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Who Can Benefit from Physical Therapy?

Many medical problems can be treated with a pill or an injection, but plenty of them require the active participation of the patient. Physical therapy is a hands-on form of rehabilitation that is appropriate for patients with a wide range of medical issues. It can even be used as preventive therapy for those who are at a high risk of certain medical problems. During National Physical Therapy Month, take a few minutes to learn about the services available at the Rehabilitation Center at University Hospital and Medical Center.

Post-Operative Patients
Physical therapy is an important component of surgical recovery plans. Physical therapists can help patients manage their pain and reduce their use of pain medications. With a carefully designed program of stretches and exercises, physical therapy patients can regain their muscle tone and strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. When a patient has received an artificial implant, such as a prosthetic knee, a physical therapist will guide the patient in learning how to use the new implant properly.

Stroke Survivors
Stroke survivors go through a lengthy, comprehensive rehabilitation program to regain lost skills to the maximum extent possible and to learn how to compensate for permanent impairments. Physical therapists often work with stroke survivors who suffer from persistent muscle weakness and pain. As part of this type of physical therapy program, patients may learn how to use assistive devices such as wheelchairs or walkers.

Orthopedic Cases
Orthopedic injuries are those that affect the musculoskeletal system, such as sports injuries and fractures. Arthritis is another example of an orthopedic problem. By working with a physical therapist, patients with orthopedic issues can regain lost flexibility, strength, and range of motion. They can also learn how to reduce their risk of suffering recurrent injuries in the future.

The Rehabilitation Center at University Hospital and Medical Center is a leading provider of sophisticated inpatient rehab services. Our Rehabilitation Center in Tamarac, FL, offers physical therapy and speech therapy for all types of patients. Call a registered nurse at (954) 722-9933 to inquire about the services available at the Rehabilitation Center.

Standing Up to Depression in Seniors [INFOGRAPHIC]

It is a common myth about depression that it only happens to younger people. In reality, seniors can and do suffer from depression at alarming rates, but because many people dismiss it as a young person’s disease, they can be slow to get help. Seniors may also be hesitant to get treated for depression because they are more likely to complain about the physical symptoms of the disease, like unexplained aches and pains, than about sadness and despair. Get educated about the facts regarding seniors and depression with this infographic from University Hospital and Medical Center. We’re pleased to offer geriatric behavioral health care in Tamarac, FL to help seniors feel their best and embrace a better quality of life. Remember that depression is never a normal part of aging, and contact us at (954) 724-6342 if you or someone you love needs care. Please share this information to help us increase awareness about the real risk of depression in seniors.

Signs Your Elderly Loved One Needs Behavioral Care

Mental health issues are fairly common among seniors, yet many seniors do not receive the help they need. Often, it’s difficult for a senior’s family members to detect the signs of behavioral health disorders because the symptoms can closely mimic those of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. If you have any concerns about your elderly loved one’s mental or physical wellness, you can find the expert guidance you need at University Hospital and Medical Center.

Mood Changes

Mood changes are a strong indicator of possible behavioral health issues. Everyone experiences sadness and anger from time to time, but if your loved one’s mood problems persist longer than a couple of weeks, they could be signaling a more serious problem. Consider speaking with a doctor if your loved one displays persistent feelings of hopelessness, fearfulness, sadness, or apathy. Irritability and mood swings can also occur. If your loved one expresses thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or take your loved one to the ER right away.

Social Withdrawal

Social withdrawal is a common problem among older adults for a number of reasons. Seniors are susceptible to mobility problems and they may lack transportation. As they grow older, they will begin to lose friends and family members to death or relocations. Social withdrawal could be a sign of a mental health issue if your loved one consistently refuses to participate in activities that he or she once enjoyed, despite your offers to do the activity together or drive the senior out to meet friends.

Personal Care Deficits

Seniors who have developed mental health disorders such as depression may not take care of themselves well. They may eat very little or too much. They may have changes in their sleeping habits. Seniors might fail to keep up with the housework, take their prescribed medications, and take care of their bathing and grooming needs. Of course, some of these issues could also be indicative of other problems like dexterity issues, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. A behavioral health specialist can determine why your loved one is experiencing these problems.

