Dealing with the pain of kidney stones

Posted on September 23, 2015

It starts suddenly with a sharp, stabbing pain — usually in the flank or lower abdomen. As the waves of pain progress, nausea and vomiting may occur. No matter how hard you try, the pain won’t go away. What could cause such a sudden problem? It could be a kidney stone. Kidney stones are one … »

Is ankle replacement right for you?

Posted on August 31, 2015

Are your daily activities limited due to ankle pain? Ankle arthritis — most often occurring from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis — is one of the major causes of ankle pain. Many individuals now have advanced surgical options to eliminate or substantially reduce ankle pain. If you have completed at least six months of … »

How to talk to your doctor or nurse

Posted on August 19, 2015

Waiting in a doctor’s office or health clinic can make you feel nervous, impatient, or even scared. Knowing how to talk to your doctor, nurse, and other members of your health care team will help you get the medical care and information you need. Prepare for your visit. Call before your visit to tell the … »

The Austin Hatcher Foundation partners with Children’s Hospital to provide psycho-oncology services for pediatric cancer survivors’ clinic

Posted on August 18, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn. – A partnership between Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s Hatch’s House of Hope now provides psycho-oncology services in the hospital’s Survivorship Clinic for pediatric cancer survivors at Erlanger East. The comprehensive Survivorship Clinic was created in 2013 by Erlanger’s … »

Innovations in orthopedic surgery: hip arthroscopy

Posted on August 15, 2015

With any surgery, patients hope for a speedy recovery. And with arthroscopies, it’s possible. Arthroscopic surgery, or arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure in which small incisions are made so that a tiny surgical camera, or arthroscope, can be inserted to examine the joint. One or two additional small cuts can be made to allow … »

Instantly schedule appointments with Erlanger doctors online through ZocDoc

Posted on August 11, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Erlanger Health System has launched a free service for consumers to seamlessly and instantly schedule appointments online with Erlanger doctors. This new capability is powered by ZocDoc, the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. To use the free service, area residents can visit and click on … »

Lil’ Dave’s top 10 reasons to choose Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

Posted on August 4, 2015

Did your favorite late-night host retire? No worries — Lil’ Dave is here! With some help from Lil’ Paul (who else?), he’s breaking down the top 10 reasons to choose Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for every childhood emergency. After all, kids aren’t just miniature adults. And when they’re sick or hurt, where you take them matters.

Get the heads up on sports concussions

Posted on August 3, 2015

Each year, one out of every five student athletes playing a contact sport suffers a concussion from a blow to the head. Concussions — one of the most common sports injuries — should not be taken lightly. Even what seems like a mild whack to the head can be serious. Concussions are brain injuries that … »

How to recognize celiac disease

Posted on July 27, 2015

What if you couldn’t eat bread? Or pasta? Or cookies? What if you couldn’t eat anything containing wheat, rye, and barley because of a protein found in these grains? Millions of Americans — including children — get gas, diarrhea, and other symptoms whenever they eat foods with a protein known as gluten. The condition is called celiac disease … »

Urinary incontinence can be treated

Posted on July 23, 2015

Do you have a problem with leakage when you cough or sneeze? Do you sometimes have trouble making it to the bathroom in time? You may have urinary incontinence: the inability to control the release of urine from your bladder. Although anyone can experience this problem, childbirth, menopause, and the anatomy of the female urinary … »

Ask an Expert: Childhood blood pressure on the rise

Posted on July 16, 2015

Q: Our pediatrician took my son’s blood pressure during our last office visit. Why is it necessary to measure the blood pressure of a four-year-old? A: All children over age 3 should have their blood pressure measured routinely with a blood pressure cuff that is an appropriate size for the child’s upper arm. Regular monitoring … »

Walk pain-free: Treating plantar fasciitis

Posted on July 13, 2015

Treating plantar fasciitis The stabbing pain, the stiffness, the dreaded first step of the morning—plantar fasciitis can make routine activities seem overwhelming. But there are ways to treat it. What is plantar fasciitis? The plantar fascia, a flat band of tissue supporting the arches in your feet, runs across the bottom of your foot from … »

Men’s Health: The future of prostate cancer care

Posted on June 23, 2015

More than 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, and more than 27,000 may not survive. Sounds scary, but with early detection and proper treatment, it doesn’t have to be. For over 30 years, the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test has been used as an indicator of high and low PSA levels … »

High blood pressure? Cut salt from your diet

Posted on June 18, 2015

Salt is essential to our body’s fluids. On the other hand, anyone who’s gotten a mouth full of seawater knows that too much salt tastes terrible. Maybe your body’s trying to tell you something. It turns out that too much salt can lead to a host of health problems. The chemical name for dietary salt, … »

Men’s Health: Stress busters for your mind and body

Posted on June 16, 2015

Maybe it’s money trouble or the burden of caring for a sick relative. Maybe it’s your job or the stress of juggling your family’s schedules. Whatever the cause, everyone seems stressed out these days. Modern life frequently gives us little time between periods of stress for our body to recuperate. This chronic stress eventually takes a mental … »

Prevent bone loss with calcium and exercise

Posted on June 11, 2015

Has your grandmother fallen and broken a bone? Have you noticed that your mother’s back is no longer straight when she walks? For generations, women have dealt with osteoporosis — a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. It’s often called the “silent disease” because you may not notice … »

The right way to reduce your child’s fever

Posted on May 28, 2015

Help your child cope with a fever. Many parents panic when their children have fevers. That’s not always necessary. In fact, a fever can help your child’s body fight off an infection. But when a fever rises high enough that your child is uncomfortable or dehydrated, there are quick and easy ways to lower it … »

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