At Westchester Health, we see a lot of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve problem in the wrist which occurs when one of the major nerves (median nerve) to the hand is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. It radiates into the fingers and can radiate up the arm to the elbow (rarely the upper arm). Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in one or both of your hands, and it affects women more than men.
Which type of doctor do you think sees the largest number of patients every year…cardiologist? ENT? Pediatrician? Gynecologist? Actually, it’s none of those. Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That’s 214 million office visits each year in the U.S., nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty.
Do you have pain, tenderness, swelling or stiffness in your hands, wrists or feet that has lasted for six weeks or longer? In the morning, are your joints stiff for longer than 30 minutes? Is one or both of your knees tender, warm and swollen? You may have more than arthritis — you may have rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic and often very painful autoimmune disease.
Often when people hear the word cholesterol, they think it’s something that’s bad for you. In fact, though, your body needs cholesterol to produce hormones (such as cortisol, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen) and vitamin D. The liver also uses cholesterol to make bile, which plays an important role in the processing and digestion of fats.
Although women are at greater risk of osteoporosis, men get this potentially debilitating bone disease, too. In fact, as Baby Boomers age (currently the largest U.S. generation), more men will get this disease as the number of men above the age of 70 continues to increase and life expectancy continues to rise. So that men can be more informed about their risk of developing osteoporosis and hopefully take steps to lower it, we at Westchester Health offer this blog of facts, guidelines and preventative measures.
Most people acknowledge that cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States? It’s true—cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths every year (nearly 1 in 5 of all U.S. deaths). However, we at Westchester Health want to draw your attention to one very important word in the paragraph above: preventable. Smoking is a choice, and quitting smoking is also a choice.
Here at Westchester Health, we get a lot of questions from our pregnant moms and their partners asking what happens in labor and delivery so they can better prepare for it, both mentally and physically. How long will it last? How much will it hurt? How do we know when it’s starting? To keep expecting parents informed (and maybe a little calmer), we recommend this highly informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
At Westchester Health, we want you to know that we care about you and will support whatever choices you make regarding your pregnancy. With no judgments, we’ll help you work through the pros and cons of each option. Whatever action you decide to take, we’re here for you with information, advice, referrals and prenatal healthcare. For some important information regarding your choices, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
At Westchester Health, we know there is no perfect family, or even a “normal” one. Families come in all sizes, ages, genders and colors, but what we have observed in our many years of treating young patients and their families is that healthy, well-adjusted families tend to have several key characteristics in common:
Most people think that when you’re expecting, you need to “eat for two” but at Westchester Health, we want to communicate to parents-to-be that you really don’t. We heartily encourage a healthy diet but want to emphasize that any weight gain guidelines should take into consideration a woman’s pre-pregnancy BMI (Body Mass Index). To help pregnant moms know how much weight they should be gaining, we recommend this informative blog by Dennis McGroary, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN with our Obstetrics/Gynecology group (excerpted below).