Bicycling: An Exercise Option For Lower Back Pain

Bicycling is a popular form of exercise and is a good option for people who have problems with low back pain. Biking is less jarring to the spine than many other forms of exercise, such as running or aerobics. Stationary bicycling is particularly gentle on the spine, and spinning classes can be a good workout […]

What Causes Varicose Veins During Pregnancy?

So…you’re expecting a little bundle of joy! Congratulations! But, what you might not have expected were little bundles of veins—varicose veins—popping up all over your legs. Along with pregnancy, unfortunately, comes an increased risk of varicosities. Read on to learn more about how expecting a baby and this unsightly, and sometimes painful, side effect often […]

Fibroid Types and Symptoms

Fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus and affect at least 20 percent of women sometime during their lifetime. Depending on their size and location, fibroids may cause no symptoms at all or a variety of complications. There are four primary types of uterine fibroids, classified by location: […]

Tips for Avoiding Back Pain While Gardening

A beautiful, warm spring day is perfect for heading outside to tend to your yard and garden. After a long winter, it feels great to be out sprucing up the landscaping or planting flowers. Unfortunately, though, many of us might not feel quite so great the next morning, as an entire day of yard work […]

Compression Therapy in Sports: Can Compression Up Your Game?

Doctors often recommend compression therapy for patients with Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)—a condition where the valves in the leg veins are not working efficiently enough to pump blood back to the heart. Medical compression therapy includes garments or devices that provide compression to a particular body region. For example, for the treatment of CVI, a […]

Fibroids and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

While uterine fibroids are more common as a woman ages, approximately 20-30 percent of women of childbearing age are affected. These noncancerous tumors of muscle tissue in the uterus can cause back pain, abdominal pressure, urinary frequency, and heavy, painful, prolonged periods. Reproductive problems, such as infertility, can also be caused by uterine fibroids. Are […]

Tennis and Back Pain

Tennis can be hard on a player’s body. While most people associate tennis with injuries to the wrist and arm—hence the term, “tennis elbow”—low back pain is also very common among tennis players. How Does Tennis Cause Back Pain? Low back pain associated with tennis can have various causes: The hard surface of the court […]

Varicose Veins: Not Just a Woman’s Issue

A common misconception is that only women suffer from varicose veins. In reality, a surprising 40 to 45 percent of men also suffer from varicose veins. Why the Misconception? While it’s true that cosmetic vein conditions, such as spider veins, arise mostly in women, there are other vein conditions—even painful ones—that occur in men almost […]

Questions to Ask Your Specialist About UFE

You’ve talked to your OB-GYN about your uterine fibroid diagnosis and possible treatment options. So…what’s the next step? If you and your OB-GYN have determined that a treatment option such as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) might be right for you, it’s time to see a specialist, particularly an interventional radiologist, who can evaluate whether or […]

Avoid Back Pain by Strengthening Your Core

Approximately 25 percent of Americans are affected by back pain in any given year, spending more time at the doctor’s office for back pain than for any other medical condition except high blood pressure and diabetes. Back pain sufferers can potentially avoid those doctor visits, as well as costly prescriptions and surgery, by doing simple […]