Try not to call it a cane. Instead, calling this assistive device a "walking stick" or even a "trekking stick" evokes more positive images of youth, vigor, and an active lifestyle. This handy object can assist you in easing many types of pain. All the way down the chain, from the low back to the feet, a walking stick can reduce the stress and strain that comes with everyday activities or a walk in the woods.
Researchers in Australia recently showed that the use of a cane reduced the load on the knee by 10%. By reducing knee joint stress, the pain, swelling, and stiffness is less likely to become debilitating. Knee arthritis plagues many people who line up for knee replacement surgery. That surgery can be postponed and activities can continue with a little help from a walking stick or two. That's right, two. Some of the most avid hikers in the world use two trekking sticks to help support their bodies over the uneven terrain. Not only does this technique reduce the load on ...
Women experience lots of moments that men can only experience as an observer. For starters, there's childbirth, breastfeeding, and multiple orgasms. But while the female body enjoys plenty of chromosomal perks, certain aspects of having a woman's anatomy aren't so hot. Mittelschmerz, menstrual cramps, and vulvodynia, just to name a few common aches and pains, plague the most sensitive female parts. But what exactly are they, and why won't they leave us the heck alone? Mittelschmerz It may sound like a type of German cookie, but it's actually a pain in the side. When a woman ovulates, about two weeks before menstruation, she may feel a slight pain on one side of her lower abdomen. Usually lasting a few hours, this pain, known as Mittelschmerz , is quite common. For most women, the pain is not severe enough to require treatment. It's simply a reminder that ovulation is taking place. According to Vivien Hanson, M.D., clinical investigator at the University of Wa...
Sometimes cancer cells spread to other parts of the body. When this happens, the breast cancer may be described in a few different ways: metastatic, advanced, or stage IV. The term "metastases" refers to specific areas of spread, such as bone metastases.
If you have signs or symptoms of metastases, your doctor will likely use local treatment (treatment directly to the cancer area) to relieve the symptoms and to control the disease at that spot. Radiation can shrink and help control specific spots where the cancer has spread. Radiation can help:
lower the risk of broken bones in areas that may be weakened from cancer
improve breathing by opening up a blocked airway
take pressure off a pinched nerve that might be causing pain, numbness, or weakness
The radiation dose and schedule for metastases depends on a number of factors, including:
the urgency of the situation (pain, loss of function, size and location of the metastasis, for example)
any previous ...
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