Guidelines for the Treatment of Low Back Pain

Summary of Am College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine’s findings: 60-80% of the general population will have low back pain during their lifetime with 25-60% having pain annually. Low back pain is the most common occupational disorder with 20 per 10,000 full-time employees affected. The direct cost of occupational low back pain is $10.8 billion/year!…

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Why does my back feel stiff?

Do you have back stiffness or trouble getting out of a chair? Do you have trouble straightening up after prolonged sitting? Do you have to take a couple of steps to loosen up before you can stand up straight? The stiffness you feel is from a loss of motion.  It is a warning sign for…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is associated with numbness/tingling in the thumb and first three fingers and can also cause weakness in the hand, particularly the thumb.  It is caused by compression of the median nerve, when it is pressed or squeezed at the wrist.   Statistics of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome:…

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Ohio has Imposed Rules that Require Injured Workers to Try Conservative Care including Physical Therapy Before Back Surgery

The State of Ohio has imposed rules that require injured workers to try more conservative measures like Physical Therapy prior to receiving spinal fusion surgeries or prescription painkillers. The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation rule effective Jan. 1, requires injured workers to undergo at least 60 days of “conservative” care, while avoiding opioids if possible,…

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The Burden of Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Need for Disruption in our Current Healthcare System

An estimated 126.6 million Americans (1 in 2 adults) are affected by a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), costing an estimated $213 billion in annual treatment, care and lost wages (United States Bone and Joint Initiative). The burden of musculoskeletal conditions is significant in terms of treatment and care, as well as the impact upon of quality…

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