Directory of Diseases
There is a bursa near the groin and in the front of the thigh called the iliopsoas bursa. When this bursa becomes inflamed it is called iliopsoas bursitis. Bursae are soft fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and cushions between tendons and bones. They can become inflamed as a result of injury or overuse. Bursitis usually feels like an aching pain that becomes severe with use of the affected joint. When people have bursitis they almost always know what motions worsen the pain. In iliopsoas bursitis the pain worsens with kicking the leg back and is relieved by bringing your knees up to your chest. Treatment must be supervised by a health professional and involves rest, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections and physical therapy. Only in severe cases is surgery necessary.
This refers to inflammation of the iliotibial band near the knee. This condition causes pain on the upper lateral side of the knee. It commonly occurs in long distance runners and cyclists. The pain worsens with running, climbing stairs or walking downhill. There is usually tenderness over the lateral side of the knee. Most people with this condition experience the pain 2-3cm above the lateral joint line of the knee. It can often result from improper stretching, using worn out shoes or improper foot position during cycling. This condition is usually treated with rest, ice and stretches.
Impingement syndrome results from abnormal squeezing or pressure applied to the rotator cuff that occurs as the arm is lifted. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons. These muscles cover the head of the humerus and make up the shoulder joint. The muscles work together to lift and rotate the shoulder. As the arm is lifted these tendons/muscles can become squeezed between the head of the humerus and the A-C joint in the shoulder. This can result in irritation and inflammation of the rotator cuff. This results in pain and can eventually result in weakening or rupture of these tendons. If you have pain in the shoulder that gets worse when you try to raise the arm over or behind your head, then you may have Impingement Syndrome of the Shoulder.
A hernia is bowel exiting through the weakened wall of the abdominal cavity. Hernias come in a number of different types but they most commonly involve the abdomen and the groin. Symptoms may include pain or discomfort especially with coughing, exercise, or going to the toilet. Often it gets worse throughout the day and improves when lying down. A bulging area may occur that becomes larger when bearing down. Complications can include strangulation which means the blood supply to part of the bowel is blocked. This usually produces severe pain and tenderness of the area.
Infant botulism is an illness that can occur when an infant ingests bacteria that produce a toxin inside the body. The most common source of the bacteria is honey, therefore honey SHOULD NOT be given to babies under 12 months of age. Infant botulism can be treated, but it is important to get medical care as soon as possible.
An inflammatory condition in the elbow joint that is caused by infection, as opposed to being caused by irritation or trauma. This condition will require antibiotics and possibly surgical treatment.
Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono) also called the "kissing disease" is usually spread by exposure to saliva from infected individuals. This is not a dangerous disease but it can make one feel extremely fatigued for several weeks. It is important to rest and drink plenty of fluids. The diagnosis can be confirmed with a simple blood test. Usually this test can be performed at an ER, Urgent Care Center, Primary Physician or ENT specialist.
Uvulitis is inflammation and/or swelling of your uvula ( the bell-like thing hanging in the back of the throat ). Bacterial or infectious uvulitis usually occurs in people who are suffering from Strep Throat and is more common in ages 5-15 and in those individuals who are not immunized. This type of uvulitis needs to be treated with antibiotics. You must be seen in an ER, Urgent Care center or by your physician.