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How Heavy Bags Cause Back Pain

2018-01-12T15:30:44+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Back Pain, Health & Wellness|

The average sixth grader carries 18.4 pounds in his backpack, and the average handbag carries 6.27 pounds’ worth of lipstick and keys. Nobody seems to have done any research about the weight of the average briefcase, but man bags have done more than merely embarrass the fashion police—they’ve caused an increase in back and shoulder [...]

Offering Same-Day Appointments Benefits Patients and Doctors

2018-01-29T16:09:50+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The average patient waits 29 to 66 days for specialist consultations, and at least six days for primary care physicians. Lucrative procedures have shorter wait times, proving that the problem has less to do with overworked doctors than it does with profits and planning. The days or months patients wait to be seen to can [...]

Over Half of Opioid Prescriptions Given to Adults with Mood Disorders

2018-01-25T11:08:50+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Pain Management, Therapy, Treatments|

Almost 10% of the U.S. population suffers from a mood disorder, and 19% of them use prescription opioids. Patients with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are vulnerable to highs and lows caused by medications that directly influence their moods, are prescribing them to this vulnerable group is a contentious issue. Some physicians suggest opioids as a [...]

Do Opioids Lead to Heroin Addiction?

2017-09-06T22:10:31+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Pain Management, Treatments|

Drug overdoses kill 29,000 Americans a year, with the majority of those deaths being from opiate and heroin abuse. While campaigners like to draw a link between opioid and heroin abuse, no studies have revealed anything beyond correlation. Most heroin abusers have used opioids before because most Americans have used opioids at least once in their [...]

Steroid Injections for Back Pain

2017-08-31T13:39:15+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Back Pain, Epidurals, Pain Injections|

Back pain is notoriously challenging to treat, but steroid injections could give you weeks of relief without drugs. The risks are rare, but significant, so your physician will try more conservative approaches before recommending them. They’re an invasive option given the sight of the epidural, but if you’re waiting for surgery or are struggling to [...]

Does Pilates Improve Posture?

2018-01-12T21:52:20+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Back Pain, Head and Neck, Health & Wellness, Pain Management|

You’d be hard pressed to find a fitness guru more obsessed with posture than your average Pilates instructor (perhaps a classical ballet instructor? We digress). Both forms of exercise focus on moving efficiently, and that requires core strength. If you’re relying on your superficial muscles to support you, you probably suffer from at least a little [...]

What is the WHO Pain Ladder?

2017-08-16T13:28:49+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Pain Management|

The vast majority of doctors’ consultations focus on pain management, but before 1986, there was no universally understood way to communicate pain levels. Doctors had to intuit their way through pain care one adjective at a time. The World Health Organization developed the pain ladder as a three step grading system to solve this problem. [...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Myths vs Facts

2018-01-12T21:54:24+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Conditions, Other|

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the result of a compressed median nerve in the wrist. It causes pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers that usually worsens at night. Myth One: Work-Related Stress Causes CTS Correlation and causation are distinct, and while repetitive strain is associated with CTS, experts think it’s [...]