Monthly Archives: November 2018

Concepts of Pain Part 5

This is the 4th point of my ongoing series about basic concepts of pain many people don’t know or understand. Acute pain serves a useful function to help warn or protect us from danger and injury. Acute pain basically means … Continue reading

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Make a Wish

        I talk a lot about the other factors for pain and health besides the obvious physical things that we normally associate with pain and health. One model of health is the biopsychosocial model. This model basically … Continue reading

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Patient Question Friday: What Do You Do For Achilles Tendon Pain?

This question is from Tom, who visits the Valley from New York. He began having Achilles tendon pain when he came here this fall. He was walking a lot, more with more hills than he does at home. He began … Continue reading

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Exercise Iceberg

Last week I posted a picture that I saw posted by Ben Cormack. It was a similar iceberg about diet and health.  Ben kindly made one about exercise that expresses the same thought process. Many people get hung up on “the … Continue reading

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Concepts of Pain 4

I have been posting about some concepts of pain, that are widely understood, or at least not talked about when you have pain.  Today’s concept is #3 in this graphic. “Pain is influenced by multiple factors such as thoughts, activity, … Continue reading

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Should I Get Rotator Cuff Surgery?

I get asked this question all the time. I have pain in my shoulder and my MRI shows some level of rotator cuff tear. Most people assume the only way to get rid of the pain is to surgically repair … Continue reading

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Concepts of Pain 3

The last couple of weeks I have been talking about pain and. This graphic above lists some things about pain that many people don’t know or understand. Knowledge of these concepts may help you make sense of your pain a … Continue reading

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Healthy Habits

  Found this graphic thanks to Ben Cormack today.  Most healthy habits are behaviors are not one magic bullet, but persistent, sustainable changes. Taking small steps consistently in the right direction is what makes us healthier. Unfortunately, the things that … Continue reading

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Concepts of Pain Part 2

Last week I posted this graphic about some core concepts of pain that many people do not understand. You may ask “what does this have to do with me?” Understanding pain can be helpful in getting it better. Many people’s … Continue reading

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5 Exercises for Acute Lower Back Pain

Earlier this week I posted about some myths and lower back pain. Here is a link. Acute back pain is recent pain. Pain that is less than a couple months old. A takeaways I like people to understand about acute lower … Continue reading

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