Tag Archives: Pain

Knee Pain In Middle Age: Start with X-Rays

If you’re one of the millions of people over 40 who has knee pain when walking up the stairs or every time it rains, you might think you need a MRI to discover what’s causing the problem. Here’s the good news: a simple X-ray may be all it takes. That’s because the likely culprit for […]

Leg Pain, Cramping Can Signal Peripheral Arterial Disease

Leg cramps. Pain while walking. Relief at rest. Many people who have these symptoms often chalk it up to getting older or being out of shape when it’s something all together different – a sign of heart disease. Peripheral arterial disease – similar to coronary artery disease – is a narrowing of the arteries that carry blood […]

Lose Weight to Battle Osteoarthritis, Study Suggests

Losing a substantial amount of weight can help protect knees from osteoarthritis and slow down the degeneration of knee cartilage, a new MRI study finds. Patients who lost more than 10 percent of their body weight during the study had the best results, according to lead author Alexandra Gersing, MD, from the Department of Radiology […]

Most People Have Less Joint Pain, Better Mobility After Weight Loss Surgery, New Study Finds

The majority of patients who have bariatric surgery say they have less joint pain and are able to walk more easily three years after their surgery, a new study finds. About 70 percent of more than 2,200 patients followed in the study who had severe hip and knee pain or disability before surgery experienced an […]

Practicing Yoga Improves Arthritis Pain and Mood

For the one in five people who live with arthritis, yoga may be a safe and effective way to remain active. A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers found that people with two common forms of arthritis – knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – who practiced yoga reported a 20 percent improvement in their pain, […]

Tips to Avoid Injuries from Wearing Heavy Backpacks

Parents and students shopping for a new school backpack this month may want to consider important safety tips to prevent back, neck and shoulder injuries. Backpacks, the preferred choice for students to carry all of their daily school necessities, help distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, if […]

Strengthen Shoulder Joint to Prevent Injuries

Many people don’t realize how much they use their shoulders until they find themselves injured. Injuries to the shoulder muscles, ligaments and tendons can take months to heal, making it difficult to perform simple, everyday tasks. By protecting the shoulder joint, however, many injuries can be prevented, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Strengthening […]

Regular Exercise May Help Elderly Men Live Longer

New research on the health benefits of exercise for elderly men should inspire many to head out for a walk or bike ride. Just 30 minutes of physical activity six days a week – whether it’s at a light or vigorous intensity – was associated with a 40 percent lower risk of death, according to […]

Safety Tips Help Prevent Back Strain, Injuries While Removing Snow

Icy roads. Traffic jams. School closings. Another round of snowfall this week in South Hampton Roads presents numerous problems for residents – including back strains from shoveling snow. A national group of orthopaedic surgeons has issued some safety tips to help prevent injuries that can occur while removing snow. More than 119,000 people were treated […]

Parkinson’s Patients Should Seek Exercise Early for Fall Prevention Benefits

Exercise may help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their balance, mobility and quality of life, even if it does not reduce their risk of falling, a new study suggests. Falling is a common problem for people with Parkinson’s. Sixty percent fall each year. Two-thirds of those fall repeatedly. “The resulting injuries, pain, limitations of activity and fear […]