• Break your misconceptions about mental health

    Myths about mental health are dangerous to everyone, because they stop people from getting the care they need. Getting treatment for a mental health problem is no different from getting treatment for any medical condition. You wouldn’t avoid seeing the doctor for treatment for heart disease or OBGYN care, and you should approach your mental health care the same way. Here are the facts behind some common myths about mental health.

    Myth: Mental health problems are rare

    The fact is that mental health problems are exceedingly common. When the US Department of Health and Human Services tracked mental health statistics for 2014, they found that:

    • 1 in 5 adults dealt with a mental health issue of some sort

    • 1 in 10 young people lived through a time of major depression

    • 1 in 25 people had a serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

    Mental health problems affect families all over the country, of all walks of life, and they impact people of all ages. Like any other illness, some people have mental health issues and some people don’t.

    Myth: People with mental health problems are weak

    Mental health problems are not character flaws or signs of that a person is weak or lazy. Several different factors can contribute to mental health issues, such as:

    • Brain chemistry imbalances

    • Physical illness and injury

    • History of trauma or abuse

    • Family history of mental health problems

    Most people with mental illness have a combination of factors that come together to cause their disease, but character issues are never one of them.

    Myth: There are no treatments for mental health problems

    In reality, there are more treatments for mental health problems than ever before, and today’s treatments provide effective care with a minimum of side effects. Most physicians use a combination of treatments to control symptoms and help patients enjoy the lives they want to live.

    Don’t suffer in silence with mental illness. The compassionate providers at Riverside Community Hospital are here to help when you or your loved one experiences mental health issues. Find out more about our hospital in Riverside and get a physician referral by calling us anytime at (951) 788-3463.

  • Stay safe when you commute by bike

    Commuting to work or school by bike is great for your heart and the environment. However, to avoid injury, you should also take some precautions to ensure you reach your destination safely. At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re open around the clock to provide emergency care if an injury does occur, but you can dramatically reduce your risk by sticking to these safety guidelines.

    Always wear a helmet

    No one should ride a bike without a helmet, whether they’re riding up and down their driveway or cycling to work through traffic. Your helmet should fit snuggly and be secured with a chinstrap so that it protects your head thoroughly and doesn’t fly off if an accident happens.

    If you fall from your bike, your helmet could be the only thing that prevents a head injury from occurring. If it has been a long time since you’ve been fitted for a helmet, visit a bike store to make sure yours still fits the right way. If the strap starts to wear out and the helmet feels loose, consider replacing it.

    Wear appropriate clothing

    Keep in mind that it can be difficult to see you when you are cycling through traffic, particularly when it is dark out or during dawn and dusk hours. For daytime cycling, wear a fluorescent jacket or strip, and at night, wear retro-reflective clothing. Front white lights and rear red lights can also increase your visibility.

    Follow road rules

    Be sure you understand the rules of the road for cyclists, and follow them exactly. These rules exist to keep you safe, and drivers will anticipate your behavior based on what they expect you to do according the rules.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we provide care around the clock for everything from minor bumps and scrapes to serious traumas that require emergency care . You can learn more about our comprehensive hospital services in Riverside by calling (951) 788-3463.

  • Why young women should see the gynecologist

    National Women’s Health Week is May 8 – 14 this year, which is the perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of gynecology visits for preventive care. Young women in particular may overlook the need to see an OBGYN on a regular basis to maintain good health. Here are some of the reasons young people should consider seeing a gynecologist.

    STD education and prevention

    As mentioned in the video, young women should see a gynecologist either by age 21 or when they become sexually active, whichever is first. One of the reasons that seeing a gynecologist after becoming sexually active is important is that the doctor can provide education about STD prevention.

    During an exam, a gynecologist can review the symptoms of STDs with their patients and describe preventive measures that can be taken, such as using condoms. Gynecologists can also provide STD testing and treatment and ensure that young women know which STDs are easily transmitted even when using protection, so that they can take control of their sexual health.

    Pregnancy prevention

    For sexually active young women who don’t wish to become pregnant, gynecologists can help patients select the right form of birth control. They can educate women about their options and help them pick the method that is right for them.

    Gynecologists can also help young women understand the limitations of the birth control options they choose, what to do if a birth control method fails and the importance of using protection against STDs alongside birth control.

    Well-woman exams

    OBGYNs perform well-woman exams and Pap smears to diagnose health problems in their early stages so that they can be treated. During these exams, gynecologists will look for signs of infections, STDs and cancer, which can go undetected in young women because they are slow to seek gynecologic care.

    Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to offer comprehensive health care for women at all stages of life, from OBGYN care to mammography. To get a referral to one of our physicians in Riverside, CA, please dial (951) 788-3463.

  • Setting expectations for joint replacement surgery

    After joint replacement surgery, you will undergo a multistage period of recovery during which your body will heal from the procedure and adjust to your new joint. It’s important to work closely with your providers to create a personalized recovery plan and to develop realistic expectations of the healing process. Here is a look at what you can expect after joint replacement surgery.

    You will be out of bed the same day as the surgery

    Most patients assume that they will be bedridden after joint replacement surgery, but the opposite is true. As explained in the featured video, in almost every instance, you will be up and moving around the same day as your replacement surgery.

    Getting up after surgery helps to reduce stiffness that can cause pain and inflammation and encourages healthy blood flow to the surgical site. It can also reduce the risk of complications like blood clots and help patients spend less tie in the hospital overall.

    You will have a pain management plan

    Pain is something that concerns many patients as they approach joint replacement surgery. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will work closely with you to create a plan to keep you comfortable during and after surgery.

    There are a variety of pain medications that physicians can prescribe after surgery. In addition to oral medications, you may receive an implanted pain device that lets you administer your pain medications under the skin. Although some discomfort is an inevitable part of surgery, you should not be in severe pain during your recovery.

    You will have exercises to complete

    To strengthen the area around the joint replacement and reduce the risk of blood clots, you will have exercises you need to do each day. Your healthcare providers will give you an exercise plan, and you may also work with a physical therapist as you regain strength and mobility.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, our orthopedics and joint replacement team is committed to providing patients with the support, education and encouragement they need before, during and after surgery. Get more information about joint replacement in Riverside, CA or a referral to a physician by calling (951) 788-3463.