A Guide to Your Hip Health Diagnosis

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In addition to accidental injury, there are many potential causes of internal hip pain. While some issues may be relatively easy to assess, such as a hernia, other cases may not be so clear. When getting an initial diagnosis from your doctor, he or she will review your medical history in detail and perform a basic physical examination. You should keep in mind that, once an initial assessment has been made, further testing may be needed.

Discussing Your Medical History

In order to pinpoint the source of pain and recommend the best course of treatment, every diagnosis must begin with a careful discussion of your medical history. Make sure to consider the following questions before your appointment:

  • Was your pain preceded by any injury or accident?
  • What factors worsen the discomfort? What seems to relieve it?
  • Where does pain occur in your hips, legs, or lower back? When does it occur?
  • Does the discomfort limit your mobility, or prevent you from daily activities?
  • Do you feel pain in any other areas of your body?

Your doctor will also likely ask you to describe your pain (e.g., sharp, dull or burning), or ask you to locate the severity of discomfort on a pain scale. Additionally, he or she will need to know about existing conditions, such as osteoporosis, and any current use of supplements or medications.

Physical Examinations and Tests

During your initial assessment, you doctor will perform a basic physical examination. He or she may ask you to walk or move your limbs in order to determine range of motion and location of pain. They will also likely inspect the knee joints, spine, and groin, since examining these areas can often identify hidden pelvic issues.

In cases where there is no clear cause, or if your doctor suspects that your pain is the result of a musculoskeletal issue, he or she may order an X-ray or MRI. X-ray imaging will allow a clear view of issues with bone structure or deterioration. Meanwhile, MRI scans provide an even more detailed picture of the state of your joints and cartilage.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend blood testing. A blood test can help to detect an elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and white blood cell count: common indicators of the presence of infection. Such testing can also reveal issues with rheumatism or multiple myeloma, which are often associated with otherwise unexplained pain in the hips.

While it may take a series of tests and a bit of patience to ultimately determine the source of your pain, an accurate diagnosis will ultimately lead to the best treatment plan for your specific case.

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Have a Healthy Home

Autumn has just begun and soon will be winter. These seasons come with the ever famous colds. Colds if not prevented could lead to flu. We all know that having flu can be burdensome and bothering to both the patient and the people taking care of them. You don’t want the feeling of being weak and not able to move around properly even inside your home. Colds is viral and can be immediately passed on to whoever comes close and has weak immune system so to prevent flu from spreading in your home check out this infographic on flu and how to keep your home healthy.

3 Signs You Could Have Tonsillitis

While tonsils serve an important function to one’s immune system, they can easily become infected by the same bacteria and viruses they help ward off. This condition is known as tonsillitis, and in some cases may require intervention from a medical professional.

The following are just a few of the symptoms typically associated with infected tonsils. While sore throats can be quite common throughout the year, tonsillitis is a more serious concern that should be watched closely. Proper identification of these symptoms can be an essential first step to receiving relief.

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1. Sore Throat

A sore throat is one of the most familiar symptoms of tonsillitis. As the tonsils become more inflamed, the throat can feel exceedingly tender and scratchy. This feeling can intensify as swelling increases, which may then develop into issues with eating and breathing.

A sore throat can have numerous causes, from streptococcal bacteria to a litany of viruses. Treatment options will vary depending on the type of illness present. In most cases, it’s best to seek a professional opinion in order to receive the best treatment available.

2. Difficulty Breathing and Swallowing

One of the more troubling signs of tonsillitis is the difficulty many experience due to enlarged tonsils. In cases of significant swelling, breathing and swallowing can become increasingly challenging. This symptom is not only highly uncomfortable, it can also suppress fundamental tasks such as eating and drinking.

While over the counter medications may provide some relief, those experiencing severe swelling should seek medical attention. Some patients may require surgical intervention to improve their conditions, especially those suffering from tonsillitis on a frequent basis.

3. Bad Breath

Though it’s a less well-known symptom, chronic bad breath can also be an indicator of tonsillitis. Recurrent infections can include a buildup of bacteria, which can contribute to halitosis. When coupled with other symptoms, ongoing bad breath can be a sign that one’s tonsils are infected.

