If you sometimes feel pain or discomfort between your shoulder blades, your rhomboid muscles may be the culprits. The muscles are positioned diagonally between the six vertebrae in your upper back and your shoulder blades (scapulae). Their main function is to retract and rotate the scapulae, and they also assist … Read More
Just as no winter is complete without cold and flu viruses circulating, research suggests that no cold and flu season is complete without an uptick in acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdoses. A recent study found that the odds of exceeding the recommended dose for the drug jumped significantly during the cold and … Read More
As you may know, it’s best to try on shoes at the end of the day. That’s because walking around all day slightly enlarges and widens the feet. Feet (and shoe size) also change through the years.
“Understanding the changes feet undergo over time can help minimize age-related issues and pain,” … Read More
Up to 10 million Americans are thought to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS): a nerve disorder that causes discomfort and weakness in the wrist and hand. Fortunately, the condition is very treatable—and it’s important to seek help for it before it permanently affects your hand function.
What is Carpal Tunnel … Read More
We use our hands for so many different activities that conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)—which we’re covering in this month’s issue—can significantly impact day-to-day life. I know from personal experience, having suffered from CTS on and off for 20 years before having surgery last year to treat it.
CTS is … Read More
Fibromyalgia is a perplexing condition. It causes severe aches and pains, and can affect sleep, mood and memory. There is no simple diagnostic test and no cure. And treatments that help control symptoms in one person may not work for another with the same condition.
But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital … Read More
Your intervertebral discs—the small, donut-shaped structures located between each of the vertebrae in your spine—are less than two inches in diameter, but they are essential to your mobility. Healthy discs provide cushioning between your vertebrae and allow your spine to move and bend. The discs also keep enough space open … Read More
Lower back pain is among the most common reasons that patients see their doctors. There are many possible causes, from arthritis, spinal stenosis, and disc disease to the far more common muscular sprains and strains. But it can be difficult to know if the pain is due to a minor … Read More
Q: Is gout hereditary? My father and several other relatives have gout, and I am hoping that my family history doesn’t raise my risk.
A: If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease. Researchers have identified several genes associated with gout, but it’s … Read More
The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “miracle drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of steroid medications has grown, along with the number of diseases and disorders that are treated with them. … Read More