What to Expect When Visiting Your Rheumatologist

What to Expect When Visiting Your Rheumatologist

Jenny Gartshteyn, MD Blog

Just like you may visit a dermatologist for a diagnosis of a skin disease, or consult an optometrist about your eyes, a rheumatologist is specially trained to detect, monitor, and treat illnesses of the musculoskeletal and autoimmune systems. While little aches and pains are common from day  to day, chronic conditions that are not relieved by resting or taking medication …

Top Advantages of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Top Advantages of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Hormones play a key role in how your body functions, and control everything from your immune system to how you grow. When hormone levels are unbalanced, the communication between your cells is interrupted and major changes can occur in your body. Many of these differences are negative, so it is important for a doctor to try to get your hormones …

Understanding Venous Insufficiency

Understanding Venous Insufficiency

Steven Kim, MD Blog

In a healthy system, arteries transport blood from the heart to the rest of the body, while veins return blood back to the heart for oxygenation. Normally, valves in those veins open and close to keep blood flowing in a single direction. For those with venous insufficiency, however, blood has difficulty returning to the heart, causing blood to pool and …

Therapies for Rapid Muscle Recovery and Injury Prevention

Therapies for Rapid Muscle Recovery and Injury Prevention

Richard Kang, MD Blog

It’s not uncommon to feel exhausted after physical activity, especially when you’re pushing your body to its limit. Whether you’re exercising through intensive cardio, lifting weights, or playing sports, you may feel sluggish or nauseous after you finish. These side-effects are common, but even more prevalent is the soreness you might experience in the affected muscles. Oftentimes, the aches and …

Rheumatology Services Coming Soon!

Rheumatology Services Coming Soon!

Jenny Gartshteyn, MD Blog

As a continued part of our total approach to health and well-being, CORE Medical & Wellness is proud to announce that rheumatology services will soon be available. While a visit to a general  physician, such as an internist, might be suitable for common illnesses like the cold and flu, appropriate care from a specialist might be just what you need …

Kawasaki Disease: What Parents Should Know

Kawasaki Disease: What Parents Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Kawasaki Disease is a childhood illness that affects the skin, mouth and lymph nodes. The cause is unknown, as no bacterial or viral source has been found. In most cases, it is not serious and the child will fully recover. Even so, it can be scary for parents who don’t know what to expect. To be prepared, here’s everything you …

Rotator Cuff Injury Prevention and Treatment

Rotator Cuff Injury Prevention and Treatment

Richard Kang, MD Blog

You don’t have to be a major league pitcher to suffer from a rotator cuff injury. Any type of repeated overhead motion can cause an injury to the rotator cuff of the shoulder. Painters, carpenters, warehouse workers, and many other physically demanding occupations have a high risk of developing this type of injury. Thankfully, rotator cuff injuries can be treated …

Hormonal Imbalance in Women: What You Should Know

Hormonal Imbalance in Women: What You Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Hormonal imbalance in a very common condition affecting women of all ages. When the hormones in your body are not present in normal amounts, all sorts of problems can occur. Hormones regulate many bodily functions and systems, making them a crucial part of your health. The good news is hormonal imbalance is treatable, and once hormones are properly regulated, you …

Understanding Raynaud's Disease

Understanding Raynaud’s Disease

Richard Kang, MD Blog

It’s normal to have tingling or numbness in your fingers and toes in response to the cold, right? To some extent, yes. But when the numbness lasts longer than normal or is accompanied by other symptoms such as the skin turning white or blue, feeling cold to the touch, and a prickly or painful sensation upon warming, it may be …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …