Varicose Veins vs Spider Veins

Varicose Veins vs Spider Veins

Steven Kim, MD Blog

It may seem difficult to tell varicose veins and spider veins apart. They are both forms of venous insufficiency with similar looks and feels, and both are a common disorder that around one in four adults in the United States struggles with. Women, on average, are nearly twice as likely as men to develop them. While varicose veins are typically …

Percutaneous Discectomy

Percutaneous Discectomy

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Herniated discs can be painful, but thanks to a relatively new medical procedure called a percutaneous discectomy, you may be able to find relief in just a single visit to the doctor. If you’re experiencing back pain caused by a herniated disc, a percutaneous discectomy may be your best option for quickly getting rid of your symptoms. The goal of …

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Psoriatic arthritis is a specific type of arthritis that typically affects people suffering from psoriasis, a skin condition that causes the growth of red patches capped with pale-colored scales. While most cases of psoriatic arthritis develop as a side effect of psoriasis, joint complications occasionally occur before the skin lesions appear. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for psoriatic arthritis, …

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Hair Loss

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Hair Loss

Kristin Freda Blog

Everyone’s hair falls out. On average, your body sheds about 75 hairs per day. For most people, that hair simply regrows. For others, however, hair follicles may seemingly stop working for good. Whether your hair loss is hereditary or simply caused by stress, the thought of going bald might have you worried at best and downright petrified at worst. Up …

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects several different joints in the body, particularly in the hands and feet. RA can be a painful condition, especially during a flare up. It can also be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as lupus, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and more. …

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 …

PRP Hair Treatment for Women

PRP Hair Treatment for Women

Kristin Freda Blog

Although men more commonly lose their hair, many women also struggle with hair loss and hair thinning. While it is a normal and natural part of aging, it is also a source of stress and embarrassment for many women. Thankfully, there is good news for women experiencing hair loss. A new, non-surgical treatment has been discovered to help regrow hair …

Varicose Veins Symptoms: What to Look For

Varicose Veins Symptoms: What to Look For

Steven Kim, MD Blog

Varicose veins are a widely prevalent disorder, with nearly one-fourth of adults in the United States being affected. Women develop varicose veins much more often than men and account for nearly three quarters of the afflicted. These swollen, twisted veins typically appear on the legs and feet, though on rare occasions they may develop elsewhere on the body. Although varicose …

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Richard Kang, MD Blog

If you’ve ever felt a stabbing or aching pain in your heel, you may be suffering from a condition known as plantar fasciitis. When your body is not given enough training to warm up for a long run or improper running shoes are worn, you put undue pressure on your plantar fascia, the tissue on the bottom of your feet …

EltaMD Sunscreen

EltaMD Sunscreen

Kristin Freda Blog

Summer is in full swing, which means every day is a beautiful day to head outside. Whether you’re going for a run, heading to the pool, or working in the yard, it’s important to protect your body from the harmful rays of the sun by using a dependable sunscreen. Elta MD has specially formulated a sunscreen that is both safe …

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 …