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Pseudo-sciatica
Pseudo-sciatica

22 July 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Sciatica can be a difficult condition to pin down, and confusing the issue there is also a condition that is commonly called “pseudo-sciatica.” The condition is called piriformis Syndrome. It has different causes from sciatica, but it mimics the symptoms so it won’t be a surprise if you and your doctor believe that it’s sciatica.   Sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve by a slipped or herniated disc. This nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttocks and all the way down to the feet and toes. This means that you will experience pain throughout your lower body from thi..
12 Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
12 Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

20 July 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder that results from damage to the peripheral nerves. The nerves other than the ones found in your brain and spinal cord. This set of nerves receives electrical impulses from the brain and spinal cord, the central nervous system and sends them to other parts of your body.   In addition, it’s responsible fo..
A Neck Pain: Stress
A Neck Pain: Stress

19 July 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Stress has become an unfortunately commonplace part of life for many people, so much so that we forget how damaging it can be on the body. Aside from the emotional and mental toll it takes, stress can have negative physical effects as well, from fatigue to bodily pain. Neck pain is one of those physical symptoms of stress.   Stress is part of o..
Examination of the Knee
Examination of the Knee

27 June 2014

Inspection Inspection is only possible with adequate exposure. Begin by placing the patient in shorts or tying the gown up above the knee. The patient's gait should be observed first. Pay attention to the positioning of the knee on both the medial/lateral plane (valgus vs. varus) and the anterior/posterior plane (extension lag vs. knee recurvatum). Also, ob..
Examination of the Lumbar Spine
Examination of the Lumbar Spine

26 June 2014

Inspection The examination of the low back, like the other areas of the body, should begin as the patient enters the office and examination room. Watch how the patient moves while walking and how he or she moves changing positions. The patient's posture should be noted. The patient should be in a gown that opens in the back for full exposure. Look at the mu..
Examination of the Shoulder
Examination of the Shoulder

25 June 2014

Inspection Inspection of the shoulder requires that the shoulder be exposed and the patient appropriately draped. The shoulder "joint" actually consists of four different joints: sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, and scapulothoracic. Three of the joints are true joints, while the scapulothoracic joint is not a true articulating joint ..
Examination Of the Cervical Spine
Examination Of the Cervical Spine

24 June 2014

Inspection Inspection of the neck begins upon meeting the patient. Look to see if the patient moves the shoulders when he or she turns the neck, a sign of decreased range of motion, or if he or she winces with certain motions. Take note of the patient's relaxed posture as changes to improve poor posture can be easily addressed in therapy. As the examination..
New Drugs May Help Prevent Migraines
New Drugs May Help Prevent Migraines

06 June 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Two experimental drugs may help prevent migraines in people who suffer multiple attacks a month, according to preliminary findings from a pair of clinical trials.   The drugs, one given by IV and one by injection, are part of a new approach to preventing migraine headaches. They are "monoclonal antibodies" that target a tiny protein c..
Are Medication Overuse Headaches Associated With NSAIDs?
Are Medication Overuse Headaches Associated With NSAIDs?

27 April 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Question: Are medication overuse headaches associated with use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs?   Response from Jenny A. Van Amburgh, PharmD, CDE (Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs; Associate Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University; Director, Clinical Pharmacy Team Director, Residency Program, Harbor Health Serv..
Greater Use of Meds to Halt Opioid Overdose Epidemic Urged
Greater Use of Meds to Halt Opioid Overdose Epidemic Urged

26 April 2014

(ĐTĐ) - US addiction experts are urging expanded use of medications to combat the "opioid overdose epidemic" plaguing the country.   In a commentary published April 23 (2014) in the New England Journal of Medicine, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Nora Volkow, MD, and colleagues from other US Department of Health and Human Ser..
NSAIDs Double Bleeding Risk With Anticoagulants for DVT/PE
NSAIDs Double Bleeding Risk With Anticoagulants for DVT/PE

24 April 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Patients receiving an anticoagulant for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) who take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or aspirin for pain or headache, even for a few days, are at heightened risk for a major bleed, according to a new study published online April 14, 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine [1].   The researc..
Treating Pain With Acupuncture
Treating Pain With Acupuncture

16 April 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Acupuncture is a type of traditional medicine that first began back in the East. It’s thought that it might have begun around 3300 BCE. Although the exact time is uncertain.   It’s thought that energy flows through our body in a specific pattern. When this route is disrupted, vital organs aren’t receiving oxygen and other esse..
Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse on Pain Management
Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse on Pain Management

14 April 2014

(ĐTĐ) - Many people turn to alcohol to solve problems. Alcohol is more than a way to relax or a way to forget hard times for some of these people. They use it in an attempt to self-medicate for a number of situations: sadness, insomnia, stress, and in some cases, even pain relief. Since pain and stress often exacerbate each other, it’s not hard to see why a..

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