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Endoscopy: FAQ and What to Expect

If you are struggling with gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea, heartburn, and gas, your doctor might recommend a procedure called an upper endoscopy. You may have heard of the procedure before and have a vague idea what is involved, but you may not be sure how to prepare or what to expect.

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Do You Have a Family History of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Do You Have a Family History of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain and stiffness. RA is a complex disorder, and its onset can be triggered by a viral infection, certain changes in hormone levels, emotional stress, or even physical trauma.

Although anyone can develop rheumatoid arthritis, you need to be specifically on the lookout for this condition if someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed. Here is the basic information you need to know if you think you have a family history of RA.

 

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Epidural Injections and 4 Spine Conditions They Effectively Treat

Do you suffer from chronic pain? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Statistics show that 1 in 10 Americans has had pain on a daily basis for three months or more. The most common types of chronic pain include lower back pain and neck pain. If you are like most people who suffer from pain on a regular basis, you have most likely tried a variety of treatment options.

One option you don’t want to overlook is injection therapy. While there are many types of injection therapy, including facet joint injections and trigger point injections, one type that is used specifically to treat chronic neck and back pain is epidural injections. (more…)

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5 Strategies to Manage Hand Pain Due to Arthritis

Arthritis is a leading cause of hand pain. The hands are often the first body parts to show symptoms of the cartilage deterioration that occurs with arthritis. When cartilage can’t cushion joints properly, the joints of fingers and thumbs become inflamed and irritated.

There are several ways to manage the pain, stiffness, and discomfort of arthritic hands. The following are five methods to stay active and pain-free when you have arthritis in the joints of one or both of your hands. (more…)

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Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel is a condition that affects many people. The symptoms include numbness, pain, and tingling in the hand. Carpal tunnel affects the thumb and all fingers except for the small finger, or the pinky. This condition occurs when the median nerve, which travels through the arm and to the hand, becomes compressed and pinched over time.

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3 Common Weightlifting Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Weight-bearing exercise is one of the best things for your body. Not only does weightlifting help to support muscle health and bone development, but it provides a workout that reduces your body’s response to stress triggers. Done properly, weightlifting can be the gift that keeps on giving for preventing chronic pain and health problems.

However, people who are new to weightlifting can make some mistakes during workouts and recovery that lead to lasting musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries will restrict your range of motion, reducing your ability to complete workouts in the future. They can also compromise your spinal health.

Learn about three common weightlifting injuries and what you can do to prevent them.

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Colonoscopy: How to Prepare and What to Expect

Many jokes address the discomfort associated with colonoscopies. However, what isn’t funny is the rate at which Americans — approximately 140,000 a year — are being diagnosed with colon cancer, a disease that can be detected early with a colonoscopy. Several other intestinal issues can also be diagnosed with a colonoscopy, which is why your doctor might be recommending the procedure. (more…)

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Postpartum Back Pain: Another Cause of Chronic Back Pain

Reports suggest that women, in general, suffer low back pain more often than men do. While many factors or combination of factors contribute to back pain, the stress and lack of sleep of caring for a newborn often causes pain that can last for months following delivery.

If you suffered back problems prior to pregnancy or experienced severe back pain while pregnant, then you are more likely to continue to have chronic back pain after you give birth. (more…)

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