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Concussion prevention at any age

The skull does a good job of protecting the brain during everyday activities. However, the brain is very delicate, and it’s susceptible to sustaining serious damage from traumatic impacts. Brain injuries, or concussions, can affect many areas of a person’s life—from memory and cognition to emotions and personality. Concussions can occur at any age, but children and older adults are high-risk groups. The healthcare providers at Riverside Community Hospital are always here to help if you have any questions about concussion prevention in your family.

Infants and children
One possible cause of life-threatening concussions in infants is shaken baby syndrome. This can occur when parents or caregivers feel so overwhelmed by a baby’s inability to stop crying that they shake the baby, causing irreversible brain damage.

To prevent shaken baby syndrome, consider taking new parent education classes at the hospital and only hire experienced, well-qualified caregivers. Look for and address the cause of a baby’s crying, such as hunger, a wet diaper, the need to burp or the need for comfort. And if you ever feel overwhelmed, place the baby in the crib and walk away until your emotions are under control.

Infants and children are also at risk of concussions from car accidents. Aside from driving safely, the most effective way to protect kids in a car is to keep them securely buckled into an appropriate car seat.

Older children and adolescents
When older children and adolescents join sports teams, parents can best protect them by ensuring they have the right safety gear. Consult the pediatrician or a qualified athletic coach to find out about appropriate safety gear for the child’s chosen sport. And always make sure kids wear a helmet when they go for a bike ride, or go skateboarding or rollerblading.

Adults and older adults
Older adults are particularly at risk of concussions from falling. A fall can happen to anyone in any place. If you’re taking medications, talk to your doctor about whether any of them may cause dizziness, which increases the risk of a fall.

Additionally, maintain a safe environment. Remove clutter from the floors, ensure the home is well-lit and install safety modifications as needed, such as handrails in the bathroom.

Riverside Community Hospital provides high-quality, patient-centered emergency care to Riverside County and greater southern California. Our providers use our Rapid Medical Evaluation program, which allows most patients to be seen within an average of 15 minutes. Call 911 if you have a true medical emergency, otherwise, you can direct general healthcare questions to a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.

Signs of juvenile arthritis

It’s often thought that arthritis is a disease of the elderly. But in fact, many children develop juvenile arthritis. Some of these patients will outgrow their diagnosis, while others require lifelong medical care for this disease. There are quite a few types of juvenile arthritis, and several of them fall into the category of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. No matter what your child’s diagnosis is, the orthopedic specialists at Riverside Community Hospital can help your family overcome health challenges.

Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis
“Systemic” means that a disease or its effects aren’t limited to just one area of the body.

Often, a persistent fever is the first sign of systemic arthritis. Children may have a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The fever may do any of the following:

  • Occur daily for a period of time
  • Spike in the evening and then drop within a few hours
  • Occur in the morning
  • Occur twice daily
  • Continue throughout the day

The fever is accompanied by a rash that typically develops on the patient’s arms, legs or trunk. The rash looks pale, flat and pink, and it usually isn’t itchy. In most cases, this pink rash will last no longer than a few minutes or a few hours, during the time when the fever spikes.

Oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Oligoarticular arthritis is more common than the systemic type. It affects fewer than five joints, causing localized symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Children with oligoarticular arthritis are also at risk of a complication called uveitis. This is an inflammatory eye disorder that requires early diagnosis and treatment to prevent permanent vision loss.

Polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Polyarticular arthritis is similar to oligoarticular arthritis. However, it affects five or more joints. Children may have symptoms in the small joints of the hands and fingers, but some may also experience pain of the jaw joints and larger, weight-bearing joints.

Riverside Community Hospital maintains an enduring commitment to healthcare excellence. Since 1901, our compassionate doctors and nurses have been providing patient-focused, family-centered care to residents in Riverside and throughout the Inland Empire. Call a registered nurse at our state-of-the-art hospital at (951) 788-3463.

Why asthma makes your allergies worse

People who have asthma frequently also suffer from allergies. There is a close link between these conditions, and they can easily exacerbate each other. If you have asthma, your physician may focus on helping you control both asthma and allergy symptoms to prevent them from feeding off each other. Here is what you need to know.

Allergic asthma
Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma, affecting 60% of asthma sufferers. With this kind of asthma, symptoms are triggered by an exposure to an allergen. There are many different potential triggers for allergic asthma, including:

  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pets

For people with allergic asthma, exposure to an allergen can cause the airways in the lungs to swell. This swelling can in turn cause an asthma attack to occur, for which sufferers may need to seek emergency care at a hospital.

