Muscular back pain is extremely common. In fact, eight out of 10 adults experience debilitating back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Thankfully, back pain usually gets better with time and physical rehabilitation. However, some forms of back pain are caused by structural problems in the discs, which can cause pinching of … Continue reading Could you have a herniated disc? Treatment options for back and leg pain
Knee pain can be a very debilitating and life-altering problem for today’s active adult. Knee pain can creep up slowly over time or literally bring you to your knees in an instant. The causes of knee pain can vary from a torn ligament to arthritis. So, how do you know what the problem is? Sometimes it can … Continue reading Knee pain: Is it arthritis, or is something torn?
A curved back is often called many names — some people will refer to it as a curve, a hump, an “S shape” or scoliosis, the technical term for a sideways curvature of the spine. Often times, different forms of spinal malalignment will be referred to simply as scoliosis and in most instances, there is … Continue reading Curved back: Treatment options for adult scoliosis
Over the last decade, several high-profile professional athletes have turned to what has widely been referred to as stem cell therapy to recover from injury and attempt to return to top form. Ten years ago, many of these therapies were based more on scientific theory rather than medical fact. But what about now? As a … Continue reading Stem cells in orthopedic care: Science or snake oil?
Your knee constantly hurts — you can tell it’s starting to wear out. You get swelling, cracking, popping and just aren’t able to be as active as you used to be. When is the right time to think about knee replacement surgery? I answer this question several times per day in my office for many … Continue reading 4 signs it’s time for a knee replacement
A common cause of neck and arm pain is a pinched nerve, also known as cervical radiculopathy. Several structures in the cervical spine can cause pressure on a nerve as it branches from the spinal cord to travel down your arm where it provides motor and sensory function. Two of the most common culprits behind … Continue reading Neck and arm pain? What to do about a pinched nerve
Have you found yourself running or walking regularly for the first time in a while? Running through your neighborhood streets is an easy and efficient form of exercise and a good way to get some fresh air. There are numerous physical and mental benefits to exercise and sometimes, it’s just fun to see your neighbors spending … Continue reading Move better while walking or running in your neighborhood
Other than both being potentially serious conditions affecting millions of people, osteoarthritis and heart disease may not seem to have that much in common. Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness in the joints, while heart disease impacts the heart and blood vessels. Musculoskeletal system versus circulatory system. Separate issues, right? Actually, there is a relationship between … Continue reading Arthritis and heart disease: The surprisingly strong link
We’ve all heard the old adage, “if it hurts, don’t do it,” at some point in our lives. Well, I’m here to share with you that if your back hurts, this popular belief in avoidance as the solution could not be further from the truth. In fact, avoiding activities may actually lead to more back … Continue reading 3 exercises to relieve lower back pain
The spine plays an important role in your body structure, keeping you upright and connecting different parts of your skeleton. But your spine is something you probably think of rarely — unless you have scoliosis. Scoliosis is defined as sideways curvature of the spine that results in an “s” or “c” shape. Mild cases of … Continue reading What is scoliosis? Everything you need to know