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Frozen shoulder

Aug 25, 2012 / 5:00 am
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition where there is stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint leading to a limited range of motion in the joint. Frozen shoulder usually only affects one shoulder, but some people may eventually develop it in the other shoulder as well....

Night sweats

Jul 28, 2012 / 5:00 am
Night sweats are episodes of excessive night time sweating in spite of the temperature around you. It is a fairly common problem, with many people experiencing them from time to time. Night sweating usually isn’t considered a serious medical concern, however it can be uncomfortable when it...

Parkinson’s Disease

Jul 14, 2012 / 5:00 am
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, often starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. The symptoms can vary from person to person and gradually develop, often unnoticed at first. Symptoms may begin on...

Stroke

Jun 30, 2012 / 5:00 am
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is reduced or interrupted, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within a few minutes, brain cells begin to die. Ischemic stroke, the most common type, occurs when the arteries to the brain are narrowed or blocked, severely...

Urinary incontinence

Jun 16, 2012 / 5:00 am
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, ranging from occasional minor leaking when coughing or sneezing to sudden, strong urges that don’t allow time to get to a toilet. An embarrassing problem, urinary incontinence is actually very common. In women, it can occur following...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jun 2, 2012 / 5:00 am
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. This condition is an auto-immune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body...

Golfer's elbow

May 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
Golfer's elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow except that it occurs on the inside, rather than the outside, of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow involves pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on...


Menorrhagia

May 5, 2012 / 5:00 am
Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods in which bleeding is abnormally heavy or prolonged. Officially, the flow of more than 80 ml per menstrual period is considered menorrhagia, however a flow of 45-60 ml per period can actually be considered menorrhagia as well. Menorrhagia can...

Perimenopause

Apr 21, 2012 / 5:00 am
Perimenopause, also called the menopausal transition, is the natural shift in a woman’s reproductive cycle toward menopause, or ceasing of the cycle. When a woman has gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, she is considered to have reached menopause, and the...

Fibromyalgia

Apr 7, 2012 / 5:00 am
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by a constant dull pain throughout the body accompanied by fatigue and sleep disturbances. Symptoms can vary depending on the weather, stress, physical activity, and even time of day. Generally the pain is widespread and occurs in the muscles,...

Sports injuries

Mar 24, 2012 / 5:00 am
Sports injuries are injuries that occur in athletic activities. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm up and stretching. Many sports injuries can be due to overuse of a part of the body...

Thoracic outlet syndrome

Mar 10, 2012 / 5:00 am
Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when the blood vessels or nerves in the thoracic outlet- the space just under the collarbone- become compressed. This can cause pain in the shoulders and neck and numbness in the fingers. The symptoms vary depending on whether it is the nerves or the blood vessels...

Rotator Cuff

Feb 25, 2012 / 5:00 am
The rotator cuff is made up of the various muscles and tendons in the shoulder that connect the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade. They also help hold the ball of the upper arm bone firmly in the shoulder socket. The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in our body. A...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Feb 11, 2012 / 5:00 am
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, starting in the fall and continuing through the winter, sapping energy and making a person feel moody. Symptoms can include depression, changes in appetite (in particular a craving for sweet or starchy...

Post-operative recovery

Jan 28, 2012 / 6:00 am
Surgery is a powerful tool in the modern medical tool kit and used today in a wide range of applications. Surgery for musculoskeletal conditions is called orthopedic surgery, and is used to treat musculoskeletal trauma, degenerative diseases, sports injuries, infections, tumours, and congenital...

Diarrhea

Jan 14, 2012 / 5:00 am
Diarrhea is characterized by loose, watery stools, bloating, and abdominal cramps or pain, as well as more frequent trips to the washroom. Acute diarrhea is something that nearly everyone has likely experienced at one time or another and usually lasts only a couple of days. Chronic diarrhea,...

Constipation

Dec 31, 2011 / 5:00 am
Constipation is a frequent gastrointestinal problem that can cause a lot of discomfort and put strain on the digestive system. Being constipated means not being able to have regular bowel movements but it can also include having difficulty passing stools, hard stools, or a feeling of blockage or of...

Heart palpitations

Dec 3, 2011 / 5:00 am
Heart palpitations are the sensation of rapid, fluttering, or pounding heartbeats. Common causes of heart palpitations include anxiety, stress, exercise, caffeine, nicotine, fever, hormonal changes in women (due to pregnancy, menses, or menopause), and certain medications. Heart palpitations may...

Teeth clenching & grinding

Nov 19, 2011 / 5:00 am
Teeth grinding is a condition of clenching, grinding, or gnashing the teeth either unconsciously during the day, or at night while sleeping. The medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism, and nighttime teeth grinding is called sleep bruxism. Bruxism, if severe enough, can cause headaches, tooth...

Nausea

Nov 5, 2011 / 5:00 am
Nausea is a common ailment with many different causes, from stomach flu, morning sickness and medications to vertigo, motion sickness, migraines, surgery, cancer treatment, the foods we eat, and GERD, among many others. Morning sickness is a type of nausea commonly experienced during the first...

