But the disease affects much of the population in some rural communities and, while it often goes unnoticed, it sometimes can be devastating for patients.
Inspector General Patrick Maley recommended that legislators, state officials and the medical community work together to rein in the escalating epidemic – with doctors taking the lead.
Is it difficult to twist, turn or bend at the knees, hips or shoulders? Do you have swelling, warmth and redness in your joints or in the soft tissues around your joint every time you run, jump or exercise? Does the pain seem to linger for weeks? If so, then it's time to see a physician.
The quantification of pain intensity in vivo is essential for identifying the mechanisms of various types of pain or for evaluating the effects of different analgesics.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have polymyalgia rheumatica. My doctor has prescribed prednisone, but I'm worried about the long-term effects of this treatment.
As the weather turns warmer and children and adults spend more time outside, preventing sunburns becomes important.
Dear Dr. K: My father recently saw his doctor, complaining of fever, fatigue, joint pain and rashes.
With the prevalence of chronic diseases rapidly increasing in Africa, expanding palliative care will be essential to help patients live with dignity.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn must decide if he will sign a measure allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes after the state Senate approved legislation on Friday.
MORE and more we see elderlies among us, more reverently called senior citizens, thanks for the increasing control of infectious diseases which used to be the number one cause of death in developing so-called Third World countries, which include our dearly beloved Philippines.
Minnesota doctors say prescription drug abuse is a severe problem in the state and they often feel caught between patients who need pain medication and those who say they should do more to curb abuse.
When Pulaski officials learned of plans for a "methadone clinic" in town, there was nothing they could do to stop it since there were no zoning provisions to address such facilities.
I presume few of us take what the Americans call "Hillbilly Heroin", officially known as Oxycodone, the pain reliever that has become alarmingly addictive to tens of thousands of people.
On a typical June day last year, 3-year-old Jolan Jackson was sitting at the dining room table in his booster chair waiting for his meal.