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    One Man's Experience in the Trauma Center

    Last updated 1 day 1 hour ago

    An automobile accident can be a frightening experience for motorcycle drivers. As this video demonstrates, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center can swiftly and capably address even the most severe trauma cases.

    When James suffered a motorcycle accident, he was rushed to the Treasure Coast Trauma Center at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center to be treated for spinal injuries. Upon his arrival, the trauma team quickly determined that his spinal cord was not severed and he only needed medical treatment for his spinal column. James notes that the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center staff was thoroughly supportive and comforting during the course of his treatment.

    Lawnwood Regional Medical Center can provide the care you need when you need it the most. For more information about our Treasure Coast Trauma Center, call our hospital at (772) 828-2486.

    Exploring Common Causes of Back Pain

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Back pain, particularly low back pain, is quite common in the U.S. In fact, it’s among the most common reasons why people seek medical assistance. With severe, chronic back pain, individuals may even seek help from a mental health professional. There are many possible causes of back pain, ranging from compression fractures to disc herniation. If you’re suffering from severe or persistent back pain, talk to a doctor today about the possible causes and your treatment options, which may involve outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation.

    Disc Herniation

    The vertebrae in your spine are separated by intervertebral discs, which are cushion-like structures that provide flexibility and support. As you grow older, your discs gradually lose water content, making them less flexible. This is known as degenerative disc disease. When the discs are more brittle, they are particularly prone to herniation. This occurs when the soft inner material pushes through to the outside of the disc. This condition can become quite painful if the material compresses a nerve.

    Spinal Stenosis

    Spinal stenosis is another common cause of back pain, often related to changes from the aging process. It refers to the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal houses the spinal cord and nerves. When narrowing occurs, pressure is exerted on these structures, which can cause back pain, numbness and muscle weakness.

    Compression Fractures

    Compression fractures of the spine are particularly common among older adults, especially those with osteoporosis. With this type of fracture, the vertebra collapses. Compression fractures can cause back pain, in addition to loss of height. If pressure is exerted on the spinal cord, other symptoms may include numbness, weakness and difficulty walking.

    Families in the Fort Pierce community and beyond can take advantage of the outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation programs available at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Our community hospital is also pleased to provide exceptional children’s health services, women’s health services, and mental health care, in addition to our state-of-the-art NICU,PICU  and pediatric emergency departments. To obtain a physician referral, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (772) 828-2486.

    Stages of Labor: What to Expect Step-by-Step

    Last updated 17 days ago

    It’s perfectly normal to be eager, yet nervous, about the birth of your baby. You can calm your nerves and prepare for the big day by visiting your local hospital’s women’s health services department and taking advantage of educational classes. During these classes, women’s healthcare experts will help you learn what to expect during labor and childbirth, such as the three stages of labor.

    First Stage

    Often, women can detect some signs a few days or a couple of weeks before labor commences. For example, the baby will drop lower into your pelvis and the mucus plug, which filled the opening of the cervix, may fall out of your body. As a women’s healthcare specialist can tell you, once the uterus contracts and the cervix dilates, the first stage of labor has begun. At first, the contractions will be spaced further apart. As the first stage gives way to the second stage of labor, you’ll have contractions about every five minutes that will  last about 40 to 60 seconds. For some women, the amniotic sac will break before labor or during the first stage of labor. This is known as water “breaking.”

    Second Stage

    During labor, a woman’s healthcare specialist will check your cervix for dilation. Once your cervix is fully dilated to 10 centimeters, you’ve reached the second stage of labor. During this stage, the contractions will be spaced two to three minutes apart. They will be stronger and more intense, and you’ll feel the urge to push. The second stage of labor is complete when your baby is born.

    Third Stage

    The third stage occurs immediately following delivery. Within about half an hour of the birth, the placenta will be delivered. The uterus will contract again to expel this material. These contractions are much milder than previous contractions. The third stage of labor is complete upon delivery of the placenta.

    The Women and Children’s Services at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is committed to providing exceptional support and patient education,  infant care classes, Lamaze and coaching. Our hospital has the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in St. Lucie County, the only Pediatric ER and a child-friendly pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Expectant parents are welcome to learn more about our children’s and women’s healthcare services by calling (772) 828-2486.

    Spotlight on the Services of Our Behavioral Health Access Team

    Last updated 20 days ago

    At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, you’ll find a caring team of behavioral health specialists who will listen closely to your concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your psychological health. Our Access Team is available 24/7 to respond to your concerns. If you or a loved one are experiencing a behavioral health or substance abuse challenge, you can visit our emergency department for a free assessment by our Access Team. You can also call our crisis phone lines for immediate assistance.

    There are many psychological health issues that prompt individuals to seek help from our Access Team. Many people come to us because they’re struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide. Other people meet with our Access Team because they’re very anxious or fearful, or because they’ve been experiencing social withdrawal, hallucinations, episodes of anger, violence, or confusion. Mental illness can even affect your physical health, causing symptoms such as dizziness, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, and changes in eating and sleeping habits. If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, meet with a caring member of our Access Team without delay.

    The behavioral health specialists at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center are dedicated to providing high-quality care to improve the wellness of our neighbors in the Fort Pierce community. If you have any general questions about psychological health or our services, please call (772) 828-2486.

    It’s National Grandparents day. Let your grandparents know you appreciate them with a simple gesture like giving them a hug or a phone call.

    Last updated 24 days ago



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