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March 27, 2018
27 Mar 2018

Arthritis is not a wear-and-tear problem

Arthritis is the consummate boogey-man. It has been suspect #1 for joint pain since it was first identified. However, it’s also often falsely accused. I’ll get into that more in a minute. First, what is arthritis and why do we get it in the first place? Arthritis is not a single disease, but rather an […]
February 6, 2018
06 Feb 2018

Science vs. “Woo”

In the alternative medicine world, there’s an ongoing debate over evidence-based practice. Do we limit ourselves only to those techniques which have been heavily substantiated by research? Double-blind, placebo-controlled, etc? Or do we open ourselves up to the possibilities of techniques not yet supported by the literature? There is a movement of individuals crusading against […]
September 4, 2017
04 Sep 2017

TMJ Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint where your mandible articulates with the skull. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is the term we use when you have a problem with your TMJ. The textbook list of TMD symptoms includes: Pain or tenderness of the jaw Pain in one or both of the TMJ’s Aching pain in […]
August 7, 2017
07 Aug 2017

Migraine: Not just a headache

Most of us have suffered from a headache at one time or another. For many, an aspirin is all it takes to get things back on track. For others, they can be life-altering. They can arise all of a sudden or be chronic with varying degrees of severity. Symptoms include: throbbing, squeezing pain, face or […]

August 5, 2017
05 Aug 2017

Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery is NOT the Only Option

According to the Journal of Orthopedics, a little over 22% of the population has a partial or full-thickness rotator cuff tear, with rates increasing steadily with age. At age 60, one has a 54% percent of having had such an injury. While only 34% are symptomatic in and of themselves, even the asymptomatic ones can […]

July 21, 2017
21 Jul 2017

Pain and Emotion: It really can be all in your head

Have you ever taken a vacation and had your pain improve, only to have it come back as soon as you get back to your normal routine? The areas of the brain responsible processing pain share some common real estate with our emotional centers. As a result, treatment of pain can’t just consist of treating […]

February 1, 2016
01 Feb 2016

Symptoms, Causes & Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes numbness, tingling and pain in the hand and wrist. It happens when the median nerve becomes entrapped or compressed at the carpal tunnel, a bony tunnel in the wrist. Symptoms: Sufferers of CTS will often have numbness and tingling on the palmar side of the thumb, […]
October 30, 2014
30 Oct 2014

Dealing With Low Back Pain

Along with neck/shoulder pain, low back pain is right at the top of the list of conditions I see most frequently. Before we begin delving into this expansive topic, let’s start with a few stats: Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. One-half […]

September 13, 2013
13 Sep 2013

Tennis Elbow

Do you play a lot of tennis? Neither do most of the people who suffer from so-called Tennis Elbow, one of the more common upper extremity ailments I see. Tennis Elbow goes by several names, most commonly lateral epicondylitis after the lateral epicondyle to which the affected tissues attach. More recently, that term has been […]

August 28, 2013
28 Aug 2013

IT Band Syndrome

One of the most common sports injuries, especially for running athletes, is IT band syndrome. The IT band, also known as the iliotibial tract, is a band of tendinous tissue running down the lateral part of the thigh and attaching just below the outside of the knee. Pain with ITB syndrome is usually located on […]