The Center for Behavioral Health in Tamarac, FL, is a freestanding medical facility that features exceptional amenities and offers compassionate care. Here, the behavioral health specialists at University Hospital and Medical Center provide comprehensive evaluations and effective treatments for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health issues. For general information about the Center for Behavioral Health, call a registered nurse at (954) 722-9933.

Healthy Living Strategies for Your Heart

Good heart health is about taking small, simple steps to effect lasting change in one’s health and wellness. If you would like to speak with a physician about your heart health, consider a visit to University Hospital and Medical Center.

Eat well.

Eating well doesn’t mean jumping on board with the latest fad diet. It’s about making smart choices to create nutritionally balanced meals in sensible portions. Cooking meals at home is a great activity for families to enjoy together. Keep your pantry stocked with commonly used ingredients to help you resist the temptation to grab take-out on your way home. Challenge your family to try one new, healthy recipe each week or to remake an old favorite. With a little practice, making nutritional meals will become second nature. Fill your plate with colorful vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, and snack on fruit during the day instead of heading for the vending machine.

Be active.

It isn’t necessary to start training for a marathon, buy fancy exercise equipment, or even join a gym. Just aim for some sort of physical activity on most days of the week. If you have a dog, go for a walk with your furry friend. Only have a few minutes? Do some jumping jacks. Got extra time in your lunch hour? Go up and down the stairs in your company’s building a few times. Finding ways to work in a little exercise throughout your day will keep your energy levels up and benefit your heart.

Live well.

Good health isn’t only about eating well and exercising. It’s also about your overall quality of life and mental wellness. Living well means giving yourself enough time to sleep, working actively to manage stress, practicing mindfulness, and connecting with others in meaningful ways. You might be surprised at the difference a little mindfulness can make in how well you feel.

With our comprehensive array of preventive and therapeutic medical services, University Hospital and Medical Center is your family’s partner in wellness. Here, you’ll find compassionate women’s care, cardiopulmonary care, and behavioral healthcare—all right here in Tamarac, FL. Call a registered nurse at (954) 722-9933.

Make the Most of Your Consultation with Your Orthopedic Surgeon

When conservative orthopedic care is no longer sufficient to control your painful symptoms, you might consider making an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon at University Hospital and Medical Center. At the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, you’ll receive all the information you need to make healthcare decisions.

Preparing for Your Appointment

When you schedule your appointment, ask the receptionist what you should bring. You may be asked to bring medical records, lab test reports, and copies of imaging scans, along with your health insurance card and medical referral. Bring written lists of all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Make notes about your personal medical history and family medical history, and about your symptoms, current and prior treatments, and prior surgeries. Plan to arrive early for your appointment in case you need to fill out medical forms.

Discussing Your Health

To be a proactive patient means to actively listen, ask questions, and share concerns openly with your doctor. Your orthopedic surgeon will need to know about all of the health issues you’re experiencing, including those that might not seem relevant, such as incontinence. Let the surgeon know what you’re hoping to accomplish with your treatment and ask how surgery might affect your daily life.

Making Informed Decisions

Your surgeon may recommend that you take some time to consider your options before deciding whether to have surgery. Don’t hesitate to call the office back if you have questions after your appointment. Before you leave, you can ask for reading material or referrals to authoritative sources of information about your condition and proposed surgery. All patients should fully understand the potential risks involved with surgery.

Following Up with Your Treatment Plan

If you do decide to have orthopedic surgery, you’ll be given detailed pre-operative and post-operative instructions. You may meet with additional members of your care team, including rehabilitation specialists and an anesthesiologist. Ask your surgeon about pre-operative tests you may need and whether your medication regimen will require adjustments.

The Orthopedic and Spine Institute in Tamarac, FL, has been specially designed with the comfort of our patients in mind. Patients receiving orthopedic care at University Hospital and Medical Center can expect private suites, extensive patient education, and their own dedicated orthopedic and spine navigator. Call our hospital at (954) 722-9933 to request a physician referral.

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