Common Shoulder Injuries
In 2006, approximately 7.5 million people went to the doctor's office for a shoulder problem, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. More than 4.1 million of these visits were for rotator cuff problems.Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is the rotator cuff and what does it do?
- What causes a rotator cuff tear and how would I know if I have one?
- If I have a painful rotator cuff and keep using it, will this cause further damage?
- When should I see a doctor for a rotator cuff tear?
- Can a rotator cuff tear be healed or strengthened without surgery?
- At what point does a rotator cuff tear require surgery to fix it?
- What options are available for surgical repair?
- How important is rehabilitation in the treatment of a rotator cuff tear?
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Advances Made in Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
While more than 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries (SCI) each year, many Americans first learned about them when actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed. That was in 1995.
In that short time span, tremendous advances have been made in improving the quality of life for individuals with SCI through better treatment and new rehabilitation therapies.Post-polio Syndrome
While polio has virtually been eradicated in the United States, results from the disease still affect some 60 percent of the 640,000 survivors of paralytic polio. Post-polio syndrome appears in people who had paralytic polio and a residual loss of motor neurons. After a period of recovery, usually 15 years or longer, the patient begins to experience fatigue, muscle weakness, and possibly pain. These symptoms, when not attributable to other diseases, can signal post-polio syndrome.