HR/YANML filter: One of my assistants had an on-the-job injury today, and at the hosptial, they failed to give her the pee test drug screening that our company requires. She's concerned that they may use that as basis for claiming that she refused the test, and therefore will be on her own for the expense. I don't feel like this is the case, but I wanted someone with a more informed answer to help me reassure her. So, do they have the burden of proof if they claim she refused? How long after the event can they require it?
Is it normal that I get injured so easily? [more inside]
Have I truly dislocated my shoulder? If not, is there anything special I should do? [more inside]
I started running 2 - 3 weeks ago and I run around 3 miles every second day. So for the past week, I've had this sort of "pain" or somekind of uncomfortable feeling above my knee. The "pain" is not in the knee itself, but maybe in muscle above it? When I'm laying in bed or sitting it feels the same way. It doesn't hurt, but its just a little bit uncomfortable. Its kinda like a feeling of someone is squeezing a muscle just above my knee. Should I be worried and go to a doctor or is this normal, when you havnt done any exercise for 8 years and just started? I'm 22 and male btw.
SexFilter: Boyfriend with bum knee wants to get back on top, figuratively and/or literally. What can we do to help him get his mojo back? [more inside]
I overtrained. A week later, my heel is still tingly and uncomfortable. What's going on? [more inside]
I can walk, I can bike, I can't run more than a mile without my knee locking up. [more inside]
What have I hurt in my shoulder/arm, and what should I do about it? [more inside]
Drumming on Rock Band is killing my wrists. What should I do? [more inside]
What are some activities to do with an injured friend who needs to get out of the house? [more inside]
Is my knee screwed or just screwing with me? [more inside]
What's wrong with my wrist? [more inside]
Help! I am a barista and my elbow hurts! What should I do? [more inside]
Any tips for faster ways to recover from a twisted ankle/bruised foot? [more inside]
How long after injury to wait before seeing an orthopedic surgeon? Details inside. [more inside]
Should I seek additional physical therapy for my mysteriously injured knee, and how can I continue to work out in spite of it? [more inside]
2.5 years postop for a badly fractured non-dominant elbow (long since fully rehabbed, which I even finished early), I am doing more physical activity. It's sore, which I expected, but not in the way in which I figured. Tips? [more inside]
A friend has a serious back injury and I want to help him negotiate the maze of advice he will face. [more inside]
joggers with knee problem - do you recommend a knee support? [more inside]
Resources for exercises for my feet, arches, ankles, and lower legs? [more inside]
Disclaimer: I know you aren't my doctor, and I've made an appointment with a doctor for next week, but I'd like to make sure that I'm ok not going to an emergency room (I can't afford to if it's not necessary, which I don't think it is). Also, warning: slightly gruesome/gross if you are squeamish. [more inside]
Intense lower back pain on the left side. It's also painful down the side of my left leg. After being stiff and mostly inactive this winter I was doing some deep knee beds and intense hamstring stretches, now I'm in a huge amount of pain. My health insurance has a hefty deductible and am hoping to avoid the doctor's office. Any ideas on what to do to relieve the pain?
Can martial arts practice really help one overcome the instinct to break a fall by putting out one's hand? And if so, what form of martial arts teaches this most effectively? [more inside]
Two-year old caught his thumb in a door. After two hours, the child no longer complained of pain, was using thumb fine. No swelling, cuts, or outward signs of trauma. However, the thumb "clicks" and locks in a straight position if the child extends his thumb. Is this a permanent injury? What damage was sustained? What should we ask the doctor when we visit? [more inside]
About three snips into giving me a haircut yesterday, the stylist sliced right into a mole on my ear. Bloody hell! No, really. HELP! [more inside]
what kind of doc shall I see about a knee injury and how does the UK med system work? [more inside]
My doc thinks I have a herniated disc at c5-6, and wants to operate does anyone have experience with this injury and if so, could you tell me a bit about it. [more inside]
I have some wrist pain from my wrist being twisted, which by all signs appears to be a sprain rather than anything more serious. I'm trying to make sure I don't need to visit an ER (other major factor is that I have no insurance and I don't know what would happen financially after an ER visit). [more inside]
Pop goes the calf muscle! [more inside]
How long will I be in excruciating pain? [more inside]
Are there any good bare-bones cardio workouts I can do while staying off an injured foot? [more inside]
Are those IT band straps for running worth a damn? [more inside]
Has anyone out there had to rehab severed extensor tendons in your thumb and/ or index finger? [more inside]
Can someone share their experience with firing a pistol grip shotgun? I've been seeing a lot of these recently and I can't believe that your wrist would ever be the same after pulling the trigger. Now I'm kinda curious, but I thought I'd ask before I tried it...
Because of an injury, I carry my laptop in one of those roller backpacks. I've heard that tiny vibrations (such as construction in the next office building) can be very damaging to computers. So does the vibration from the rolling on pavement potentially damage my laptop? [more inside]
What would happen if you fractured a bone and never got it treated? [more inside]
Management has promised an all-you-can-eat barbecue if we reach 30 days with no workplace injuries (four more days to go). Is this a harmless incentive to work safely, or a subtle way to discourage reporting an injury? Is this a common practice? I work in a physically demanding, industrial environment for a Fortune 500 corporation. The most common injuries result from lifting/lowering, repetitive motions, and encounters with equipment.
My arm broke. Is there a guitar I can still play? [more inside]
Cardio isn't doing it for me. The diet change is working verrry slowly, but I want to lose 10 pounds. Problem is, I can't lift anything heavier than 15 pounds, so is weight training even an option? [more inside]
Will a runner with a lower body weight have a lower risk of injury than a heavier person, all other measures of health, fitness, and experience being equal?
Will a runner with a lower body weight have a lower risk of injury than a heavier person, all other measures of health, fitness, and experience being equal? [more inside]
MedicalQuestionFilter: Thumbnail looks like a tectonic plate. Should I go see the doctor? (Warning: Not for the squeamish) [more inside]
Why do football teams release pregame lists of their players as "probable", "questionable", and so forth? [more inside]
I have a recurring muscle strain, but it's not a hernia. [more inside]
I pulled my hamstring in June, right where the top of the ham hits the inner glute--not quite in the crotch but almost there. It wasn't bad, but I decided to take time off to let it heal. But no matter how much time I take off, as soon as I start working out again it starts hurting again! What do I do? [more inside]
Knee and foot pain. How do I get through working a 9 hour retail shift? [more inside]
How worried should I be that there's some new bruising on a week-old knee injury? [more inside]
I hurt my shoulder (AC joint) weightlifting. Now my clavicle is sticking out and I'd like for it to be [more inside]
Flat feet and illotibial band syndrome - how can I quickly recover, and how can I prevent re-occurences? [more inside]
Is it possible to tell the difference between an old, long-standing injury and a more recent injury to the brain on a brain scan? Would a particular type of brain scan (fMRI as opposed to CAT scan) be better able to reveal the difference between the two? This question would be pertinent to the Peter Braunstein case: earlier in the news coverage, they showed Braunstein's brain scan on television, because the defense claims that the decreased activity shown in the frontal region is consistent with schizophrenia. However, I understand Braunstein hit his head while in custody, and I'm thinking that could cause a similar result on the brain scan. I'm also wondering, could a brain scan show whether he got dropped on his head when he was a baby and/or all three possible conditions and when, approximately, they developed?
I had a bad case of RSI that is forcing me to switch career. Help me choose what to do next. [more inside]