Raulerson Hospital
We are a 100-bed acute care facility providing a full range of medical and surgical services. We have been serving the Okeechobee and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.

Clearing Up Confusion about Cardiac Implantable Devices [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you have a heart problem, such as an arrhythmia, or are a survivor of cardiac arrest, then your cardiac specialist may recommend you for treatment with a cardiac implantable device. There are two main kinds of these devices: pacemakers and automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or AICDs. A pacemaker works by delivering an electric shock to your heart when the beat becomes dangerously slow. An AICD is most often used to treat dangerously fast heartbeats or patients with past cardiac arrest episodes. While it can perform the same function as a pacemaker, an AICD can also deliver an electrical impulse to disrupt fast or erratic beats and restore normal rhythm. Learn more about these devices in this infographic from Raulerson Hospital. Within our emergency room and cardiopulmonary department, we provide comprehensive care for a range of heart health issues. Please share this helpful information with others in need of heart care.

What Are the Common Causes of ACL Injuries?

ACL injuries are among the most common types of knee injuries. They often occur during sports and can involve a sprain or a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament that runs diagonally across the knee. If an ACL injury is confirmed during a diagnostic imaging test, an orthopedics specialist may recommend a variety of treatments, from resting the knee to surgically rebuilding the ligament. Here are some of the most frequent causes of this common injury.

Rapid Change of Direction

If you have to change direction rapidly, especially when you are running, the movement can put undue pressure on your knee. As a result, your ACL may be overextended and become sprained or torn. Although this injury can happen at any time, it is especially common in sports that require fast pivoting, such as basketball and football. As with all types of ACL injuries, female athletes are more vulnerable to this kind of knee damage. Doctors suspect this could be because of differences between men and women in lower leg alignment or because of the effect of estrogen on ligaments.

Landing Incorrectly from a Jump

Landing incorrectly on your knee with force, such as when you land after a jump, can strain all of your knee ligaments, including the ACL. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience this kind of injury—even landing incorrectly on your knee from a very short height can cause a problem—athletes in certain sports are the most vulnerable. Basketball players, football players, gymnasts, and track athletes are especially likely to have this kind of ACL injury.

Direct Collision

Knee injuries like ACL tears can also be the result of a direct collision. This is most likely in contact sports, like football, but accidental collisions off the field can also lead to ACL injuries.

If you experience the symptoms of an ACL injury, which can include a “pop” at the time of injury, knee pain, sudden instability, and more, ask your doctor to refer you to Raulerson Hospital for radiology and diagnostic imaging near Okeechobee, FL. For additional information about our outpatient services and diagnostic imaging, please call (863) 763-9228

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