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  • Ankle Sprain

    What is an ankle sprain? An ankle sprain is an injury that happens when you stretch or tear the ligaments in your ankle. Most sprains happen when you twist your ankle. Afterward, the ankle usually becomes swollen and painful. Even though ankle sprains are common, they aren't always minor injuries.

  • Kyphoplasty

    Kyphoplasty (say "KY-foh-plas-tee") is a procedure for your back. It is done to relieve pain from compression fractures of the spine. It can return your vertebrae to a more normal shape. Your doctor may numb the area, or you may get medicine to make you sleep. The doctor makes a...

  • Osteoporosis: Should I Take Bisphosphonate Medicines?

    Guides you through decision to take bisphosphonate medicines for osteoporosis. Lists medicine names like alendronate (Fosamax) and risedronate (Actonel). Lists risks and benefits. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

  • Osteoporosis Risk Factors

    Whether a person develops osteoporosis depends on the thickness of the bones ( bone density) in early life, as well as health, diet, and physical activity later in life. Things that increase your risk for osteoporosis include: Your age. Bones naturally become thinner as you get older. Having gone through...

  • Sprained Ankle: Rehabilitation Exercises

    Ankle sprains are common injuries that can result in lifelong problems. Some people with repeated or severe sprains can develop long-term joint pain and weakness. Treating a sprained ankle can help prevent ongoing ankle problems. Rehabilitation (rehab) exercises are critical to ensure that the ankle heals completely and...

  • Sprained Ankle: Using a Compression Wrap

    Offers step-by-step instructions for wrapping an ankle with an elastic bandage.

  • Travel Health

    How can you stay healthy on your trip? The best way to stay healthy on your trip is to plan before you go. If you are planning to travel to another country, see a doctor several months before you leave so you will have time for vaccines (immunizations) that you...

  • First Aid Kit for Travelers

    What you pack in your first aid kit will depend on where and how long you plan to travel and the medical care available there. Here is a general list of items to include. Insect repellent Sunscreen (SPF 30 to 50) and lip screen Thermometer Oral rehydration solution packets Basic...

  • SPECT Image of the Heart

    Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a nuclear medicine imaging test. It is a type of positron emission tomography, also called a PET scan. Doctors use SPECT to: Diagnose a person who has symptoms of heart disease. Assess your risk of heart attack. Find damaged heart tissue after a...

  • Drug-Eluting Stents

    Drug-eluting stents can help prevent a coronary artery from narrowing again after angioplasty. They are coated with medicine that prevents scar tissue from growing into the artery. Stents are small, expandable tubes. They are inserted during angioplasty into a narrowed or blocked section of the coronary artery to open...

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