Do schoolbags cause back pain?

Do schoolbags cause back pain?

It is common wisdom that most parents believe that schoolbags cause back pain. But is this really the case? This is a ‘textbook’ example of where the evidence belies common wisdom. The prevalence of back pain in children is high in certain parts of the...
Opioids for Lower Back Pain

Opioids for Lower Back Pain

This is a loaded topic. Opioid misuse is everywhere. It’s all over the news. The Trump administration has signed a bill to confront the epidemic plaguing us right now. It’s called the Support for Patients and Communities Act.  I believe it’s a step...
Knowledge is therapeutic

Knowledge is therapeutic

Knowledge is therapeutic. Knowledge offers control. In this case, knowing what’s happening in times of plight when you are suffering from discomfort/pain often provides reassurance. I find that when clients come in the door with immense pain, they immediately...
How and why do we believe we have back pain?

How and why do we believe we have back pain?

Last time I wrote about our beliefs on back pain and how psychological variables can contribute to the development of lower back pain. Lots of studies look into the situations, activities, and anatomic structures to be responsible for people’s lower back pain...
Beliefs about back pain

Beliefs about back pain

As health professionals, we have a duty to provide helpful and accurate information to our patients, especially since a majority of patients come seek our services for more information on such an uncertain event as an acute back pain episode. Beliefs around lower back...
Exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory

Exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory

Chronic disease is the leading cause of death globally led by cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, and diabetes mellitus. Regular exercise often protects us against our mortality and especially helps with diseases associated with chronic low grade...
Attitude and mood matter when it comes to surgery!

Attitude and mood matter when it comes to surgery!

Surgery is very prevalent in the USA. More than 42 million surgical procedures are done annually, including 1 million of those are orthopedic. As surgical procedures become less invasive and more refined, patients are expecting quicker , less painful, and complete...
Poor sleep lowers pain tolerance

Poor sleep lowers pain tolerance

It’s clear that sleep issues and chronic pain are major public health concerns. The relationship between sleep issues and pain are complex to say the least. Do sleep issues bring on pain sensitivity? Does pain lend itself to more sleep issues? There’s a...

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