The Best Treatment for Claudication—Keep Walking

If, while walking, you feel intermittent pain that subsides when you stop, don’t automatically assume it results from aging or arthritis. The pain may be claudication, which is a symptom of peripheral arterial disease. While peripheral arterial disease is a serious condition that needs to be treated by your physician, the good news is that…

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Kick the Pain of Gout

In this age of gyms on every corner and fitness-focused reality television shows and entire networks, it’s easy to think of a high-impact workout as a panacea for all kinds of physical ailments. But the truth of the matter is far more complex. For people suffering from gout, choosing which exercises to do and when…

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Taking Raynaud Out of Circulation

For most people, getting things out of the refrigerator is a simple task. For those with Raynaud disease, however, it can be a misery. Who wants fingers that turn blue and go numb while putting cream in a cup of coffee? While not a life-threatening condition, Raynaud disease can be deeply uncomfortable, embarrassing and limiting….

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A Casting Call for My Sprained Wrist

Many of us would breathe a sigh of relief if we heard that our wrist was only sprained instead of broken, and would look forward to a less arduous and painful treatment process. So we might be shocked to discover that we would still need to wear a cast that will immobilize our forearm for…

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Get a Leg Up on Iliotibial Band Syndrome

The iliotibial band is a very long, dense band of fibrous tissue running from the hip to the knee. Irritation of this band, common among runners and cyclists, is known as iliotibial band syndrome, or ITBS. There’s a curious aspect to ITBS: While it can cause significant pain on the outside of the knee, the…

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Exercises That Keep Incontinence at Bay

Walk into any fitness center or physical therapy practice, and you probably won’t see anyone doing pelvic floor exercises to help manage urinary incontinence. But that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. First, you can’t tell that someone is doing pelvic floor exercises; the exerciser seems to be at rest. Second, and more important, pelvic floor…

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Putting Your Rotator Cuff Back Together

Rotator cuff tears, a common injury, send as many as 2 million Americans to their physicians’ offices every year. While many cases can be treated with conservative measures, such as physical therapy, others require rotator cuff repair surgery. One factor affecting surgery outcome is the presence of fat in place of muscle, a condition that…

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Keeping Your Exercise Program on Track

How many steps did you walk today? How far did you go? How efficiently did you exercise? What was your pulse rate? How many calories did you burn? How much sleep did you get? Many people find tracking this kind of information invaluable for keeping their workout routine on target. And there are many different…

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Coping with a Mysterious Pain Syndrome

As its name suggests, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a complicated and painful condition. Approximately 80,000 Americans are diagnosed with CRPS each year, usually in the arm, hand, leg or foot. Physicians, mental health professionals and physical therapists are learning more about how to help patients successfully manage CRPS. A multidisciplinary team approach to…

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Can Visualization Improve Athletic Performance?

Everyone daydreams, perhaps about a set of new clothes or winning the lottery. But can using your imagination bring about healthful changes to both your body and your mind? Athletes often report that imagining themselves performing at top form helps them do their best in reality. Anecdotal evidence and reputable research have demonstrated that visualization—also…

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