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Your Age Helps Docs Find Best Option for ACL Repair

Tags: ACL, ACL tear, arthroscopic knee surgery, chronic knee pain, knee, knee injury, knee pain, knee replacements

Have you torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? If, unfortunately, you have, you and your doctor need to weigh one factor very carefully when you discuss treatment options: your age.


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Why You Should Consider a Second Medical Opinion

Tags: EMR, second opinion, treatments

When you’re facing a new medical diagnosis, how do you know you have been diagnosed correctly or are making the right treatment choices? A second medical opinion can offer new information, a new perspective and peace of mind.


5 Myths About Diet and Arthritis

Busting 5 Myths About Your Diet and Arthritis

Tags: arthritis, diet, healthy diet, myths, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

There is no shortage of bad advice out there — especially when it comes to arthritis and your diet.


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Can Drinking Too Much Milk Make Your Bones More Brittle?

Tags: bone health, calcium, dairy, milk, vitamin D, vitamin d deficiency, vitamin deficiency

Milk and dairy products are concentrated calcium sources, and we know calcium fortifies bones and prevents osteoporosis. However, a recent study suggests that while some milk may be good, more is not better.


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Why Opioids May Not Be Best for Your Chronic Pain

Tags: chronic pain, drug safety, drugs, pain management, pain medication

Opioids are powerful painkillers but aren’t usually for chronic pain. They are highly addictive, cause unwelcome side effects and often aren’t effective long-term.


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Over 45? How You Can Deal With Rotator Cuff Injuries

Tags: rotator cuff, shoulder, shoulder pain, tendonitis

Older Americans can easily strain a shoulder. Here's how to recognize the difference between a rotator cuff injury that can result and a more common culprit: tendonitis.


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Sodas, Tea and Coffee: Which Can Lower Your Bone Density?

Tags: bone density, bone health, caffeine, coffee, osteoporosis, soda, tea

Colas and coffee affect women's bone density and could lead to osteoporosis. But tea -- even the kind with caffeine -- and other sodas do not. And men are not affected at all. Confused? You're not alone.


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How to Choose Your Physical or Occupational Therapy Facility

Tags: physical therapy

Choosing where to have physical or occupational therapy after surgery or an injury is an important part of your recovery. Find key questions to ask for the most convenient and effective therapy.


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Ankle and Wrist Injuries: Facts and Best Fixes

Tags: fractures, joint pain, joints, physical therapy, sports injuries, sports injury, strains and sprains

Many of the outdoor activities we love pose a risk of wrist or ankle fractures. Find out how to tell a fracture from a sprain (hint: often only your doctor can) and what treatment to expect.


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You Can Manage Your Pain Without Medications

Tags: chronic pain, diet, exercise, medications, pain

Too often, we treat pain with medications. Unfortunately, many pain medications have bad side effects. They also can be addictive. If you're struggling with pain, consider all the alternatives.