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    You and your doctor may choose to use joint fusion surgery for hammer, claw, or mallet toes. You may make this choice if:You have another toe problem, such as a bunion, with your toe joint problem.Your toe joint deformity is caused by a disease of the nerves or muscles (neuromuscular disease).A previous toe joint deformity comes back after an earlier surgery.DescriptionIn joint fusion, the surgeon removes part of the toe joint, letting the toe bones grow together (fuse). Your surgeon will:Give you a type of anesthesia.Make a cut over the top of the abnormal joint and remove part of the toe joint.Straighten the toe so the bones will fuse together. Possibly put a wire or other device through the joint to keep the toe straight. The wire will stick out of your toe, so that it can be removed without another surgery. Close the cut with stitches. In about 10 to 14 days, your surgeon will take out the stitches, and in 4 to 6 weeks, he or she will take out the wire. During this time, be sure

  2. Lyme Disease - Treatment Overview

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    A doctor may test a young person for scoliosis during a routine physical exam. In schools, screening may be provided annually for students between the ages of 10 and 14 (grades 5 through 9). The exam takes about 30 seconds and may be done by a school nurse or physical education teacher.The examiner first views the child from behind, looking for uneven shoulders, hips, or waistline or for shoulder blades that stick out or are uneven.The child then bends forward from the waist, with the arms hanging down loosely and the palms touching (forward-bending test). The examiner looks for any unevenness, such as one side of the rib cage that is higher than the other. The examiner may also view the child from the side to detect a hump on the upper back (kyphosis).Also, the examiner may measure the angle of trunk rotation (ATR) with a device called a scoliometer. Some states require screening for scoliosis by law. But health experts don't agree with whether or not to screen for scoliosis.1, 2

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    What is traditional osteopathy?Osteopathy emphasizes overall health and the relation among the body's nerves, muscles, bones, and organs. Doctors of osteopathy (DOs) base diagnosis and treatment on the idea that the body's systems are interconnected. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, DOs regard and treat the body as an integrated whole. Osteopathic medicine focuses on disease ...

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    What is acupuncture?Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy, called chi or qi, flowing through your body. Chi is thought to flow along energy pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe a blocking or imbalance of the flow of chi at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Traditional Chinese medicine ...

  6. Surgery for Tennis Elbow

    Surgery for tennis elbow may involve:cutting (releasing) the tendon and removing inflamed tissue from the tendon; or drilling small, shallow holes in the bone to encourage growth of new blood vessels.

  7. Fibromyalgia Treatments

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  9. Acute Systemic Lupus

    Acute systemic lupus erythematosus. Bright red, sharply defined erythema with slight edema and minimal scaling in a “butterfly pattern” on the face. This is the typical “malar rash.” Note also that the patient is female and young.

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