Does The Weather Really Increase Joint Pain?

Photo: Dale McDonald, State Archives of Florida Almost all my older patients report they feel more pain when the weather is cold and/or rainy. But is it really true? Here is an example of someone who told me: “I woke up with a lot of leg and back pain, and I think it is just …

Why You Should Get Physical Therapy For Your Back Pain

I recently treated a patient with leg pain that radiates from his back. It goes into his thighs and even down below his knees. This pain began 3-4 months ago, and he is unsure how it started.┬áBefore his session, I knew his walking had been problematic because when he stood up in the lobby, he …

What Are The Treatment Options For Low Back Pain?

1. Oral pain medicine, which may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS like Ibuprofen), steroids, narcotics, muscle relaxers, etc. 2. Physical Therapy, which may include exercise, joint mobilizations/manipulations, modalities (such as electric stimulation, lumbar traction), postural corrections, body mechanics, education about cause of pain and forms of self-treatment/prevention, hands-on techniques, taping, functional activity training, aquatic/water therapy. 3. …

The difference between Chiropractors and Physical Therapists

Let’s imagine you have back pain, and you need some help. Who do you call? The good news is that you have options: primary care doctor, spine specialist, physical therapist, chiropractor or even alternative medicine (such as accupuncture). So what is the difference between the treatment you get from a chiropractor and a physical therapist? …

The danger of your first episode of Low Back Pain

Did you know that one of the biggest risk factors for low back pain is prior low back pain? It sounds obvious, but this has huge implications for you. It means that preventing a first episode of low back pain decreases your chance of having future episodes. Therefore, you are less likely to have chronic …

The time I needed PT

I knew I wanted to be a PT since high school. But in college I actually needed Physical Therapy for knee pain. Every time I ran, the back of my knees would hurt during the run and afterward. I actually had to stop running because the knee pain made it hard for me to climb …

ABC’s of PAIN PREVENTION

This was my 2-year-old’s idea, when I asked him what to blog about today. Always Be Cautious (especially when lifting).Do Everything with a safety Focus.Get out of the House and Into shape!Jump into preventive medicine/wellness!Keep your body moving.Look for More Nutrition.Over-exaggerate Proper body mechanics (even when your spouse teases you).Quit making excuses.Eat Right most of …