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Why Does the Cold Weather Make my Chronic Pain Worse?

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD If old wives could tell tales, they might let you know that your joints could predict the weather and let you know when rain is coming, or a cold spell was getting ready to move into the area.  As physicians, we typically would say that it was coincidental that our patients… Read more »

Is my Sciatica Caused by a Spinal Issue or my Piriformis Muscle?

Mark W. McFarland, MD Sciatica is a catch-all term that is used for pain that runs from the lower back through the buttock, down the thigh and calf, into the foot.  It is named thusly after the sciatic nerve, which when compressed, inflamed, or irritated in some way, causes the tell-tale signs of burning, numbness,… Read more »

Why Does My Knee Feel Like it is Giving Out and Getting Weak?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD A very common complaint I hear in the office, especially from my older patients, is “my knee is feeling weaker and weaker and sometimes it just gives out when I’m walking.  Why is that happening to me?” When arthritis of the knee progresses, the cartilage in the joint space erodes. … Read more »

Will my Compressed Spinal Nerve Heal or be Damaged Permanently?

Dr. Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE, FAAOS Every day, I see patients for arm or leg pain and numbness related to pinched nerves in their spine.  These patients all have differing degrees of pain and dysfunction from their back and neck problems.  Each patient deals with their symptoms individually, so there are varying degrees of dysfunction… Read more »

Three Top Reasons for Holiday Injuries

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD Did you know that Emergency Rooms experience a higher volume of specific types of injuries over the holidays?  Some have more to do with cooking, like cuts from chopping food and burns from candles, fireplaces, ovens or stoves, but many are orthopaedic issues.  In this article, I will discuss those that… Read more »

Kyphosis FAQs

Mark W. McFarland, DO Doesn’t everyone have curves in their spine? Absolutely.  A normal spine has several shallow alternating curves, which helps it to balance the weight of the head, and evenly distribute the weight of the body in alignment from the shoulders to the hips, knees and feet. What is Kyphosis? This medical term… Read more »

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Dr. Andrew Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD What is psychodynamic therapy? Psychodynamic therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious conflict. Unconscious conflict occurs when the brain tries to think two opposite things at the same time. For instance, trying to see one’s life as safe and controllable,… Read more »

Untreated Bone Fractures – The Results – Part II

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD CPE In Part I, I discussed how frequently bone fractures occur and surprisingly, can remain untreated.  In this second article of the series, I will discuss the how the human body responds when a bone fracture is left untreated, how it tries to heal itself and compensate for the injury. If a… Read more »

How Untreated Bone Fractures Occur – Part I

Dr. Carlson in the operating room

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE It may be hard to imagine that someone would have a bone fracture and not seek appropriate medical treatment or that it could be missed by a practitioner during an exam.  However, this happens more often than you might think.  In three articles, I’ll detail the reasons why broken bones… Read more »