Chronic back pain usually affects your lower back, also called the lumbar spine. Physicians define “chronic” back pain as daily pain for more than three months. The pain can be intense enough to affect all aspects of your life – from work to sleep. That’s why prevention is so important. The good news is that there are many ways you can help keep chronic back pain at bay – permanently. By Dr. Marshal Peris, FAAOS, Co-Director of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Spine Surgery Section, Northern Westchester Hospital
If you’re a woman between 35 and 50 years old and suddenly begin to have extremely heavy, intense and prolonged periods along with pain and pressure in your abdomen, you may be among the up to 80 percent of women affected by uterine fibroids, or benign tumors that form in the smooth muscle of the uterus. Here, F. Michael Shaw, MD, Director of Gynecology at the Institute of Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital, discusses non-surgical and surgical remedies.
You probably know more today about concussions than you did a few years ago. By publicizing the head injuries of super-star athletes, the media has raised awareness of the seriousness of concussion. And that’s a good thing. But you may not know about the potential long-term dangers of not receiving care from the right specialist– the one provider trained specifically in the ways brain function affects cognition, behavior and emotion. In other words, a neuropsychologist. Here, I explain why involving this specialist from the first suspicion of concussion is vital to recovery. By Chari Hirshson, Ph.D., neuropsychologist at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Bunions Don’t Have to Be a Bumpy Ride
A bunion is a bump on the inner aspect of the foot at the base of the big toe. If you’ve never experienced a bunion, you might think that this bump is an enlarged bone or even a growth, but it’s not. A bunion is actually a normally-shaped bone that has drifted into an abnormal position. As part of the deformity, the big toe becomes crooked, pointing more and more toward the second toe. Painful bunions can make routine activities like walking or even standing extremely uncomfortable. Here, Dr. Kurt Voellmicke, Director of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital discusses what causes bunions and empowers you with treatment options for this potentially debilitating foot condition.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 200,000 hernias are diagnosed each year in the U.S. A hernia is an opening within muscles or connective tissue called fascia, through which intestines or fat protrudes. Hernias tend to occur in the belly through previous incisions, or most commonly in the groin, which is known as an inguinal hernia. A hernia can develop at any age, from birth onward. They may grow over time or come on suddenly; they can result from strenuous activity, heavy lifting, pregnancy, or even from a fit of coughing. You’ll recognize the symptoms of a hernia as a bulge that may be accompanied by a burning or aching sensation. Here, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about hernias from diagnosis to treatment. By Dr. Amanda Messina, Chief of General Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital.