Amanda Cheong, M.D.

January 12, 2022
Knee Pain When Walking Down the Stairs: Causes and Reliefs

Knee pain can be anything from a small nuisance that one could shrug off to a rather disabling condition. For some, the difference lies in what activity they’re doing. Our knees can be calm when seated and then creak like an unoiled gear when we try to stand up. They may be able to handle […]

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November 24, 2021
Benefits of Balance Training in Older Adults

Our bodies are not built to last forever. Eventually, bones would turn fragile and brittle; eyesight would deteriorate; reflexes become slow; maintaining balance becomes harder. This is the perfect storm for someone to get injured.   Falls are the most common cause of injury in older adults. Nearly 30% of adults older than 65 years […]

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November 15, 2021
Sprained Foot Treatment You can do At Home

The goal is in front of you. It’s not yet close enough for the soccer ball to go straight in, but it will be soon. You pick up speed. Someone intercepts. You pass the ball from your right leg to your left and then back to the right, going through the maze of defenders in […]

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November 8, 2021
Understanding Migratory Polyarthritis

We call out “arthritis” whenever there’s something off with our joints. Perhaps, it’s painful. Sometimes, stiff. Joints would snap, creak and crunch, as if there were small stones stuck in an otherwise well-maintained machine. But in reality, there are as much as a hundred different types of arthritis, each with its specific causes and treatments.[1] […]

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October 27, 2021
Why It's Bad To Ignore Mini Strokes in the Elderly

It’s Sunday dinner with the whole family. The children are playing with their cousin’s new toy. The dinner table juggles two sets of conversations and the demand for dessert. You go to the kitchen to help grandma prepare the cake and---   “What did you say, Grandma?”   She tries to say something, perhaps to […]

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October 17, 2021
Causes of Knee Pain in Young Adults

When I was younger, I imagined this part of my life to include less creaky joints. Who has knee pain at 25 years old?! That always felt like problems of our parents’ age-- that the groan of stiff joints came after the dad jokes had time to ferment and become embarrassing to our teenage kids. […]

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September 23, 2021
Neuroplasticity and Recovering from Stroke

The cells that keep your brain functioning are nothing like the ones on your skin, shedding and renewing itself with each turn of the moon. Once a brain cell or a neuron dies, your body cannot replace it with another.[1] Instead, it turns into a scar. A ghost of a cell when you look at […]

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August 23, 2021
Health Benefits of Hiking in Nature

Let’s face it. Exercise can be a chore.   We know that exercise is good for you. Regular physical activity can prevent heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and several other chronic illnesses. The association between physical activity and health status is practically a straight line.[1] The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise […]

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August 11, 2021
A Surprising Effect Of Dementia. Does It Cause Weight Loss?

You’ve probably heard about dementia before. You’re likely familiar with Alzheimer’s disease, which is responsible for as much as 80% of all cases of dementia.[1]   Without knowing anyone diagnosed with this disease, we have an image of it in our minds. It’s often a confused and frail elderly adult with snow-white hair. Perhaps a […]

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July 26, 2021
Common Habits and Activities that are Harming Your Posture in the Long Run

Our health does not always lean on big events like opening a gym membership or starting a new diet. Often, it is built on a dozen small habits we engage in daily. Health is in the decision to bike to the grocery store instead of taking the car. The habit of mindlessly snacking may open […]

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July 22, 2021
What Causes Insomnia in the Elderly? How to Treat Them?

There’s nothing like laying your head down, and drifting into a restful and restorative sleep at the end of a long day. You deserve that. You close your eyes and look forward to feeling refreshed the next time you open them in the morning. But sleep does not come this easy in elderly individuals.   […]

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July 12, 2021
Why Do Elderly People Sleep So Much?

Grandpa sits on a chair, head bowed. He has already fallen asleep, lulled by the comedic banter coming from the television. It’s only ten in the morning and he’ll take another nap after lunchtime. He would also excuse himself from the dinner table before the clock hits 8 pm, shuffling back to his room and […]

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July 3, 2021
What a Pain in the Neck! -- Explaining Text Neck Syndrome

No one likes going to the hospital.   Yet, a 16-year-old girl found herself being admitted into a pediatric unit for a set of puzzling symptoms. Her head would often hurt, with dizziness as a twin that followed close behind. She had a sudden onset of pain in her neck. Imagine something dull and twisted […]

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June 25, 2021
Living the High Life - Benefits and Drawbacks of Living at High Altitude Places

Does where you live influence how long you live?   The answer might sound obvious to most people. If you live in a place where sweetened drinks are cheap, you’re going to encounter higher rates of obesity [1]. Living in food deserts increases the chance of getting heart disease [2]. Living in a place that […]

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June 20, 2021
What are the Most Common causes of Hip Pain in Older Adults

It can start with a joke, a groan as you’re rising from the chair. “I’m getting old!” The joints are creaky door hinges that need to be oiled. Then, there’s the grating feel in what used to be a smooth walk. All of these things can slowly culminate into a dull and constant ache right […]

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