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Hyaluronic Acid Injections
I have heard about hyaluronic acid injections for knee pain. What are they, and who is a candidate for this therapy?
Deciding on Knee Replacement?
I am 79 years old and fairly fit but I have some problems with balance and a lot of pain in my knees. An orthopedist said I had "bone on bone" issues. Do you have any advice for me that could help me make a decision about knee replacements?
Numbness and Tingling in the Hands
I wake up with my right hand numb. My thumb and middle finger seem the worst. It takes awhile for the numbness to wear off. I work in a grocery store, so I’m always on my feet and on the register. What should I do?
Exercising with Knee Pain?
I am 62 and have been doing Jazzercise aerobic exercise regularly for over a year. I started doing Jazzercise in the morning and began having knee pain. Should I quit this type of exercise? If so, what else should I do to stay in shape?
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis? How would I know if I have the disease, and how is it different from osteoarthritis?
Causes of Muscle Cramps
I get a lot of muscle cramps. What’s wrong, and what can be done?
Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment and Recovery
I was recently diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). I am being treated with Xarelto. What else can I do to promote healing during next six months of treatment? I'm physically active and I wear a compression stocking on the leg with DVT.
Can Vitamin D Help Reduce Back Pain?
I have been dealing with chronic pain from a back injury for a number of years. I read recently that Vitamin D can help reduce pain. Is this true, and if so should I start taking a supplement?
Ankle Rehabilitation After Injuries
I have fractured my ankle multiple times. Do you have any suggestions for exercises that would strengthen this area?
Recurrence of a Ganglion Cyst
I had wrist surgery in January for a ganglion cyst on inside of my wrist. It was painful and affected my quality of life. It was healing well until six weeks ago. The cyst has returned and is causing the same symptoms prior to surgery. What can I do?
Foot Cramp Causes
I am 40 and I get cramps so severe in my toes that they stiffen up in different directions. What could be the cause of this and should I be concerned?
Knee Pain and Patellar Femoral Syndrome
I’ve been having knee pain when I bend it and when it’s straight. It’s also a little swollen above the kneecap. I’m hoping that this is just a mild sprain, but six years ago I had a blood clot in the same leg just below the knee. Should I be worried?
Rotator Cuff Injury and Treatment
My left arm at the shoulder hurts all the time (including lifting things and even when I'm sleeping and turn on that side). I don't recall hurting it in any way. It started hurting several months ago. What could it be and how can I make it stop?
Swollen Elbow (Olecranon Bursitis)
My right elbow has been swollen for a few days, and it feels like it’s full of fluid. I don’t remember injuring it, and I don’t really feel any pain. I tried icing it, but the swelling did not go down. What could this be and should I see my doctor?
Shoulder Dislocation Pain
I dislocated my shoulder last year. I kept it in a sling for a few weeks, and then went through physical therapy. It has started to hurt again. I exercise regularly, but try to be careful of not reinjuring it. Anything I can do to prevent this pain?
Chronic Back Pain Tests and Treatment
I've been suffering from lower back pain for two years. I've had an MRI, ultrasounds and x-rays, but they can't find anything wrong. However I still have constant pain. What other tests can be done to find the reason for my pain?
What Causes My Knee to Pop Out of Place?
My right knee pops out with every step that I take and it hurts all the time. It’s been doing this for about two years. I’ve been to a doctor, but was told that nothing is wrong. My knee would not be hurting like this if it was nothing. Help!
What is Spinal Decompression Surgery?
Could you explain a surgery named spinal decompression, and describe the risks?
Knee Injury Involving the Pre-Patella Bursa
My daughter fell hard on her knee playing volleyball. An x-ray showed no fracture of patella, but it did indicate pre-patellar bursitis. Is there anything she can do to speed up the healing?
Repetitive Stress Prevention and Treatment
I sit hunched up at a computer all day, and my shoulders and elbows are really starting to ache. Is there anything I can do, other than just taking a break, to help prevent this pain?
Bunion Causes and Treatment
I have a bunion on my large toe that becomes painful and swollen, especially when I wear high heels. What caused this, and how can I fix it?
Medication Interaction with Joint Supplement?
Is it okay to take a joint pain supplement that contains glucosamine and scutellaria if I’m also taking prednisone?
What is Causing Hip Pain?
I’d like to know if I have a hip problem or if it’s something else. When I sit down and then get up and start to walk, my thigh hurts so much that it’s hard for me to continue walking. The pain does go away eventually.
Treating Shin Splints
I’ve started running to get back into shape and lose some extra pounds, but now I’ve got shin splints. What caused this, how can I get rid of them, and also how do I prevent them from coming back?
ACL Tear or Arthritis on Knee?
I had an x-ray and MRI on my right knee for severe pain. The radiologist said there was an ACL tear but my doctor attributed it to arthritis. I don't have swelling and the pain is intermittent. If it were arthritis, wouldn’t I have other symptoms?
Pain in Ball of Foot
I have pain across the ball of my right foot, making it tender to walk on. I’ve been doing a new type of activity - dancing Zumba in new shoes - but this pain showed up five days after the last class. Could it be related? If not, what are likely causes?
