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More and more of what I read about diabetes implicates inflammation. So
when Dr. Michael Jaff told me about its role in peripheral arterial
disease (PAD) I took the opportunity to delve into what he could tell
me about both inflammation and PAD. Dr. Jaff is the medical director of the Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory at
Massachusetts General Hospital and a specialist in treating PAD. My previous article here reported on our discussion of the role of exercise in preventing PAD, which is one of the complications of diabetes. Inflammation is a broad term. It includes everything from peritoneal disease to muscle soreness and plaque in our arteries. "We
all think about
inflammation as in inflamed joints after we exercise," Dr. Jaff began.
"Things like that. But there is a fairly common pathway for all forms
of inflammation." We have certain cells that
cause inflammation, and they are white blood cells. Most people think of
white blood cells as those that fight off infection, but in fact white
Definition Volkmann's contracture is a deformity of the hand, fingers, and wrist caused by injury to the muscles of the forearm. See also: Compartment syndrome Alternative Names Ischemic contracture Causes, incidence, and risk factors Volkmann's contracture occurs when there is a lack of blood flow (ischemia) to the forearm. This usually occurs when there is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome. Trauma to the arm, including a crush injury or fracture, can lead to swelling that presses on blood vessels and can decrease blood flow to the arm. A prolonged decrease in blood flow will injure the nerves and muscles, causing them to become stiff (scarred) and shortened. When the muscle shortens, it pulls on the joint at the end of the muscle just as it would if it were normally contracted. But because it is stiff, the joint remains bent and cannot straighten. This condition is called a contracture. In Volkmann's contracture, the muscles of the forearm are severe...
Generic Name: CAPSAICIN - TOPICAL Pronounced: (kap-SAY-i-sin) Muscle Relief Top Uses
This medication is used to treat minor aches and pains of
the muscles/joints (e.g., arthritis, backache, sprains). It may also be used to
treat nerve pain. Capsaicin works by decreasing a certain natural substance in
your body (substance P) that helps pass pain signals to the
How To Use Muscle Relief Top
Use this medication on the skin only. Follow all
directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the
information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
For the cream, gel, and lotion forms, apply a thin layer
of medication to the affected area and rub in gently and thoroughly. You may
want to use a cotton ball/swab or latex glove to apply the medication to avoid
touching the medication with your hands.
Do not apply the medication in the eyes, mouth, nostrils,
or genitals. If you do get the medication in those areas, flu...
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