PainCare Blog

Ouch, My Knee! Is There a Bike Fitter in the House?

November 20, 2008THE NEW YORK TIMESBy CHRISTOPHER PERCY COLLIER TAD JACOBS loved cycling. The 44-year-old arborist from northern California used to ride two to three times a week to stay in shape. But while pedaling, he suffered muscle soreness in his lower back and joint stiffness in his shoulders. At home, the discomfort worsened. Then he booked an appointment with …

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Stretching: The Truth

November 2, 2008THE NEW YORK TIMES/PHYS EDBy GRETCHEN REYNOLDS WHEN DUANE KNUDSON, a professor of kinesiology at California State University, Chico, looks around campus at athletes warming up before practice, he sees one dangerous mistake after another. “They’re stretching, touching their toes. . . . ” He sighs. “It’s discouraging.” If you’re like most of us, you were taught the …

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Once Just an Aging Sign, Falls Merit Complex Care

November 8, 2008By JOHN LELAND The New York Times MEDFORD, N.J. — Katherine Aliminosa, 93, shattered her lower leg while getting snacks for her nieces. Susan Arnold, 87, broke her hip hanging a photograph. In mid-July, in a nursing unit of a retirement community here, the two women were at the start of a recovery process that both hoped would …

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Snowy Game, VR Goggles Take Burn Victims’ Minds Off Of Pain

By Ben KucheraNovember 14, 2008ARS Technica You’d think being seriously wounded on the battlefield would be the most painful thing a soldier could go through, but the recovery from burns can take months of agonizing physical therapy that prolongs the suffering. In some cases, healing can be more painful than the original trauma. What if you could take patients away …

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It’s All in Your Head

NOVEMBER 14, 2008By SALLY SATELThe Wall Street Journal About one in two American doctors say they prescribe placebos to their patients, and more than two-thirds believe it permissible to do so, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. Surveys of physicians in other countries, including Israel, Denmark and the U.K., have found similar results. These revelations, …

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Prescription Pill Deaths Soar

November 13, 2008 Prescription pill deaths soarNational trend is even more pronounced in Washington By VANESSA HOP-I REPORTER More people are dying from prescription painkillers than ever before in a national epidemic that’s eclipsing past drug scourges, including heroin overdoses in the ’70s and crack cocaine deaths in the early ’90s. The trend, reported by the Centers for Disease Control …

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Learning How to Walk (Chewing Gum Not Included)

November 13, 2008NEW YORK TIMES/FITNESSBy SARA ECKEL AFTER Lynne Wu moved to New York from Cincinnati, she realized her body wasn’t prepared for the sheer amount of pavement-pounding required in her adopted city. “At the end of the day my lower back and ankles would hurt,” said Ms. Wu, 40, a development consultant for nonprofit organizations. “I just wasn’t used …

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‘Doing yoga saved my broken back’

9 November 2008By Jane ElliottHealth reporter, BBC News Yoga has long been considered beneficial to the body, but could it be a cure for lower-back pain? Yoga teacher John Aplin is certain that it can. After he broke his back in a walking accident 12 years ago he was impressed by the effect yoga had on his recovery. More… PainCareMD

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Practical Prevention: Six Back-Pain Myths

By Elizabeth SmootsSunday, November 9, 2008Kitsap Sun Myth 1: Most episodes of low back pain last a long time. Fact: Most people with low back pain start to feel better within a few weeks. In the vast majority of cases, the pain improves or completely resolves in 4 to 12 weeks. That’s good news since 80 percent of us can …

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Hypnosis and Chronic Pain

BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL HEALTHNovember 05, 2008By Jennifer Gibson, PharmD Chronic pain is a widespread challenge, affecting as many as 50 million Americans, and lacks effective treatment options. The American College of Rheumatology defines chronic pain as pain occurring at least 4 days per week for at least 3 months. If there is pain at 11 or more of the 18 defined trigger …

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