Treatments for End Stage Arthritis
I have knee pain, which I feel all day. I’m seeing an orthopedic doctor. His conclusion is the cartilage is worn out and recommends knee replacement. I’ve tried injections but this did not help. Are there any alternative procedures you would recommend?
Degenerative Disc Disease
I’m in my 50s and was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in my back. Will the pain get worse as I get older? And is there anything I can do for the pain besides pain medication? Also does this condition ever require surgery?
Bulging Disk vs. Herniated Disk
What is the difference between a bulging disk and a herniated disk?
"Stinky" Feet Prevention
My feet smell pretty stinky at the end of the day. What causes this, and is there anything I can do to prevent it?
Ingrown Toenail Prevention and Treatment
I have an ingrown toenail that is causing pain and swelling. How should I treat this? Also, is there anything I can do to prevent the other toenails from doing the same thing?
Working Out With Shoulder Impingment
I’ve been diagnosed with impingement in both of my shoulders. I don’t want surgery, but I need a workout routine that does not rely on shoulders/pushups, as I can’t support my body weight that way without having significant pain. Any suggestions?
Shoulder Pain and Tingling Fingers Causes
I’m having extreme pain in my shoulder near my shoulder blade down to my fingers, with tingling in my hand and fingers. What is causing this and what should I do?
Olecranon Bursitis Symptoms and Treatment
What is olecranon bursitis and how is it treated?
Knee Arthritis and Physical Activity
I'm 56 and play racquetball 2x a week, speed walk 6+ miles at a time, and play volleyball. My knees ache after I play. I ice after activities and have been taking Cellaplex for two months. How do I know if I am damaging my knees?
Recovery Time for Sprained Ankle
I sprained my foot/ankle about three weeks ago. The x-rays showed that there were no breaks. The swelling has gone down but it's still there, and my ankle is somewhat painful at times. Is this swelling, for this long, normal?
Treatment for Corns on Feet
What causes corns on feet, and is surgery always required to remove them?
Recovery Time for Knee Injury
I fell two weeks ago on the sidewalk and hurt the side and top of my knee. It really swelled and was painful to the touch. Now it’s much better but it is still sensitive when I kneel on it. Should I continue to give it some time?
Non-Fat Milk vs. 1% - 2% Fat Milk
I'm a 55 year old woman. Is non-fat milk or 1 or 2 percent milk better for me?
Thumb Pain Causes and Treatment Options
I have an aching, deep pain at the base of my thumbs that seems to get worse if I’ve been gardening, writing, or riding my bike. What can be causing this and is there anything I can do besides take ibuprofen?
RICE Method of Knee Pain Treatment
What is the RICE method of knee pain treatment?
Irritated Foot Nerve (Neuroma) Treatment
My doctor diagnosed an irritated nerve in my foot and told me to take anti-inflammatory medication and stay out of my high heels. I’m doing both, but I’m still in a lot of pain. Will anything else help?
Management of Chronic Pain
I have moderate to severe pain from carpal tunnel syndrome; arthritis in my shoulders and other joints; gout in my feet; a lumbar disk that slips; and damage to my right elbow. Can I expect to live free from pain, or will I always have some pain?
Athlete's Foot Symptoms and Treatment
What are the symptoms of athlete's foot and what is the best way to get rid of it?
Treatment Options for Shoulder Stiffness
What kinds of treatment options are there for shoulder stiffness?
Flat Feet in Children
My 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with flat feet by our regular doctor. She sometimes complains of pain in her legs. Our doctor said that she will probably outgrow it. If not, what are her treatment options? Is there anything I can do for her now?
Shoe Buying Tips
What tips should I follow when I'm shopping for shoes?
Painful Pops and Cracks in Knees
My knee pops out consistently when I work out. I’m 19 years old, at a healthy weight, and have an active lifestyle. I have quit working out several times due to painful cracks and pops. Is there anything that I can do to prevent this from happening?
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
I have an ingrown toenail that I want to treat at home. How do I do it?
Causes of Numb Toes
What is the cause of numbness of toes and is there anything that will help this?
Hip Replacement, Exercise and Weight Loss
I had full hip replacement surgery last year (left side) and it worked well. However, my right hip is now hurting. How can I lose weight effectively without irritating the bad hip?
Toenail Fungus Treatment
I have a yellow discoloration on most of my toenails. I've tried a few over-the counter creams, but they did not work. Any suggestions? What is your opnion of laser treatments for this problem?
Severe Achilles Tendinitis and Exercise
I have severe Achilles tendinitis and can't even go on long walks for exercise. What workouts would you recommend while I recover? It's been weeks since I've broken a good sweat.
Joint "Popping"
I notice that my hip joint pops a lot more than it used to. Should I be concerned?
Foot Pain Sources
I have chronic pain in my feet and legs. I’m 37 and have had this pain for about six months. The longer I stand the worse it is at night and sometimes at night I cannot get up very easily. The pain is mostly in the bottom of my feet.
