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Orthopedic and Spine Institute Services

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If you suffer from chronic joint pain or incur a bone injury, you should know that help is available. The Orthopedic and Spine Institute at University Hospital and Medical Center offers a range of treatments to help you find pain relief and get back to your normal activities. Here are just some of the conditions our expert orthopedists can help you with at our Broward County facility:

Neck Pain

There can be many different causes of neck pain. Injuries can trigger acute pain that flares up suddenly, while chronic pain can be caused by conditions ranging from arthritis to degenerative discs in the spine. Our specialists can pinpoint the nature of your neck pain and develop a treatment plan that may include anything from pain relief injections to spinal surgery.


Fractures are sometimes easy to handle in the emergency room, but sometimes more specialized care is needed. Open fractures that puncture the skin and compound fractures, in particular, often require the intervention of an orthopedic specialist. It is important to get the right treatment for a fracture as soon as possible. If the bone isn’t set properly at the outset, it may not heal correctly otherwise. A fracture that doesn’t heal the right way can leave you with permanent loss of range of motion or deformity.

Knee Pain

Knee pain can seriously compromise your mobility. If left unchecked, knee pain can eventually leave you unable to walk without assistance. Arthritis and injuries are usually to blame for knee pain. In the case of arthritis, a total knee replacement may be the answer. We offer a custom knee replacement option wherein we use MRI scans to map a surgery plan specifically tailored to each patient’s anatomy.

To find out how University Hospital and Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Spine Institute can help you, schedule a consultation with one of our experts. We also offer a full-service emergency room, behavioral health services, and much more. Call us today at (954) 721-2200.

Use This App to Learn How to Manage Depression Symptoms

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Living with depression can be challenging. Symptoms can affect you both physically and emotionally, and they can interfere with your daily activities. Although you should always seek help from a behavioral health specialist when you’re experiencing depression, support may also be found as nearby as your smartphone. The Depression CBT Self-Help Guide app covers a range of support as you strive to manage your depression.

With this app, you’ll get tips for dealing with all of the physical and emotional symptoms of depression. You’ll also find information about the different types of depression and get the facts behind depression myths. One of the biggest benefits of this app is the ability to track your symptoms so you can discuss them with your doctor.

Don’t struggle in silence with depression. Let the behavioral health experts at University Hospital and Medical Center help. Find out about our services in Tamarac, FL by calling (954) 721-2200. 

Stroke Care: Before, During, and After a Stroke

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Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. They are also one of the top causes of disability. When a stroke occurs, it is essential to go to the emergency room immediately for medical care. The faster doctors can intervene during a stroke, the lower the risk of long-term damage to brain cells. How can you recognize a stroke, and what should you do if you have one? Here is what you need to know:

Before a Stroke: Symptoms

Stroke symptoms often come on very suddenly. One of the most common signs of a stroke is numbness or weakness on one side of the body. When this numbness occurs in face, it may look like one side of the face is drooping. During a stroke, people also experience confusion, trouble speaking, vision problems, dizziness, and a sudden, severe headache. If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away. 

During a Stroke: Treatments

In the emergency room, your doctor will have several different treatments at his or her disposal. Most treatments are designed to dissolve blood clots and restore blood flow to the brain. Your doctor will weigh a number of factors, including how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms, before he or she decides on a treatment plan. Some treatments are only effective when used within three hours of the onset of symptoms.

After a Stroke: Recovery

Your recovery plan will depend on the damage done during the stroke. Some people only need to make lifestyle changes, like giving up smoking and eating a healthier diet. For others, physical rehabilitation and speech therapy may be needed. After a stroke, it is natural to feel uneasy about your health. Many stroke victims can benefit from counseling or behavioral health therapy.

Go to the emergency room at University Hospital and Medical Center at the first sign of stroke symptoms. Fast care at our Stroke Center makes a difference. From our ER, you also have access to our full medical team, including neurologists and behavioral health specialists. Learn about all of the services at our Broward County hospital by calling (954) 721-2200.

What Is Depression?

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Depression is a common, yet often misunderstood, illness. It is important to seek treatment for this potentially serious condition, as depression can rob you of your happiness, interrupt work, and negatively impact your personal relationships. At University Hospital and Medical Center, our behavioral health team is here to help people get the right treatment so they can overcome depression. Could you or someone you love be living with depression?

Depression Explained

Everyone feels the occasional ups and downs in life. Depression is different. Depression is all-consuming and all-encompassing. While typical sadness might be relieved by a fun night with friends or a good day at work, depression interferes with any opportunity to feel good. Many people with depression describe being unable to enjoy any of the things that used to make them happy and feeling an overwhelming urge to retreat from life.

Symptoms of Depression

A wide range of physical and emotional symptoms accompany depression, but not every patient experiences every symptom. In terms of physical signs of depression, many people experience headaches and chronic pain. Emotionally, people with depression may feel sad, anxious, angry, or restless. Sleep disruptions, weight changes, loss of energy, feelings of self-loathing, and trouble concentrating are common in people with depression.

Depression Treatments

In many cases, behavioral health doctors use a combination of treatments to help patients beat depression. Not all treatments work for all people. Some people may benefit from making lifestyle changes, like eating a healthier diet, getting adequate sleep, and exercising more. Other people are best helped with antidepressant medications. It’s important to approach depression treatment as a process and share information about what is and isn’t working with your behavioral health doctor.

If you believe a loved one could be depressed, or if you are experiencing symptoms yourself, don’t delay seeking help. Contact the behavioral health team at University Hospital and Medical Center for assistance. You can reach our Broward County hospital by dialing (954) 721-2200. 

Common Sleep Disorders


Sleep disorders are about much more than simply not getting a good night’s rest. Sleep problems can have a devastating effect on both your physical and emotional health. Weight gain, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression are just a few of the health complications that can accompany sleep disorders.

So what are some common sleep disorders? Insomnia is one typical example. People with insomnia have trouble falling or staying sleep. Sleep apnea is a particularly dangerous sleep disorder. People with this condition stop breathing throughout the night while they are asleep. They may stop breathing up to 400 times per night, robbing them of needed rest. Parasomnias, which are frequently seen in children, include behaviors that occur during sleep, like sleepwalking and night terrors.

If you experience any problems with sleep, talk to your University Hospital and Medical Center physician. You may need a referral to our Tamarac, FL sleep clinic. Find out more about sleep studies and our other services by calling (954) 721-2200.

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