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Medically Reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Repetitive, one-sided twisting of the spine. Bending over, repetitively to pick up weights from 10 to 40 pounds. Chronic wear and tear on shoulder and elbow joints. Muscle and tendon tears that create scar tissue.

Fibroids: What Women Need to Know

Posted on in Women's Health

Q:   What are fibroids?
A:  Uterine fibroids are growths in the womb (uterus). They are made of muscle and other tissue. Fibroids almost never develop into cancer.

Q:  Who is at risk for fibroids?
A:   African-American women have a greater risk than white women. Also, women who are overweight have greater risk than those who are not.

Atrial Fibrillation Overview

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with S. Cary Huber, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

When your heart beat changes from a normal pattern to one so irregular that it can sound like shoes bouncing around in your dryer, one diagnosis is Atrial Fibrillation. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Cary Huber, MD, discusses the condition, symptom and possible treatments:

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Head and neck cancers are some of the most frequent cancers we treat in this region. Learn the symptoms and how new developments in Radiation Therapy technology improve patient quality of life.

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Women are twice as likely as men to die from a severe heart attack, according to a Yale University study (April 2016). This difference between heart attack survival in men and women exists worldwide.

Save Your Vacation And Your Back: Packing Tips

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

More than 55,000 people annually have their vacations ruined by luggage-related injuries. Most of those injuries involved lifting bags in a hurry (probably in a rush to or at the airport) that were too heavy, over packed, or just plain bulky.

From a presentation by Dr. Brad Campbell McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Working on a farm or on an assembly line are just two risks that can cause the embarrassing – but not fatal – problem of pelvic organ prolapse, says Brad Campbell, MD of McLeod OB/GYN Associates.

Smokers, Look Out for These Lung Cancer Symptoms

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Recent research has demonstrated that annual low-dose screening CT Scans can save more lives from lung cancer than normal chest X-rays. Learn about these new guidelines and the symptoms – especially if you’re a smoker.

From an interview with David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Using a couple of small, but sophisticated instruments, an Orthopedic Surgeon can repair a multitude of problems down inside the knee. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD explains the process and benefits of Knee Arthroscopy:

From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO, RPVI McLeod Vascular Associates

Strokes – when blood to the brain is blocked or when an artery bleeds into the brain – are potentially catastrophic. One specific stroke trigger is from a blockage in the important carotid artery in your neck. McLeod Vascular Specialist Carmen Piccolo, DO, RPVI explains the causes, symptoms and treatments:

Medically reviewed by David Bersinger, MD McLeod OB/GYN Cheraw

Is it stress or urge incontinence? What is prolapse? Am I troubled by nocturia? 

Colonoscopy: Two Days That Can Save Your Life

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Deepak Chowdhary, MD McLeod Gastroenterology Associates

Colonoscopy is a unique cancer screening procedure. First, it can find polyps and prevent them from growing into cancer. Second, it only takes two days of your life. The advantages far offset the disadvantages, says McLeod Gastroenterologist Dr. Deepak Chowdhary:

From an interview with Alison Smock, MD McLeod Vascular Neurologist

When blood can’t get to your brain it’s called a stroke and can be catastrophic. However, you can cut your risk of stroke. With modern medical developments, your chances of recovery are greatly increased, according to McLeod Hospital Vascular Neurologist Alison Smock, MD:

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

…at the expectation of a cure.

From an interview with David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

In many ways, the body is a mechanical marvel, except when something wears out – like your hip joint. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD explains the problems that can arise with the hip and the benefits of Direct Anterior Hip Replacement surgery:

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Radiation – more powerful than an X-ray – brings many benefits to today’s cancer patients. It can diagnose, shrink and even kill off tumors.

From an interview with Alison Smock, MD McLeod Vascular Neurologist

The more you know about strokes, the better chance you’ll have to save someone else’s life – or your own. McLeod Hospital Vascular Neurologist Alison Smock, MD explains the various types of strokes and their treatment:

Medically Reviewed by Taylor Holmes, DPT, STAR-C

Surgery is the gold standard for pelvic repair to “cure” urinary leakage or stress incontinence. However, following the diagnosis, nearly every gynecologist will start with a series of non-surgical options.

Medically reviewed by Al Gilpin, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Let’s start this story backward. One of the ways to keep your knee and hip joints strong as an adult is with weight-bearing exercises. The best way to build up those bones for your knees and hips as an adult is to start when you are a teen.

Preventing Breast Cancer with Tamoxifen

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Not only have we made great strides in treating women with breast cancer but today women, who have a high risk of the disease, are much better off thanks to pharmaceutical breakthroughs. McLeod Oncologist Dr. Michael Pavy describes the new hope for women at high risk of breast cancer:

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