What are meniscal tears?
Meniscal tears are tears in one meniscus or both menisci. A meniscus is the crescent-shaped piece of cartilage that pads the bones of the knee joint.
What are the symptoms of back pain?
The intensity, location and duration of symptoms associated with back pain may vary, but may include: localized ache; sharp ('shooting' or 'stabbing') pain; limited flexibility; limited range of motio…
What are the symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?
Most commonly the affected areas, such as the fingers, change color to white and then to blue/purple and finally to red as blood flow returns. Numbness, tingling, pins and needles, pain and discomfort…
What causes winter-onset seasonal affective disorder?
Although the exact cause of winter-onset seasonal affective disorder is not clear, it is thought to be due to changes in the levels of specific hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain and changes …
What do I do if I get sick after I return from my trip?
It is a good idea to see your doctor to determine if your illness may have resulted from your trip. It is very important if you have been to an area with malaria that if you develop a fever within a f…
What increases the chances of developing complications during labor?
Some risk factors that can make complications more likely include: increasing age, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
What is a planned caesarean section?
A planned caesarean section delivery may be recommended by your obstetrician if they believe there are increased risks to you or to your baby if a vaginal delivery is performed. Some circumstances whe…
What is ankylosing spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of inflammatory arthritis. It affects the joints of the spine, in particular the sacroiliac joint at the bottom of the spine.
What is Crohn's disease?
Crohn's disease is a serious chronic inflammatory condition of the lining of the gut that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and blood in the stools.
What is headbanging?
Headbanging is the action of banging one's head against something in a rhythmic motion. It is common in boys and girls and is generally temporary and harmless, but can last into childhood for some peo…
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is an under-active thyroid gland. It leads to short supply of hormones that control metabolism in the body.