Tag: back pain

Back and neck pain while working from home; Improve your ergonomics with these simple tips.

Back and neck pain while working from home Many of you are returning to offices for the first time in months.   While it is true that things are going back to normal and in NJ, the state of emergency has finally been lifted, it is also true that many of us may continue working from home as companies realize the benefits of having a flexible workforce. The idea that productivity increased while at home is being debated right now,  and certain workers have found that when a spouse got a job offer or relocation, they can still work from their Read More »

Are your MRI or x-ray results for lower back pain an incidentaloma?

Are your MRI or x-ray results for lower back pain an incidentaloma? What is an incidentaloma? It is a radiological finding of dubious clinical significance.   In the past, incidentalomas (found by accident) were found in the lungs, kidneys, prostate, breast, and other parts of the body when your doctor ordered imaging of a body region. Many of these were further investigated by doctors exposing patients to unneeded tests, costs, painful biopsies, and stress. Imagine after all that, you were just healthy and normal. In some cases, patients were told they may have cancer or growth which was benign which may Read More »

Myofascial dysfunctional pain is often the reason we hurt. Watch this video to see why and how you can get relief now.

Myofascial dysfunctional pain is often the reason we hurt. Watch this video to see why and how you can get relief now. Years ago, when I was in Anatomy lab, we would cut through the fascia to get the muscles, nerves, and organs.  The fascia was seen as the junk that was covering organs and tissues. It was thought to serve little purpose but to get in the way of our dissections. We now know that the myofascia not only is responsible for movement patterns of muscles and functions as an exoskeleton, but it also contains its own vascular and Read More »

How to avoid lower back pain from shoveling snow and where to get relief now.

How to avoid lower back pain from shoveling snow and where to get relief now. Are you tired of the constant barrage of snow that we have had over the past few weeks?   It is likely your lower back has been aching and has had enough as well. Moving snow safely is the key to avoiding a lower back injury.  Other concerns include heart problems due to exertion required to move the snow as well and people who have knee, neck, shoulder and foot problems who can be affected by moving heavy snow too. Having a snow blower is ideally Read More »

Balance and gait; recognizing these warning signs can prevent your next fall.

Balance and gait; recognizing these warning signs can prevent your next fall. Poor balance abilities, being clumsy, falling, and tripping over things is a common experience for many people.  If you are younger, a fall may hurt but it is not likely to cause a major injury. On the other hand, older folks can break a wrist, arm, shoulder, or hip.  These types of injuries can result in a permanent loss of function. A need for a surgical repair requiring risky anesthesia in the elderly can be devastating. If you have poor balance when you are young, it is likely Read More »