Category: Lifestyle

Mental Health After the Pandemic

Dr. Andrew Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD “The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can persist and be long lasting for several years…”   – Karthirvel, N1 If you are emerging from the pandemic with less excitement than you thought you would, that is normal. In fact, about a third of us will experience lingering stress, generally… Read more »

Migraine Headaches – The Causes and Symptoms

McFarland Operating Room

Mark W. McFarland, DO Everyone knows what a headache is but say the word migraine… we conjure up vague images of someone with pounding head pain, lying in a dark room with a cool cloth over their eyes, trying to lie still so the accompanying nausea doesn’t overtake them.  If you’ve never had a migraine… Read more »

What is “Tech Neck”?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The next time you are out in a crowded public place, take a moment and look around you.  Pay special attention to the people you see and what they are doing.  I would guess that 8 out of 10 are looking at an electronic device, with their head and neck tilted… Read more »

Can I Have a Knee Replacement After Having Cancer?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As Americans live longer, they often deal with the diseases and conditions that come with aging concurrently.  For example, it is quite common to have adult-onset diabetes and arthritic joints that may need replacing at the same time.  So, it certainly follows that some of us will develop, will be… Read more »

Having a Hip Replacement as a Smoker-What you Should Know

Dr. Boyd Haynes

    Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a busy orthopedic surgeon in Newport News, I’ve performed more hip replacement surgeries than I can count over the years, with a good percentage of them having been done on smokers. While both smokers and nonsmokers typically recover well, there are differences during the pre- and post-surgical… Read more »

Being the Primary Caregiver for Someone with Chronic Pain – What You Should Know

Dr. Martin

Chronic pain is difficult, exhausting and depressing, not only for the sufferer, but for those who love and live with them.  Having to modify your life according to someone’s pain level every day takes a great deal of patience and understanding. Doing so for long periods, without respite or refreshment, can easily result in caregiver and compassion fatigue and eventually, caregiver burnout. Let’s discuss how to recognize the signs and manage the normal frustrations and emotions of caregiving to head off fatigue and burnout before they start.

Five Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Dr. Martin Coleman

  Martin R Coleman, MD Arthritis – Although not seen as often as knee or hip arthritis, I may diagnose arthritis of the shoulder when a patient comes to me complaining of an achy, stiff shoulder. Arthritis is a condition that may come with age but may reflect a specific inflammatory condition such as Rheumatoid arthritis… Read more »

How Old is too Old for a Knee Replacement?

Dr. Boyd Haynes, III

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In my orthopaedic practice, I am often asked age-related questions when it comes to certain surgeries.  “What’s the cut-off age for this surgery and what age do I have do be before I can I have that procedure?”  Only a few years ago, those questions probably mattered a lot more… Read more »

Having a Knee Replacement as a Diabetic – What you Need to Know

Dr. John Burrow

Americans are living longer and as a result are demanding a higher quality of life as they age.  That means they are having to contend with some of the illness and conditions often associated with aging while at the same time trying to maintain, repair or replace the body parts that are wearing out.  It… Read more »