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Spinal stenosis. Sounds scary, painful and possibly even dangerous but, I always associate danger with the spine. The reality of spinal stenosis is not quite as scary as I think it sounds, but ...

Spinal Stenosis: The Facts

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For those who have not experienced a joint dislocation, let me be the first to tell you it doesn’t tickle. Not even a little bit. As I have said in my previous article on this topic, I have seen ...

Treating a Joint Dislocation

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One word comes to mind when I think about a dislocation injury--ouch! Although I have never dislocated anything in my life (because I was too busy breaking, spraining and injuring myself in every ...

Joint Dislocation 101

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A spinal compression fracture can rear its ugly head at anytime, to anyone, but the trick is knowing when you are dealing with a minor back ache from over-activity or stress and when you ...

Know Your Options for a Spinal Compression Fracture

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I don’t doubt any kind of fracture is a painful, frustrating injury, but I have to believe a spinal compression fracture is slightly more painful, slightly more scary, and quite dangerous. Any ...

Losing Height over a Spinal Compression Fracture

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In my previous article on a stress fractures I discussed my run-in with this injury. Although my situation was a fairly dramatic one, this type of injury is still debilitating and quite ...

Stress Fracture? Don't Wait to be Treated

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When I was younger all I wanted to do was become a softball pitcher. I used to stare at the television for hours in awe watching the Olympic pitchers throw a curveball, dropball, changeup, and ...

A Career-Ending Stress Fracture

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When I hear about someone fracturing their hip, the first thing I think of is my great-grandma. That may be stereotyping the older and wiser, but really, that is just facing facts. It's no secret ...

Risk Factors for Hip Fractures

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As I expressed in my previous article on rickets it is important to understand that this is generally a condition that affects infants and children due to a severe deficiency in vitamin D. While ...

Rickets Disease - Treatment for Your Child

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Rickets disease, which is more commonly known as osteomalacia for adults, is a medical condition that affects more children than you probably could imagine. So if so many young kids are suffering ...

The Who and What of Rickets Disease

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As some would say, “you are only as strong as the bones that carry you.” Well, this is in fact extremely true, especially for those suffering from osteopenia. While this medical condition is a ...

Osteopenia: A Change Today Makes a Difference Tomorrow

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Whether you consider yourself healthy, unhealthy, or somewhere in between, you are never invincible to anything, mostly in part because we are made of bone, not steel. And since that is the case, ...

Are You at Risk for Osteopenia?

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To sum up my previous article on osteomyelitis, this is a condition where an infection is in your bone. The most common risk factors for this type of infection stem from a pre-existing infection ...

Symptoms and Treatment for Osteomyelitis

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Whether you are just reading this because you have never heard of it before or you are experiencing it first hand, osteomyelitis is not a condition you want to get close to if you can help it. ...

Who is at Risk for Osteomyelitis?

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As discussed in my previous article on Paget’s disease, this is essentially a chronic condition that effects how your body breakdown and rebuilds bone tissue. So, if you have been diagnosed, let’s ...

Paget's Disease - You Have Options

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Do you find yourself having achy bones, bowed legs, or an enlarged skull (no ladies, unfortunately that doesn’t mean you are just abnormally smart)? Believe it or not, you may be showing signs of ...

Understanding Paget's Disease

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With any injury, whether it is a wrist sprain, broken ankle or in the case of this article, a posterior cruciate ligament injury (PCL), there are obvious ways to diagnose and treat. While breaking ...

Hypothetical Treatment for a Hypothetical Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

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Have you ever heard of a posterior cruciate ligament? I didn’t until just recently when I started writing my previous articles on anterior cruciate ligament. So, what is there to know about it? ...

Risk Factors of a Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

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In my previous article on an ACL injury, we discussed the physical reason women tend to suffer this injury approximately eight times more than men. The reality is women are structured very ...

Symptoms and Treatment for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)

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We hear all the time that men are physically superior to women. While I choose to plug my ears over that insignificant fact, I cannot cover my ears to the fact that women suffer harder injuries ...

Women and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

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Imagine typing up this article and just as your press the last key down emphatically and excitedly you realize you cannot bend your finger back to the straight position. Say hello to trigger ...

Trigger Finger - Treatment and Recovery

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No, I'm not referring to the type of trigger finger you are probably thinking of; this medical condition is one not known by the general population - although it's quite prevalent in the elder ...

Trigger Finger - Risk Factors and Symptoms

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Regardless the cause of runner’s knee, the good news is, most cases will heal on their own with proper self care. To speed up the recovery time, many doctors will probably recommend different ...

4 Tips to Speed Up Recovery from Runner's Knee

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Are you an avid runner who is experiencing chronic knee pain? If so, you may be dealing with patellofemoral pain syndrome. If this sounds like a foreign fossil name, how does runner’s knee sound? ...

Runner's Knee Facts, Symptoms

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Whether you have personally dealt with a torn meniscus or have a phobia of a potential knee injury, this article will hopefully guide you through the trials and tribulations of what to expect when ...

