You may just think of swimming as a way to cool off and catch some relief from the summer heat, but did you know that swimming might also give you relief from joint pain or an injury?
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and arm. It is a common, irritating and sometimes even painful condition. Early diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome may improve effectiveness of treatment.
Bumping your funny bone isn’t so funny, so why is it called the “funny bone”? Some say the funny bone was given its name because it is so close to the humerus bone, so the name is really just a play on words. Others say it gets its name from the strange—or “funny”—feeling you get when that part of your arm takes a good whack.
Walking and running are the two most common forms of exercise. Humans have been walking and running since the beginning of our existence—long before we had gyms, yoga studios, weights and fitness equipment.
Nearly 10 million doctor visits every year are the result of one common, unpleasant culprit: urinary tract infections (also sometimes called cystitis or bladder infection).
According to the National Kidney Foundation, urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect one in five women at least once in her lifetime. Women who have had at least one recurring UTI are much more likely to have even more. In fact, nearly 20 percent of women who have had a UTI will have another one. Of those, about 30 percent will have a third, and of those 30 percent, an estimated 80 percent will have more recurrences. Repeated UTIs may be caused by another underlying health condition.
For those who have been through an accident, injury or surgery, physical therapy is often a recommended course of treatment to address weakness, pain, balance, range of motion and impaired mobility. Physical therapy can help restore mobility, functional ability and quality of life through physical intervention, generally in the form of stretches and exercises.
When it comes to treating sports injuries, everyone has an opinion about what works best. But most people aren’t doctors or specialists who work in the areas of sports medicine or physical rehabilitation, and some of the “tried-and-true” treatments you may have heard may not be based in sound medical knowledge.
Cold, wet and windy weather doesn’t have to mean putting your outdoor workout routine in the deep freeze. Follow these simple tips to stay active and fit right through the winter months.
With our New Year’s Resolutions still fresh in our minds, healthy diet in place (for now) and gym membership purchased (again), we’re all looking to shed that winter layer before the rapidly approaching spring season.
On November 8, 2014, Dr. J. Marcus Downs and his wife, Carol Lee, headed to Ecuador to participate in a medical mission trip with Medical Ministry International—the ninth time they have done so. Carol Lee is a physical therapist, and Dr. Downs is a Colorectal Surgeon. They began their service in Ecuador twelve years ago, and most of their trips have included their children, Colleen and Brian. However, this year’s trip was special, since Colleen graduated from medical school in 2013 and was having her first mission medicine experience as a physician.