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Appendicitis

Appendicitis

I saw a patient a few weeks back who was brought in by her dad presenting with a typical medical dilemma...is the patient's abdominal pain appendicitis or not?  Unfortunately, there is usually not an obvious answer; the diagnosis is usually made by reviewing a...

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

"Doc, my muscles are always stiff and sore and I'm so tired.  What's wrong with me?"  This is a common complaint that I frequently hear in my office, and it is often due to fibromyalgia. This chronic condition affects about 1 in 50 people and is more common in women. ...

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What to do for Shingles

What to do for Shingles

Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a localized, blistering rash which is usually quite painful and more common in those over 60.  The rash usually lasts up to two weeks, but the pain can often continue indefinitely.  It develops as a localized reactivation...

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Nursemaid’s Elbow

Nursemaid’s Elbow

Nursemaid's elbow is a common condition most often seen in toddlers and children between the ages of 1 to 4 years of age.  Technically known as subluxation of the radial head, it is most often caused by pulling upward or outward on a child's arm, thus dislocating the...

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Non-Surgical Treatment for Joint Pain

Non-Surgical Treatment for Joint Pain

Many patients ask what can be done for a sore joint such as a knee or shoulder.  Specific recommendations depend on the underlying diagnosis - such as an injury - as well as many other factors.  However, a number of general non surgical therapies are often recommended...

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