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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 […]

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Should I Go to the Emergency Room with my Back Pain?

A Quick Lesson – Emergency Room or Not At some time or other most of us will have back pain. What people need to know is what is a dangerous back pain and what is something you must just get through. I get asked many questions about this so I thought we could answer some […]

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Avoiding Addiction

Last week’s blog was on the opioid crisis and what is happening in our society where drug addiction has increased by large percentages over the last 10 years. We blame large drug companies, physicians, hospitals and of course dealers of illegal drugs, for the rise in deaths and addiction but as in any other social […]

What is Inflammation and What Does it Do?

When your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical, it can trigger what is called an inflammatory response. This is your body’s protective reaction and very often keeps you from becoming ill. If the inflammation persists, it can end up hurting you instead of helping you. Many major […]

Fish Oil. Friend or Foe?

There is always someone out there with an answer to life’s problems. Generally, it is something that is going to cost you money, not be complete proven, and be otherwise found in nature. Fish-oil is one of these “answers”.   Let’s talk….. Experts are divided on their opinions about fish oil supplements for the general […]

Turmeric, Is it the Answer?

Turmeric, Is it the Answer? Turmeric, a spice used in India for hundreds of years and known to be a powerful medicine is now being researched for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The most important compound in Turmeric is Curcumin which is about 3% of basic Turmeric. All studies are based on extracts that are […]

Depression and Back Pain, The Holiday Hangover

The holidays usually bring out the best and the worst of us all. We fall off our exercise regimen, we eat food that is not good for us, we drink too much, we get  less sleep and we spend more money . One of these problems can lead to depression and/ or back pain. All […]

Cool it Off or Heat it Up ?

One of the biggest questions we get after an injury is “should I put heat or ice on this?” It seems so simple, but it is one of the most controversial questions in injury medicine. Let’s talk…. There have been many studies done on the efficacy of heat or ice on joint, muscle or soft […]

Pain on a Plane; How to Avoid it

Pain on a Plane ; How to Avoid it 1.73 million people take a plane in America every day. The vast majority of these trips are business related but sooner or later almost everyone has a reason to get on a plane. A good portion of these people have neck or low back pain and […]

Is Your Handbag causing your Pain? Weigh it.

It happened again today. A healthy looking 40 year old showed up at the office with complaints of severe neck pain and right arm numbness and tingling. Her MRI showed some mild disc degeneration but nothing that should really be causing the problems she was describing. She insisted that every time she walked for long […]