Ask the Doctor Articles
Does my sore knee require an MRI?
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can be a helpful tool for assessing knee pain or injuries in certain situations. This imaging test, which is used to diagnose and plan treatment (not that simple...) does have limitations. The value of a MRI depends on many factors. Each situation must be evaluated individually to decide whether the test is warranted.
Do I Need an Annual Physical?
While many people are used to having an annual check-up, the truth is that many people do not need a physical every year. The purpose of a check-up is to review your well-being and offer screening tests appropriate for your age. It also provides a chance to talk about how you can improve your health.
Do I Need a Bone Density Test? Your questions answered
The current Canadian guidelines suggest that all men and women should have a bone density test if they are over the age 65. Younger people may have a bone density test if they have certain conditions known to weaken bones or lower the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Those with a low risk of fracture may repeat a bone density test in five to 10 years. People at higher risk may be advised to test more often. Protecting bone health begins long before you reach the age where bones are at higher risk of breaking. As you grow older, you may need to actively prevent fractures. While bone density testing and supplements play a role, advice on when to use them is changing.
How Do I Get Back Into Shape After the Baby Arrives?
You have just had a baby, and your body has experienced huge physical changes. You may feel as if you have been pulled and stretched in all directions. Your stomach seems to have disappeared. Bladder control may be a problem. You may have pain in your back and pelvis. Though many Canadian women ask how they can return to pre-pregnancy shape after pregnancy and childbirth, few get definite answers.
How Much Does my Doctor's Visit Cost?
Unlike visitors to doctor’s offices in many other countries, most Canadians visiting their physician are not presented with a bill at the end of their visit. But just what does your visit to your doctor cost? Would knowing the value change the way you think about health care?
My Doctor Diagnosed Osteoarthritis. What Now? Although Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition, effective treatments exist.
Your knee is sore, although you don’t remember injuring it. Like thousands of Canadians do every year, you go to your family doctor to discuss your knee pain. Your doctor listens and does a physical exam before suggesting X-rays. The diagnosis is osteoarthritis (OA). Now what?
My Doctor Says I Need a Test - Is it really necessary?
At your last visit your doctor ordered a certain test, and you’re wondering why. Maybe you wanted to have a test done, only to have your doctor say it wasn’t needed. How do doctors make decisions about tests? Is there a way to understand which symptoms need tests and which do not?
Should I Take an Aspirin Every Day?
You may have heard the advice to take an aspirin each day, and wonder if you should. Like so many other questions in medicine, the answer depends. Taking ASA or acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin®) each day has long been considered an effective way to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In the last few years, evidence has suggested that ASA can also lower the risk of certain cancers. However, there can be a downside to taking this medication. To decide whether ASA is the right choice for you, weigh your potential risks and benefits.
Should I Exercise During Pregnancy? Activity is a good idea, if you choose the right kind
If you haven’t thought too much about physical fitness, pregnancy is a great time to start. Regular physical activity is good for you as a mother-to-be, as well as for your baby.
Vaccination Controversies - Understanding the Facts
Think of vaccination as a dress rehearsal. It allows the body’s immune (defence) system to practice for the day when it encounters the real disease. When exposed to the disease itself, the immune system is better able to deal with the stress of the illness. It has seen the disease before and already has the tools to respond.
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