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Joint & Spine

Knee pain: Is it arthritis, or is something torn?

Knee pain can be a very debilitating and life-altering problem for today’s active adult. Knee pain can creep up slowly over time or literally bring you to your knees in an instant. The causes of knee pain can vary from a torn ligament to arthritis.  So, how do you know what the problem is? Sometimes it can …

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Curved back: Treatment options for adult scoliosis

A curved back is often called many names — some people will refer to it as a curve, a hump, an “S shape” or scoliosis, the technical term for a sideways curvature of the spine. Often times, different forms of spinal malalignment will be referred to simply as scoliosis and in most instances, there is …

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Stem cells in orthopedic care: Science or snake oil?

Over the last decade, several high-profile professional athletes have turned to what has widely been referred to as stem cell therapy to recover from injury and attempt to return to top form. Ten years ago, many of these therapies were based more on scientific theory rather than medical fact.  But what about now? As a …

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Neck and arm pain? What to do about a pinched nerve

A common cause of neck and arm pain is a pinched nerve, also known as cervical radiculopathy. Several structures in the cervical spine can cause pressure on a nerve as it branches from the spinal cord to travel down your arm where it provides motor and sensory function.   Two of the most common culprits behind …

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Move better while walking or running in your neighborhood

Have you found yourself running or walking regularly for the first time in a while? Running through your neighborhood streets is an easy and efficient form of exercise and a good way to get some fresh air. There are numerous physical and mental benefits to exercise and sometimes, it’s just fun to see your neighbors spending …

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Arthritis and heart disease: The surprisingly strong link

Other than both being potentially serious conditions affecting millions of people, osteoarthritis and heart disease may not seem to have that much in common. Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness in the joints, while heart disease impacts the heart and blood vessels. Musculoskeletal system versus circulatory system. Separate issues, right? Actually, there is a relationship between …

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What is scoliosis? Everything you need to know

The spine plays an important role in your body structure, keeping you upright and connecting different parts of your skeleton. But your spine is something you probably think of rarely — unless you have scoliosis. Scoliosis is defined as sideways curvature of the spine that results in an “s” or “c” shape. Mild cases of …

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How to get rid of knee pain after running

Many people, myself included, have a love/hate relationship with running. On the one hand, running allows for a high caloric burn within a short amount of time, meaning it’s one of the most efficient options for exercise. It also improves your cardiac strength and output, and it can improve your respiratory function. All in all, …

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