One of the causes of back pain is a herniated disk, which is also called a ruptured disk or a slipped disk. If someone experiences back pain that shoots down their leg, everyday activities may become difficult or even intolerable.
The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae, which are cushioned by small oval pads of cartilage or disks that consist of a soft inner layer called nucleus, and a tough outer layer called ... more
This is a relatively common condition, because there are more than two dozen bones in each foot and three bones in each of the ankle joints, which take a pounding every time a person walks across a room, plays a game of basketball, or runs for a bus.
Because fractures can range from tiny cracks in the bones to shattering breaks that pierce the skin, the seriousness of a broken ankle or broken foot varies.
The treatment for a broken ... more
Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of skin conditions. Its main characteristic is blistering in response to minor injury, heat or friction from scratching or rubbing. Epidermolysis bullosa has three main types with numerous subtypes, most of which are inherited.
Usually, epidermolysis bullosa affects infants and young children. However, some people with mild forms of this condition don’t develop any signs or symptoms until ... more
The type of low blood pressure that occurs when someone stands up from sitting or lying down in called postural or orthostatic hypotension. A person may feel dizzy or lightheaded, and maybe even faint if he/she has this type of hypotension.
Although Orthostatic hypotension more commonly occurs in older adults, but it can occur in anyone. This condition is usually a mild one, lasting for a few seconds to a few minutes at ... more
The group of hereditary disorders that affect the nerves in the legs and arms causing muscle weakness, decreased sensation and decreased muscle bulk, is referred to as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Symptoms tend to worsen very slowly over time, and even among family members these symptoms may vary widely in severity.
The arms and hands may be eventually affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, though this condition usually begins in the ... more
The longest nerve in the body, which is called the sciatic nerve, runs from the spinal cord to the buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. The pain that radiates along the path of this nerve is called sciatica.
Sciatica is a symptom of another problem that involves the nerve, such as a herniated disk; it isn't a disease in itself. The pain of acute sciatica, which could be considerably uncomfortable, usually ... more