The Secret to Preventing Back Pain

What changed? Chronic back and neck pain used to be a condition that impacted primarily the elderly from what was thought to be the inevitable result of advanced age; today, younger and younger patients present with Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). When I began practice over 30 years ago degenerative changes of the spine were not […]

Treat the Cause of Back Pain, Not the Symptom

If you slammed your finger in a car door, what would you do first? Would you open the door or take a pain pill and learn to live with it? New hope for those who suffer with degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. Pinching your finger in a car door is clearly a problem. A […]

Any Exercise Is Better Than No Exercise

Exercise is any physical activity that gets your body moving, and when it comes to exercise any exercise is better than no exercise. The latest publication on this topic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that states that a total of 2 hours and 30 […]

Back Treatment and Pain Medication

The misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers was responsible for more than 475,000 emergency department visits in 2009, a number that nearly doubled in just five years. Let me state for the record that I am totally against pain. But, I can’t agree with the overuse, misuse, and inappropriate use of pain medications. It is […]

Arthritis and Back Treatment

Osteoarthritis (OA), Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), degenerative arthritis, osteophytes, arthrosis, spondylosis, hypertrophy, sclerosis, stenosis, sciatica, desiccation – and several other scary terms, all boil down to a single word – arthritis. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The word comes from the Greek “arthro” for joint and the suffix “itis” indicating in pathology […]

Disc Desiccation and Spinal Back Treatment

Desiccation is a scientific word meaning “dry” and when referring to a spinal intervertebral disc it means that the inside of the disc is drying out. The individual bones that comprise the spine are called vertebrae. Each vertebrae except the top two in the neck are separated by a cushion, an intervertebral disc. The outside […]

Your Back Treatment and Bed Rest

Exercise is used to improve health, maintain fitness and is important as a means of physical rehabilitation. Bed rest is the opposite of exercise. The dictionary definition of exercise is any physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive for the purpose of conditioning any part of the body. Certainly this is true, but the […]

What is a Herniated Disc?

To some degree discs lose their flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorbing characteristics as we age as do the other tissues in the body making them susceptible to injury. The back is a complicated structure of bones called vertebrae separated by cartilage-like shock absorbers called discs, held together by ligaments and muscles. It must be flexible […]

Walking is the Best Medicine (Part III) – Getting Started

You get started on the road to exercising by walking because walking is the easiest and most convenient way to exercise at all levels of fitness and, thereby, reduce stress and improve your health in a vast number of ways. Part of the magic of walking is that there aren’t any rules! True, the Department […]

Spinal Decompression – How Does it Work?

Spinal Decompression Therapy, first approved by the FDA in 2001, has since evolved into a cost-effective treatment for herniated and degenerative spinal discs; one of the major causes of back pain and neck pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment performed on a special, computer controlled table similar in some ways to an […]

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