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Shoulder or Neck Pain? How to Tell the Difference

Pain specialists are often asked how to tell the difference between shoulder and neck pain. This is an important clinical question, and patients are also invested in understanding the difference between these two distinct types of problems. The treatment plan will depend on the diagnosis of the problem, so it is important to correctly identify the cause of the pain. Professional Perspectives on Pain Clinicians can use a variety of methods to perform the initial examination. The precise methods selected by the examiner will depend on their training. Different professionals are trained to approach the same problem using a unique set of tools. For example, chiropractors tend to analyze the neck and shoulder pain from the perspective of the alignment of the bones. However, they are also aware of the role of the soft tissues in creating pain. Soft tissue specialists will approach the pain from the perspective of the...
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Who is Most at Risk for Osteoporosis

Current statistics indicate that approximately 44 million adults in the United States have osteoporosis or low bone mass that can eventually lead to this disease. Osteoporosis is a common problem in adults aged 55 years and older. Osteoporosis can make it much more likely for an older adult to suffer from a serious bone fracture if they fall or become injured in some other manner. What is osteoporosis and who is most at risk of developing it? The following paragraphs will answer these questions. What is Osteoporosis? Bone is a living tissue present throughout the human body. When this living tissue undergoes loss of mass, it can become brittle and easier to break. This condition is called osteoporosis and is a leading cause of bone fractures in older adults. Who is Most at Risk for Developing Osteoporosis? While osteoporosis can strike anyone at any time, it is most common in...
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Three Signs That You Might Have Arthritis

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and it can affect people of all ages. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis may develop because of infections or injuries to the joints that exacerbate the breakdown of cartilage located in them. People may also develop osteoarthritis as a part of the aging process when the cartilage breaks down with age. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that develops when the immune system attacks the synovium, a tissue that produces fluid to help cushion the joints. Both types of arthritis can be very painful and debilitating. It is important for people to recognize the early symptoms of arthritis and to see their doctors for help. Three Common Signs of Arthritis People who have arthritis may experience joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. These symptoms may come and go. They may also range in severity...
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A Closer Look at Five Common Orthopedic Surgeries

When injuries or malformations are severe or conditions of the joints and musculoskeletal system don’t respond to conservative treatment, orthopedic surgery is an option that can often relieve pain and restore normal function. Here is a closer look at five common orthopedic surgeries. 1. Knee Replacement Surgery Replacement of the knee joint is a common procedure that may be needed after a serious break or fall. It can also bring relief and restore mobility to the knees of arthritis patients when severe swelling and pain isn’t alleviated by medication or other therapies. The surgery may involve modifications to an existing joint or replacement with a synthetic joint that replicates the actions of a natural knee joint. After their recovery, patients enjoy improved range of motion, and they may no longer have to rely on walkers and other mobility aids. 2. Foot Surgery for Morton’s Neuroma Morton's neuroma is a common...
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Ways to protect yourself from developing arthritis

Arthritis is a health condition that inflicts thousands of people with pain and stiffness in the joints, especially among the elderly. Although there is a genetic component that can alter your likelihood of developing arthritis, anyone can develop this condition. However, even a genetic predisposition doesn't guarantee that you'll develop arthritis; there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk. Many of these steps begin with taking a healthier approach to your daily habits. 1. Aim for a Healthy Weight Losing weight reduces the stress on your bones and joints whenever you walk, stretch or bend over. Excessive weight is particularly harsh on high-impact joints that are more likely to develop arthritis, including your knees and hips. If you're unsure of how to lose weight, talking with your doctor can help you find the best solutions for your situation. Eating less and filling your plate with healthy foods...
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What is the Best Surface to Run On?

The natural instinct of most runners is to head off on whatever surface is nearby. That could be the green grass of the neighborhood park, the wood chips that make up a local trail, the roads of the marathon that you've been training for, the sidewalks of your busy neighborhood or even the moving belt of a treadmill as you look out at snowy conditions or an electric thunderstorm making its way through the area. What many runners don't consider is what impact the surface that they run on has on their feet and knees, which is especially significant when you consider that you will generally accumulate at least a thousand steps for every mile that you run. Although the specifics differ depending on things like pace and weight, a considerable amount of force is being put through your feet and knees throughout your runs. First, let's look at what...
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Most Common Orthopedic Injuries

Each day, Your body makes a variety of movements. As bone, muscles, ligaments, and tendons become worn and damaged, you may develop certain ailments that require orthopedic care. At Mid Atlantic, we specialize in the recovery process. Here are three of the most common injuries that occur from sporting accidents, aging, or everyday activities. Ankle Sprains Your ankle connects your leg and foot. When you twist or bend your ankle in the wrong way, a sprain may happen. This can occur as a result of playing sports, wearing inappropriate footwear, or lack of flexibility. Although a mild injury will get better with rest, a more serious problem may require orthopedic care. You may need to wear a brace or cast and undergo physical therapy to help regain your strength. In severe cases, you may need some type of surgical treatment. If a doctor suspects that you have loose pieces of...
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