One of the most common joint disorders and the leading cause of disability in adults is osteoarthritis, a disease that affects an estimated 27 million Americans. Previous studies have found that weight loss can decrease the frequency of knee dysfunction and disability in individuals with osteoarthritis, but until recently there has been limited research on the effectiveness of regular exercise or weight loss as a method of treatment for hip OA. A new research initiative, involving 35 adults diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis, has been gathering evidence for the effectiveness of exercise and weight loss for overweight or obese patients with hip OA. Read more
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a neurovascular condition in which the thoracic outlet, the space between the collar bone and rib cage through which blood vessels and nerves pass through, becomes compressed. This often results in symptoms including pain in the neck and shoulder, finger and hand numbness and hand weakness. Irritation of local nerve fibers can also lead to cardiac symptoms, such as arrhythmia. Read more
Most people experience headaches from time to time, some more than others. In many cases it isn’t too hard to pin down its cause such as excess alcohol or very loud music but in some cases the causes are not so obvious. This can be frustrating for the sufferer as headaches can be quite debilitating and prevent the sufferer from living a normal life.
While professional help should always be sought if the symptoms are either severe or continual, there are a few possible causes which are worth investigating as well. Read more