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Herniated Disk: Small Injury, Big Effects

When sharp pain is shooting through your buttocks and down one leg, that is often a sign of a herniated lumbar disk in your lower back. You may also feel numbness, tingling, or weakness. If you feel burning pain and numbness in your neck, shoulder, or arm, that could signal a herniated cervical disk in your neck. When the bundle of nerves in your spinal cord is impacted, life can become incredibly painful and challenging. Protect your spine in the ways that you can, listen to it when pain tells you something is wrong, and you’ll increase your chances of enjoying physical activities for years to come.

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The ABCs of ACL Injuries

If you’re familiar with only one kind of knee injury, chances are the one you’ve heard of is a torn ACL – especially if you’re a sports fan or an athlete. But what exactly is the ACL, and how does it get torn?

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Did Somebody Say, “Joint Replacement”?

Our bodies' joints allow us to move in myriad ways efficiently and comfortably. Sometimes, however, we develop pain, stiffness, or swelling in a joint that makes it nearly impossible to move the way we used to. Bone diseases such as arthritis -- as well as injuries and other bone disorders -- are common causes of this kind of pain and joint immobility. Often joint replacement surgery can restore significant levels of ease and range of motion, letting you return to your favorite activities. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people undergo some form of joint replacement surgery each year in the U.S. alone.

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6 Expert Tips on Using Crutches

Using a walking aid, such as crutches, is an important part of your recovery because it allows your leg to heal properly. Learning how to balance with your walking aid is one of the most crucial steps in using it effectively. Check out the following tips to learn how to safely use your crutches:

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Don’t Let an Achilles Tendon Rupture Interrupt Your Life

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It helps you walk, run and jump. But when the tendon gets stretched too far, it can rupture, resulting in a complete or partial tear. This is usually due to a sudden and strong force on the tendon, which can happen when you jump, pivot your foot, or move too quickly. it can also occur if you trip or fall.

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EMG Nerve Testing: What to expect

When you experience an unexplained numbness, tingling, pain, cramping or muscle weakness, your physician may recommend electrodiagnostic testing to study how your nerves and muscles are working. A nerve conduction study measures how fast an electrical impulse travels through your nerve.

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