Torn Meniscus Symptoms, Treatments, Prevention

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Judging from the first word of this injury, I am already not in favor of what is involved. A torn meniscus is tricky and, depending on the severity of the tear, can leave you with no other option ...

Torn Meniscus - Fact Check and Risk Factors

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On Wednesday we learned what golfer’s elbow is, and the symptoms for it. We also learned that golfers are not the only people who suffer from this condition. There are a lot of causes, mostly ...

Golfer's Elbow - Treatment and Prevention

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Just when I thought golfer's had the easy life, I retracted my statement upon realization of how many golfers suffer from a medical condition called golfer’s elbow. Fitting name, right? Well ...

Golfer's Elbow: Cause and Effect

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As we learned in "Muscle Strain – Symptoms and Self Care", a muscle strain is no walk in the park, nor should it be taken lightly. Even a little muscle soreness needs proper attention so you do ...

Muscle Strain - Prevention and Recovery Time

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Have you ever pulled a muscle so badly you couldn’t lift up a limb? I certainly have. I used to do it all the time when I was younger and thought I was invincible to stretching and sports ...

Self Care for Common Muscle Strains

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Sprains, like many medical conditions, vary in degree of severity. With each “grade” there are different symptoms, treatment methods and level of discomfort. A grade I sprain is diagnosed ...

The Traditional Sprain - Grades and Recovery

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It is highly likely that you or an immediate family member has suffered an ankle or wrist sprain. It is one of the most common injuries in America, effecting approximately 25,000 people a day. ...

The Traditional Sprain - Overview and Risk Factors

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As we learned in my previous article, the risk factors of spondylolysis, which include genetics, overtraining in sports, and obesity can all lead to spondylolisthesis. And because these conditions ...

Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis - Treatment Options and Obesity Warning

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Fact: spondylolysis occurs in three to six percent of the population. If I can do math correctly, that’s approximately 204-408 million people walking around the world with this condition. So, if ...

Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis - The Tongue Twisting Facts

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Pain management in a case of sciatica can be tricky and requires patience and a high threshold for pain. And although there are methods to relieve your pain, it is imperative to know the ...

Sciatica - Conventional Versus Alternative Remedies

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The general population may know the term sciatica, and even be able to associate it with the words "back" and "pain". While this is all true, there is much more to this condition than meets the ...

Sciatica - Cause and Effect

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If you are coping with a condition called spinal stenosis and can’t seem to relieve your excruciating back pain, all hope is not lost. Although there is no actual cure for this condition, with the ...

Spinal Stenosis Treatment Advice

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Like we learned Monday in Scoliosis Facts, Risk Factors there are many different risk factors for this condition, but it is important to know not all cases are gloomy. A positive – and common - ...

Scoliosis - Examining Symptoms and Treatment

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Although it is likely you have heard of this medical condition and understand it has to do with the curvature of your spine, there is much more to scoliosis than meets the eye. For instance, did ...

Scoliosis Facts, Risk Factors

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As we discussed on Monday, a herniated disc can be a real pain in your….back. What did you think I was going to say? And because a herniated disc can be extremely painful and put you off track ...

Herniated Disc - What Now? Part 2

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As flexible as your spine is - considering it is a chain of bones linked together - it is still just that, bones. And in between those bones little “sponges” known as discs act as shock absorbers ...

Herniated Disc - What Now?

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My initial idea for part 2 of this degenerative disc disease article was to scare you into perfect posture and age-defying techniques. After deep reconstructive thought, I decided to put myself in ...

Degenerative Disc Disease - Breaking Down The Facts - Part 2

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When referring to your back, you are referring to the backbone of your entire existence, and the make-up of it is quite complex. And like anything else, this leaves a lot of room for error. One ...

Degenerative Disc Disease--Breaking Down the Facts--Part 1

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As we established in part 1 of this article, everything in life has a reaction to an action; and the same goes for posterior tibial tendonitis. Whether you have this condition because of your age, ...

Got The Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Blues? part 2

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Looking at the big picture of life, we learn early on that every action has a reaction. Whether it’s drinking and driving, maxing out your credit card or having unprotected sex, every decision you ...

Got the Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Blues? Part 1

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Like anything in life there are facts and fallacies- the same goes for plantar fasciitis. I had an opportunity to sit down with a physical therapist to comb through the facts,myths, and frequently ...

Getting the Facts Straight on Plantar Fasciitis, Part 2

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Bunions, flat foot, hammer toe. What else could our feet possibly endure? How about plantar fasciitis? Considering how hard our feet work for us every day, it is no wonder how many medical ...

Getting the Facts Straight on Plantar Fasciitis, Part 1

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Living with flat foot can either hinder your lifestyle or not change it a bit, depending on the type of flat foot you have. And because there are two types –- flexible flat foot and rigid flat ...

The Flatfooted Facts, Part 2

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Unlike those who trade their feet for fashion, people with flat foot have a different kind of problem that is not self-inflicted. Flat foot is when the arch in your foot collapses, or never formed ...

The Flatfooted Facts, Part 1

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There are only a few things in life that I despise more than watching women disfigure their feet for the sake of fashion. One of them is people who deliberately park badly so no one can park near ...

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