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2018 Winter Olympics: Athletes to Watch
2018 Winter Olympics: Athletes to Watch
By: Ryan Pitts, MDThe 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in PyeongvChang, South Korea, is an exciting time for all athletes and sports-watchers. With amazing performances and heroic stories of injury recovery, this year will be an exciting time to watch these experts take to the ice, slopes and halfpipes in an effort to bring home gold. Let’s take a look at a few of the U.S. Olympians you won’t want to miss this month.Lindsey Vonn, Alpine SkierThe 33-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, plans to compete in her fourth Games. She was forced to miss the 2014 Olympics in Sochi due to a knee surgery. She also suffered a broken ankle in the summer of 2015, adding to a long list of other injuries common to downhill skiers. As a matter of fact, from 2006 to 2016, Vonn has had nine major injuries and five surgeries. Most recently, she experienced a terrifying high-speed crash while leading a downhill at Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada, in early December. Vonn will compete in at least the downhill, the dangerous ...

2018 Winter Olympics: Athletes to Watch
2018 Winter Olympics: Athletes to Watch
By: Ryan Pitts, MDThe 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in PyeongvChang, South Korea, is an exciting time for all athletes and sports-watchers. With amazing performances and heroic stories of injury recovery, this year will be an exciting time to watch these experts take to the ice, slopes and halfpipes in an effort to bring home gold. Let’s take a look at a few of the U.S. Olympians you won’t want to miss this month.Lindsey Vonn, Alpine SkierThe 33-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, plans to compete in her fourth Games. She was forced to miss the 2014 Olympics in Sochi due to a knee surgery. She also suffered a broken ankle in the summer of 2015, adding to a long list of other injuries common to downhill skiers. As a matter of fact, from 2006 to 2016, Vonn has had nine major injuries and five surgeries. Most recently, she experienced a terrifying high-speed crash while leading a downhill at Lake Louise, in Alberta, Canada, in early December. Vonn will compete in at least the downhill, the dangerous ...

All About Sciatica
All About Sciatica
By: Dr. ParachaIf you’ve ever had a sharp pain radiate from your pelvis and run down the back of your legs, you’ve likely been made aware of your sciatic nerve. This nerve, the largest one in the human body, roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the lower back and passes through the buttock area. It sends nerve endings down the lower limbs, all the way down to the ankle and foot. Sciatica refers to pain in this nerve, which is a very common thing to experience.Although the symptoms can be painful and potentially incapacitating, permanent nerve damage rarely occurs. SymptomsSciatica can cause more than just pain. You might experience tingling or numbness caused by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. Weakness in the legs or feet may also occur. These symptoms will manifest after sitting or standing for a long time. Symptoms may worsen from movements that cause the spine to flex (like exercises that bring your knees to your chest). Relief may be found by walking, lying down and spine-extending movements, ...

All About Bone Spurs
All About Bone Spurs
By: Dr. Aaranson You might not have heard of an osteophyte, but you might know them by their common name—bone spurs. These small, bony projections form along edges of bones, often in the places where two bones meet, like the joints of your shoulders, hips, hands, knees and feet. It is also possible to have bone spurs form on your spine. Often, they go undetected because they present no symptoms, but that can greatly vary depending on their location and how they form. Let’s take a closer look at bone spurs and consider their cause, symptoms and treatments. Causes When one or more of your joints experiences prolonged pressure or rubbing for a prolonged period of time, a bone spur might form as your body attempts to repair itself. This stress can cause osteoarthritis, which is the most common cause of bone spurs. Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage at the end of your bones that provides cushioning, and bone spurs form in areas of inflammation or injury of the nearby cartilage or tendons. What causes this stress? Excess weight can damage joints, and ...

10 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain in Cold Weather
10 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain in Cold Weather
By: Dr. Kramer Unlike the sharp pain that can result from injury, there’s a low-level of joint pain or ache that pops up as the weather turns cold. You might have felt it after spending time outside, or simply waking up in a colder room during the winter months. You might have even heard people say that they can feel rain or snow coming in their joints. This might sound like a far-fetched idea, but it’s not entirely off base. Although there is little scientific research around cold weather and joint pain, there is evidence that supports the theory that dips in the barometric pressure can increase joint pain. If you find yourself feeling stiff or achy when the temperature drops, try these tips. Dress for the Cold Add an extra layer over your hands and wrists, knees and legs. Fleece-lined leggings can add an extra layer of comforting warmth. Keep an extra pair of gloves in your bag so you’re always prepared. Add Layers As you’re planning what to wear for the day, add in base layers of clothing as well as outer ...

