ACL or MCL Injury: Know the Difference

ACL or MCL Injury: Know the Difference

Richard Kang, MD Blog

ACL and MCL injuries both occur in the knee area. You may have heard of these terms before, as common knee injuries tend to involve one of these ligaments. Although they are both parts of the same joint, injuries to these ligaments are quite different in the cause, location, symptoms, and recommended treatment for each. Here’s what you need to …

Summer Series Sponsorship

Summer Series Sponsorship – Town of Lyndhurst

Core Medical Blog

While the days might be hot, the nights are just the right temperature to enjoy the outdoors. What better time to get the family together and head to the park for a series of summer concerts by a varying of bands and artists? The event is already in full swing, but if you haven’t had time to make it out …

How Does Botox Work?

How Does Botox Work?

Kristin Freda Blog

You may have heard of people getting Botox to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles. Also called Xeomin, Botox is a cosmetic injectable procedure that can improve the look of facial indentations. It is most commonly used to smooth lines on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the mouth (frown lines). You may have also heard that …

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

Richard Kang, MD Blog

You may have heard of hormone replacement therapy as a way to treat the symptoms of menopause. While this may be true, there is a lot more to this course of treatment that you should be aware of before deciding whether it is the appropriate choice for you. Menopause describes the natural aging process of women as natural hormone levels …

What is a Platelet Rich Plasma Facial?

What is a Platelet Rich Plasma Facial?

Kristin Freda Blog

Originally made popular by reality star Kim Kardashian, thanks to her term “vampire facial,” a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial reduces the lines and wrinkles on your face without the costs and risks of invasive surgery. This is achieved using human growth factors withdrawn from your own blood, which explains its Dracula-like nickname! These factors augment your body’s ability to …

What Causes Varicose Veins?

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Steven Kim, MD Blog

Varicose veins are a common disorder that affects around 23% percent of adults in the United States, of which women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop them. These veins typically show themselves as swollen, twisted veins on the legs and feet, though it is possible to find them elsewhere on the body in rare occasions. Although varicose …

Tips to Help Kids Avoid Sports Injuries

Seven Tips to Help Kids Avoid Sports Injuries

Richard Kang, MD Blog

There are a variety of health benefits that come with participating in sports, so it should come as no shock that well over half of all kids over six years old compete in team athletics.  Playing as part of a group teaches a variety of valuable life lessons and social skills, including problem solving and communication. Not only that, but …

What Is Rheumatology?

What is Rheumatology?

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Just as a pediatrician specializes in the treatment of children or a dermatologist knows all about the health of your skin, rheumatologists have received extra training in the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system.  In addition, rheumatologists may also deal with autoimmune disorders, which are conditions that cause unneeded pain or swelling due to an …

All About Tennis Elbow

All About Tennis Elbow

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow occurs when too much strain is placed on the tendons in your elbow and is usually caused by repeating the same motions with your wrist or arm over an extended period of time. Such motions damage your tendons, causing inflammation or tears that can be extremely painful. Tennis elbow occurs through repetitive use …

Facet Medial Branch Block

Facet Medial Branch Block: What to Expect

Richard Kang, MD Blog

A facet medial branch block is a diagnostic procedure typically used to determine whether you are a candidate for a radiofrequency ablation. The medial branch nerves feed out from the spine’s facet joints and are responsible for carrying pain signals to the brain. A radiofrequency ablation creates heat lesions that destroy targeted medial branch nerves, blocking the pain signals. Before …

Tendinitis: What You Should Know

Tendinitis: What You Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes irritated or inflamed, leading to pain and tenderness around a joint. Tendons are thick cords that attach the muscles to the bones. While all tendons are susceptible to tendinitis, the condition most commonly occurs in the shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, or heels. Here is what you should know about this common ailment. Tendinitis is …

What to Expect from HydraFacial MD

What to Expect from HydraFacial MD

Kristin Freda Blog

Although common wisdom holds that you should never have a facial right before a major event, HydraFacial MD is a true game-changer. It utilizes completely different technology to provide red carpet results in just 30 to 45 minutes without skin damage. A handheld suction tool provides gentle massage as it simultaneously removes impurities and infuses your skin with healing serums. Here …

Epidural Steroid Injections: What to Expect

Epidural Steroid Injections: What to Expect

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Epidural steroid injections are used to treat chronic pain in the back or neck that is not alleviated with more conservative therapies such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and targeted exercise. Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications that help decrease swelling and pressure on the nerves. Hence, epidural steroid injections may be used for a wide variety of conditions, including but …

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Fight Chronic Pain

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Fight Chronic Pain

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Spinal cord stimulation can treat chronic pain in the back, leg, or arm that is not responsive to more conservative treatment methods. It can also help to reduce reliance on opioid pain medications and improve functionality. Here is what to expect. A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that resembles a pacemaker. Surgically placed under the skin, it uses wires …

Male Hormone Imbalance: What You Should Know

Male Hormone Imbalance: What You Should Know

Jag Desai, MD Blog

Men tend to accept changes in their bodies as just part of the aging process. However, most symptoms of “aging” are actually caused by a hormone imbalance, which affects not only testosterone, but also cortisol and thyroid levels. It is true that as men age, they are more likely to experience male hormone imbalance, but there are other contributing factors …

Trigger Point Injections: What You Should Know

Trigger Point Injections: What You Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Trigger point injections can be very helpful for pain conditions that involve the muscles of the back, neck, legs, or arms; some conditions include fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome. A trigger point is a knot of tightly bound muscle tissue that forms when the muscles are unable to fully relax. You may be able to feel trigger points …

Understanding Microneedling

Understanding Microneedling: What You Should Know About This Common Dermatological Procedure

Kristin Freda Blog

Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling has been used for more than a century. Modern hypodermic needle-based microneedling is based on techniques developed in the mid-1990s, and it continues to be refined today. Microneedling works by creating tiny punctures in the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Although it sounds intimidating, microneedling is a popular and effective …

What to Expect After Varicose Veins Treatment

What to Expect After Varicose Veins Treatment

Steven Kim, MD Blog

Although nonsurgical laser treatment for varicose veins has a much shorter and easier recovery time than traditional surgery, it is still important to follow proper aftercare protocols. If you are scheduled for varicose veins treatment, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect. Here is what you should know. You will be encouraged to start walking around …

HydraFacial Benefits: What You Should Know

HydraFacial Benefits: What You Should Know

Kristin Freda Blog

The HydraFacial has become extremely popular among celebrities and everyone interested in improving the quality of their skin. It is a 3-step facial that uses a handheld suction tool to gently massage your skin while removing dirt, oil, and impurities. At the same time, the device infuses your skin with a cocktail of serums that can be individually targeted to …