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Thyroid Disease: Causes, Symptoms and Management

Your thyroid creates and produces hormones that play a role in many different systems throughout your body. When your thyroid makes either too much or too little of these important hormones, it’s called a thyroid disease.  Thyroid Functions Your thyroid has an important job to do within your body — releasing and controlling thyroid hormones that control metabolism. Metabolism is a process where the food you take into your body is transformed into energy. This energy is used throughout your entire body

Upper GI Disorders and Management

Examples of functional GI and motility disorders which affect the upper GI tract, from the esophagus to the stomach, include: Achalasia Achalasia is a motility disorder in which the esophagus (food tube) empties slowly. The delay results from poor opening of the lower esophageal sphincter (valve) in association with the loss of the normal, orderly muscle activity (peristalsis) that propels foods and liquids along the esophagus into the stomach. Achalasia results from the nerves in the esophagus and lower esophageal valve

Intramuscular Manual Therapy (Dry Needling)

Dry needling is a type of alternative medicine treatment wherein hollow-core hypodermic needles or solid filiform needles are used to give relief to muscle pain. In addition, it also helps in movement impairments. In this treatment, needles are inserted through the skin into the affected areas of the muscle. It is also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, intramuscular manual therapy, or Intramuscular Stimulation  (IMS). Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by research. How

Gallstones: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options.

The gallbladder is a small pouch-like organ found underneath the liver. Its main purpose is to store and concentrate bile. Bile is a liquid produced by the liver to help digest fats. It’s passed from the liver into the gallbladder through a series of channels known as bile ducts. Gallstones are hard, pebble-like pieces of material, usually made of cholesterol or bilirubin, that develop in the gallbladder. When gallstones block your bile ducts, they can cause sudden pain, which means you need medical

Fistula: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment.

A fistula is an abnormal connection or passageway that connects two organs or vessels that do not usually connect. They can develop anywhere between an intestine and the skin, between the vagina and the rectum, and other places. The most common location for a fistula is around the anus. Fistulas may occur in many parts of the body. They can form between: An artery and veinBile ducts and the surface of the skin (from gallbladder surgery)The cervix and vaginaThe neck and throatThe space inside the

Scoliosis: Types, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine (backbone). There is a natural, forward-and-backward curve to the spine. With scoliosis, the spine rotates and develops a side-to-side curve. Most cases of scoliosis are mild and don’t need treatment. In adults, the degree of the spinal curve may or may not determine treatment. Treatment is geared towards relieving symptoms, and not necessarily fixing the curve. The goal is always to decrease pain and improve function. Types of Scoliosis Idiopathic scoliosis is scoliosis without a

Metabolic Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. But it does mean you have a greater risk of serious disease. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Risk

Whiplash Injury: Diagnosis and Treatment

Whiplash is also known as neck sprain or neck strain. This common type of neck injury happens when the neck jolts backward or forward, sharply and suddenly. Whiplash due to a motor vehicle collision or another injury can strain your muscles or damage soft tissues in your neck.  What causes a whiplash? Whiplash typically occurs when your head is forcefully and quickly thrown backward and then forward. This motion can injure bones in the spine, disks between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and other

Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Spinal stenosis (or narrowing) is a common condition that occurs when the small spinal canal, which contains the nerve roots and spinal cord, becomes compressed. This causes a “pinching” of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots, which leads to pain, cramping, weakness or numbness. Depending on where the narrowing takes place, you may feel these symptoms in the lower back and legs, neck, shoulder or arms. Causes Some people are born with a small spinal canal. This is called “congenital stenosis”.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Causes and Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. 32106553 – rheumatoid arthritis (ra) is an inflammatory type of arthritis that usually affects knees. rheumatoid arthritis of the knee the auto immune disease. the body’s immune system mistakenly