Eczema

Oct 22, 2011 / 5:00 am
Eczema is an itchy eruption of the skin that is usually more common in children but can appear in adulthood. Eczema symptoms include discoloured patches of skin, itching which may be worse at night and can be quite severe, small, raised bumps that may leak fluid and crust over when scratched, and...

Crohn’s disease

Oct 8, 2011 / 5:00 am
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation of the digestive tract lining. This inflammation often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissues. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease can range from mild to severe and may develop gradually or come on...

Meniere's disease

Sep 24, 2011 / 5:00 am
Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo along with fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear. In most cases, Meniere's disease will affect only one ear. ...

Depression

Sep 10, 2011 / 5:00 am
Depression, also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression, is a mental disorder characterized by low moods and a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Other symptoms may include preoccupation or over-thinking, irritability or frustration,...

Frequent urination

Aug 13, 2011 / 5:00 am
Frequent urination can have wide-ranging causes, whether due to a medical condition such as diabetes or a neurological disorder, or from poor kidney function, urinary tract inflammation, bladder infection, or certain medications. In many cases, doctors aren’t able to exactly identify...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jul 30, 2011 / 5:00 am
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. This condition is an auto-immune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body...

Muscle cramps

Jul 16, 2011 / 5:00 am
A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary spasm or contraction of one or more of the muscles in the body, causing a sudden, sharp muscle pain. You may be able to feel or see a hard lump of muscle tissue beneath the skin. Muscle cramps often occur in the legs. Nocturnal cramps that occur in the...

Anxiety

Jul 9, 2011 / 5:00 am
With stress so common in our lives today, more and more people are suffering from anxiety. Ongoing anxiety can interfere with day-to-day activities and relationships, and when this happens it may be considered Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety can develop from a combination of stress,...

Cancer treatment

Jun 25, 2011 / 5:00 am
Cancer refers to a class of diseases where abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Cancer also has the ability to spread throughout the body. It is estimated that 40% of Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime. Survival rates...

Chronic pain

Jun 11, 2011 / 5:00 am
Pain is considered chronic if it lasts six months or more and it can be debilitating to live with. The pain may be constant, or it can come and go, interfering with many aspects of daily life. The quality of the pain can be tingling, jolting, burning, dull, aching or sharp. The cause of chronic...

Indigestion

May 21, 2011 / 5:00 am
Indigestion, also called dyspepsia or upset stomach, is not a disease but rather a collection of symptoms that cause discomfort in the upper abdomen. Most people suffering from indigestion have one or more of the common symptoms: nausea, bloating, belching, a sensation of pain, heat, or...

Shift work

May 7, 2011 / 5:00 am
Shift work refers to both long-term night shifts and work schedules where employees change or rotate shifts between daytime and evening or night schedules. Shift work is a reality for about 25 percent of the North American working population. Many workers prefer shift work because of...

Ulcers

Apr 17, 2011 / 5:00 am
Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the upper portion of the small intestine. The most common symptom of a peptic ulcer is burning pain that can be felt anywhere from the navel up to the breastbone, and can be worse on an empty...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Apr 10, 2011 / 5:00 am
April is IBS awareness month. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon), causing cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person and often resemble...

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Mar 27, 2011 / 5:00 am
GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is commonly known as chronic heartburn or acid reflux, because of the burning sensation in the chest and sometimes throat, as well as a sour taste in the mouth, which are tell-tale symptoms. Heartburn is a symptom of a condition in which stomach...

Morton’s neuroma

Mar 13, 2011 / 5:00 am
Morton's neuroma, also called metatarsalgia, is a painful swelling of one of the nerves leading to the toes, causing pain in the ball of the foot. It most commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may cause the feeling of a pebble in your shoe. Other symptoms may be a...

Golfer's elbow

Feb 27, 2011 / 5:00 am
Golfer's elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow except that it occurs on the inside, rather than the outside, of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow involves pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the...

Hip pain

Feb 13, 2011 / 5:00 am
Hip pain is a common problem that can have a wide variety of causes. The exact location of the hip pain can usually provide clues as to the underlying cause. Problems with the hip joint itself typically cause pain on the inside of the hip or the groin. Problems with the muscles, ligaments, tendons...

Upper Back Pain

Feb 6, 2011 / 5:00 am
The upper back is a section of 12 vertebrae, where the rib cage connects to the spine. Upper back pain can be a common problem for a few reasons, a lot of which have to do with our lifestyle. Because we spend a lot of time sitting, we can put extra strain on the upper back as well as create...

Diverticulitis

Jan 16, 2011 / 5:00 am
Diverticulitis occurs when one or more diverticula- small, bulging pouches that form in the digestive tract- become inflamed or infected. Diverticula can form anywhere in the digestive system, from the esophagus to the small intestine, but are most commonly found in the large intestine. They...
About the Author

James Kaufman is a Registered Acupuncturist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. His training in acupuncture took place in Nelson, B.C. where he graduated from the four-year practitioner program in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He later practiced in Ottawa, Ontario treating a variety of health conditions and working together with practitioners of other disciplines. James is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Kelowna and area residents offering quality acupuncture at affordable prices. He practices at the Okanagan Acupuncture Centre in downtown Kelowna.

He can be reached at 861-8863 or at www.okanaganacupuncture.com



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