What Are Shin Splints and How Do I Treat Them?

The official medical term for shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome, and its name describes exactly what it is — pain along the front inner edge of the tibia or shinbone. Shin splints can be as painful as they are common, but they are easily identified and treated with just a few simple measures.…

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Everything You Need To Know About Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Dr. Vladimir Alexander treating a shoulder replacement patient

The shoulder — made up of the clavicle (collar bone), upper arm bone (humerus), and the shoulder blade (scapula) — is the body’s most mobile joint. That also makes it the most vulnerable to injury. Shoulder injuries can result from falls, accidents or overuse, and the most common ailments are tendon issues, instability, arthritis and…

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The Complete Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Treatment

If you spend a lot of time typing at a computer and start to experience wrist pain or discomfort, your first thought might go to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). It’s a common ailment affecting 3 to 6 percent of adults and is more likely to affect people who perform repetitive motion at work, have previously…

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Why Does My Shoulder Hurt When It Gets Cold?

Runner grabbing shoulder

Have you ever noticed how sometimes, when it’s cold outside, you suddenly get all these aches and pains? It’s not an urban legend or hypochondria. The temperature does affect our bodies. We know extreme weather can cause frostbite, but you don’t have to be in an arctic tundra to feel its harmful effects. Think about…

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How to Tell The Difference Between a Broken Toe and a Sprained Toe

Injuring one of your toes is never a good situation. But considering the toes are such small bones within the body, it can difficult to tell when a toe injury is serious or not so bad. One of the most frequently asked questions among patients is how they can tell the difference between a broken…

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The Complete Guide to Trigger Finger

Is your finger stiff when you wake up? Do you hear popping or clicking when you move your finger? Is your finger stuck in a bent position and you are unable to straighten it? If so, trigger finger could be to blame. What Is Trigger Finger? Trigger finger is also known as tenosynovitis and is…

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Jammed vs. Broken Finger: How Can I Tell?

A jammed finger is an incredibly common injury, especially if you play sports. While jammed fingers may be common, they are also extremely painful and require medical attention. Below, you can learn how to tell if you have a jammed finger or if the injury might be more severe. Anatomy of the Finger Your finger…

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What Is Runner’s Knee?

Marathon runner in mid stride

Runner’s knee, also known as Patellofemoral pain syndrome, is when you experience pain in your knee, typically around your kneecap. Runner’s knee is more common in people who are actively involved in sports that involve running and jumping. Knee pain increases when you run, walk up or down stairs, sit for long periods of time…

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How to Tell If You Have a Cracked or Broken Rib

X-Ray of a Broken Rib

If you have ever experienced a broken or cracked rib, you know just how painful the experience can be. But in some cases following a blow to the ribcage, it may be hard to tell if your pain is symptomatic of a break or crack, or something less serious. Read on to learn the symptoms,…

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Why Are Some Individuals More Flexible Than Others?

There are a number of different factors that may contribute to why some people are more flexible than others. Genetics, gender, exercise history and other reasons contribute to a person’s flexibility. Let’s dive deeper into what makes a person flexible. Your Age Aging is a major factor when it comes to flexibility. As you age,…

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