Bowl of Oatmeal with Fruit

Fast and Easy Power Breakfast Ideas

Just about everybody is pressed for time these days, and even the most health-conscious of us may be tempted to skip breakfast in order to eke out a few more minutes in our day. However, though it may sound like a cliché, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Numerous studies have confirmed that breakfast is the…

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Anatomy of the Knee

Anatomy of the Knee

The skeletal structure of the knee is formed from three different bones – the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) and patella (knee cap). The lower end of the femur connects with the tibia and patella at the knee. Here, the femur expands into two protuberances known as the medial and lateral condyles, which meet with both the medial and…

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People on a Crosswalk

Leg Pain and Numbness: What Do They Mean?

Pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs affect most of us at one time or another. In many cases, these symptoms are caused by overuse of the leg muscles–for example, while engaging in sports or other strenuous exercises. Leg pain of this sort tends to be short-lived, presents itself in the form of cramps, muscle pain, weakness or spasms, and…

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Boy on Father's Shoulders

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Causes and Treatment Options

Impingement syndrome is a painful condition that affects the shoulder, and is often seen in adults over the age of 50. It may also affect those who engage in activities that require them to repeatedly raise their arms over their heads, such as playing tennis, swimming, or working in careers that require them to reach up to retrieve or lift…

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Is Honey Good for You?

Honey is not just a gooey, sticky, golden syrup that tastes good on pancakes and your morning oatmeal. Honey has been used for centuries by healers from many different cultures across the world for everything from treating coughs to healing wounds. But is honey really good for you? Recent medical research has found that those ancient physicians may just have…

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Sacroiliac Joint Diagram

Anatomy of the Sacroiliac Joint

The sacroiliac joint is a planar (sliding) synovial joint in the bony pelvis, formed by the meeting of the sacrum (at the base of the spine) and upper part of the hip (ilium). Two such joints are found in the human body on either side of the sacrum and they move as a unit, such that movement on one side…

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Couple Cycling

Cervical Facet Syndrome Causes and Treatment Options

Cervical facet syndrome (CFS) is a form of osteoarthritis characterized by a structural deterioration of the vertebrae and joints of the neck. These vertebrae are connected to the spine and supported by a fluid-encapsulated, cartilage-coated hinge mechanism called a facet joint; this joint both stabilizes the spine and allows free movement of the neck and head. Like other joints, it…

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Green Tea

Green Tea Health Benefits

With cooler fall weather on the way, many people around the Pacific Northwest are reaching for hot beverages rather than cold ones. If you’re usually a coffee drinker (or even a traditional tea drinker), here’s a thought… Why not try something a little bit different–green team? The benefits of drinking green tea have been understood for centuries, since it was…

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Lower Back Pain

Lumbar Arthritis Causes and Treatment Options

Arthritis of the lumbar spine (lower back) is a degenerative condition that can be extremely painful and debilitating. It is most commonly seen in men and women over the age of 50, but can also develop much earlier in individuals who have higher risk factors for developing the condition, such as those who sit for long periods of time or…

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A Hiker’s Guide to Insect Repellent

As the cooler fall weather approaches, many of us heed the call of the wild and go camping or hiking to enjoy being outdoors and in nature. Unfortunately, one aspect of nature that we tend to forget about until we’re out there on the trail are insects. What was supposed to be a relaxing hike in nature can turn unrelaxing…

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Hip Anatomy

Anatomy of the Hip

The coxal (hip) joint is a synovial ball-and-socket joint formed by the rounded head of the femur (thigh bone) connecting into a cavity in the hip bone called the acetabulum. The left and right hip joints are located laterally on each side of the pelvis. The two coxal (hip) bones fuse together to the lower front at the pubic symphysis,…

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Students Sitting in a Lecture Hall

Pelvic Crossed Syndrome Causes and Treatment Options

One of the most frequent causes of lower back pain is, interestingly enough, due to common bad posture habits. When individuals sit for long periods of time, often hunched over (for example, to view a computer screen), they unconsciously tighten their hip muscles and simultaneously relax or “turn off” their gluteus and abdominal muscles. This is due to the principle…

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