If Stephen Friar had not had an appointment with his neurosurgeon, he would have stayed at home – even though he was experiencing uncontrollable shaking and nausea, and redness and severe pain in his upper leg. If he had stayed put, he might never have known... Read more
When a person has sudden cardiac arrest, every second is critical. Without the proper treatment, the chance of survival is minimal.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is so important as it temporarily causes blood to flow long enough for the patient to reach Saint Francis’ emergency department and receive... Read more
Brian Schafer, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System has been using a new technique in knee surgery, a tourniquet-less knee replacement to minimize pain and quicken recovery time.
“Traditionally, we use a tourniquet during knee replacement surgery to stop blood flow to the... Read more
Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy.
“Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary... Read more
Farming has always been an important part of life for Benjamin D. Goodman, DO, radiation oncologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. So he jumped at the opportunity to work at Saint Francis Healthcare System, which is less than an hour away from his family farm.
“I always thought... Read more
Patients undergoing radiation therapy experience a wide range of side effects, from the very mild to the extremely bothersome. The most common early side effects are fatigue and skin issues. The best way to control fatigue is to take good care of yourself. Get plenty of... Read more
If you are receiving treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Concussion Clinic, you may undergo ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). During this computerized test, patients rate the frequency of certain symptoms and perform mental tasks, such as remembering words or designs.
“Researchers initially developed this... Read more
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses that often occurs as a result of a cold or allergy. While symptoms of cold-related – or acute – sinusitis usually go away within a week, chronic sinusitis lasts for more than 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis is often the result... Read more
While every child develops at a different rate, there are certain milestones children should be reaching by certain ages. “The best way to know if your child is delayed is to
talk to your pediatrician,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.
There are... Read more
If you are an athlete and are experiencing an aching pain in your lower abdominal area or groin, you may have a sports hernia. A sports hernia occurs when tissue tears in your lower abdominal muscles. It most commonly affects athletes who participate in sports that... Read more
According to the National Institutes of Health, 15 percent of Americans aged 20 to 69 have some amount of hearing loss related to noise at work or recreational activities. The best way to prevent this, of course, is to avoid exposure to high decibel (dB) noise.... Read more
One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the best exercises to relieve lower back pain. These include:
Front plank – Lie on your... Read more
Whether your job involves physical labor or sitting at a desk for hours, you can benefit from the healing power of therapeutic massage. Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus offers male and female massage therapists who tailor their services to a client.
“Office personnel do not stretch... Read more
Broken bones heal, but they can break again. The older generation is particularly at risk. Patients with osteoporosis have low bone density, which means that if they fall, they are more likely to break a bone either once or repeatedly.
Patrick R. Knight, MD
To prevent broken bones... Read more
At Saint Francis Medical Center, staff members focus on relationship-based care in all they do. This means they are focused on creating a greater bond with their patients, their patients’ families and their co-workers. “Relationship-based care is a model of care that incorporates professionalism, teamwork and... Read more
Flexible and healthy joints are the key to living an active lifestyle, no matter how old you are.
If you are experiencing joint pain that is keeping you from being active or participating in your favorite sport, the orthopedic specialists at Saint Francis can perform a complete... Read more
Persons with arthritis know how stiff they can feel in the morning. Adopting a regular exercise routine can help relieve stiffness and pain and strengthen your muscles.
“One of the best treatments for arthritis is water aerobics and aquatic exercises,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist, Saint Francis... Read more
Many women experience mild to moderate cramping during their period. But if your pain is considerably bad every month, talk to your doctor because you may have endometriosis.
“Endometriosis occurs when the uterine, or endometrial, lining grows outside the uterus,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, FACOG, obstetrician... Read more
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
No more pain. No more stiffness. No more sitting out. Joint replacement surgery offers all these things and more. That’s why patients are saying yes – they want to reclaim their active, pain-free lives.
At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision, more patients... Read more