Tag Archives: back pain

Finally, some good news for those with Fibromyalgia: walking works!

Many of my Fibromyalgia patients have multiple complaints of musculoskeletal pain, especially back and neck pain, that can make even routine daily activities seem daunting.  I just read an encouraging article by a group of Swedish researchers who found that high intensity Nordic walking for 20 minutes twice a week “significantly boosted function without any exacerbation […]

Changing attitudes towards the treatment of osteoarthritis

A fellow basketball player friend of mine originally hurt his back and hip  in high school, about 25 years ago.  He was playing 2-3 times per week, but I hadn’t seen him in awhile until I ran into him at a social function.   Well, over the years his lower back and hip has progressively become more painful and he’s been unable […]

The birth of a new website

As many of you know, my treatment specialty is Osteopathic manual structural therapy and exercise prescription. However, over the years I have had patients that have requested just an exercise program to help manage their pain, be it neck, back, or shoulder, because they cannot afford to attend PT. Many cannot attend therapy because they […]

Core training and it’s effects on athletic performance, injury treatment, and injury prevention.

Core training (mid line musculature) has been added to many exercise programs and the virtues of this type of training have been detailed in many media outlets, magazine articles, and also by health professionals, myself included. However, I read an interesting article by John M Cissik, MBA, PT from the Texas Women’s University in Denton, […]

Need clarity to the confusion of medical news in the media? Check out this website

If you are like me, trying to make sound, educated health care decisions in today’s instant access world can  be a daunting task.  We are inundated almost daily with results of studies that claim to have the latest answers to improve our health.  However, not all studies are properly conducted and often the results then cannot […]

The effects of prolonged bed rest on muscles of the spine and vertebral discs

When I first graduated from PT school over 16 years ago, bed rest was still a very popular treatment for acute back pain.  Luckily, over the years, the medical community has taken a much more “active” approach” to treating back pain.  However, there is still a small portion of the medical field that believes in […]

Popular supplement for back pain may not be helpful

Glucosamine is a hugely popular supplement taken by millions of people in hopes of helping with arthritic pain. It is estimated that up to 25% of all back pain suffers will try the supplement glucosamine “to see if it helps”.   How helpful is it for arthritic back pain?  Well, an impressive research  study from the University of […]

Careful what you say

Words are powerful.  They can healing but also hurtful.  Most people in the health care profession understand this intuitively.  Even if your body is injured, you cannot complain about your body as being “bad” or use phrases such as “my terrible shoulder” or “my neck is really screwed up”  and then expect to recover in the shortest amount of time.  My patients […]