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Quick Tips for Fall Prevention

We’ve missed the first day of Fall, but for all of you DIYers (do it yourself-ers) ready for a weekend project to help a loved one, here you go. The beginning of Fall is a go
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 23, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Other Side of 40 – The Musculoskeletal System – Changes, Challenges, Solutions

The second part of this series on how your body changes with age is about your muscles. This section combined with the previous skin section explains why you wrinkle. As before,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 17, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Arthritis – Response to Reader Question

    Does joint cracking cause Arthrtis? I actually understand the question. You would think all that snap, knuckle and pop would represent bad things happening to your bones,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 15, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Arthritis – Prevention & Treatment

The thing about treating arthritis is you’d better do it. If you’re not lucky enough to have a form that readily responds to treatment or if you didn’t get early treatment, y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Arthritis – Symptoms & Causes

Arthritis is one of a few different “inevitable” diseases humans have.  Today we’re discussing one form of Arthritis, specifically, degenerative joint disease (osteo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Total Knee Replacement Surgery

When you’re at the big game, whether it’s football, basketball, soccer or otherwise, it’s likely you’re watching a group that includes someone who may requi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Curse of the Weekend Warrior – Achilles Tendon Rupture

In high school I led the league in stolen bases, and in college my cohorts and I loved inventing ever more creative ways to dunk a basketball. Apparently, my calf muscles worked we
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 6, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Avoiding Summertime Sports Injuries

It’s not just kids that get injured in the summer having fun. Those of you weekend warriors, recreational and actual athletes are very much at risk also. Now, professional at
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 5, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Do’s and Don’ts of Treating Electrical Injuries

In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the “what” of electrical injuries and lightning. In this post, we discuss the “what-to-do” and “what-not-to-do” if and
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 28, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Open Fractures

I don’t think you need especially gory illustrations for this. I think you get the picture. In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed broken fingers. If you get a “f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 10, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Broken Fingers

Don’t the tips of your fingers drive you nuts? Our leading edges cause so much drama for us. We’ve previously discussed injuries to nails and nail beds, but many of you who wor
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Step on a Nail? What Happens Next?

What would you do if you stepped on a nail? What if the nail was rusty? Does it make a difference if you were wearing shoes? Is stepping on a nail dangerous? Why does everyone pron
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 4, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Prevention and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS) or are at significant risk for developing it, you really should learn strategies to either prevent, limit progression or treat the conditio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 27, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you spend much time typing at work? Are you a construction worker who operates a jack hammer? Do you have arthritis that affects your wrist? Do you have occasional or constant n
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 26, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: A Foot Glossary and Introduction to Conditions Affecting Your Feet

  We talk a lot about health in Straight, No Chaser. We also try to help you recognize potentially troubling signs and symptoms. It’s appropriate to do so from the bottom u
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 26, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Back Pain Could Be Life Threatening

Back pain hurts, but there are various causes of that pain that will kill or cripple you.  Here’s some information on some diseases that present with back pain representing life
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 28, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Management of Herniated Disks

Approximately 40 million Americans have low back pain. Odds are the presence of low back pain is not associated with a herniated disk. Truthfully, herniated disks are more commonly
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 27, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: My Back and Neck Pain Has a Name – Herniated Disks

  It’s quite common for someone to come to me and say, “I have a herniated disk.” I used to ask how they knew, but I came to realize the answer to be unimportant. The pain a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 26, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Sciatica

My pain has a name, and it’s sciatica. There’s always a sense of relief in patients when a name is given to a medical sign or symptom. This Straight, No Chaser places sciati
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Battered Woman Syndrome and Why Victims Stay In Abusive Relationships

Domestic violence has been in the news quite a bit lately, and among the many questions asked, perhaps the most frequent is beguiling to many: “Why do the victims stay in the abu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 6, 2017
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