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    What Is Causing Your Back and Neck Pain?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Pain in the spinal column can make even the most minor movements agonizing and challenging. Because this area of the body is made up of a network of bones, discs, nerves, and muscles, it can be difficult to isolate the source of discomfort. As a result, back and neck pain problems account for a high percentage of doctor visits each year. Trident Health encourages back and neck pain sufferers to contact our Charleston orthopedics department, which can quickly assess and treat problems that often stem from the following issues:

    Repetitive Motions

    The neck and back must carry out a vast array of movements on a daily basis. If performed too often, however, some motions can eventually wear down structures in the back and neck and cause discomfort. Repetitive motion injuries can occur from virtually any repeated action. For instance, individuals who must lift heavy objects or boxes at work can strain their lower backs. Athletes who often bend or twist their backs or necks for their sport can also suffer chronic discomfort because of it.

    Sedentary Activities

    Back and neck pain can arise from a lack of movement as well. Keeping the back or neck in a static position for an extended period of time can stress the structures that help to maintain that posture. For individuals who must sit at their desks for most of the workday, back or neck discomfort can develop simply from staying in their chairs for several hours.

    Existing Medical Conditions

    The complexity of the spinal column leaves it vulnerable to a myriad of medical conditions. The vertebrae can suffer stress fractures or bone spurs. The discs that rest between the vertebrae can experience herniation or degenerative disc disease. The spinal canal can narrow, causing spinal stenosis. Each of these conditions can cause debilitating pain for sufferers. With the help of an orthopedic specialist, back and neck pain patients can find the reason for their discomfort and receive effective treatment for it.

    Is your back or neck pain making you suffer in silence? The orthopedic experts at Trident Health can help. Call (843) 277-6062 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives about the pain relief services we offer the residents of the greater Charleston area.

     

    What to Expect When Visiting the ER

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Every year, millions of people in the US go to the ER for emergency medical care. Despite how common ER visits are, it can still be intimidating when you or a loved one needs to go. Here is a look at the process of caring for patients in the ER so you can feel confident the next time a medical emergency strikes.

    Triage

    All patients who enter the ER go through triage. A healthcare provider, usually an ER nurse, will evaluate your condition and categorize the urgency of your care needs. He or she will determine if your condition is immediately life-threatening, urgent, or less urgent. Patients are then seen in order of need. Someone with chest pain would take priority over someone with a sprained ankle. Triage ensures that all patients get the right care in a timely manner.

    Registration

    You will also need to register. Depending on the seriousness of your condition, you may register after the triage process. During registration, you will provide your personal and insurance information. Your vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse) will be added to your record. This registration is used to create a medical record for you in the ER.

    Trident Health recently added emergency self-check-in for patients with non-life-threatening conditions. A kiosk near the ER main desk captures your information privately and securely. It’s quick and easy.

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    Once you are in an exam room, doctors will diagnose your condition and begin treatment. The methods depend on your complaint, but may involve a physical exam, lab tests, and diagnostic imaging. Depending on your condition, you may be sent home with medications and instructions to follow-up with another doctor, or you may be admitted to the hospital.

    At Trident Health, our ER and pediatric ER offer comprehensive care for a range of medical emergencies. Our ER wait times are always available on our website so you know what to expect before you come. You can also text ER to 23000 to access current wait times at any of Trident Health’s emergency centers. To learn more about all of our hospital services, call (843) 277-6062. 

    What Is A Caring MRI Suite?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test can be an overwhelming experience for some patients. Although the procedure itself is painless, patients often dread being in the MR machine itself. At Trident Health’s Summerville Medical Center, we’re changing that with our Caring MRI Suite.

    The caring MR Suite puts patient comfort first, providing comfortable lighting, music, and scenery to put their minds at ease. Patients are in control of all aspects of the room and can select from 16 carefully designed combinations of lighting and beautiful nature photography displayed on LED screens. They can use our in-house music or bring in their own iPods to play their favorite songs and videos. Also, the MR units themselves allow for feet-first screening of all parts of the anatomy.  

    Our Caring MRI Suite is just one example of how we put patient care first at Trident Health. From our pediatric ER to our cancer center, our compassionate staff is here to provide you with unmatched care and service. Learn more by calling (843) 277-6062. 

    Can Eating Sugar Cause Diabetes?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Diet factors significantly into health, but it is only one component of total wellness. As this video reports, other lifestyle habits also play a role in the onset of diabetes.

    Because diabetes affects blood sugar levels, some people might think that consuming large amounts of sugar can bring on this condition. However, eating a high-calorie, high-sugar diet alone will not necessarily cause diabetes. Diabetes experts explain that a lack of physical activity and a family history of the condition can also raise one’s risk of metabolic dysfunction. For people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, taking steps to maintain balanced blood sugar levels can help prevent diabetic complications that may affect vision, renal function, and limb health.

    Trident Health offers diabetes education services for the residents of the greater Charleston area. For more information, call us at (843) 277-6062.

    Spotlight on Heart Failure Symptoms

    Last updated 14 days ago

    If you’re suffering from heart failure, it’s important to get a diagnosis as early as possible so the condition can be managed. At first, the symptoms of heart failure may be subtle; as they get worse, it’s essential that you see a cardiologist for screening and treatment. Taken alone, these heart failure symptoms may seem innocent, but if you have more than one, seek professional cardiac care.

    Shortness of Breath

    Persistent shortness of breath is common with heart failure. You may notice that you get breathless during activities, while resting, and even while you sleep. Lying flat may worsen your condition. You may find that you need to raise your head on a few pillows to sleep comfortably. This is because blood backs up in the pulmonary veins and causes fluid to leak into the lungs. This same process may also cause a persistent cough, another symptom of heart failure.

    Edema

    Edema is the build-up of fluid in tissues. With heart failure, edema may occur in your feet, legs, ankles, and abdomen. Some people with heart failure experience rapid weight gain. If you are diagnosed with heart failure, your cardiac care team will ask you to keep a close eye on your weight and to report weight gain because it is such a significant warning sign.

    Fatigue

    Fatigue is very common with heart failure. Because your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet all your needs, your body diverts blood away from less vital organs so that your heart and brain have the supply they need. As such, your muscles may not receive adequate amounts of oxygen-rich blood, leaving you feeling run down.

    Trust your cardiac care with the team at Trident Health. Our nationally-recognized cardiac program provides a number of cardiac care services, from care for heart failure to heart attack treatment and recovery. For a physician referral or to learn more, call (843) 277-6062. 

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