Child not walking yet, should I be concerned?

Question: My child is 15 months old and not walking. Should I be concerned? Answer: Most children meet developmental milestones within a certain range rather than one particular age. Most babies begin walking between 12 and 18 months of age. Pre-walking skills include pulling up to stand, standing alone, and walking while holding onto furniture (“cruising”). If your 15 month…

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Plantar Fasciitis

Question: The bottom of my foot near my heel started hurting after walking a long distance in my flip flops. It hurts to step on my foot in the morning and aches after standing for too long. What could be going on and what can I do about it? Answer: You may be experiencing what is called plantar…

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The Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss

Modern society puts an enormous amount of pressure on people to keep their weight down. The impetus to lose weight can be almost unbearable, and the promise of losing weight quickly seems too good to be true. Rapid weight loss can be a risky proposition. No matter what the advertisers tell you, rapid weight loss…

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Hop on Treatment for Patellar Tendinitis

Patellar tendinitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is an injury to the tendon connecting the kneecap to the shinbone. This condition generally affects athletes, often basketball and volleyball players, who jump frequently and put repeated stress on the patellar or quadriceps tendons. But jumper’s knee can also affect high- and long-jumpers, soccer players, weight-lifters and…

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Relieving the Pain of Vertical Compression Fractures

Vertical compression fractures, in which all or part of the spine bone collapses, are commonly caused by osteoporosis, the thinning of the bone. Other causes include certain cancers that weaken the bones and direct trauma to the spine, such as one incurred in an automobile accident. If you have endured severe debilitating spinal pain over…

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When Your Shoulder Goes Snap, Crackle, Pop

  Those popping and crackling noises heard when you move your shoulder are normal, most of the time, but should these sounds and sensations be accompanied by pain, swelling, and loss of joint function, you may be experiencing degeneration of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. Smooth surfaces of the cartilage that line the shoulder degrade and…

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