What is AROM or Active Range of Motion?

 

Doctor checking patient's elbow joint flexibility.

Every joint in the body is designed to allow movement. When two bones meet at a joint, they are connected by ligaments, tendons and other tissues that allow each bone to move in its own direction – even tiny joints in the spine are designed to allow movement. Range of motion, or ROM, is a…

What is Myelomalacia and the Possible Causes?

 

spinal cord

The spinal cord is the core pathway of the nervous system from the brain to the rest of the body. Any damage or disease that impacts the spinal cord can have a devastating effect on movement, organ function and a variety of senses throughout the body. Myelomalacia is a softening of the spinal cord –…

What Are the Types of Fractures?

 

A physician revising X-ray of a broken bone.

Broken bones or fractures are a common injury and require medical attention. Vehicle accidents, sports injuries, falls, disease and violence can all cause fractures when a bone is placed under too much stress. Some bone fractures require very little treatment, while others may need surgery and extensive rehabilitation for the patient. The treatment depends on…

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Disc Desiccation?

 

A doctor with a spine model explaining his patient with a lumbar pain how discs work.

The intravertebral discs in the spine are important for stabilizing and protecting the spine. These discs are cushions that provide shock absorption for the spine between the vertebrae. Each disc has a tough, fibrous outer layer and a soft, jelly-like interior. Disc desiccation occurs when the vertebral discs lose moisture, causing them to become flatter…

What Causes Upper Inner Thigh Pain?

 

Upper Inner Thigh Pain

If you have pain in the inner thigh near the groin, it may not be a pulled muscle or strain. While it is possible to injure a muscle or tendon in this area, it could also be a type of hernia or other serious medical condition. Knowing the possible causes of upper inner thigh pain…

What Is a Gingivectomy?

 

Woman with a dental model

The gingiva, or gum tissue, is important for supporting and nourishing your teeth, but it can become detrimental to the health or appearance of your smile. When gum tissue is infected, also known as periodontal or gum disease, it can lead to serious oral and overall health issues. If there is too much gingiva covering…

Are You Tired of Waking Up with Dry Mouth?

 

Woman drinking water after waking up with dry mouth.

Waking up with dry mouth in the mornings is an unpleasant way to start your day. Plus, dry mouth can wake you up throughout the night and cause bad breath and other oral health problems. If you want to know how to prevent dry mouth while sleeping, you need to know what causes this issue.…

Lump on Back of Neck: Possible Causes

 

A man touching a lump on the back of his neck.

Lumps and bumps that appear on your body can be signs or symptoms of health conditions. While some lumps may be benign and no reason for concern, others can be symptoms of a serious medical problem. If you find a lump on neck areas like the side or back, there are a few possible causes.…

What Is the Difference Between Flea Bites vs Bed Bug Bites?

 

A person with flea or bed bug bites on their back.

Do you have insect bites all over your body? If you are getting bites while indoors, it is likely you have fleas or bed bugs in your house. Both insects can bite your skin and leave behind small sores. To determine the best way to rid your home of these biting insects, you need to…

Caffeine Doesn’t Affect Me Like Other People

 

caffeine

While many people depend on coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages to give them an energy boost, not everyone responds to caffeine the same way. If you have thought, “Caffeine doesn’t affect me like it does other people,” there may be reasons you do not get the same boost as others. To understand why caffeine…