Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.
August 06, 2015
July 23, 2015
Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.In today’s world of high stress and fast paced lifestyles, many people can feel overwhelmed. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are skyrocketing. Many people turn to their medical doctor for help.
According to the CDC, one in twelve Americans over the age of 12 report some form of depression, and a full 11% of the population over age 12 is on some type of antidepressant medication. In the Geisinger Health System, the number one drug class prescribed by their doctors is for depression/anxiety.
Unfortunately, the latest research overwhelmingly shows these drugs do not work as advertised. They may actually exacerbate the cause of some of the mental disorders.
June 18, 2015
Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.Now that summer is finally with us to stay, many people are motivated to get into exercising again. That is great!
One problem many people from new exercisers to hardcore trainers run into is post exercise soreness. There is a technical name for this pain in the muscles that occurs 1-2 days after the workout; it is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS.
DOMS is actually caused by the inflammation from small microscopic tearing of muscle fibers and surrounding soft tissues. The damaged muscles release chemical irritants that contact pain receptors and cause them to fire pain signals to the brain. Generally, the pain of DOMS will go away within just a few days without lasting effects. In the meantime, it will more than likely keep you from being as active as you’d like to be, or just hinder normal movements with pain.