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Is Knee Replacement Surgery Right for Your Arthritis Treatment?

Many older adults suffer from osteoarthritis in one or both knees, as the aging process can cause cartilage to break down and reduce the cushioning that protects this heavily used joint. Osteoarthritis, also known as wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, has a number of treatment options, so not everyone with this condition will require joint replacement surgery. If you meet the criteria below, however, you may be a candidate for this surgical procedure to replace the structures in the knee joint.

You have severe arthritis in the knees.

Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition, meaning that it can continue to get worse over time without proper intervention. If you have had a late diagnosis of arthritis in the knee or you are simply unable to effectively slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, surgery may be the only solution to help you remain mobile and pain-free.

You have exhausted alternative treatment options.

As Dr. Brent d’Arc explains in the video above, there are alternative treatments for a degenerative joint disease that will be recommended prior to surgery. When these options—which include oral anti-inflammatory medications and joint injections—are no longer working to manage pain, surgery might be the next step in your care. While surgery can be more stressful on the body, it will help to improve your quality of life for years to come.

You are able to remain active after your surgery.

Another important consideration prior to knee replacement surgery is your physical ability to participate in rehabilitative therapy and remain active after the procedure. If you have other health problems that might limit your mobility or your body is unable to handle the physical stress of surgery, you might continue to work with alternative treatment options instead of committing to joint replacement.

At Riverside Community Hospital, you can find exceptional orthopedic care with specialized minimally-invasive surgeries in our state-of-the-art facilities. To find an orthopedic surgeon to manage your care or explore all of your arthritis treatment options, call us today at (951) 788-3463.


Simple Strategies for a Better Night's Sleep

Regardless of your age or current state of health, there is one step that you can take to ensure a longer life in better health: Get plenty of sleep. The average adult requires about 6-8 hours of sleep nightly, but many people fail to reach this target for a number of reasons. When you do not get the sleep you need, you may suffer from daytime fatigue, poor memory, or a lack of focus. In the long-term, poor sleep can lead to cardiovascular complications, high blood pressure, and mental disorders. Therefore, identifying strategies to achieve better sleep is a worthwhile endeavor that will greatly improve your health and your quality of life. Read on for a closer look at some of the easiest ways to get better sleep each night during Better Sleep Month this May.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Many people have the misconception that you can catch up on sleep during the weekends by sleeping in, but you will be better off getting the same amount of sleep every night. You can do this by going to bed at the same time each day, which will make it easier to wake at the same time every morning. In addition to setting a regular bed time, you might practice a relaxing nighttime ritual to help you wind down and prepare for sleep.

Design Your Bedroom for Sleep

Electronic devices are one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to getting enough sleep, because these can be a distraction and a disruption to your circadian rhythm with the light they emit. Keeping phones, computers, and televisions out of the bedroom can ensure better sleep along with dark window shades, a cool temperature, and a comfortable bed.

Get Exercise During the Day

If you find that you are regularly not tired when your bedtime rolls around, you might need to get more activity during the day. Exercising at any time of day can help you sleep better, so fit in physical activity wherever you can in your daily routine.

For more health tips and resources, consider participating in Riverside Community Hospital’s H2U program. To learn more about this program or to get information about other hospital services in your community, call us at (951) 788-3463 and speak with one of our registered nurses any time, 24/7.


A Look at Common Summer Shoe Injuries

Whether you prefer to wear Crocs, strappy sandals, or flip-flops during the summer season, you should be aware of how these warm weather footwear options can affect the health and wellness of your feet. With a lack of arch support and exposure of the toes, summer shoes can be the source of a number of injuries that might land you in the ER this season. Read on to learn about some of the most common summer foot injuries and the ways you might avoid them.

Ankle Sprains

When you walk in flip-flops or other sandals, your feet will have minimal support, and your posture will change due to the fact that your feet must work harder to keep your shoes on. As a result, it might be easy to trip and fall, causing you to twist your ankle and suffer a painful sprain. To steer clear of ankle sprains, remember to wear supportive footwear on uneven terrain or during periods when you plan to walk.

