• Which types of exercise are best for your joints?

    Contrary to popular belief, patients with stiff, painful joints can exercise safely. A doctor-approved exercise plan can even improve arthritis symptoms by supporting flexibility and strengthening the muscles around the joint. Not all exercises are well-suited to damaged joints, however. An orthopedic specialist or physical therapist at MountainView Hospital can help you transition into a safe and enjoyable workout routine.

    Strength training exercises
    When performed consistently over time, strength training has the potential to reduce the pain of an arthritic joint .

    Your doctor or physical therapist may recommend starting with isometric exercises if the joint is relatively immobile. Isometric exercises involve muscle contraction without joint movement. Two examples are planks and isometric quads.

    Once you’ve regained some mobility in the joint, your doctor may suggest that you start using resistance bands, free weights or weight machines. When you lift weight, it’s particularly important to use the right form to avoid placing excessive stress on the joints. Consider enlisting the assistance of a personal trainer.

    Aquatic exercises
    Aerobic exercises build endurance and improve cardiovascular health. Physical therapists often recommend aquatic workouts for people with arthritic joints. The buoyancy of the water virtually eliminates stress on the joints from body weight, and the resistance of the water builds strength along with endurance.

    Swimming laps is a popular choice for patients with joint problems. You could also sign up for a water aerobics class.

    Walking routines
    A walk a day can help keep orthopedic surgery away—or help you recover from it. You should have well-fitted, cushioning athletic sneakers. You might prefer to walk in the company of a friend or pet.

    Start your walking routine by heading out for 10 minutes at a time on a relatively flat course. Aim for a pace that makes you breathe a little heavier, but allows you to still speak. Gradually walk faster and longer, and look for a route with a few gently sloping hills.

    Total Joint Program at MountainView Hospital provides a continuum of care for our neighbors in Las Vegas. Our orthopedic and rehabilitation specialists work closely together for your benefit because we’re committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome. Call a registered nurse at our hospital any time at (702) 962-5021.

  • Signs that your teen is in an abusive relationship

    Teens need healthy relationships for their socio-emotional development. Those who are affected by abusive relationships may suffer from lasting effects including depression and anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and antisocial behaviors. Teens don’t always know how to recognize when they’re being abused or taken advantage of. If you’re concerned about your child, consider visiting the hospital to discuss your concerns with a physician. At MountainView Hospital, we’re always here to help, because we believe strong families build strong communities.

    Signs of physical abuse
    Kids get bumps and bruises now and then, and a physical injury doesn’t automatically mean that your teen is in an abusive relationship. Do keep an eye out for injuries that your teen can’t explain , or that your teen seems to have trouble explaining. A pattern of frequent physical injuries may be a red flag.

    Additionally, watch out for signs that your teen may be trying to conceal injuries. If your teen wears oversized sunglasses indoors, he or she might be trying to hide a black eye. Wearing long-sleeved shirts during hot weather may be an attempt to conceal arm bruises.

    Patterns in communication
    Abusive relationships tend to have an element of control. If your teen is being abused, he or she may feel compelled to call or text the partner frequently. Their partner may demand information about where your teen is, who he or she is with and what he or she is doing.

    Changes in social activities
    Another aspect of a controlling relationship is social isolation. Your teen may no longer spend time with friends, or he or she might have fewer friends than before. Your child might decide to quit extracurricular activities and feel compelled to spend as much time as possible with the partner.

    Changes in emotional state
    Abusive relationships don’t usually begin that way. Your teen likely showed signs of experiencing an initial rush of happiness and excitement when the relationship began. Over time, he or she might frequently look sad, worried or anxious.

    Adolescents who need emergency care for traumatic injuries should call 911 immediately. A compassionate doctor at MountainView Hospital is here for you or your loved one if you need help and don’t know where to turn to. Families in Las Vegas can reach a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (702) 962-5021.

  • 4 things your cardiologist wants you to know about your heart

    Your heart is a strong, muscular organ. But if you don’t take good care of it, it can weaken and become susceptible to all sorts of serious health problems, like heart failure . MountainView Hospital is a widely acclaimed heart hospital with a mission of helping families in Las Vegas work toward better heart health. Watch the accompanying video to hear one of our cardiologists explain what he wants his patients to know about the importance of prevention.

    Heart problems can occur at any age
    Cardiology issues can affect anyone—from infants to seniors. One of the top things cardiologists want their patients to know is that, although heart problems are often preventable, it’s important to start early in life. For instance, even if your blood pressure is within normal levels, you can be mindful about your sodium intake to reduce your risk of high blood pressure later in life.

    It’s easy to get proactive about your heart health
    Dealing with health issues can seem intimidating, but your doctor is always there to help make it easier for you. Doctors welcome patients who take a proactive approach to their own healthcare, like asking questions and scheduling annual physicals.

    Take the initiative to ask your doctor if you should have any screening tests, such as the following:

    • Cholesterol check
    • Blood pressure check
    • Blood glucose test
    • Calcium score

    You should also know your body mass index. Knowing your numbers will help you and your doctor plan for a healthier future .

    Medication management is important
    If you already do have heart disease, know that your prescribed medications can only help you if you take them according to the dosage instructions. Let your doctor know about any challenges you have with medication management.

    Your doctor should know about any over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies you use, as some of them may interact with prescription drugs.

    Small changes really can make a big difference
    It can be hard to overhaul multiple aspects of your lifestyle, but small changes do add up. Protect your heart by living consciously and making daily decisions that matter.

    Reduce the amount of sugar you add to coffee, go meatless one day per week or ride your bicycle to work. The little changes can make all the difference over time.

    Please call 911 without delay if you think you could be having a heart attack or any other life-threatening medical emergency. The emergency care team at MountainView Hospital is here 24/7, every day of the year to save the lives of our neighbors throughout Las Vegas. If you have a general question about our heart hospital services, call a registered nurse at (702) 962-5021.