Canes, walkers, and other assistive devices offer a triple play of better balance, improved mobility, and fewer falls. If a person can get past the idea that assistive devices are just for “old people,” they can re-open a world that might have become smaller as a result of balance and … Read More
“FDGB” is a common occurrence in the Emergency Department setting. The first question is: How common and varied is FGDB? The second question is: Exactly what is FDGB? Our emergency room secrets include the story behind that code.
You see, in medicine we use mnemonics, abbreviations, and medical slang like they’re … Read More
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that approximately 52.5 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout. Arthritic diseases may be mild in some people but can be debilitating … Read More
If you have injured yourself—be it a sprained or strained muscle, a torn ligament, or a broken bone—or if you have a physical condition that affects your joint flexibility and mobility, you may be tempted to take to your bed in order to alleviate your discomfort and recover your strength. … Read More
Ever been stopped short by a stabbing pain in your jaw? Have you struggled to eat a crunchy piece of bread, or corn on the cob? You could be suffering from a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). According to The TMJ Association, Ltd., 35 million Americans … Read More
Niacinamide is usually recommended over niacin as a supplement to treat pellagra (vitamin B3 deficiency) because it avoids the common side effect of flushing associated with niacin. However, because B supplements can result in toxic levels, it’s wise to consult your doctor or a … Read More
Wikipedia says every house in Finland has a sauna, and it’s no wonder when you read about the many health-related sauna benefits. Most recently, in January 2018, the University of Eastern Finland showed that 30 minutes in a sauna bath reduces blood pressure while increasing heart rate to the level … Read More
As someone who has dealt with chronic pain for years, I know how frustrating it can be to try to understand what, exactly, causes a flare-up of pain. Many people with chronic pain conditions know that their diet, sleep patterns, or activity levels can be a trigger. But one factor … Read More
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a bumpy road, so to speak. There’s the joint stiffness that you struggle to overcome each morning. Then, throughout the day, every step and every ounce of force you place on your arthritic knee can trigger pain that limits your activities. If you’re one of … Read More
For severe osteoarthritis, surgeons are now creating implants for shoulders, ankles, wrists, even knuckles. If your arthritis can’t be resolved with pain meds and therapy, surgery might be in order. Let’s take it from the bottom….
Ankle Replacement Surgery?
Options to consider: Try other options, of course, before an ankle replacement. … Read More