How To Know When Back Pain Could Be a Medical Emergency

Back pain usually means that a person is experiencing a pulled muscle, a muscle spasm, a slipped or herniated disc, or some other sort of musculoskeletal issue. However in some instances, certain types of back pain could be a sign of a true medical emergency that may become life threatening or result in disability if an experienced pain management specialist or orthopedist is not consulted immediately. How to know the difference? Syed S. Rahman, MD, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group, has written a very informative blog explaining the 5 types of back pain that needed to be recognized as a potential medical emergency.

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Is LASIK Right For You?

Over the last several years, the vision-correcting procedure known as LASIK has become very popular and a lot of my patients ask for it. While the thought of having a laser pointed at your eye may seem scary for some people, in reality, laser eye surgery is an easy, safe, relatively painless and FDA-approved procedure. Are you a good candidate for LASIK? Before you decide to have this procedure, here are some important points to consider so you can make as informed a decision as possible.

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How You Can Help Your Child Avoid Eczema

Know it or not, eczema is the most common skin problem treated by pediatricians. In our all of our different offices, our physicians see a lot of eczema, especially our pediatricians. Wondering if there’s anything you can do to keep your child from developing it? Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written an excellent blog specifically for parents of children with eczema, or who are at risk of developing it.

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A Specialist’s 6 Best Ways To Treat Tendonitis

Have you ever had tendonitis? If you have, you know how painful it can be. Tendonitis can affect any tendon in the body but it is most common in the elbow (tennis elbow), shoulder rotator cuff, patella (knee cap), Achilles tendon, Gluteus medieus (near the hip) and finger (trigger finger). Wondering how to treat it? Start by reading Dr. Russell Cavallo‘s recent blog in which he explains the 6 best ways to treat tendonitis.

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How To Stay Safe This Summer While Enjoying Your Favorite Sports

Everybody loves summer. They’re outside, they’re active, they’re playing sports, and sometimes, they’re getting injured. However, enjoying summer sports does not have to mean a trip to the emergency room. By following these common sense guidelines from Eric Small, MD, Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group, in his recent blog, you and your family can enjoy summer sports while staying safe.

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How To Know If You Need Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Anyone can develop carpal tunnel syndrome but certain conditions increase your risk of developing it, including diabetes, hypothyroidism and arthritis. In addition, women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel than men. So how do you know if you need surgery? In his recent blog, Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD, a Hand, Wrist and Peripheral Nerve Surgery specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, explains the two different types of carpal tunnel surgery and how to tell if you’re a good candidate for them.

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We Strongly Recommend The HPV Vaccine For Your Teen. Here’s Why

If you’ve been wondering whether your child should get the HPV vaccine, we’re here to shed some light on the subject. Just so you know where we stand on the issue, we firmly believe that preteen and teenage girls and boys should get this vaccine. Why? There are very few cancers that researchers have discovered a vaccine for, and those caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) fall within that category. A recent, very informative blog by Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, explains why getting this vaccine is so important.

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8 Important Things You Can Do To Avoid Osteoporosis

At Westchester Health, we see a lot of osteoporosis-related fractures, particularly in our orthopedic group, Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. These fractures are most commonly of the hip, wrist or spine, affecting men and women of all races but white and Asian women, especially over the age of 50, are at highest risk. One of our orthopedic specialists, Michael A. Gott, MD, has written a very informative blog advising both men and women how they can proactively try to prevent, or at least lessen, the onset of osteoporosis.

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Best Ways to Help Your Child Avoid Pink Eye

Has your child ever come home from preschool (or day camp, a sleepover or anywhere he/she has been in close contact with other children) with red, puffy, weepy eyes? The culprit could very well be pink eye, or conjunctivitis. Since pink eye mainly occurs in children, we see a lot of cases in our pediatric practice, Westchester Health Pediatrics. In fact, one of our WHP pediatricians, Glenn Kaplan, MD, FAAP, has written a great blog about what parents can do to help their children avoid contracting this condition that, though relatively minor, can still be a major annoyance.

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