Telling the Difference Between Pain, Strain, or Sprain

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Telling the Difference Between Pain, Strain, or Sprain

Between New Year and spring fever, this is the time of year we want to lace up our sneakers and (attempt to!) get into shape. The pandemic has kept us more sedentary than usual, so movement is more important than ever. But too much, too soon can lead to aches and pains. Knowing the difference between overexertion and physical injury is vital. If you’ve managed to do some damage—or reawaken an old injury—a visit to Pacific Surgical Center will have you back on your feet in no time. A strained, or pulled, muscle “refers to damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons,” say doctors. “You can put undue pressure on muscles during the course of normal daily activities, with […]

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Exercising Safely This Winter

Life is a conundrum these days. We want to be fit and healthy while avoiding germs and contagion. We need to stay active, but the weather is (let’s be honest) icky. Exercise is vital but equipment, online classes, and gear are expensive. Don’t be discouraged, there are ways to combat holiday over-indulgence and beat the rainy-day blues without spending a dime. Exercise is extra important in the wintertime, and not just because of Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas cookies, and hand-warming cocoa. Healthline explains that it makes you feel happier by improving your mood and decreasing feelings of depression. It also helps the brain regulate stress and anxiety and produces endorphins that make us feel better. “Interestingly,” they say, “it doesn’t matter […]

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Make a Holiday Healthcare Checklist, and Check it Twice!

Christmas music can be nostalgic and put you in a holiday mood or—after endless repetition at the grocery store, gas station, daily commute, and gym—somewhat annoying. But there’s a yuletide logic to making a list and checking it twice, especially as the calendar year draws to a close. So in between mulled cider and gift wrap, shopping and gingerbread, make a healthcare checklist for yourself and your family. It’s a great time to start scheduling appointments for the new year because these resolutions are super easy to keep. No matter your age, it’s a good idea to start with the important things. Log in to your insurance provider’s website and check if you have any vaccinations, immunizations, or booster shots […]

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When Exercising, Don’t Skip Warm up, Stretching, and Cool Down

Exercise is vital for physical and mental health. It benefits our lives in many ways but the CDC estimates that more than 75% of Americans don’t get enough. Are you starting up again after surgery, illness, or injury or an always on-the-move fitness buff? Either way, stretching, warming up, and cooling down are the most important parts of your routine. Skipping these steps could result in damage that requires orthopedic care down the road. Orthopedists at Pacific Surgical Center offer minimally invasive, outpatient surgery for many musculoskeletal injuries. These typically include issues with bone, muscle, joint, cartilage, and ligament. They also help with arthritis, osteoporosis, sports injuries, and ongoing pain. Treatment can address the feet, ankles, shoulder, leg, knee, hand, […]

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The Return of Seasonal Aches, Pains and Allergies

Every season has a downside. Winter, spring, summer, and fall each bring their own unique variety of aches, pains, grunt work, chores, and things we’d rather live without. With seasonal change always just around the corner, knowing what to expect can help combat the blah. But if your pain is increasing, or becoming constant, speak to a doctor about whether outpatient surgery at Pacific Surgical Center could bring relief. One of the most common seasonal issues is allergies. The Cleveland Clinic estimates that “More than 50 million Americans (1 in 6) experience all types of allergies, including indoor/outdoor allergies, food, and drug, latex, insect, skin and eye allergies. The number of people who have allergies continues to increase across all […]

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Inpatient vs Outpatient Surgery

At first glance, the difference between the two seems obvious. But there are many benefits to seeking an outpatient option if surgery is on the table (pun intended). Not every procedure can be done on an outpatient basis but ask your primary care team if Pacific Surgical Center’s many options are right for you. It could minimize risk and save time, stress, and money. At PSC, they offer outpatient orthopedic, urology, gastroenterology, podiatry, and general surgeries. These specialties are performed by skilled doctors using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.  Even pre- and post-surgical lab work and visits are often performed under the same roof which reduces timely follow-up visits. Johns Hopkins Medicine explains that “With improved technology and advances in anesthesia […]

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Little Things You Can Do Before Outpatient Surgery

When you need surgery, the weeks leading up to it feel stressful. There are appointments to schedule, prep like blood tests and lab work, and household chores to accomplish. Little things done beforehand make for a more peaceful, productive recovery period. The staff at Pacific Surgical Center will walk you through all the details but there are a few tricks to help the mind and body heal. As you shop for easy meals to enjoy during recovery, start a little early. Doctors “understand that what patients eat and drink before surgery impacts how well they’ll recover afterward…[Nutritionists] instruct patients to eat nutrient-dense foods and emphasizes the importance of a back-to-basics approach to nutrition: Vegetables, grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats […]

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How COVID Impacted Outpatient Surgery Centers

We’re closing in on two years within COVID-19’s bubble. Whether or not you became sick, it impacted nearly every aspect of daily life. Doctors are slowly returning to their normal scope of medical practice, but even that has been changed by the Coronavirus. For outpatient and ambulatory surgery centers like Pacific Surgical Center, 2021 has meant following the latest trends in care and cleanliness. Industry reports show surgery centers were heavily impacted by COVID-19 but face a strong future. Returning to pre-pandemic levels hinges on one thing: safety. Cleanliness, infection control, sanitizing, and screening patients keep staff, doctors, and visitors safe. By keeping surgeries on an outpatient basis, PSC limits the total time involved, reducing the likelihood of exposure. They […]

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Don’t Postpone Surgery: Your Body Will Thank You

Spring 2021 has us inching back towards normalcy. Vaccine availability means restaurants, stores, and activities are slowly and carefully starting to reopen. If you postponed surgery because of COVID-19 restrictions, you’re probably inching along too…though in a less positive way. Don’t put off much-needed surgery any longer; reach out to Pacific Surgical Center today. Medical statistics show that “More than 100 U.S. hospitals have put elective surgeries on hold indefinitely” during the Coronavirus outbreak. But they agree that “elective doesn’t mean optional; for some people anticipating operations to ease their pain or halt their disease, hospitals’ decisions about what’s elective involves a grim calculus of how long they can wait.” It’s understandable to postpone things that aren’t life-threatening but that […]

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Conquering Spring Fever

Spring Fever 2021 is definitely going around. And it’s more contagious than ever, after the year we’ve all experienced. The arrival of Daylight-Saving time means longer, brighter—if not quite warmer—days that have us itching to be outside and moving. By now, we’re masters of Coronavirus restrictions, masks, and social distancing, so tackle spring fever by getting up and about. Pacific Surgical Center can make sure you do so safely and pain-free. Doctors nationwide admit that “The novel coronavirus pandemic is disrupting every aspect of life—and exercise routines are no exception. COVID-19 closures of parks, gyms, and fitness studios are making it harder to exercise. However, exercise is important to maintain health, prevent weight gain, reduce stress, anxiety and improve sleep. […]

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