Back Pain

If you have ever been through physical therapy for any below the waist injuries, then my guess is that you probably spent part of that time exercising on a stationary bike. Cycling seems to be a basic component of many rehabilitation and reconditioning programs. I remember using the stationary bike at physical therapy after recovering from my ACL reconstruction of my right knee.
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How bad is the experience of pain on our overall general health? Do chronic pain problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain predispose us to developing other health problems like heart disease, strokes, or diabetes? Based on my clinical experience of treating pain for 17 years, I am convinced that pain has a significant but overlooked impact on the incidence of other seemingly unrelated diseases. For years now I have been treating new...
For many of us, summer vacation also means embarking on long car rides. Whether you are going camping, to the beach, travelling around the world, or simply visiting family, there is a good chance that you will log a significant amount of time sitting in some type of motor vehicle. For those with back pain, sciatica, or other chronic pain problems, this can pose challenges for as avoiding pain flare-ups. Let’s face it, the human body was not...
Have you ever wondered if having one type of pain problem makes you more likely to hurt in other locations? For example, does having sore knees mean you are more prone to hurt somewhere else in the body like, say, in the neck?
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Arthritis -- specifically osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis -- has reached epidemic proportions in our country. Currently there are over 50 million estimated arthritis sufferers in the USA.
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"I'll sit this one out" is a perfectly good response to the 12th Lady Gaga cover at a wedding or bar mitzvah. "Can I sit in?" is a perfectly acceptable question to ask if you're a jazz musician. In all other circumstances, sitting is going to be your undoing.
Last week we looked at a recent JAMA article that showed an unnecessary, costlier, and riskier trend in spine surgery; namely a steep rise in the use of complex fusion surgeries for spinal stenosis. I brought up the point that nobody in our health care system really has the role of regulating this trend. It is really up to doctors and insurers to look at this type of information and choose to ignore it or incorporate it into what they do.
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We have known for many years now that bed rest actually makes back pain worse, while research suggests that walking can be an effective way to reduce low back pain. For example, one study published in 2005 in the American Journal of Public Health followed several hundred patients with low back pain and found that those who walked three hours a week had less back pain than those who did specific low back exercises. In general, a stronger body...
Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint experienced by both amateur and professional golfers. In a study I conducted on professional golfers published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2004, one third of the professional golfers had experienced significant back pain that limited their golf performance. The study also showed that loss of motion in the hip led to greater risk for back pain.

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