If you’ve ever had a conversation with someone with hearing loss, you may have instinctively thought to speak louder when it appeared you weren’t being heard. It’s a natural response – but, unfortunately, it’s one that doesn’t actually help as much as you’d think.
Imagine you’re enjoying an epic game of flag football with friends when one of your opponents decides to make the game full-contact. All of a sudden, you’re on the ground in pain. The impact of the tackle and the fall have dislocated your shoulder. It can be a frightening and excruciating experience.
There’s no dancing around this: hip replacement is major surgery. The decision to have hip replacement is major, too – and after you and your physician have discussed all your options and have decided hip replacement is right for you, it’s already time to start thinking about what comes next.
Iron plays a very important role in your body. Not only does it serve an integral role in energy metabolism and acid-base balance, but it also helps with oxygen transport. Iron is a mineral found in hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen from your lungs throughout the rest of your body to your organs and tissues. People with an iron deficiency have bodies that struggle to make enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which can leave them feeling tired or short of breath. When you consider that women are already more prone to iron deficiency than men (this is largely due to the blood loss associated with menstruation), and that exercise increases iron loss within the body, it comes as no surprise female athletes are particularly susceptible to iron deficiency (or anemia).
Knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of chronic knee pain and a type of arthritis associated with wear and tear of the knee joint over time. While it can be worsened by prior and future injuries, it’s almost always related to aging. The cartilage around the knee is so degenerated that the bones rub together and joints become inflamed.
Caring for an ill or disabled loved one is an opportunity to give and be of service to someone who truly needs you. It’s also a difficult task. An esteemed responsibility. An honor.
One of the most common knee injuries, a torn meniscus is caused by the tearing of the c-shaped cartilage in your knees (the menisci) that act like a cushion between your shinbone and thighbone.
“Beauty is pain.” How many of you have heard this? First, that’s crazy – don’t promulgate that myth. Second, causing yourself pain to wear a style that may look cute isn’t only silly; it can do long-term damage. One fashion item notoriously responsible for both immediate pain and damage in the long run are shoes. Do they cramp your toes? If so, you may be setting the stage for hammertoe, a common, painful deformity of the second, third, or fourth toe, often the result of wearing narrow shows with little or no arch support.
You’ve likely heard of postpartum depression (PPD) in women. Different from the “baby blues,” PPD is a severe, ongoing depression. But do you know that men can also experience a type of postpartum depression called paternal postnatal depression or PPND? It’s more common than you might think.
When we rely so much on our hands – to do, well, almost everything – it’s especially worrisome when something about them isn’t right. Ganglion cysts certainly have their place on the list of the many worrisome ailments we can experience in our hands and wrists. These nodules of swollen tissue rise up from inside the joints, most commonly those on the hands and wrists. Growing out of the joint’s supporting tissues, such as ligaments, the cysts are filled with a thick fluid similar to the fluid that lubricates the joint itself.