Asthma and allergy symptoms
Allergies can be the cause of asthma symptoms, including shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and chronic cough. Continued to exposure to an allergic trigger can make these symptoms chronic, while occasional exposure to triggers can cause acute symptoms or flare-ups of symptoms.

Asthma symptoms can also make allergy symptoms worse. Allergies and asthma cause similar symptoms, so when they occur at the same time, the symptoms of each condition can be intensified. Similarly, the chest tightness and shortness of breath that occurs with asthma can make rhinitis and associated nasal membrane swelling that occurs with allergies feel worse.

Asthma and allergy management
For people with allergic asthma, managing both asthma and allergies is essential for symptom relief. Avoiding exposure to allergens as much as possible is the first step. Your physician may also provide medications for both chronic asthma and allergy symptoms and acute attacks that occur as symptoms flare up.

Managing asthma and allergies can involve a complex treatment plan, but Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. Our ER provides emergency care around the clock, so we’re ready when asthma attacks strike, and our providers cam help you create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. Contact our hospital in Riverside for a referral to a physician today by calling (951) 788-3463.

Myths and facts about hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an increasingly common but often misunderstood disease. Researchers did not identify the hepatitis C virus until 1989, but since that time, a huge amount of knowledge has been amassed about the disease. Unfortunately, myths keep some people from getting tested who could benefit from it while others let misinformation impact their attitudes about the condition. If you or someone you love has hepatitis C, your doctor can explain the facts about the condition so you have a better understanding what it is. Don’t let these myths impact your knowledge about hepatitis C.

Myth: Hepatitis C is a terminal disease.
Although hepatitis C is a serious diagnosis, most people with the disease live long lives. It is true that 10 to 25% of people with the disease can develop serious and potentially fatal liver complications, but being diagnosed with hepatitis C does not mean that you have a terminal illness.

People with hepatitis C can do many things to improve their health, including:

  • Seeing physicians regularly to monitor the disease progression
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Following the recommended treatment plan
  • Exercising daily

Myth: Hepatitis C is an STD.
There are some instances in which hepatitis C is transmitted via sexual contact, but research has indicated a 0-3% of passing the disease on during sex in heterosexual couples. The rate is slightly higher among homosexual men, but most people with hepatitis C got the disease from blood-to-blood exposure.

Some people believe that hepatitis C can be transmitted through air or salvia, but it cannot. Sharing utensils and drinking glasses, hugging, and other forms of casual contact will not expose anyone to the disease.

Myth: Hepatitis C cannot be treated.
There is no cure for hepatitis C, but there are many medications that can help manage the progression of the disease. Not everyone needs to be on medications, but there are treatments available if your physician determines that you could benefit.

Hepatitis C medications have a reputation for having significant side effects, but these can be managed by working closely with your physician.

Living a healthy life with hepatitis C is possible. Contact Riverside Community Hospital to get a referral to a physician in Riverside who can help you get the care you need. Dial (951) 788-3463 for more information.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the elbow?

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body, and although it is more common in weight bearing joints, the elbow can be affected. If you are experiencing chronic elbow pain that impacts your range of motion and ability to do certain tasks, see your physician to determine if osteoarthritis could be blame. A range of treatments, including noninvasive options and robotic surgery, is available and help get you out of pain and back to your normal activities.

What is osteoarthritis of the elbow?
As explained in the video, osteoarthritis occurs in the elbow for the same reason it occurs in other joints. When the cartilage in the joint degenerates, it allows the bones to rub together or bump into each other, causing pains. Bone spurs may also develop.

Cartilage degeneration can occur because of an injury or because of joint overuse. Often, injuries that cause osteoarthritis happen many years before the arthritis actually appears. Overuse injuries can also take years to develop, which is why osteoarthritis is more common later in life.

What are the symptoms?
Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness in the elbow. In early stages, you may only notice the pain when you are moving your elbow. However, osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, and the pain will become worse over time until you feel it even when you are at rest.

Swelling is also common, as is hearing creaks and squeaks when the joint moves. It often becomes difficult to bend and straighten the arm when osteoarthritis gets worse.

What treatment options are available?
Steroid injections and pain medications are successful in reducing osteoarthritis symptoms in some people. Activity modification and physical therapy are also helpful for some people.

When noninvasive treatments don’t provide adequate relief, surgery may be necessary. There are many different procedure options, including minimally invasive and robotic procedures, such as joint debridement and elbow joint replacement.

Don’t let osteoarthritis pain keep you from doing the things you love. At Riverside Community Hospital, we offer comprehensive orthopedic and joint replacement procedures and cutting-edge robotic surgery. Contact our hospital in Riverside at (951) 788-3463 for a referral to a specialist.

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