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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Heat or Ice?

September 28, 2015

Patients always ask physicians if they should use heat or ice on an injured or painful area of their body. As a general rule is often recommended that ice can be used for the first 24 hours of pain to decrease

Spinal Aging or the Degenerative Cascade

Degenerative disc disease can sound quite frightening to someone hearing about it for the first time. Let us alleviate your fears by telling you that this really isn’t a disease, but a natural process that we all go through. A


Causation is the act or process of causing. Also, it may be the act or agency that produces an effect.  In medicine, we are frequently asked whether an accident caused a physical finding or a patient’s complaint.  According to Duhaime’s

Belly Wraps and Binders

What’s a belly wrap? A belly wrap is a product that claims to aid people to lose abdominal weight faster during a workout. The claim is that the belly wrap heats up the midsection area during a workout that is

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping is the use of an elastic tape that may be applied to an injured part of the body. You see this quite often with athletes. This type of taping allows for a range of motion. Kinesio tape may be


Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI is a medical imaging technique used to investigate the anatomy and physiology of the body. MRI scanners use magnetic fields and radio waves to form images of the body. There is no exposure to ionizing

Swiss Ball/Balance Exercises

A Swiss ball, physio ball or exercise ball is an exercise treatment option for back pain sufferers. The exercise program designed around the Swiss ball is to prevent or minimize further episodes of low back pain. These exercises were developed to help

What is Hypochondriasis?

Hypochondriasis is described as a type of somatoform disorder or mental illness where a person has symptoms of medical illness. The symptoms cannot be fully explained by actual physical disorder. Researchers consider this as an anxiety disorder. People with hypochondriasis

It Starts with Pain Killers

Prescription painkillers or opiates are more available now than ever before.  It is estimated that in 2012 between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States sufferings from substance

Back Pain of Pregnancy

Back pain and pregnancy usually go hand-in-hand. The back pain of pregnancy usually happens where the pelvis meets the spine at the sacroiliac joints. Causes of low back pain and pregnancy:  Weight gain  Hormone changes  Posture changes  Muscle separation  Stress