Chronic Pain - Topic Overview
This topic provides information on chronic pain that is caused by factors other than cancer.
Chronic Pain - When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor about chronic pain if your pain has lasted more than 3 months without a clear reason.
Chronic Pain - Cause
Learn about chronic pain and how it develops.
Achilles Tendon Injury: Surgery or Immobilization - Topic Overview
If you have a ruptured Achilles tendon,instead of having surgery you may use a cast,splint,brace,walking boot,or other device that will keep your lower leg from moving (immobilization). When immobilized over a period of months,the Achilles tendon can slowly reattach and heal. Considerations Immobilization is a wise treatment choice for some people,but not for others. When deciding on ...
Achilles Tendon Injury: Calf Squeeze Test - Topic Overview
The calf squeeze test (also called the Thompson or the Simmond's test) can identify an Achilles tendon rupture. While you are kneeling on a chair with your legs hanging over the edge,or lying face down with your lower legs bent up 90 degrees,your doctor will squeeze your calves. If the Achilles tendon is still attached,your foot will flex downward. If the tendon is ruptured,your foot will ...
Central Venous Catheters - Topic Overview
What is a central venous catheter?A central venous catheter, or vascular access device (VAD), is a long, thin, flexible tube used to give medications, fluids, nutrients, or blood products over a long period of time, usually several weeks or more. The catheter is inserted through the skin into a vein often in the neck or chest. It is threaded through the vein until it reaches a large vein near the
Achilles Tendon Injury: Physical Therapy and Rehab - Topic Overview
Rehabilitation (rehab) and/or physical therapy are the usual treatment for an Achilles tendon injury. For Achilles tendinopathy,physical therapy can decrease your pain and allow you to gradually return to your normal activities. For an Achilles tendon rupture,a rehab program after surgery to repair the rupture can strengthen the tendon and help the tendon heal. This program typically ...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Knee
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee is a test done with a large machine that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of the knee.
Office Ergonomics - Other Treatment
Other treatments to relieve pain, prevent further injury, and return to normal activities include:Physical therapy, to relieve pain and maintain or improve strength and flexibility.Orthotic devices, such as wrist splints or a neck (cervical) collar, which may be worn at home to relieve stress and provide temporary support. Wrist splints should not be worn while you work because they can increase .
Office Ergonomics - Where to Go for Help
If you have tried the home treatment suggestions but your pain and discomfort have lasted for several days (for example, 7 continuous days), call your doctor. Health professionals who can diagnose and treat work - related injuries include:Family medicine physicians.General practitioners.Neurologists.Nurse practitioners.Occupational medicine specialists.Occupational therapists.Orthopedic ...