Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

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Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

High-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain. It is similar to severe cramping you might experience in your leg or other body part.

A patient with high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction experiences sudden and involuntary contractions of the levator ani muscles, or pelvic-floor muscles, which hold the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum in place like a hammock. These spasms also can occur in the obturator internus muscles, which control the rotation of the leg and are closely related to the levator ani muscles.

Patients with pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction often experience a pain-causing event, such as surgery, a car accident or traumatic vaginal delivery. They also might be under stress. Patients who have interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, vulvodynia or fibromyalgia also appear more susceptible. It is unclear whether these other conditions trigger the pelvic-floor spasms or vice versa.

What causes high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction?

The buildup of lactic acid in oxygen-deprived muscles is believed to play a role in causing the spasms.

Lactic acid is the byproduct of your body converting food to the energy your muscles need to work. When your muscles contract, they burn oxygen. If the contraction continues involuntarily, as it does during a spasm, the muscles eventually begin to work without oxygen. This triggers a buildup of lactic acid that further irritates the muscles. This irritation makes the muscles contract even harder and leads to more lactic-acid buildup. This vicious cycle leads to progressively worsening symptoms.

What are the symptoms of high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction?

Patients experience a variety of complaints, including:

  • Chronic pelvic pain that radiates to the groin, abdomen and back.
  • Painful sexual intercourse.
  • Strong or frequent urge to urinate.
  • Burning during urination.
  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Vaginal burning.
  • Painful menstrual periods.
  • Difficulty with defecation and constipation.

Patients also might feel like they are experiencing recurrent bladder infections, with symptoms such as burning during urination, frequent urination and a strong urge to urinate. However, if they are experiencing high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction, a lab test will show no infection-causing bacteria in their urine.

They also may develop other pain conditions, such as vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis and fibromyalgia.

How is high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction diagnosed?

High-tone pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is mainly diagnosed with a review of your family medical history and a physical exam. A thorough evaluation of any related pain conditions also is performed. An MRI also might be used to rule out problems with your anatomy.

How is high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction treated?

Because patients with high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction may experience many different pain conditions, they sometimes see multiple doctors for treatment. Our center’s doctors have the training to identify your various conditions and offer a spectrum of treatment options.There are many treatment options, and a combination often is necessary. They include:

  • Muscle relaxants. These medications are available in oral or suppository forms. Oral medications can cause sedation and other side effects. Suppositories placed in either the vagina or rectum can minimize these side effects.
  • Restore normal tone to the pelvic floor. This approach is critical to managing high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction. A physical therapist specializing in this condition can teach you techniques to improve symptoms. Therapy includes techniques to help you relax and re-establish normal posture and body mechanics. A variety of exercises may be necessary but results are excellent.
  • Treating related conditions. Treating other medical problems that are occurring with high-tone pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction can improve recovery.
  • Other options, such as injection therapy and surgery, are sometimes warranted.

ChristianaCare Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery

Christiana Hospital
Medical Arts Pavilion 2
4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1208, Newark, DE 19713 directions
fax 302-623-4056

ChristianaCare Concord Health Center
161 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 directions
610-361-1030, option 9

Smyrna Health & Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street, Suite 215
Smyrna, DE 19977 directions

Wilmington Hospital
501 West 14th Street
Gateway Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801