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    Keeping Back Pain Out of the Picture This Holiday Season

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The holiday season is time for reconnecting with family and friends, but it can also be extremely hectic. The last thing you need is to be sidelined with back pain. If you have been suffering from chronic back pain, the Spine Program at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can offer the relief you need. If your back is healthy now, keep it that way through the holidays and beyond with these tips.

    Lift Carefully

    When you lug around those packages of gifts and heavy suitcases for holiday travel, think of your back. For starters, if something is too heavy, don’t force it. Wait for help instead of putting your back on the line. When you do pick something up, don’t let your back do the work. Bend with your legs and push yourself upwards with your leg muscles. When you’re holding a heavy object, keep it close to you with your knees slightly bent. Never twist your spine while holding something. Instead, pivot your whole body to move the item.

    Keep a Healthy Weight

    The holidays are a tough time to keep an eye on your weight, but excess pounds put too much pressure on your spine. You don’t have to forgo holiday goodies entirely. Simply choose a few things that you really want, eat light and healthy meals before parties, and make sure to get some physical activity most days.

    Watch Your Posture

    Long hours in plane seats and slumping down on the sofa can take a toll on your back health. When standing and sitting, keep your posture in mind. Stand with your shoulders relaxed, back straight, and head in neutral position. When you sit, keep your back slightly arched and the small of your back against the chair.

    Don’t let back pain slow you down. Schedule a consultation with the doctors at the Spine Program at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. In addition to our spine care, we have an ER, heart hospital, pediatric care, and much more. You can learn more about our hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.

    How Hologic 3D Mammography Is Making a Difference in the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Mammograms have long been the gold standard for detecting breast cancer in its early stages, but with the latest development, mammography technology is more powerful than ever before. Hologic 3D mammograms are the latest tool your doctor has in the fight against breast cancer.

    Watch this video to learn what makes Hologic 3D mammograms different from traditional mammograms. Thanks to the 3D imaging, doctors are now able to see one-millimeter sections of breast tissue from all angles. This means that suspicious tissue growth is far less likely to be obscured, allowing for even earlier diagnosis.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to offer this advanced imaging technology to patients of our Thousand Oaks hospital. Our hospital also has cancer care on-site should you need to be referred for treatment. Find out more by calling (805) 497-2727. 

    Get a Look at the Facilities at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center

    Last updated 2 months ago

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to providing the most advanced care possible in an environment designed for the comfort of our patients and their loved ones. You can take a virtual tour of our hospital in this video. In this clip, you’ll see our patient rooms, surgery suites, diagnostic testing rooms, and our emergency room, as well as our welcoming waiting rooms and cafeteria.

    You can put your trust in Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks for all of your family’s healthcare needs. For more information about our hospital services, please call (805) 497-2727 or visit our website. 

    Coping with Food Cravings When You Quit Smoking

    Last updated 2 months ago

    The decision to stop smoking is one of the most important ones you can make for your health, but many people put off giving up the habit because they fear gaining weight. It’s true that weight gain is possible in the immediate period after you quit, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to curb food cravings and weight gain when you quit.

    Keep your hunger in check by eating several small, balanced meals throughout the day instead of three larger ones. Try to find ways to reward yourself for victories that don’t revolve around food. Try to minimize your alcohol intake, which can spark your appetite and lead to bad food choices. Since you’ll be breathing easier, get more physical activity, which will help burn calories while controlling your appetite.

    Talk to a Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center nurse or physician if you need help quitting or have questions about how smoking impacts your heart health. You can find out more about our Thousand Oaks hospital services by calling (805) 497-2727. 

    What to Do When Someone Is Having a Stroke

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When a person is having a stroke, every second counts. The faster a stroke patient gets to the emergency room, the more brain tissue can be saved. Would you know what to do if you saw someone having a stroke? Here are the steps you need to know that just might save someone’s life.

    Spot the Signs

    Symptoms of stroke can sometimes be subtle, but if you know what to look for, you can spot them. During a stroke, victims may begin to slur his or her words or have difficulty speaking. You may notice that the face begins to droop on one side. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, ask him or her to raise both arms. If one drifts downward, a stroke could be to blame. Severe headaches, vision problems, and loss of coordination are also possible stroke symptoms. If you see these signs in someone, act quickly to get help.

    Call 911

    For the best possible outcomes, stroke patients should receive emergency treatment within 60 minutes of the onset of symptoms. Sooner is even better. If you’re very close to a hospital, bring the person to the emergency room for care. If you’re more than a few minutes from the hospital, dial 911 for ambulance, for faster hospital transfer and so treatment can begin while in transit.

    Stand By

    Emergency room doctors may have questions about the symptoms you saw, so stay at the hospital if possible. Depending on your relationship with the stroke victim, you may also be able to provide crucial information about the patient’s medical history and chronic conditions that can help doctors treat the stroke.

    The Certified Primary Stroke Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks provides comprehensive stroke care, from emergency room to rehabilitation. For questions about stroke treatment and other services in our hospital, please call (805) 497-2727. 

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