When is the Best Time to Undergo Arthroscopy?
When is the Best Time to Undergo Arthroscopy?
By: Dr. Pitts When you hear you need surgery, it’s natural to experience fear and curiosity as some of the first emotions. You may find yourself grappling with questions like: “How much is it going to hurt?” “How long will it take to recover?” “Will I have a big scar to deal with on top of the stress of the surgery?” The very nature of surgery makes it intimidating. No one is an ‘old pro’ when it comes to having surgery. However, thanks to great advances in orthopedic surgical technology, undergoing surgery is less intimidating than ever, especially when it comes to arthroscopy. What is Arthroscopy? Arthroscopic procedures are becoming more common in today's medical world. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive treatment in which the surgeon makes a small incision about the size of a buttonhole and inserts a small, fiberoptic camera called an arthroscope. (NCBI) The video from the ...

5 Tips for Making Healthy Holiday Choices
5 Tips for Making Healthy Holiday Choices
Gingerbread houses, work parties and Aunt Ethel’s rum cake—seasonal delights abound in December, creating a winter wonderland of temptation. In any holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in holiday parties, shopping and eating and let your good health habits from the rest of the year fall by the wayside. But with a few simple strategies, you can incorporate healthy choices into your celebrations and start the New Year off in better shape than you might expect. Here are five tips for integrating some smart choices into your merrymaking. 1. Bundle Up and Get OutdoorsEven if you belong to a gym, fitting in a workout in December can be a difficult task with your busy schedule. Instead of sticking to your same old routine, switch things up and get social with your workouts. Bundle up and take the family to enjoy some winter activities like ice skating, skiing and tubing. Not up to strenuous activity? Finish your holiday shopping and take a long walk in the mall. Prefer to stay indoors? Get in some cardio while trimming the ...

What are the Causes and Treatment Options of Carpal Tunnel?
What are the Causes and Treatment Options of Carpal Tunnel?
By: Dr. Bell If you drive a desk for your job, you may know what it’s like to live with the pain of carpal tunnel. Even though many people are familiar with carpal tunnel, a lot of people are not quite sure exactly what causes carpal tunnel and what can be done to alleviate it. Let’s examine what causes carpal tunnel and what treatment options are available. What Causes Carpal Tunnel? The carpal tunnel is quite literally a tunnel that runs from your forearm to your hand. (NCBI) Inside the tunnel are your median nerve and nine tendons. The median nerve provides sensation for the front of your thumb, index, middle finger and parts of your ring finger. It also controls small muscles where your thumb connects to your palm. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a problem leads to pressure on the median nerve. (NCBI) This is why many patients with carpal tunnel experience pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected muscles. Some may also experience pain in their forearm between their hand and elbow. What Treatment Options Are Available for Carpal Tunnel? There are ...

Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for Arthritis Pain
Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for Arthritis Pain
By: Dr. Burke  Arthritis pain can present itself in many ways: as a dull ache, a burning feeling, a sharp pain or a pressure that feels like there’s a vice grip on your joints. Either way, it’s an ongoing challenge to manage pain from arthritis, which is the leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 52.5 million adults have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. There’s plenty of information out there about pain remedies, exercise and medication, so how do you know what’s right for you? Causes First, let’s take a look at what causes arthritis pain. The term itself can describe more than 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, including osteoporosis and diseases of the connective tissues. There isn’t a single type of arthritis, so the causes can include: Injury that leads to degenerative arthritis Abnormal metabolism that leads to gout and pseudo gout ...

Diabetes and Foot Care
Diabetes and Foot Care
By: Dr. Aaranson Diabetes is commonly perceived as a single illness, but it is actually a group of metabolic disorders that can cause many problems. It is either caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin (Type 1), or the body’s cells not responding properly to the insulin that is produced (Type 2). A third form, gestational diabetes, only occurs when a pregnant woman develops high blood sugar levels. The most common type of diabetes is Type 2, which accounts for about 90% of the 415 million cases worldwide. Many people find the variety and widespread nature of diabetes-related symptoms to be surprising. Everything from respiratory and urinary issues, as well as blurred vision and gastric distress are all symptoms of diabetes. One of the more common symptoms associated with diabetes is the presence of foot problems. Why the Issue? For people with diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, can cause tenderness and interfere with the ability to feel pain and temperature—a dangerous combination. If left untreated and unchecked, these foot problems can result in ulcers or injuries that can become infected. If ...