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!…

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…

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:…

Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis Elbow is a common ailment from repetitive activities, involving the wrist and elbow.  The name came from the most common cause – tennis, but weight lifting, painting, welding and house cleaning, are all activities also prone to this condition. Pain is located on the outside of the elbow, just below…

Telemedicine Questions Answered

Telemedicine is a hot topic in the news of late.  I am receiving a lot of inquires asking the specifics, so I put together a quick reference article, reviewing the questions that I often receive. Telemedicine and Telehealth are two words that overlapped all the time.  Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients…

Stubborn Heel Pain

Not responding to traditional treatments for Plantar Fasciitis such as stretching, ice, massage, orthotics, even injections? Stop getting frustrated….maybe it is the wrong diagnosis?   Plantar Fasciitis is often a chronic problem that causes a tremendous amount of anxiety because many fail to respond to traditional treatments.  All too often you are left with months/years…

Straighten Up!

Straighten Up! Posture…something that we simply take for granted. Yet, we notice when one exhibits good posture and automatically associate regality, confidence, strength, and character. We use the word “spineless” to describe someone of weak character and describe one of strong character as having a “backbone”. Posture affects our mood, energy level, bones, muscles, joints,…