Shoulder pain is a common problem for people who work at a desk or on a computer. Firstly, most people who suffer from shoulder pain all share one unfortunate common trait… poor posture. Usually their shoulders are rounded (slouched) with their head far forward from their shoulders. This puts a lot of strain into the […]
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Don’t Be a Nail to Medicine’s Hammer
Just because doctors can prescribe drugs (hammers) doesn’t mean that your condition is a nail. Think of the opioid epidemic and how patients got treated with substances not designed to cure their conditions (nails), but to subdue their pain, allowing their problems to further deteriorate. If the only goal is to give you pain relief […]
Normal vs. Natural
Mr. Jones goes to see his doctor for knee pain. After a thorough examination, his doctor concludes, “Mr. Jones, your knee pain is just normal wear and tear from aging.” Mr. Jones thinks for a moment, then musing out loud says, “But Doc, my other knee is just as old and I don’t have any […]
Treat the Source, Not the Pain
You may have seen the recent publicity over a family-owned pharmaceutical company that had been fined for producing and heavily marketing its addictive opioid drug to the medical profession for pain relief. When I heard about this, I was mad as hell. It’s true; they knew that once a person started using their medication for […]
Stiff Neck? Try This!
A common complaint of people who work at a desk or on computers is having neck stiffness. I have found that a primary cause of this problem is actually from slouching. When the mid- and upper-back are slouched, they don’t provide a good foundation for the neck, resulting in (you guessed it)… stiffness! If you’re […]
Why “Just Getting Old” is a Good Thing!
“I’m Just Getting Old…” Believe it or not, that’s good news! Many never made it as far as you did. Being alive, however, does not define your quality of living. At any age, what are you doing for yourself to be as healthy and vibrant as you can? As we get older, the main complaints […]
Is Pain Your Problem or Is Your Problem Giving You Pain?
There is no shortage of remedies designed to make us feel better when pain strikes. Too often we forget, however, that pain is not really what we should be focusing on. Getting to the cause of the pain should be our goal. Going only for pain relief moves our attention away from dealing with the source of the problem and […]
The Rest of the Story
Most of the people who I have treated were able to overcome their problem. However there were some who were not. Degeneration had just progressed too far for conservative care. It’s always sad and frustrating when I’m not able to provide the level of improvement desired. I’m writing these pieces to let people like you know that there are choices […]
Believe it or Not – True Story
Several years ago, I got a new patient. Nothing new about that except that it was a referral from a local neurologist who I had never met. This patient had been in several accidents and her family doctor sent her to see him because she was in a lot of pain and not improving with […]
I Hear This Same Story Almost Everyday, Enough Already!
Almost everyday I get a new patient who “has tried everything” but is still in pain. It doesn’t matter where they hurt, the story of how they got to my office is almost always cookie cutter. They hurt somewhere, went to their doctor who handed them a prescription for pain pills, maybe an anti-inflammatory as […]