Archive | March, 2017

What should I know about emphysema?

Emphysema is a lung condition caused by cigarette smoking or prolonged exposure to dust or industrial pollutants. It is important to note that emphysema along with chronic bronchitis are part of a common lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Even though the impaired airways could no longer regenerate and there is no available […]

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is simply a blood clot that develops in the deep veins of the leg. This condition puts an individual at high risk for pulmonary embolism. This occurs once a clot detaches from the interior of the vein and lodges into the pulmonary artery. If the clot is big enough, it can fully […]

Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a dangerous heat-illness that necessitates immediate medical care. Individuals who exercise in warm climates particularly in elevated humidity is the usual cause of heatstroke. In such instances, the body exerts to keep itself cool due to the diminished efficiency of evaporation of sweat. Dehydration is also an additional cause of heatstroke in which […]

Intracerebral hematoma

Intracerebral hematoma occurs if one or several blood vessels in the brain rupture, typically brought about by head injuries. Remember that this is a medical emergency that can lead to death, thus all cases of head injuries require careful assessment. What are the indications? Intense headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Loss of consciousness Loss of sensation […]

Wrist joint arthritis

Wrist joint arthritis involves inflammation of the joint, particularly the end bones, synovial membrane and joint cartilage. The wrist joint is the link between the carpal bones – radius and the ulna. There are smooth and sponge-like cartilage that wraps the end of the joint bones. The synovium covers and encloses the joint. It is […]

Abdominal injuries

Abdominal injuries can affect any structures in the abdominal cavity. It is important to note that there are no bones that shield the abdomen and any injury can lead to significant impairment to some of the digestive organs, including the spleen, liver or the stomach. In some cases, abdominal injuries might involve both the abdominal […]

Handlebar palsy

Handlebar palsy is a condition common among cyclists. In most cases, the indications of handlebar palsy are triggered by the compression of the ulnar nerve at the wrists against the handlebar. What are the indications? If an individual has handlebar palsy, it includes the following: Tingling sensation Numbness Weakness over the exterior of the hand, […]

Substernal chest pain

Substernal chest pain is characterized as intense pain beneath the sternal bone. There are various contributing factors where some are serious such as myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism and atrial fibrillation. What are the possible causes? Stable and unstable angina pectoris Myocardial infarction Acute coronary syndrome Atrial fibrillation Aortic dissection Pulmonary embolism Characteristics of substernal chest […]

Supraspinatus rupture

The supraspinatus muscle travels through the upper part of the shoulder blade and attaches at the upper region of the arm. It is one of the 4 rotator cuff muscles which is responsible for lifting the arm up sideways and utilized in throwing sports since it is the one that holds the arm in the […]