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Herniated Disc Treatment

As one of the most common injuries among athletes, herniated discs can be very painful. A disc can herniate in the neck (cervical) or the back (lumbar). Doctors at the USC Spine Center of Keck Medicine of USC use a team approach for initial treatment that includes oral medications, physical therapy and steroid injections. When ... Read More »

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Herniated Disc

As one of the most common injuries among athletes, herniated discs can be very painful. A disc can herniate in the neck (cervical) or the back (lumbar). Doctors at the USC Spine Center of Keck Medicine of USC use a team approach for initial treatment that includes oral medications, physical therapy and steroid injections. When ... Read More »

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Tendinitis

Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, usually from exercising. Sports injuries or overuse are usually to blame for this type of injury. Poor posture and failing to stretch before and after exercising can also trigger tendinitis. What are the signs and symptoms of tendinitis? Pain and tenderness in the area Inflammation and swelling ... Read More »

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Metatarsalgia

A common condition, metatarsalgia is inflammation of the ball of the foot that is painful and debilitating. Nonsurgical treatment includes rest, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy to regain use and flexibility. Orthotics and foot pads also are known to alleviate pain from metatarsalgia. What are the signs and symptoms of metarasalgia? Swelling and ... Read More »

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Arthritis of the Knee and Hip

Arthritis is a condition in which one or more joints are inflamed due to the breakdown of cartilage. Without the normal amount of cartilage to cushion the joint and allow it to move smoothly, the bones rub together, causing pain, inflammation and stiffness. This breakdown usually occurs over time. In some cases, arthritis can develop ... Read More »

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Bunion

A bunion occurs when the big toe begins to drift toward the outside of the foot. The result is a bony bump that forms on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. What are the signs and symptoms of a bunion? Visible bump at the lower joint of the big ... Read More »

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Rotator Cuff Injury

The shoulder joint is surrounded by four muscles and tendons that provide strength and stability, and capped with a bursa, or tissue cushion to protect the shoulder bones. When the rotator cuff is damaged, the bursa can become inflamed, causing chronic, dull pain and loss of motion in the shoulder. People with jobs that require ... Read More »

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Knee Ligament Reconstruction

A damaged knee ligament can be repaired or reconstructed through arthroscopic surgery. For this minimally invasive procedure, doctors make small incisions around the knee and insert a tiny camera to guide them through surgery. In an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction, the tendon is replaced by a healthy tendon (i.e. parts of the patella tendon ... Read More »

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Arthroscopy

Also known as keyhole surgery, this kind of minimally invasive surgery involves making a small incision at the joint and using inserting a camera, called an endoscope, to aid in the surgery. [youtube id="_8Lx6Gfk8gg" width="600" height="350" autoplay="no" api_params="" class=""]

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