What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

What is platelet-rich plasma and what does it do? For the body to survive, it is essential that there must be an adequate flow of blood to the cells, carrying oxygen and other nutrients and removing wastes. When we refer to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) we are not talking about some people having blood plasma that has a…

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Massage: Medical Treatment Or Indulgence?

How is a medical massage different from a regular massage? Today, more and more orthopedic practices are offering complimentary treatment protocols, like medical massage. Research is showing that many of these methods, including yoga, acupuncture and PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) therapy, as well as massage, are often quite effective.   Besides studies showing the value of complementary…

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Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome

What is myofascial pain syndrome and are trigger point injections an effective treatment method? Myofascial pain has been described as muscle pain, a very simple and straightforward explanation. However, the fascia, where that pain actually originates, is proving to be anything but simple. There are organizations and conferences focused solely on gaining a better understanding of fascia…

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Osteoporosis and Back Pain

What causes osteoporosis and how does it lead to back pain? One of the leading causes of back pain is due to the fracturing of the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. This results in the space around the spinal column collapsing or compressing, which explains it being referred to as a spinal compression…

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Radiculopathy

How painful is radiculopathy and is it a spinal condition that always requires surgery? Radiculopathy, while a fairly common condition, may not be a term with which most people are familiar. Using the less technical “pinched nerve” or “sciatica” terms are far more likely to ring a bell. Other times the diagnosis might otherwise be…

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Complementary Medicine or Alternative Medicine?

Are complementary medicine and alternative medicine the same? Medical practices have been changing. More and more physicians are incorporating methods into their practices that, in the past, were not considered to have a place in standard medical care. To find hard proof of that you need to look no farther than BlueCross BlueShield, one of…

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Treating Back Pain

What are the most common options for treating back pain? Treating back pain is estimated to be a 60-billion-dollar business, just here in the U.S. While we can’t say that everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives, we would not be very far off if we did. Back pain is second…

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When Rheumatoid Arthritis Attacks the Knee

Could the pain in my knee be from rheumatoid arthritis? Arthritis is especially common in the knee joint, but it can target any of the body’s joints. We rarely encounter or even hear about most of them, but there are actually over 100 different kinds of arthritis. Most affect adults, primarily, but childhood and adolescent…

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