Dr. Patrick Goh, Contributor, Singapore | Wed, 05/13/2015 9:36 AM
In the last two decades, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) — a
non-invasive procedure with virtually no down-time after treatment, has
proven effective in treating certain common but troublesome tendon
conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and shoulder
Dr. Richard Yuan-Tud Chen, Contributor, Singapore | Wed, 04/01/2015 9:41 AM
Eddie, who is 70, had been suffering from constant low back pain. He
took painkillers but the pain kept recurring. When he finally decided to
consult his doctor, an X-ray showed a compression fracture in a
vertebra in his lower spine.
James Tan, Contributor, Singapore | Wed, 01/14/2015 5:12 PM
The neck consists of seven pieces of bone (vertebrae) with soft cushions
(discs) in between. Every time you move your neck, these vertebrae and
discs work in sync to allow movement. There are several causes of the
aches and pains that can develop in the neck, with its many structures.
Dr. Ng Kheng Hong, Contributor, Singapore | Wed, 12/10/2014 11:00 AM
Are you experiencing pain after bowel movements? You may have an anal fissure. Pain during or after bowel movements can be attributed to several reasons. You may have developed an anorectal abscess, prolapsed piles or anal fissure.
Bernard Lee, MD, Singapore | Wed, 10/22/2014 12:41 PM
Lower back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder and the most
common reason for patients to seek medical attention after the common
cold. It is the number-two cause of missed work and the number-one cause
of disability in patients younger than 45.
Maria Cheng, Associated Press, London | Wed, 04/30/2014 8:03 PM
Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.
Marilyn Marchione, Associated Press, Washington | Sun, 03/30/2014 9:10 AM
A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.
Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press, Chicago | Mon, 02/10/2014 4:55 PM
Nearly 3 out of 4 US children and young adults consume at
least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge
much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an
increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an often overlooked eye
condition. Many older people may not know that they have AMD, which, if
not treated in time, can lead to blindness. They may miss out on small
changes in vision, and wrongly assume them to be symptoms caused by
aging. By the time their vision has deteriorated enough, it may be too
The most important thing in the treatment of pain is the correct diagnosis.
acute pain problems, this is usually straightforward. Acute pain in the
limbs, joints and the spine is often related to a sprain consequent to
an injury. In severe cases, a muscle tendon or ligament tear is the
reason. In some patients, an acute limb pain is from a sudden slipped
disc compressing nerve roots.