Barbara Hales, M.D.

What Causes Balance Problems in the Elderly?

January 20, 2021 | Comments Off on What Causes Balance Problems in the Elderly?

We achieve balance with a mixture of sensory information from the central nervous system, mobility, and strength. When any of these are compromised, balance can be lost. Balance problems can occur in the elderly when there is dysfunction with the inner ear, nerves, heart, eyes, joints, muscles and bones, which must all act in unison. …

Hypertension

January 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Hypertension

In order to understand hypertension or high blood pressure, it is important to know what blood pressure actually is. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls from within arteries.  This pressure changes throughout the day as blood is transported from your heart to other body organs. It is measured with two…

Home Remedies for Headaches

November 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Home Remedies for Headaches

What are home remedies for headaches? Home remedies for headaches involve herbs, and nutritional supplements along with practical actions that you can use such as sensible modification of diets, exercise and elimination of substances as in caffeine, alcoholic beverages and smoking. Home remedies have become increasingly popular since the public wants a more holistic approach…

Chronic Pain

November 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Chronic Pain

What is chronic pain? Chronic pain lingers longer than expected as healing time due to an injury or onset of a medical problem.  Typically it is pain that lasts between three and 6 months from onset. The origin of chronic pain can be traced to the body, brain or spinal cord. Classification There are 7…

Metacarpal Pain

April 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Metacarpal Pain

Overview The metacarpals are long bones in the hand, connected on one end to the wrist and the other to the finger bones or phalanges. The tops of the metacarpal bones form the knuckles and on the palm side, connective tissue covers them. The most common cause of swelling with metacarpal joint pain is due…

Knee Replacement (aka Arthroplasty)

April 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Knee Replacement (aka Arthroplasty)

Overview Knee replacement or arthroplasty, is a surgical process to replace, or remodel the joint surface of the knee. It is performed to alleviate pain and restore function after joint damage. Knee replacement procedures exchange the damaged parts of the knee with artificial implants.  At present, technology has improved to create better porous-coated prosthesis (implants)…

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Swollen Knee

December 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Swollen Knee

What Is A Swollen Knee?  A swollen knee, also known as “water on the knee” is knee effusion, a collection of fluid in and around the knee joint. This arises due to over use, injury or disease. Common injuries involve torn ligaments (e.g. ACL tear), cartilage damage (meniscus tear), or bone fractures. Symptoms include: Painful…

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HammerToe

December 1, 2018 | Comments Off on HammerToe

What Is A Hammertoe? A hammertoe is an abnormality causing your toe to curl downward instead of straight ahead due to a muscle and ligament imbalance surrounding the toe joint. While any toe can be affected, it typically affects the second or third toe. Hammertoe generally manifests over time from arthritis or poorly fitting shoes.…

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Common Foot Problems

December 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Common Foot Problems

What Are The Common Foot Problems?  Running, jumping, walking and climbing can all wreak havoc on our feet, causing many problems ranging from inflammation or infection to injuries of bones, ligaments and muscles. Three of the biggest risk factors include diabetes, aging and improper shoes. The most common foot problems that people experience are: Athlete’s…

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Gout

December 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Gout

What Is Gout? Gout, one of the most recorded medical illnesses in history, is a condition of painful joints caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is created when our bodies break down purines from the protein we eat. Triggers for an attack include: Dehydration Seafood Red meat Alcoholic beverages Drinks sweetened…