Proper dental hygiene is recommended to reduce the amount of bacteria within the mouth. This can improve the breath while also serving to decrease bouts of infection. Tonsil stones can also be identified by frequent halitosis. This is when the matter collected within the tonsils hardens, which can create an unpleasant smell.

Persistent cases of tonsillitis may require surgery to stop infections from occurring. For those with less serious symptoms, tonsillitis can be controlled by proper medication and hygiene measures. Even regular hand-washing can stop the spread of harmful germs that can contribute to increased illness. This is especially important for children, who incur the highest risk when it comes to tonsillitis.

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What is Chiropractic?

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People suffering from back pain, neck pain, or problems in their spine are given several treatment options to choose from. These usually include medications, physical therapy, and surgery. Alternative approaches like acupuncture and chiropractic may also be presented as treatment. Among all these options, chiropractic is still a controversial and unfamiliar territory for a lot of people. So, what is chiropractic?

It is defined as “a system of therapy that utilizes the recuperative powers of the body and the relationship between the musculoskeletal structures and the functions of the body, particularly of the spinal column and the nervous system, in the restoration and maintenance of health.” by the American Heritage Medical Dictionary.

The treatment usually involves the manipulation of spine, joints, and soft tissues to correct the spine alignment. This healthcare profession is legally recognized in some countries across the globe. USA, Canada, and Europe are some areas where formal degrees in chiropractic have already been established. Potential chiropractors need to fulfill all the licensing and accreditation requirements before they are allowed to practice. This may include a degree in chiropractic, completion of a 12-month clinical internship program, and passing the national or state board exams. There are chiropractors who prefer to exclusively use spinal manipulation in their treatment while others combine it with massage therapy, nutritional intervention and homeopathic remedies.

Despite the controversy, chiropractic is now an accepted form of treatment for dealing with back pain, neck pain, whiplash, and other problems in the spine but there are also conditions where it may be counter-productive to see a chiropractor. Examples of these are severely degenerative diseases like osteoporosis, fractures, neurological diseases, and others.

It is every patient’s right to choose the treatment that he will avail of. This cannot be done without having a medical professional sit down with you and explain the pros and cons of these treatment options. Chiropractic may have worked well for people you know but the only way to know if it’s the best treatment for you is to consult your physician.

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#Feelingnuts: The Testicular Cancer Awareness Campaign

No, this is not about the snacking kind of nuts. This is about the latest viral campaign to promote awareness about another killer disease – testicular cancer. Taking after the successful ALS ice bucket challenge, the #feelingnuts campaign was initiated by celebrated actor Hugh Jackman. He posted a picture of himself grabbing his crotch, symbolic of feeling nuts. Just like the ALS campaign, he issued a challenge to several other celebrities to do the same thing to get the ball rolling. Among the celebrities who have already taken the challenge are Nigel Barker, Ricky Gervais, and boy band members Ashton Irwin and Niall Horan.

Testicular cancer is actually one of the most common cancers among men in their 20s and 30s. Unlike ALS, however, this cancer can be treated. In fact, testicular cancer is among those with the highest survival rates even for those cases wherein the cancer has already spread to other organs. The 5-year survival rate is pegged at 74%-99%, depending on how much the cancer has spread. The prognosis, of course, is better with early detection.

While laboratory tests and medical examinations are necessary to diagnose testicular cancer, men can regularly perform self-checks to prompt them to seek medical help right away. Among the symptoms to look for include: a lump in one of the testicles; either a sharp or dull pain in the scrotum; and feeling a bit heavy in the scrotum. Later stages of testicular cancer can also result in gynecomastia, lumbago, dyspnea, and hemoptysis.

It does not take more than a few minutes to do a self-examination. And, there is also no need to get all anxious and do the process all the time. Once every month or every other month is good enough especially if none of the symptoms are present. It is advisable to do the self-examination after a warm shower. The first step is to feel the testicle. Once it is located in the scrotal sac, hold it in a firm yet gentle manner. Feel the surface of the testicle all around while rolling it between your fingers. It should feel smooth. Do the same procedure to examine the other testicle. When you feel a lump, see your doctor right away.

Those with family histories of cancers are advised to do monthly self-examinations. This will make them more familiar with their testicles and conscious about any noticeable changes. There is nothing to be embarrassed about going to your doctor to get checked for testicular cancer. Remember that early detection increases your chances of successful treatment.

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