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The importance of stretching

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, which is needed to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when muscles are called on for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That increases the risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. If possible one should stretch daily, focusing on the lower extremities. It’s important to stretch after a workout, not before. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: What to take for shingles pain

People who have shingles can take famciclovir and valacyclovir to kill the virus and alleviate pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen may also be added. The use of glucocorticoid medicines for pain is debated. (Locked) More »

Chest pain could be aortic valve disease

In aortic stenosis, the leaves of the aortic valve become caked with calcium, making them thick and stiff. Because the leaves do not open and close normally, blood flow through the heart is impaired. This can lead to symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, or breathlessness. The risk of sudden death in people with aortic stenosis increases dramatically from the time symptoms first appear. Because surgery will be required within a year or two, some surgeons recommend replacing the valve as soon as aortic stenosis is diagnosed. Other surgeons say that because operating before symptoms appear cannot improve quality of life, waiting for symptoms is more prudent. The right choice depends on what the patient considers more important: preventing sudden death at all costs, or preserving quality of life. (Locked) More »

Alternative treatments for knee pain

When considering alternative treatments to avoid a knee replacement, not all therapies are proven effective at reducing knee pain. The best treatments are weight loss and physical therapy, which relieve pressure on the knee joint. Supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin, and therapies such as acupuncture and viscosupplementation, can be effective in some people. There is not enough evidence to show that platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) and prolotherapy are effective. Prolotherapy and viscosupplementation carry a risk of infection. (Locked) More »

Prevent pain from computer use

Holding a tablet computer too low in your lap can force the vertebrae and the muscles in your neck to bend forward too much, causing strain and even injuries to muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and spinal discs. However, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that viewing a tablet on a table, propped at a steep angle in a tablet case, reduces neck strain and potential pain. You should also change your sitting position every 15 minutes. When using a laptop or desktop computer, sit up straight with your head level and the top of your monitor just below eye level. More »

Eye surgery and post-op pain

Contact lenses are already used after laser eye surgery as bandages. Surgeons place silicone hydrogel contact lenses on the eyes, which can release ophthalmic drugs for a few hours. However, that's inadequate for pain relief. Contact lenses with vitamin E added deliver a long-lasting anesthetic. Vitamin E acts as a barrier and extends the release of the anesthetics, providing relief up to a week after surgery. (Locked) More »

Stop elbow pain and stay in the game

What racquet sports player or golfer hasn't gotten sidelined—sometimes for months on end—by elbow pain? Occurring on either the inside or outside of the elbow, the pain can be intense and persistent; recovering from it calls for physical therapy and retraining. Proper playing technique and overall physical conditioning can prevent many injuries from ever happening. Here is what you need to know to stay in the game—or get back to it if you develop elbow troubles. (Locked) More »