Our Top Health Blogs of 2017

| Posted On Dec 27, 2017 | By:

As we look forward to a healthy 2018, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of our most popular health blog posts of the year and provide a quick summary if you happened to miss any of them.

Body Mechanics of Snow Removal

Winter weather in New England is unpredictable, to say the least. We can go from no snow in sight to 10 or more inches overnight. Natalie Toczylowski, DPT, offers simple tips to limit the amount of stress we put on our backs while shoveling.


Experiencing vertigo, the sensation of feeling off-balance or light-headed, for the first time can be a pretty scary event. Vertigo often stems from a problem with the vestibular system, our balance center which is located in the inner ear but deeper than our eardrum and the systems involved with hearing. Lisa Falvo, PT, defines benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and how it can be treated.

Nosebleeds: Minor Irritation or Cause for Concern

If a nosebleed occurs out of the blue, it can be alarming, to say the least. But nosebleeds are pretty common and usually don’t indicate anything too serious. Dr. Thomas Kaegi shares common causes and how to treat nosebleeds as well as when you should contact your doctor.

What is a Charley Horse?

Charley horse is just another name for an incredibly uncomfortable muscle contraction or spasm. While this painful contraction can occur in any muscle in the body, a charley horse is more specific to muscles in the legs. Dr. Scott Souther explains what causes a charley horse and how to treat it.

Why Does My Head Hurt?

Almost everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives, but did you know that there are over 150 unique types of headaches? And to add insult to injury, some chronic headache sufferers can develop a medication overuse or rebound headache. Dr. Sarah Post shares a few of the more distinct types of headaches, their causes, symptoms and treatments, as well as preventive measures to hopefully avoid them altogether.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

If you’ve been suffering from abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and diarrhea or constipation that has lasted at least 6 months, you might have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a chronic disorder of the large intestine, meaning it can last for many years, but it is not a disease. Mary Cain, NP, outlines symptoms, causes and treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome.

Trigger Finger

People who have trigger finger will report that their finger is catching, locking, sticking or snapping in a bent (flexed) position. Sometimes, people cannot straighten the finger without pushing on it. Nathan Samuels, DNP, MSN, ANP-BC, shares common causes, how to diagnose, and treatment options for trigger finger.

Would You Know If You Had Gallstones?

Have you ever had a gallstone? Many people haven’t even heard of them, but they are actually quite common. Although they sometimes occur and pass without a person experiencing any symptoms at all, they can cause pain, discomfort and even complications, so it’s good to know what they are and symptoms you may experience. Andrea Forde, NP reviews what you should know about gallstones.

Canker Sores

A canker sore is the common term for an aphthous ulcer, a lesion inside the mouth that looks like a shallow, round, white or gray spot, often with some redness around the edge. These painful lesions can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink or chew. Learn some reasons why they develop and how you can treat canker sores.

What Are Kidney Stones?

With one in ten people estimated to develop them at some point in their lifetime, kidney stones have become one of the most prevalent illnesses in the United States. Did you know there are different types of kidney stones? Kara Erdody, NP, shares the types of kidney stones, their symptoms, how they’re diagnosed, and when to see your primary care provider.

Understanding and Treating Plantar Warts

When you think of a wart, you might conjure up the image of a cartoon witch with a large wart at the tip of her nose. But did you know you can get warts on the bottom of your feet? Dr. Peter Young explains causes, treatment options, and how to avoid getting plantar warts.

Do You Suffer From Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is a natural sugar commonly found in milk and dairy products. According to the National Institute for Health (NIH), approximately 65% of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. Dr. Lily Wong shares causes, symptoms and treatment options for lactose intolerance.

Treating Painful Intercourse During Menopause

Hot flashes, weight gain, difficulty sleeping – these are all commonly discussed issues that women encounter during perimenopause and menopause. Painful intercourse is something women may be a bit more hesitant to discuss, but Dr. Lori Wroble says it shouldn’t be. It’s a problem that many women experience, and there are several ways to help decrease pain and improve your satisfaction.

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