Corns and Calluses Prevention and Treatment
What can I do to get rid of the corns and calluses on my feet?
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate Supplements
My husband has bilateral hip and shoulder replacements, a result of having to take Prednisone after his kidney transplant 30 yrs ago. Needless to say, he has had every problem that Prednisone can cause. Could he benefit by taking glucosamine/chondroitin?
Acute vs. Chronic Pain
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Shortened Achilles Tendon and High Heels
Do women wearing high heels experience/suffer from shortened Achilles tendons? Does wearing flat heels cause pain for high heel wearers? Are there any therapeutic exercises or stretches that can help?
Nerve Damage Symptoms and Treatment
I have pain and numbness across my upper back, in my shoulders, down my arms and through my elbows, wrists and hands. I know I have ulnar nerve damage of some kind. How and where do I start to ease the pain and numbness so I can sleep and work comfortably
Leg and Toe Cramps
What does it mean when I keep getting cramps in my toes and occasionally my calves? I have a heart condition and was wondering if the cramps could have something to do with poor circulation?
Ganglion Cyst on Foot
I have a 1-inch ganglion cyst on my right foot. I've had an x-ray, attempted needle aspiration, and an MRI. It causes periodic burning pain in my foot/ankle. I’m hesitant to have surgery. Any harm in just "letting it be"?
Achilles Tendonitis
What's the fastest way to recover from Achilles tendonitis? I have a case of insertional tendonitis, and it's been six weeks since I've been able to run. I'd like to get back to my activities.
Causes of Knee Cap Pain
My left knee cap hurts very much when I put weight on it, especially when I kneel. Also it becomes very warm. What can be causing this?
The Impact of Wearing High Heels
The arches of my feet can be really tight and achy now that I’m in my 40s. I love to wear high heels to work, but I’m also a long distance runner. Is my love for heels AND running mutually exclusive?
Treatment for Ganglion Cyst
I have had a lump on my left wrist for over a year. It was bigger at one time and now is small. Sometimes in protrudes through the skin. I had been wearing a watch at the time I noticed it. Should I be worried about this? It doesn't hurt.
What Can I Do to Support Aging, Sore Feet?
I find as I have gotten older (mid 40's), my feet get sore easily and that in my workout shoes I now need extra support. Is this typical? Do feet age like the rest of us, and is there anything I can do to better support my feet?
Causes of Tingling and Numb Fingers
Is it normal to have tingling and numbness in the fingers sometimes? What causes this? Could it be from a pinched nerve?
Knee Pain When Bending
I've been having problems with my knee hurting when I bend it or straighten it out. What can I do to help the pain, and should I see a doctor?
Knee Strengthening Exercises After Surgery
Are there certain exercises I can do after knee replacement to strengthen my knees to allow for climbing stairs easily?
How to Alleviate Muscle Cramps
I get bad cramps in my feet, legs, thighs, and sometimes fingers from work. What can I do to prevent them and/or stop them once they start? They become debilitating at times and they keep me from getting the sleep that I need.
Swelling Behind Knee After a Run
Why might I get swelling behind my knee when I run?
Osteoarthritis Treatment Options
I recently heard about a new knee procedure that uses medical separators rather than total knee replacement to relieve pain from osteoarthritis degeneration. Can you tell me about this and where to find out about getting it done?
Non-Surgical Treatment for Knee Arthritis
I have arthritis in my knees. What are some alternative forms of treatment instead of surgery? I've had cortisone shots, but they are ineffective now.
Sciatic Nerve: Irritation and Pain
Where exactly is the sciatic nerve? I've had a pain under my right buttocks that runs down the back of my leg to about the knee and hasn't gotten any better in over three weeks. Am I on the right track in suspecting sciatica?
Spinal Fusion Surgery: Benefits and Risks
What are the risks and benefits of lower back fusion surgery? What would you recommend a person try before surgery?
Height Loss With Aging
Why do some people lose height as they age? How much loss is too much?
Scaitica and Spinal Stenosis
What's the difference between sciatica and spinal stenosis? What steps should be taken to get the correct diagnosis?
Prevention of Varicose and Spider Veins
What causes broken veins around the ankles? Is there any preventive measures that can be taken?
Preventing Osteoporosis
I am trying to prevent osteoporosis. What supplements and foods are best?
Knee Pain Symptoms: What Do They Mean?
My knee locks up on occasion and pain radiates up to my hip and down my leg into my ankle. Is this something to be alarmed about? I do not have trouble walking, but it does ache more when sitting or laying in bed.
Pain on the Ball of the Foot
For the past five to six years, the balls of my feet hurt and burn all the time. I’ve tried inserts, Dansko shoes, foot soaks, as well as pain and nerve medications. Any suggestions?
What Causes Knee to Pop?
My knee popped out of place two weeks ago. I popped it right back, and the swelling and pain have gone away. Is this normal, or does it indicate a problem?
Calcium for Vegetarians: Sources of Calcium
I am a vegetarian and have recent concerns about lack of calcium and risk of osteoporosis. What can I eat that is high in calcium besides dairy?
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