Impingement syndrome is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder, rather than the bone.
A group of muscles and tendons wrap around the ball part of the ball and socket joint. These... Read more
While most sore throats are caused by viral infections, some are caused by bacterial infections and require treatment. A common type of bacteria is called group A streptococcal bacteria, and the contagious infection is called strep throat.
We typically wait to treat a sore throat with antibiotics... Read more
Stress incontinence is a condition in which a person involuntarily leaks urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing or doing something else that puts a strain on the bladder. Treatment can range from performing exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor to undergoing surgery.
“The type of treatment I use... Read more
Treatment for brain tumors is based on the tumor size, location and likelihood of spreading or recurring. There are four grades of tumors – I, II, III and IV.
Tumors that are classified as grades I or II grow slowly and are generally benign. While these tumors... Read more
Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It can be used in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy, and in some cases, it can be the sole treatment for certain types of cancer.
“Depending on the type of cancer, we may use radiation therapy... Read more
An estimated 50 percent of adults who suffer from headaches or migraines say they began experiencing them before age 20. Treating a child with migraines is similar to treating an adult with migraines, except that doctors use much smaller doses of the same medications.
Sarah A. Aydt,... Read more
Delirium is an acute state of confusion that is accompanied by inattention, as well as cognitive and perceptual disturbances. Delirium can affect up to 80 percent of patients in a hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Nurses at the Saint Francis Medical Center ICU have recently started... Read more
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aching muscles, sleep problems and fatigue. The best way to distinguish it from other disorders that cause chronic pain is that with fibromyalgia, the pain is all over your body. "You are not just going to have ankle and wrist... Read more
The most popular treatments for heartburn are over-the-counter medications that relieve the pain. These include antacids that neutralize stomach acid, such as Mylanta, Rolaids and Tums; other medications, such as Zantac, reduce acid production; and proton pump inhibitors such as Prevacid and Prilosec block acid production... Read more
Kidney stones will affect 1 in 20 individuals during their lifetime. Patients usually complain of back and flank pain, as well as nausea and vomiting when they are trying to pass a kidney stone. Most of these will pass naturally without the need for surgical intervention... Read more
The sacroiliac (SI) joint, located at the junction of the spine and pelvis, does not move much, but it is an important transitional point between the upper and lower parts of your body. Pain in the SI joint usually occurs as a result of overuse or... Read more
Restless legs syndrome may make your legs feel twitchy — like you need to get up and move around. It can make sleeping particularly difficult and lead to daytime drowsiness and sleep deprivation.
Doctors do not know what causes restless legs syndrome. For some people, it may be... Read more
Hypertension may be viewed as being primary (essential) hypertension or as being secondary hypertension. Essential hypertension does not have an easily identifiable or specific cause and can usually be controlled with two or three drugs.
Secondary hypertension is caused by something which may be correctable. In patients... Read more
For some women, menopause can cause a variety of bothersome symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness. The most common treatment for hot flashes is hormone therapy, which supplements the body with either estrogen and progesterone or estrogen alone to level out the hormonal effects of... Read more
The average age for menopause in the United States is 51. But for many women, symptoms can begin years before the permanent end of their fertility. Women need not suffer in silence; doctors can help treat hot flashes, emotional symptoms, depression and other problems caused by... Read more
Head lice? Head to the doctor. “If a child has head lice, the parents might notice an itchy scalp, small red bumps or sores from scratching,” says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They might see the tiny lice (no bigger... Read more
While separation anxiety is normal for children between 8 and 14 months, it becomes a problem when it occurs in children older than 6 years old for more than four weeks at a time. Separation anxiety disorder affects about 4 to 5 percent of children ages 7... Read more
A heart murmur is an abnormal sound the heart makes during the beating cycle. While most murmurs are harmless and do not require treatment, there are some underlying causes that could be serious enough to warrant medication or even surgery.
The harmless murmurs, called innocent murmurs, can... Read more
Fifty percent of people will experience hemorrhoids – swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum. While remedies such as Preparation H®, prescription medications and suppositories can provide relief, recurrent internal hemorrhoids may require further treatment.
Thermal ligation is an outpatient procedure that cuts off... Read more
Rashes are common and could indicate many different types of issues, including allergic reactions to medications or plants, eczema, extreme heat and viruses. But how do you know when you should seek medical treatment?
“If you cannot easily identify the cause of the rash – such as... Read more