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Knee Ligament Injuries and Treatment Options

Knee ligament injuries are unfortunately all too common in athletes, who put a tremendous amount of strain on them and they are easily subject to injury from typical athletic movements. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the femur to the tibia at the front of the knee, and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) connects the same bones, but at the…

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Are Growing Pains Normal?

You may have been awakened in the night by your 5-year-old child crying from the pain in her legs that seems to have appeared out of nowhere. This condition, usually referred to as “growing pains” (despite having nothing much to do with the growth process), is relatively common. Growing pains normally appear in approximately 25% to 45% of children, both…

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Spondylolisthesis Causes and Treatment Options

Spondylolisthesis is a degenerative condition of the spine in which one vertebral disk slips over the one directly below it, causing a misalignment. It is a condition most commonly found in the lumbar spine, due to the wear and tear that this part of the spine is subject to from having to bear most of the weight of the upper…

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What Are the Best Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is an important nutrient essential to many bodily functions. Every one of the body’s cells is surrounded by a membrane in which cholesterol plays an important part. Cholesterol is responsible for the building and maintenance of these cell walls and also helps regulate membrane permeability. Cholesterol is also necessary for nerve cell communication, is key to the healthy functioning…

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Anatomy of the Wrist

Anatomy of the Wrist

The wrist is the name usually given to the eight carpal bones (the lunate, scaphoid, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, capitate, hamate and trapezoid carpals) that form the part of the hand closest to the forearm, and the joints that they form with each other and the bones of the forearm and hand. The radiocarpal joint connects the hand to the forearm…

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Ozone in the Air? Should You Care?

Ozone (O3) is a colorless gas naturally located high in the atmosphere, which helps shield the earth from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. However, when ozone exists at ground level it can be harmful to our health. Ground-level ozone is created when volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrous oxides react in the presence of sunlight. This type of ozone has…

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The boomerang-shaped sacroiliac joints are found just below the waist on either side of the spine. These joints connect the two pelvic (iliac) bones, and are surrounded by a complex set of ligaments that allow them to move freely, and which support the joints themselves. The purpose of these joints is to transmit forces from the upper body to the…

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Choosing the Right Baby Carrier

People have been “baby wearing” since time immemorial, across all cultures. And though many of us were taken out for a stroll by our parents in a traditional baby carriage, increasing numbers of studies have proven that wearing your baby close to your body is best for your baby’s physical and emotional development. And wearing your baby makes it easier…

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Cervical Arthritis Causes and Treatment Options

Just as the degeneration of joints in the lower spine can result in lumbar arthritis, degeneration of the facet joints in the upper (cervical) spine can lead to cervical arthritis. This condition is also called cervical spondylosis, cervical osteoarthritis, or degenerative neck disease (DND). Whatever you call it, it’s…literally…a pain in the neck. Cervical arthritis is caused by wear and…

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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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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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