William H. Blahd Jr. MD FACEP


Diabetes and Constipation or Diarrhea

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or is unable to use the hormone insulin properly. The pancreas produces insulin, which helps the body use sugar (glucose) from foods. If the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or if the body cannot use the insulin properly, blood sugar levels rise and…

Patellar Dislocation

The kneecap (patella) is normally positioned over the front of the knee joint at the base of the thighbone (femur). A kneecap can be dislocated, or moved out of its normal position, when: The inner edge of the kneecap is hit, pushing it toward the outer side of the leg. This can happen more easily if there is patellar…

Nerves of the Arm

Three main nerves run past the elbow and wrist to the hand. Median nerve. This nerve passes down the inside of the arm and crosses the front of the elbow. At the wrist it goes through a “tunnel”-called the carpal tunnel-made up of the wrist bones and a tough band of connective tissue (ligament). The median nerve…

Flatfoot (Pes Planus)

Defines flatfoot, its causes, and who is affected by the condition. Lists symptoms and discusses treatment options. Offers pictures of exercises that may help.

Lumbar Herniated Disc

Discusses herniated disc, which is also called a slipped or ruptured disc. Covers symptoms like back pain, numbness, and weakness. Looks at sciatica and bulging disc. Discusses nonsurgical and surgical treatment options. Offers prevention tips.