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Camping and Back Pain

Though the rest of the northern hemisphere is heading toward cooler weather, we in Florida are just getting to our nicest time of the year for most outdoor activities. Camping is a favorite thing for a lot of people, but what if you have back problems? What are some ways you can enjoy the experience […]

Where is That Pain coming From?

Many people with neck and back problems are often disturbed by the fact that they have pain but the physician tells them that the herniated disc on the MRI is not causing the pain they are feeling. How does he know? Let’s talk…. A dermatome refers to an area of skin that is innervated by […]

The Aftermath

We are all hot, sore and exhausted. It’s been a long week after Hurricane Irma, and though many of us still don’t have power and have extensive clean-up to look forward to, we are feeling very fortunate. Let’s talk… As we sat in our boarded up houses with the wind whistling and strange noises coming […]

PTSD After the Accident

One unfortunate consequence of the high volume of automobile travel in the US is the number of accidents that result in personal injury and fatalities. It is thought that each year, approximately 1% of the US population (3 million people) will be injured in motor vehicle accidents. Let’s talk…. Most people are in minor crashes […]

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The Drug Addict is Not Who you Think

So many people have a picture in their heads of what a drug addict looks like, what their lives are like, and how they ended up with such a problem. A good portion of these people would be wrong. Instead of an unemployed, dirty hobo lying in an alley that most people picture, a good portion […]

How your Dog Affects Your Health

Many of us have memories of our first pet (it’s often our security question if we forget a password) but studies lately are proving that having a pet, especially a dog, can change both your mental and physical outlook on life. People are happier, more involved in their neighborhood, and in better physical condition when they have a pet. […]

Not those kind of Steroids!

Steroids are often ordered by physicians for multiple problems. The problems can be anything from breathing problems to allergic reactions. They are often confused with Anabolic steroids so we are frequently asked if they are going to cause muscle growth. Let’s talk…. There are two main types of steroids. Anabolic steroids are a manmade version […]

Transparency

It’s the healthcare word of the year and the biggest cultural change in healthcare we have seen in decades. Let’s talk… We know the cost of healthcare has increased dramatically over the last few years. The reasons for the increase are many or, depending on your political leanings, one. If nothing else positive has come […]

When is Spine Pain an Emergency?

So often we hear from people who are upset with Emergency Rooms because they feel their neck or back pain was not treated with the seriousness it deserved. A traumatic event such as a bad fall or a serious car accident with any sign of severe pain, or abnormal neurological signs such as paralysis, should […]

Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Back Pain

So often we see patients who suffer from anxiety, depression or have extremely stressful lives. These patients often complain of neck and back pain, usually more severe than their testing would indicate. They are not malingering, nor are they exaggerating. They really feel this pain. Let’s talk…… The body’s reaction to stress varies with each […]

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