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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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Honey

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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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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Mosquito

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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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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Plantar Fasciitis Causes and Treatment Options

Chronic foot pain is no fun, and can spoil your enjoyment of life. One of the most common causes of pain in the feet – one that affects nearly two million people yearly in the U.S. – is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone (calcaneous) and the toes. This ligament…

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Family Lunchtime

Healthy School Lunch Options that Kids Love

In an era in which we are bombarded with media articles about “pink slime” in school cafeterias and pizza being considered a vegetable because it contains tomato sauce, it is natural for parents to want to provide healthy alternatives to the lunches provided by schools. But this provides a challenge. What should we pack in their lunch boxes? And how…

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Tennis Forehand

Tennis Elbow Causes and Treatment Options

The majority of injuries to the elbow are caused by overuse or repetitive strain to the joint itself and to the tendons that surround it. One example of this is “tennis elbow,” or lateral epicondylitis. Its symptoms include a painful burning sensation and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, weakness of the wrist and forearm, difficulty with elbow flexibility…

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