Dr. Kevin Soden, MD

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many obese and overweight kids don't see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report.

    In a new study, 27 percent of children and teens underestimated their weight. Fewer than 3 percent overes...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many teens never outgrow their "growing pains," according to new research.

    Knee pain can persist for years, affecting teens' participation in sports and other activities, a Danish study found. If left untreated, so-called growing pains can beco...Full Article

  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Every hospital is different but, in my experience, there is always a doctor who will communicate with family members about a patient in the ICU. Some hospitals have hospitalists or intensivists who only work in the hospital caring for hospitalized patients. These doctors do not see patients in an...Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Let me start by saying that I strongly believe that "Laughter is the Best Medicine". Reader's Digest has featured a section of the same name for years and include other sections highlighting humor because they are some of the most popular features of the magazine. People understand how important humor...Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Exercise helps reduce the stiffness in the knee and promotes blood flow to the joint. The old axiom of "If you don't use it, you'll lose it" is wonderful advice for those suffering from arthritis. Exercise also helps build up the muscles around the knee which lessens the pressure on the joint. Exercise...Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Your doctor will take a careful history of your symptoms, do a physical examination and then will often order an X-ray or MRI to get a better look at the anatomy of the affected joint(s). He or she will often review what things you have tried to help or worsen your condition. Sometimes, they may even do blood...Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    The most common causes of knee pain from arthritis are age and being overweight. Other conditions that can lead to secondary osteoarthritis include repeated trauma or surgery to the joint structures, abnormal joints at birth (congenital abnormalities), gout, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and other hormone...Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Losing weight if a person is overweight will often lessen the load on the knee and may reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis. It is no cure but it may delay the need for knee surgery until a future date. Getting to an ideal weight is also a good idea for improving your overall health. Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Any exercise that you will do regularly and does not increase your pain is the best exercise for you to use. No exercise will truly relieve all your pain but it can reduce your pain and help to make you more mobile. Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    The most common symptoms associated with OA are pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee joint. You may also notice some creaking or crepitation in the joint due to the wearing away of the cartilage. Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Yes, there are several forms of arthritis or inflammation of joints. Treatments may vary depending on the underlying disease process so it's important for your doctor to make sure of what type you have. The most common types in adults are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis but various other...Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Any exercise which lessens the pounding on the knee joint can be helpful. The key is finding the right exercise that does not cause further pain. Swimming is an excellent exercise but so is the elliptical machine and exercise bikes. Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Medicines are often used to reduce inflammation in the knee joint but there are several other options which are helpful. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and using special devices to help you get around can also have a big impact on your symptoms. Losing weight if you are overweight or obese...Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Absolutely, it's even more important to exercise as we age because exercise will help build up the support muscles in our lower body which will reduce our risk of falling. Also, exercise will help our cardiovascular fitness which is key as we get older. Read More
  • Kevin Soden, MD answered:
    Repetitive use of the joints over the years causes damage to the cartilage that leads to joint pain and swelling. Eventually, cartilage begins to degenerate. Loss of cartilage cushion causes friction between the bones, leading to pain and limitation of joint mobility. Read More