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Health Articles

Ease Your Lower Back Pain

While nearly everyone suffers from occasional lower back pain, some people have problems that continue to resurface. While you may not be able to eliminate the pain altogether, you can decrease it by following these guidelines: Practice safe lifting techniques. Before you lift something, test it to make... Read more

Foundation Sponsors Valet Parking

Saint Francis Medical Center has offered valet parking as a free service to its patients and visitors for many years. Now, Saint Francis Foundation has begun sponsoring this service. “Valet parking is an ideal program for the Foundation,” says Jimmy Wilferth, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our... Read more

Joint Replacement Program Worth the Drive

Even before he underwent a hip replacement in December, Tom Rozier knew much more than the average person about joint surgery. Through his job in medical sales, he has worked with physicians in dozens of hospitals across Southeast Missouri. When it came time to plan his own... Read more

Manage Arthritis in the Morning

If you suffer from rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, you should start moving as soon as you wake up in the morning. “People with arthritis wake up with stiff joints,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They will experience flare-ups if they do not... Read more

Pinched Nerves

A pinched – or compressed – nerve occurs when the nerve is pressed between ligaments, tendons or bones. The most common symptom is pain – in the lower back, neck, elbow, hands, wrists or fingers. Additional signs of a pinched nerve include pain that radiates out... Read more

Vaccinate Children to Prevent Measles

While the United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, recent cases have brought it into the public limelight again. Most of the recent cases are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. “Measles is a highly contagious disease,” says Jean... Read more

National Senior Health & Fitness Day 

WANTED: individuals 50 years and older. Join us for two hours of fun activities at Fitness Plus for National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Get ready to kick up your heels and have some fun on Tuesday, May 5, from 10 am to noon. The event... Read more

Identify the Cause of Your Insomnia

While almost everyone has trouble sleeping occasionally, chronic insomnia can become a big problem. There are many possible causes of insomnia, including: Anxiety: Whether you have temporary anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it can seriously disrupt sleep. “Sometimes, simply worrying about whether you will fall asleep... Read more

Prevent Head Lice

Your child may catch more than a cold at school. Cooler weather is the perfect breeding ground for head lice, which can travel from person to person through head-to-head contact, hats or coats. If you catch head lice, it does not mean you have poor hygiene. It... Read more

Breast Cancer Treatments Abound

Nearly every woman who receives a breast cancer diagnosis will need to undergo surgery at some point in her treatment. However, nonsurgical treatment both before and after surgery has become extremely important for some types of breast cancer. “In recent years, there have been many exciting new... Read more

Stretching Before Exercise

Stretching before exercise can help you move better and keep you more flexible as you age. While static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding it) can loosen your muscles, dynamic stretching (incorporating movement) can often be even more effective. "Some studies have shown that static stretches can... Read more

Communicate With Your Doctor

When you are determining the best treatment for an orthopedic problem, it is important to have open communication with your physician. “You should be able to trust your doctor,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “You need to feel that... Read more

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. ED has a physical cause 90 percent of the time and is usually due to a problem with blood flow. Physical causes may include diabetes, obesity, high blood... Read more

When You Might Need ACL Reconstruction

One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability. “Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend reconstruction... Read more

Fitness Plus Swim Lessons

Get ready for summer dips in the pool with children’s swim lessons at Fitness Plus for ages 6 months and older. All Fitness Plus swim lessons follow the American Red Cross guidelines, with progression levels as defined by the Red Cross’ Learn-to-Swim program. Fitness Plus offers both... Read more

Combat Bloating During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you are likely to experience uncomfortable bloating and gas. This is due to the hormone progesterone, which causes your gastrointestinal tract to relax and slow down digestion. “When digestion slows, this gives the nutrients from the food you eat more time to reach... Read more

Mammograms for Breast Problems

If you have a problem with your breasts, you do not want to wait days to find out what is wrong. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare delivers priority mammogram results to women with breast problems. The American Cancer Society recommends women undergo annual mammograms... Read more

Cardiac Outreach Clinics in Southeast Missouri

When you think you might have a heart condition, you want care from the top specialists in the region. However, when you have to travel a long distance for testing or a routine appointment, it can be cumbersome. Saint Francis Medical Center offers convenient cardiac outreach clinics... Read more

Removal of Adenoids and Tonsils

The primary function of tonsils and adenoids is to help the immune system develop antibodies to prevent childhood diseases. Tonsils are located in the back of the throat, while adenoids are in the back of the nose. “Tonsils are most functional between the ages of 18 months... Read more


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