Author Archives: Virgínia Helena

CDC Just Changed Its Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. Here’s What to Know

Guidance covers acute, subacute, and chronic pain and replaces 2016 guidelines Hard thresholds for pain medication doses and duration are no longer promoted through the CDC’s new Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain. The new guidance — which … Continue reading

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Common Foods that will Trigger Anxiety

What is Anxiety? Anxiety is a fear or worry about something happening in the future, such perceived to be stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It is a natural response to stress. Occasional anxiety is completely normal, though. We all experience … Continue reading

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Any joint pain after COVID-19 infection? Why could that happen?

Hello everyone! It has been nearly a year since I last wrote a post! Time literally flies! In the past year, I have basically focused 100% of my time on my PhD program. Now I have 3 more semesters left, … Continue reading

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Military research finds no sex difference for Ankylosing Spondylitis

The incidence of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) did not differ between men and women in a large study of military personnel, which called into question the previous assumption of male predominance for this disease. In a retrospective study that included more … Continue reading

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome recur after mRNA COVID vaccine, but the risk is really low

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is an acquired demyelinating polyneuropathy that often begins in the lower extremities and ascends over time with loss of reflexes, causing muscle weakness, or in the most severe cases, paralysis. Some cases may start a few days … Continue reading

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What Exactly Is a “Mild” Stroke?

It’s important to know that every stroke is different and therefore every recovery will be different. No one can estimate minor stroke recovery time with absolute certainty. Still, there are some patterns worth noting for mild stroke patients. Hopefully these patterns can … Continue reading

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Foam Rolling, is it For Me?

If you have been to a physiotherapy clinic in the last few years, then you have almost certainly witnessed, or felt first hand, the technique of foam rolling. Foam rolling is a popular technique that releases tight muscles and mobilizes the network of connective … Continue reading

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Exercising with Resistance Bands

What are Resistance Band Exercises? Resistance bands are strips of stretchable rubber that come in a variety of resistance levels and colors.  They are used to perform strengthening exercises for your muscles by providing resistance during the entire movement, causing your muscles … Continue reading

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Heel pain and what to do about it

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is an irritation or inflammation of the plantar fascia — the ligament that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. This is a strong, dense strip … Continue reading

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Avoid Dental Dangers: 10 questions to ask your Dentist

#1 Are you using universal infection control protocols? Every dental office should be using standard of care infection control protocols. This includes using predominantly 1-time use materials such as suction tips, cotton products, cleaning cups, and neck aprons to name … Continue reading

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