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    Habits that Help Strengthen Your Spine

    Last updated 2 days 2 hours ago

    If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from back pain each year, you may feel hesitant to exercise and complete other activities out of fear that it will increase your pain. However, many simply lifestyle changes can help relieve your back pain and even help to prevent future pain. Here are a few habits that you can incorporate into your routine to help strengthen your back and spine.

    Practicing Deep Belly Breathing

    You may be surprised to discover that how you breathe can have an impact on your spinal health and back pain. Deep belly breathing—a breathing technique in which you breathe deeply and allow your abdominal region to move forward with each breath—can reduce pressure on the nerves within your spinal column. This helps to promote proper spinal function.

    Maintaining Proper Posture

    The way you sit and stand throughout the day has a major impact on the health of your spine. If you slouch for hours every day, you put pressure on your spine and the muscles that support it. When you are sitting or standing, your ears should be aligned with your shoulders, and your shoulder blades should be retracted slightly. If you work in front of a computer, consider using a standing desk or purchasing ergonomic office furniture.

    Improving Sleep Habits

    Getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy sleeping posture are both essential for strengthening your spine and preventing back pain. Make sure that you get seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night, and be sure that your mattress and pillow are supportive. Sleeping on your side with a pillow placed between your knees can help your spine relax and recover from daily stressors.

    Completing Spine-Strengthening Exercises

    Keeping your spine flexible is important for both your comfort and health. Spend 10 minutes each day completing exercises that help to stretch, strengthen, and realign your spine. If you are unsure about the best exercises to do, speak to your orthopedic surgeon.

    The Miami orthopedic surgery team at Kendall Regional Medical Center can help you address the cause of your back pain. We can also provide information to help you through rehabilitation so you can avoid back pain in the future. Visit our website or call us at (305) 921-0961 to find out more about our hospital services. 

    First Aid for Different Types of Burns

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Skin burns are a common injury among people of all ages. If you or a loved one experiences a burn, first aid can help relieve the associated pain and minimize the damage. In the event of a serious burn, it is always best to seek emergency care at a local hospital. Continue reading to learn the basic first aid procedures for different types of burns.

    First-Degree Burns

    First-degree burns are minor injuries that do not cause the skin to blister. Running cool water over the injured area or soaking the burn in a bath of cool water for five minutes can help relieve pain and prevent further injury. After soaking the burn, the injury should be covered with a sterile bandage. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to help relieve discomfort.

    Second-Degree Burns

    If a burn affects both the outer layer of skin, or the epidermis, and the layer of skin beneath it, called the dermis, it is considered a second-degree burn. A burn of this type that is three inches or less in diameter is considered a minor burn, and can generally be treated in the same way as a first-degree burn. However, second-degree burns that affect the skin on the hands, feet, groin, face, or a major joint are considered major burns, along with burns that are larger than three inches. These types of burns require medical treatment and the same first aid procedures as third-degree burns.

    Third-Degree Burns

    A burn that injures all layers of the skin is a third-degree burn. It is also possible for these burns to affect tissue below the skin. These types of burns should not be submerged in cool water, and any burnt clothing should be left on the burn to prevent further damage. You can cover the burned area with a clean, damp bandage or cloth, and elevate the injured body part. Seeking medical treatment at a hospital is important for preventing further injury and permanent damage.

    If you would like to find out more about treatments for burns or ask about emergency burn care, call Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 921-0961. The expert staff at our Miami-Dade hospital will be happy to answer your questions about burn care and the other healthcare services we provide.

    Understanding Different Burn Classifications

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Burn injuries fall into three different categories which help to establish the severity of a burn and the appropriate treatment for it. The mildest burns are classified as first-degree burns. These injuries only affect the outermost layer of the skin, which is called the epidermis. Symptoms of first-degree burns include pain and redness, with the skin maintaining a dry appearance. These burns typically heal within three to five days. Burn injuries that affect the layer of skin below the epidermis—the dermis—are classified as second-degree burns. These burns may cause the skin to blister, and can also cause the skin to appear to be wet. Second-degree burns can take several weeks to heal and may require skin grafting for a full recovery. The most severe burns are third-degree burns. This type of burn injury affects all of the layers of the skin, extending into the subcutaneous tissues underneath. The damaged skin may turn black or white, and will appear dry. All sensation is lost with this type of burn, and emergency medical treatment is required.

    If you or someone you love experiences a moderate to severe burn injury, do not hesitate to visit Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our Miami-Dade hospital offers a range of medical services, including burn care and trauma care services. Call (305) 921-0961 for more information.

    Reasons to Schedule a Breast Needle Biopsy

    Last updated 14 days ago

    If your physician detects an abnormality in your breast tissue through a breast exam or mammogram, she may recommend that you undergo a needle biopsy. Needle biopsies allow doctors to obtain tissue samples for testing without making incisions. This biopsy option also allows for very precise collection of tissue samples. Once the tissue samples have been collected from the suspicious area of breast tissue, they will be examined for signs of cancer.  There are several different types of breast needle biopsies. The type of biopsy that is right for you depends on the location, size, and characteristics of the abnormality in your breast. Depending on the results of the needle biopsy, you may be able to avoid undergoing a surgical biopsy, or your doctor may recommend that you undergo further tests.

    At Kendall Regional Medical Center, we can offer diagnostic services for breast cancer, including breast needle biopsies. To learn more, call our Miami hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 921-0961.

    Tips for Managing Your Stress

    Last updated 16 days ago

    It is normal to feel stress at certain points in life, but experiencing stress on a regular basis can put a strain on your emotional wellbeing and your overall health. This video clip provides useful tips for managing stress.

    Positive self-talk can help you regain confidence in yourself and reduce your stress in the face of daily challenges. Using stress stoppers, such as counting to 10, and practicing a daily relaxation exercise can also help keep your stress in check.

    In addition to managing stress, seeing your doctor for regular checkups is important for maintaining your health. To find out more about stress management or to ask any questions you may have about stress and anxiety, call Kendall Regional Medical Center of Miami at (305) 921-0961.


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