Are We Giving Bad Advice?
Almost daily we read of a new medical study that “proves” yet another food, drink, activity, or medication is a terrible thing or the next answer to all the world’s problems. 20 years ago, eggs were causing an increase in cholesterol and therefore were the main cause of heart disease. 10 years later, eggs were […]
What is a Real Second Opinion?
You are sitting on an examination table, wearing not much more than a Kleenex, and your physician is telling you that he/ she recommends surgery. You hear that word and everything else sounds like the teacher on Charlie Brown. “Wah, wah, wah, wah”. You’ve only seen this doctor once before and all of a sudden, […]
Sometimes We Need More Than Sunshine
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a central role in many components of health. It stands out from other vitamins because your body is able to make most of what you need through exposure to sunlight, which is why it’s often dubbed the “sunshine vitamin.” But sometimes we need more than sunshine. Let’s […]
It Might not be Sciatica
Many times you will hear people tell you how their sciatica is “acting up”. Very often they complain of low back, buttock and leg pain and just assume this is the problem. Let’s talk… There is a very good chance that pain which originates in the back and shoots down the leg is sciatica, also […]
Radiation in Medical Testing
We are always exposed to low levels of radiation, and for the most part it does not adversely affect us. Radiation comes from the ground in the form of radon and from the sun in the form of ultra violet rays. We know to test for radon in our houses and to wear sunscreen but […]
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) He’s a Believer.
Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds has come forward with his battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (also known as AS) with the song Believer. He has brought well needed attention to a disease that affects many young people and is frequently not diagnosed in a timely manner. Let’s talk…. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of chronic arthritis […]
Motorcycles can Cause Back Pain
Riding a motorcycle, though fun and exciting, can also be a cause of low back, neck and shoulder pain. As in any other activity, posture is important. The ergonomics of motorcycle riding can make all the difference in how long you can ride or how far you can go. The parts of a bike most […]
When All That Money Causes Pain
It’s interesting when we get a patient from Canada complaining of back pain. Most often it is a man who has been driving for long periods and developed a low back pain that often radiates down the leg. Most of them have no history of severe lumbar problems but are miserable enough to find help […]
Deep Vein Thrombosis – A Preventable Complication
One of the biggest worries for anyone undergoing surgery is the chance of post-op complications. This is also a major worry of your surgeon. One complication of major surgery, especially a long (greater than 2 hours) surgery, a recovery time that requires bedrest, or a procedure that requires a blood transfusion, is a deep vein […]
When to take Tylenol or Advil
In the “war” between Tylenol (Acetaminophen) and Advil (Ibuprofen ) for pain relief, many studies have been done on which is “better”. Both the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Medical School have done studies and reported that it all depends on what you want relieved. To make it easier, it is reported that Tylenol works better […]