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08
Mar

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a painful condition of the elbow that occurs due to repetitive motion of the arm and hand. The tendons involved attach to the outer or lateral part of the elbow. With recurrent injury, the tendons become chronically damaged. We typically refer to this as a tendinopathy. Contrary to popular belief, people who play tennis are not the only ones who develop this condition. It is often seen in individuals who do manual labor such as construction, carpentry, and factory work. We even see this in people who work on computers and in the restaurant industry. MRI and ultrasound can help assess the scope of injury. Traditional treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, ice, rest, and physical therapy. Symptoms can still persist despite these therapies. In the office, we find that prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma work very well. Drying needling and cold laser can also be effective treatments

28
Feb

Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can occur when nerves get damaged. More often than not, one experiences burning, numbness, and tingling. Over time, various part of the peripheral nervous system can be affected. Patients may have an impairment in balance which can lead to frequent falls. If the autonomic nervous system is damaged, patients often experience dizziness, changes in heart rate, as well as bowel and bladder issues. Overall, Diabetes appears to be the most common cause. Control of blood sugar is very important in treating this type of neuropathy. Other causes may include B vitamin Deficiencies, alcohol consumption, exposure to toxins, lupus and other autoimmune disease, cancer, liver and kidney disease, chemotherapy, and blood disorders.

A complete neurological examination and diagnostic testing is necessary for optimal treatment. Medication can provide symptomatic relief when needed.

22
Feb

Stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and death in this country. It can result in permanent disability in about 2/3 of cases. What is a stroke? It happens when there is reduced blood flow and oxygen to the brain. This can occur from a clot or hemorrhage. Warning signs may include trouble speaking, weakness on one side of the body, dizziness, changes in vision, severe headache, and trouble walking. Stroke is a medical emergency which requires prompt attention. When patients are able to get to the hospital fast enough, a medication can be given to break up the clot and minimize long term disability. The longer you wait, the greater the damage. Don’t delay treatment!