Five Common Hand, Wrist and Elbow Conditions

At some point during your life, you’ll likely be affected by a hand, wrist or elbow condition. Most of the time these conditions heal on their own with rest but, occasionally, they are more persistent and require medical attention. Here are five of the most common conditions we see at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Lena’s Story: “The level of care changed my quality of life.”

Lena Williams, 56, is always on the move, whether it’s enjoying fun destination cruises with her family, dancing the night way in heels (she loves House Music and “Stepping”) or hustling through an airport to catch an international flight for work. But eight years ago, she noticed her knees were starting to give her quite … Continued

Taking Steps to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid use and overdoses continue to make headlines. But even with the more recent push for better awareness, usage is still on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of three drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. How did it get to this point where the use of opioids … Continued

Take Control of Chronic Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain affects 20 percent of American adults and costs our society about $560 billion dollars annually. Chronic pain covers a large spectrum of issues. It can be related to your joints, muscles, bones – even your mental and emotional health. It’s difficult to point to a single … Continued

Treating Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeletal injuries can affect everyone – the young and old as well as weekend warriors and elite athletes. But receiving the right care and treatment can help you get back to your daily activities faster. These types of injuries are often related to overuse. Shoulder, knee and hip aches and pains are some of the … Continued

Back Pain: When Surgery’s the Best Option

Sometimes conservative treatments aren’t enough to cure back issues. But you don’t have to live with pain. For some people, surgery may be an option. The type of surgery that’s right for you depends on what’s causing your pain. Here are three common procedures: Microdiscectomy – This type of surgery can help relieve low back … Continued

The Link Between Diet & Migraines

Millions of Americans are affected by migraines. For many of them, diet plays a role in the frequency and severity of the attacks. Foods that cause a migraine in one person may not affect another, however, the most common triggers include: Alcohol Aged cheese MSG Artificial sweeteners Processed meat Dark chocolate Ice cream Avocados Citrus … Continued

Stop a Migraine in its Tracks

Migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world.  In the United States, it’s estimated more than 37 million people suffer from migraines, including 2-3 million who experience them on a chronic basis. Typically, migraines last between 4-72 hours and can significantly affect the way you live. They may lead to missed work and … Continued

What Triggers Migraines?

Migraines affect up to 13 percent of the population in the United States. These debilitating headaches can lead to depression, missed work, difficulty completing everyday tasks and a lower quality of life. Fortunately, there are ways to successfully treat the condition. It starts with identifying what triggers your migraines. A common misconception is that a … Continued