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Patellofemoral Syndrome (Runner's Knee) - What You Need To Know
One of the most common causes of knee pain that I have encountered in practice, especially amongst active individuals, is pain related to patellofemoral syndrome. Commonly called “runner’s knee,” it is often manifested by pain under or around the kneecap. In this article, you'll learn all about patellofemoral syndrome, including what it is, why it occurs, and how it...
3 Ways To Manage Multiple Sclerosis at Home
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition where the body’s immune system destroys the protective nerve coverings and can be difficult to live with. The damage that occurs causes an impaired nerve impulse and leads to common symptoms such as fatigue, pain all over the body, changes in sensation, muscle stiffness, muscle paralysis, impaired coordination, and vision changes. Symptoms of...
ADHA Treatment Options (Including Medical and Non-Medical Alternatives)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder that causes children and adults to display impulsive behaviors, experience difficulty focusing, and symptoms of restlessness. A condition that is closely related to ADHD is attention-deficit disorder, also known as ADD. While ADD is no longer a recognized diagnosis by the Fifth Edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical...
The Skinny on Anti-Obesity Medications
The FDA has approved several medications that can be used to treat obesity. Through seeing patients for weight management, I have come to realize that there is not a lot of information out there on the options and misunderstandings are frequent. In this article, I will highlight selected anti-obesity medications and discuss the pros and cons of each. However,...
10 Healthy Ways To Reduce Water Retention in the Body
You try to button your jeans, and you feel as if you swallowed a watermelon. But you’ve been eating well and exercising - what gives? You could be experiencing water retention. Water retention, or edema, stems from various causes. Many pose little reason for alarm, although some indicate a more severe health problem. What can you do to beat the...
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) - What Parents Need To Know
Do you or someone you know have a lazy eye? Are you a parent or guardian looking to learn more about amblyopia? Has your child been asked to patch one of their eyes or been referred for surgical alignment of their eye? If yes to any of the above, keep reading to learn more about the causes and treatments...
4 Ways Chronic Pain and Depression Feed Off Each Other
Are you one of the millions of patients with chronic pain who has a comorbid diagnosis of depression? Each condition is difficult enough to manage independently. The two together? They are a devastating combination and can feed off each other. Here's how they often interact — and how you can cope.  1) Both are isolating When you have chronic pain, your energy...
Nutrition for Migraines (Including Triggers and Dietary Management)
Picture this: there’s a small man inside your head. He has an ice pick in his left hand and he’s jabbing it into your right temple. Over and over again, he won’t stop. Then he moves behind your eye. Jab jab jab. You’re trying to work but the sharp, debilitating pain won’t stop. You start to feel nauseated. You...
5 Popular Activities Pediatric OTs Use With Children
Have you ever watched an occupational therapist work with a child? If so, you might agree that it almost looks like playtime and there’s no actual “therapy” going on. Believe it or not, pediatric occupational therapy is supposed to look like play.  Foundations of pediatric development place the use of play and leisure at the center of growing. As a result, occupational...
Treatment Options For Excessive Tearing (Including Surgery)
Do your eyes tear up all the time, to the point where it's annoying or even embarrassing? Excessive tearing in the medical world is known as epiphora. Chronic tearing can cause a social problem where you need to constantly have tissues on hand because tears are always running down your face. In this article, I'll review the main causes of...