing by the pool or at the beach is a favorite summertime activity for many Florida residents. Although swimming is a good form of exercise and can help you cool off during a heat wave, it’s important to be mindful of water safety guidelines. A simple mistake can easily turn a carefree day at the beach into a trip to the emergency care department.

Staying Safe at the Beach

Before heading to the beach, check the weather forecast. If you’re already at the beach and thunderstorms, lightning, or heavy winds develop, it’s time to get out of the water and head for shelter. Remember to choose swimming areas monitored by lifeguards and use the buddy system for swimming. If you and your buddy get caught in a rip current, start swimming parallel to the shore until you’re free of the rip current. Then, swim toward the shore. Emergency care physicians note that one of the most common causes of death in young children is accidental drowning, so be sure to supervise young children at all times near water.

Reducing the Risk of Boating-Related Injuries

Boating can be a fun way to spend a summer afternoon—just make sure you’re following safety guidelines. Check to see that the boat has the right number of Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers. Young children should always wear a life jacket while boating. Be aware that consuming alcohol while boating can significantly impair a person’s judgment and increase the risk of an accident.

Preventing Accidents at the Pool

As with going to the beach and going boating, it’s critical to carefully supervise young children when visiting a swimming pool. Young children may benefit from taking swimming lessons as this may reduce risk of accidental drowning. However, it’s recommended that parents always stay within one arm’s length of infants, toddlers, and any child who is a weak swimmer. If you have a pool in your backyard, or visit someone who does, watch children closely at all times. Young children can slip away and into the pool, so make sure doors leading to pool area are closed and locked.

West Palm Hospital encourages our neighbors to enjoy a safe and fun summer holiday. If you or your child end up needing emergency care, know that our Emergency Department is here for you and your family around the clock with 24/7.

Our emergency department offers:

  • Board certified & emergency trained physicians
  • Caring nurses & specially trained staff
  • Family centered care and child-size equipment
  • Short wait times

To speak to a Registered Nurse 24/7, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 561.863.3958.


Common Issues with Hips

Your hip joint takes the brunt of a lot of movement, so it’s not surprising that it is often the site of orthopedic pain. There are a number of different problems that can occur with the hips, and several treatment options for addressing them.

Watch this video to learn about some potential issues that could arise with your hips. One of the most damaging issues is arthritis of the hip. When this occurs, orthopedic surgery, such as joint replacement, may be necessary to alleviate symptoms.

Freedom from hip pain could be yours with orthopedic surgery at West Palm Hospital. Ask your doctor to refer you to one of our orthopedic specialists, or call us at (561) 283-1126 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7.


Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a common and serious condition. Without treatment, Osteoporosis can potentially lead to bone fractures and a lengthy hospital stay. Understanding your risk of osteoporosis and taking the steps you can to reduce your chances of developing it will help you avoid painful broken bones and the associated lack of mobility. Could you be at risk? Here is a look at some of the risk factors.

Gender

Women get osteoporosis more often than men. It becomes increasingly common after menopause, which is why screening for the condition is often part of women’s health services. However, while the increased risk should keep women especially vigilant about osteoporosis, that doesn’t mean that men can’t get it. Men often underestimate their chances of getting osteoporosis, but according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, men over the age of 50 have a greater risk of breaking a bone because of osteoporosis than getting prostate cancer.

Smoking

Your entire body can be affected by smoking, and your bones are no exception. Smokers have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than nonsmokers, thanks to the toxins in cigarettes. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways you can quit. There are many tools you can use, including medications that help make cravings manageable.

Dietary Issues

What you eat impacts your risk of osteoporosis in a few different ways. If your diet has too much protein, sodium, or caffeine, your bone health will suffer. Likewise, your bones won’t be healthy if you don’t get adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Focus on a balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. If you’re at risk for osteoporosis, ask your doctor for advice about your eating plan.

At West Palm Hospital, we provide osteoporosis scans as part of our women’s health services, and our hospital ER is equipped to deal with related bone injuries. Our full service hospital is here to help you achieve and maintain your best health ever. Find out more about our concierge medicine approach to care by calling (561) 283-1126 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. 


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