Cuts and Blisters

Exposed skin means a greater risk for cuts and scrapes that can tear up the skin on your feet. Breaking in a new pair of sandals, you might develop painful blisters that could become infected without the right care. Additionally, you may have dry and calloused skin on the soles of the feet if you continuously wear open footwear.

Broken Toes

It does not take much to break your toe when you are wearing shoes that have your toes fully exposed. Simply hitting your foot on a hard surface or dropping an object on your toe could lead to a painful injury that limits your summer fun.

Sunburns

Whenever you have exposed skin outside, you should remember to put on plenty of sunscreen. The tops of the feet are often neglected in sandals, so it is easy to develop a burn on the feet, even when the rest of your body is properly shielded from the summer sun.

For emergency care, healthcare tips, and more, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463. Our nurses are available around the clock to serve as your resource for medical care and wellness in Riverside.


A Look at the Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer

When diagnosed in early stages, testicular cancer is very treatable through robotic surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Being vigilant to the warning signs is a crucial part of an early diagnosis, so it is important for men to educate themselves about the potential symptoms. If you experience any of these signs, consider seeing your doctor for further evaluation.

Lump or Swelling

A lump or swelling in one testicle is the most common sign of testicular cancer. The lump is typically painless and may be as small as a pea, but can grow in size as the cancer progresses. Swelling may be accompanied by a feeling of heaviness or a change in the feeling of the scrotum. For example, you may notice tightness or firmness that wasn’t there previously. This symptom may be accompanied by fluid accumulation in the scrotum. Keep in mind that testicular cancer typically only causes symptoms in one testicle.

Pain

Although lumps and swelling caused by cancer are usually painless, the testicles themselves may become painful when cancer is present. Pain may also be felt in the scrotum. Cancer-related pain can occur independently of swelling—this means that testicular pain caused by cancer can happen even if there is no lump present, which is why reporting testicular pain to your doctor is important, even if there are no other symptoms present.

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition in which breast tissue in men grows. In some cases, testicular cancer triggers the release of hormones that cause gynecomastia to occur. When this happens, men may experience breast growth or tenderness in the breast area.

The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital offers comprehensive cancer care and a variety of support services for a range of different types of cancer with CyberKnife treatment, robotic surgery, and more. Call us today at (951) 788-3463 for more information about our cancer treatments as well as the other services offered at our Riverside hospital, including organ transplant, bariatric weight loss, and heart care.


What Can You Expect When You Visit the ER?

Whether you are having a heart health emergency or have an injury that needs immediate attention, knowing what to expect when you visit the ER can make the experience less stressful. When you go to the hospital for emergency treatment, here is a look at the process you will go through as you receive care.

Triage

Triage is the first thing that happens when you go to the ER and is a crucial part of the care process. An intake nurse or another care provider will review your symptoms with you to determine the severity of your emergency. The purpose of triage is to ensure that patients with life-threatening issues receive the care they need quickly, and is more useful than seeing patients on a first come, first served basis. For instance, a patient having a heart attack or stroke will be taken back for treatment before someone with a minor cut, regardless of the order in which they arrived.

Diagnosis and Treatment

When you are taken into a treatment room in the ER, your vital signs will be measured and a doctor or nurse will ask you about your symptoms in more detail. If necessary, the ER doctor may refer you for diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray or an EKG, to determine the cause of your symptoms. When the ER doctor is confident that he or she has the correct diagnosis, you will either receive treatment in the ER or be admitted to the hospital for more extensive care.

Discharge

If you are not being admitted to the hospital, you will be discharged once your treatment is complete. Before you are discharged, a nurse will review your diagnosis and instructions for home care with you. You will also receive a detailed summary of your visit, diagnosis, and any necessary prescriptions, as well as a referral to a specialist for further evaluation if needed.

The ER at Riverside Community Hospital treats patients in need 24 hours a day and is home to a Level II Trauma Center and 50 treatment areas. The ER is also a Certified Primary Stroke Center and Accredited Chest Pain Center with access to our heart hospital in Riverside. For more information about all of our hospital services, please call (951) 788-3463.


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