William H. Blahd Jr. MD FACEP


Low Back Pain

Low back pain is pain in your back anywhere below the ribs and above the legs. It can be dull or sharp. You might feel it in only one spot or over a broad area. Some people also have numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both legs from a pinched nerve in the back. Most back pain gets better within 4 to 6 weeks with…

Radial Head Subluxation

What is radial head subluxation? Radial head subluxation means that the radius, one of two long bones in the lower arm (forearm) , has pulled away from its normal position. The ligament that supports the radial bone then slips into the elbow joint. When this happens, the radial bone can’t move back into its normal…

Eye Injury: First Aid for Minor Cuts

Use a sterile bandage if you have one. If you don’t have one, use a clean bandage or cloth. Don’t use fluffy cotton bandages around the eye. They could come apart and stick to the eye. Apply light pressure to a very minor skin cut near the eye to stop the bleeding. Do not apply any pressure to the eyeball. See how to…

Puncture Wounds: Stitches, Staples, and Skin Adhesives

Puncture wounds are less likely than cuts to be stitched, stapled, or have a skin adhesive applied because: Puncture wounds tend to be smaller than cuts and usually do not heal better or scar less when stitched. Puncture wounds tend to be deeper, narrower, and harder to clean than cuts. Sealing bacteria into a wound…

Medicines That Increase the Chance for a Heat-Related Illness

Many medicines change how well your body can stay cool. They include: Some antidepressants. Antihistamines. Some blood pressure medicines. Some sedative medicines. Thyroid medicine. Alcohol and illegal drugs such as methamphetamines, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, PCP (phencyclidine hydrochloride), and LSD (lysergic…