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  • Orthopedics

    Save Your Child From Lifelong Backpack Orthopedic Injuries

    Albert T. Gilpin, Jr., MD
    McLeod Pediatric Orthopaedics
    22 AUGUST 2019

    If your student’s backpack is like most these days, it may weigh 20 to 25 pounds, about 20%+ of your student’s total body weight. Today’s school bags are twice as heavy as ten years ago. One study found that more than 5 out of 10 of U.S. school students carry a backpack that’s too heavy for them.

  • General Health

    Misconceptions About Epilepsy

    Olinda Spencer, MD
    McLeod Neurology Associates Carolina Forest
    21 AUGUST 2019

    Many people hear the word epilepsy and envision and person on the ground in convulsions. But McLeod Neurologist Olinda Spencer, MD, says it’s more than that and there are numerous misconceptions.

  • Womens Health

    When Your Pap Test’s Abnormal, What Does It Mean?

    Charles Tatum, MD
    McLeod OB/GYN Associates
    20 AUGUST 2019

    One element of a woman’s regular physical exam is often the Pap test, a proven method of spotting precancerous cells in your cervix. Yet, you may have numerous questions.

  • Cancer

    Your Chemobag: Things to Pack for Your Chemotherapy Session

    Ravneet Bajwa, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    19 AUGUST 2019

    Chemotherapy treatment  for cancer can take a toll on you emotionally and physically. To keep you comfortable and engaged for the hours you spend at the McLeod Cancer Center, come prepared. Chemotherapy cancer patients should prepare a chemobag packed with a variety of items to help them,

  • Orthopedics

    Tips for Golfing After Knee Joint Replacement

    Thomas DiStefano, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
    17 AUGUST 2019

    A bad knee adds pain and takes the fun out of recreational activities, such as golf. A total knee joint replacement can remove the pain and return you to the golf course.  Even professional golfers, such as Fred Funk and Peter Jacobson, undergo knee joint replacement.  Here are some tips to help you return to your foursome, even if you’re not a pro.

  • General Health

    When Your Nerves Misfire – Neuropathy

    Olinda Spencer, MD
    McLeod Neurology Associates Carolina Forest
    16 AUGUST 2019

    Neuropathy is the technical term for nerve damage…or when your nerves aren’t working the way they should. McLeod Neurologist Olinda Spencer, MD, describes common causes, symptoms and treatments of neuropathy.

  • Cancer

    Cancer and the Medical Oncologist’s Role Fighting For You

    Karim Tazi, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    15 AUGUST 2019

    Every cancer patient will spend a great deal of time with their Medical Oncologist. This cancer specialist follows patients from diagnosis through their treatment and coordinates with other specialists who are also treating the patient. One of the McLeod Medical Oncologists, Karim Tazi, MD, offers a detailed look at this important role and the use of cancer treatments.

  • Womens Health

    When Things Slip: Surgical Repair for Pelvic Prolapse

    W. Brad Campbell, MD
    McLeod OB/GYN Associates
    13 AUGUST 2019

    A woman’s uterus is held in place in her pelvis by muscles and ligaments. However, aging, menopause and pregnancy can weaken the support, allowing the uterus to drop.

  • Heart Health

    The Tissue Clock, a New Concept in Stroke Treatment

    Timothy L. Hagen, DO
    MRMC – McLeod Inpatient Physicians
    12 AUGUST 2019

    When treating a stroke, specialists know that “time is brain,” the faster the treatment, the greater the chance of saving a life and avoiding long-term issues. Another new and important concept in stroke treatment is the “tissue clock,” as McLeod Hospital Neurologist Dr. Tim Hagen explains.