Wait for the Doctor or Head to the ER?

Is it Appendicitis?
Stomach pains could signal a number of ailments, including appendicitis. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how to know if the pain you feel is your appendix and when to head to the emergency room.

Ingrown Toenail Fix
While an ingrown toenail may not warrant a trip to the ER, it can cause a lot of pain.

Robotic Gastric Bypass Surgery

Weight-loss surgery is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. See how Danielle, 25, reached the decision to undergo robotic gastric bypass surgery and how she’s doing since the procedure.

“An ingrown toenail, if completely ignored, can become acutely infected,” Dr. Travis says.

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin of the toe, which can result in pain, redness and swelling. Ingrown toenails can be caused by shoes that crowd your toenails, cutting toenails too short, an injury to the toenails or genetics.

Typically, ingrown toenails can be treated by soaking feet regularly in warm water and applying antibiotic cream. However, if pain worsens, consult your doctor so he or she can determine the best solution.

Sarah says she’s been dealing with an ingrown toenail for years andpodiatrist Dr. Philip Radovic performs a matrixectomy, a permanent solution that involves removing the offending nail cells. Watch the procedure in action. 

ACL and LCL Repair
Cody, 22, is an avid soccer player who tore his ACL and LCL after a sudden collision on the field.

"For me, there’s nothing worse than being injured,” Cody says. “All I want to do is play, so not being able to do that kills me.”

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Powell repairs Cody’s ACL and LCL simultaneously so he can eventually get back in the game.

Signs You May Need Knee Surgery
• If you hear a crack or a pop in the joint.
• If the bone doesn’t seem to be in the right place.

Prevention Tips

• Strengthen your quadriceps and hamstring muscles.
• Focus on core conditioning for better balance.

Cut Your Back Pain in Half
Paul from Crossfit Eagle Rock joins Dr. Travis to demonstrate exercises that can help reduce your back pain by 57 percent.

Researches in Denmark conducted a study to determine if kettle bell exercises offer therapeutic benefits to back pain sufferers. In the study, 50 pharmaceutical workers trained with kettle bells 20 minutes, two to three times a week for eight weeks. At the end of the study, the subjects reported less pain and improved muscle strength. Their lower back pain was cut by 57 percent and neck and shoulder pain by 46 percent.

If you don’t have a kettle bell at home, see what other household items you can use for the same results.

A Sprain or a Break?
Dancing with the Stars’ Anna Trebunskaya joins Dr. Travis for help with her injured ankle.