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    What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic pain condition caused by nerve irritation. The median nerve travels from the forearm through the wrist and into the hand, providing sensation in the palm. When this nerve becomes compressed inside the narrow carpal tunnel of the wrist due to inflammation or thickening of the tendons, it can cause discomfort, weakness, or numbness in the palm and hand. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by injury or trauma to the wrist, as well as repetitive motions or postures that can cause inflammation of the structures of the wrist and compression of the nerve. Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome include anti-inflammatory medications and exercises to stretch and strengthen the wrist. If these treatments are unsuccessful, surgery may be recommended.

    The Spine and Neuro Center at Largo Medical Center specializes in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and much more. We offer both surgical and non-surgical solutions to reduce pain and improve mobility and quality of life. Visit us on the web to find out more about our hospital services or call (727) 470-6826 for a physician referral today.

    Nutrition, Smoking, and Heart Disease

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Heart disease is a leading health concern among Americans, causing one in every four deaths. Understanding the factors that affect your risk for heart disease can help you live a longer, healthier life in Pinellas County.

    In this video, you will learn that many risk factors for heart disease are preventable. Eating a healthy diet to maintain your weight is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk for heart disease. Quitting a smoking habit will also improve your overall health as well as your cardiovascular health.

    Largo Medical Center is here to provide you with the education and hospital services you need to achieve a healthy body and mind. We offer a variety of healthcare services, including bariatric weight loss surgery and heart and vascular care. You can get more information about improving your health on our website or by calling (727) 470-6826.

    Common Questions About Hip Replacement

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When the hips become damaged by injury or age, joint replacement surgery can restore normal mobility and eliminate pain. Hip replacement may be suggested after other means of treatment have failed to provide you with the quality of life you want to perform necessary everyday activities. Your surgeon at Largo Medical Center can provide you with personalized answers regarding your condition, treatment options, and expected recovery.

    Why Should I Have a Hip Replacement?

    If arthritis or any other condition that affects the hip joint leaves you in constant discomfort or unable to perform daily activities, you should consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is often suggested when other non-surgical treatment options, such as medications and physical therapy, are not effective in reducing pain and restoring mobility or produce side effects that are detrimental to your comfort and health.

    What Will My Recovery Be Like?

    After your hip replacement surgery, you will likely begin walking and moving with the help of a healthcare provider within one day of surgery. Walking and moving will greatly facilitate your recovery and improve your final results. After your hospital stay, you will continue to recover at home. You should expect to need assistance around your home for three to six weeks. A full recovery often takes up to six months but can vary for each individual.

    Are There Possible Complications?

    As with all surgical procedures, there can be complications from hip surgery. However, this procedure is extremely commonplace and many of these risks are well-understood and avoidable. Blood clots are the most common post-surgical complication following hip replacement. Your physician will minimize the risk of this complication through the use of physical therapy, support hose, and medication.

    Do you have more questions about hip replacement or other joint replacement surgeries in FL? Contact Largo Medical Center today by calling (727) 470-6826 to discuss your questions with a registered nurse. You can also find out more about robotic surgery and recovery and cardiac care at our hospital.

     

    Common Causes of Food Allergies

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Food allergies occur when the body reacts to a food or drink as though it were a threat to the body’s health. Allergies are immune system responses that can range from mild to severe. In extreme cases, food allergies can cause anaphylactic shock, which requires treatment in a hospital emergency room. The most common causes of food allergies are cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, and shellfish. Other types of fish, tree nuts (such as walnuts or pecans), sesame seeds, and soy products may also cause food allergies when consumed. Studies have shown that young children are more susceptible to food allergies than adults. Additionally, certain conditions such as eczema or other allergies may also raise the risk of developing a food allergy.

    Food allergies can be successfully managed with the help of your physician in Largo. If you have questions or concerns about food allergies, contact Largo Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse hotline today by calling (727) 470-6826 for more information or a physician referral. You can also learn more about the management of food allergies and other conditions by clicking through our hospital’s extensive online health library.

    What is Asthma?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Asthma is a type of lung disease that involves symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and chest tightness. A person with asthma is hypersensitive to certain triggers, such as tobacco smoke, that can lead to an asthma attack. The airway of a patient with asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation. Inflammation of the airway reduces air flow, causing difficulty breathing.

    You can hear more about the problems associated with asthma by watching this animation. You’ll see a depiction of a healthy airway and watch a demonstration of how the airway changes with asthma. You’ll also learn about other factors involved with asthma, such as tightening of the muscle bands around the airway.

    If you experience an asthma attack or other medical emergency, turn to the caring emergency room staff at Largo Medical Center. For non-emergency situations, residents of Largo, FL can call our community hospital at (727) 470-6826.




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