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Options for Joint Pain

10/06/2011 | Pain ManagementOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

As we age and Father Time catches up with us, sometime a reality many people face is the need for joint replacement or reconstruction. Joints are susceptible to injury, and when the connections between bones begins to break down and deteriorate, it can lead to a very painful situation. Joint pain can be the result of many conditions, some we can control and some we cannot. Arthritis, traumatic events and sports-related injuries are things that can contribute to joint pain. Sometimes it happens all…

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How to Fight Acne

10/06/2011 | WellnessDermatology

It’s every teenager’s (and adult’s) nightmare: acne. Blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of pimples can be embarrassing, especially when they happen on your face or places that are visible to the public. The most common spots for breakouts are the face, chest, shoulders and back. Mild forms of acne can be treated and may improve with over-the-counter treatments. More severe forms of acne should be treated by a dermatologist. What is Acne? Both blackheads and whiteheads are caused…

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What to Do if You Have Fibromyalgia?

09/28/2011 | Pain Management

Pain. It’s sometimes hard to discover the root of a problem. Long lasting, sometimes debilitating chronic and widespread pain and fatigue can be known as fibromyalgia. It affects the muscles and soft tissue, causing painful tender points, also called trigger points, in certain parts of the body. At least 2 percent of the general population is known to have fibromyalgia, which can be difficult to diagnose. Unfortunately there aren’t any X-rays or lab tests that can be done to accurately…

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Treatment for Muscle Spasms

09/21/2011 | Pain Management

A painful condition a person can face from time to time is a muscle spasm. Typically they occur in the back or neck and can create a condition that ranges from mild discomfort to outright pain. A muscle spasm can come on quickly and just as quickly take you out of your normal routine. A spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscle that occurs when a muscle is overused from exercise or repetitive motion. Typically, the muscle constricts and fails to relax, and must be massaged for it to return…

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How to Prevent a Heart Attack

09/21/2011 | Cardiovascular

Most people don’t realize that women are more likely to die of a heart attack than men. An estimated 600,000 people in the U.S. will experience a new heart attack and another 320,000, the equivalent size of the population of Indianapolis, will suffer a recurrent heart attack in one year. Why Does a Heart Attack Happen? The heart is a muscle, like a pump, forcing oxygen-rich blood through arteries. An artery can become blocked for several reasons. When plaque in those arteries develops,…

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Never Underestimate the Importance of Stretching

07/06/2011 | WellnessExercise

Exercise is an essential part of everyone's life. But as we perfect our gym routines or build on our walking or running program, there's one big area that's often overlooked. Many times we get so involved and focused on getting on with our training program that we forget to take the time to stretch. It may sound trivial to put so much emphasis on stretching, but this simple act can help you in many ways. We know that preventing injury while training can stem from getting a good stretch…

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Erectile Dysfunction Affects Millions Of Adult Males

07/06/2011 | Urology

The commercials may make you laugh, or if you are suffering from the condition, a little uncomfortable, but erectile dysfunction (ED) is no laughing matter and nothing to be ashamed of. The National Institute of Health says close to 5 percent of 40-year-old men have experienced ED on a long-term basis. That number jumps to 15-25 percent for males around age 65. It's something that affects millions of men, but it's not something they should be afraid to talk about. We know this isn't a…

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Aches and pains: Finding the root of the problem

07/06/2011 | Pain Management

It’s not always easy to figure out the real cause of pain. Our body is a network of nerves, muscles, bones, and connective tissue---an entire infrastructure of living cells. So much of it is intertwined, the symptom of a problem may not be its root cause. There are plenty of tools to help diagnose pain. Here are a few: Bone scans: Bone scans are used to diagnose and monitor infection, fracture, or other disorders in the bones. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into the bloodstream…

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The Importance Of Sleep

07/01/2011 | Sleep Disorders

How many times when you were growing up did your mother explain to you the importance of sleep? Sometimes it was masked with “it will make you big and strong” or with “you need your beauty sleep”, but the fact remains, as in most situations, mother knows best. With our lives as busy as ever, missing out on sleep is where a lot of people try to catch up on the laundry, surfing the web, or simply vegging out in front of the television. We know the importance of sleep and know…

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Walking vs. Running: Which Is The Right Choice?

06/08/2011 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

So which is better for improving your health, walking or running? That's a question many ask themselves as they set out on their fitness regimen. Each provides many benefits, and depending on your fitness level, both should have a part in your fitness program. If you're just starting out, walking might be the way to go. It provides less impact than running, saving some possible wear and tear on your knee and ankle joints. Also if you're not constrained by time, walking can yield the same…

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