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 …

Most Common Sports Injuries

What You Need to Know About the Most Common Sports Injuries

Richard Kang, MD Blog

“Weekend warriors,” who spend the week behind a desk and then train or play hard on the weekends, are at particular risk for sports injuries. Other high-risk groups include athletes who over-train and kids who are trying to adapt to growing and changing bodies, but anyone who plays sports could eventually develop an injury. Each sport has its own unique …

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Steven Kim, MD Blog

Varicose veins can make you feel self-conscious about the way your legs look, leading you to try to hide them. But are varicose veins simply a cosmetic issue, or are they actually dangerous? Like so much in life, the answer is, “it depends.” Varicose veins form when the one-way valves in the veins stop operating properly, allowing blood to pool …

How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Sports Injury

How Regenerative Medicine Can Help Your Sports Injury

Richard Kang, MD Blog

Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field that has revolutionized the treatment of both injuries and illnesses. It enhances the body’s natural healing processes, shortening healing times and reducing pain. Using a regenerative approach to sports injuries can help you get back on the field faster, with a lower risk for reinjury. At CORE Medical & Wellness, we can use …

Cosmetic Dermatology: Enhancing Aesthetics

Cosmetic Dermatology: Enhancing Aesthetics

Kristin Freda Blog

As opposed to medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology focuses on improving the appearance and aesthetics of the skin, hair, and nails. Cosmetic dermatology has become quite popular, with more than 12 billion minimally invasive procedures performed each year. At CORE Medical & Wellness, our cosmetic dermatology services fall into three categories: laser treatments, skincare and injectables, and skin care products. Here …

Sports Medicine: What You Should Know

Sports Medicine: What You Should Know

Richard Kang, MD Blog

If you or your child sustain an injury during exercise, sports, or other physical activity, you may be referred to a sports medicine specialist for assessment and treatment. If you have never seen a sports doctor before, you might wonder what to expect. Here is what you should know. Sports medicine doctors may come from a variety of medical backgrounds, …