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When today’s seniors were young, marijuana was often seen as a part of youthful experimentation. Now, more seniors are embracing the use of medical marijuana to help with chronic pain, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. As medical marijuana for older adults becomes more commonplace, one study found that Medicare reimbursements for common prescription medications fell after more states, including New York, adopted medical marijuana laws.1 Before you start using medical …

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When you need a medical marijuana card in New York, it’s important to understand the difference between state law and federal laws.1 You must have a certain serious illness that you need to treat, live in New York, and see a physician who is licensed to issue medical marijuana. In addition to these medical marijuana qualifications in New York, you must understand the different laws governing the use of the …

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Once conservative knee pain treatment options no longer provide benefit, people with chronic, severe knee pain must often make a decision between two procedures: arthroscopic surgery or knee replacement. The choice is an important one, and patients should be aware of the differences between arthroscopic surgery and knee replacement before making a decision. The Difference Between Arthroscopic Surgery and Knee Replacement The major difference between arthroscopic surgery and knee replacement …

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Unfortunately, joint pain is pervasive in aging people and even some younger individuals, with more than 100 types of the disease that affect people of all races, sexes, and ages. It’s the most common form of disability in the U.S., and it inevitably affects quality of life. People living with arthritis often find themselves uncomfortable or in pain for much of the day. While patients want relief, many are wary …

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While medical marijuana is now legal in more than half of U.S. states and known to treat chronic joint pain and help patients relax, many find it much more difficult to discuss than pharmaceutical manufactured prescription drugs. Due to the stigma and differing legislation surrounding medical marijuana, some individuals feel uncomfortable bringing up the subject with their physician. If you’re wondering how to ask a doctor for medical weed so …

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The elbow is a surprisingly complex joint, allowing the arm to extend and flex, and anchoring the forearm as it rotates back and forth. Since it is a complex joint, there are many possible causes of elbow pain. Fortunately, doctors can usually determine a person’s precise cause of elbow joint pain. Causes of Elbow Pain When doctors evaluate someone with elbow joint pain, they consider all of the possible causes …

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Technically speaking, the answer to the question “can broken bones heal without a cast?” is yes. Assuming conditions are just right, a broken bone can heal without a cast. However, (and very importantly) it doesn’t work in all cases. Likewise, a broken bone left to heal without a cast may heal improperly. So perhaps instead of asking “can broken bones heal without a cast?”, the more useful question to answer …

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Joint stiffness and pain are a part of life. As people age, they almost inevitably develop stiffness in one or more joints. That stiffness may cause discomfort or even pain, but not every joint pain requires a trip to a joint pain doctor. Most cases of joint pain are temporary — they will go away on their own or after a short course of over-the-counter pain medications. On the other …

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Non-Surgical Degenerative Disc Disease Treatments Not everyone with degenerative disc disease will require surgery to treat the problem. In fact, many people may find relief with conservative degenerative disc disease treatments. “Conservative” degenerative disc disease treatments include physical therapy, oral pain-relieving medications, and steroid injections into the problem area. Physical therapy for degenerative disc disease encompasses a wide range of passive therapies — interventions that are done to you rather …

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Many people have hip pain, but not everyone will need hip replacement. For those who do need it, hip replacement surgery can have a profound impact on the patient, relieving pain, increasing mobility and functionality, and improving quality of life. In others, conservative treatments are sufficient. How does someone with hip pain or disability know if they need hip replacement? To help people answer this question for themselves, we will …

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