Category: Lifestyle

Is Bicycling a Safe Exercise?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we pass through the summer heat, we start to think about fall outdoor activities to keep ourselves moving.  Bicycling through the mountains, viewing the fall colors and enjoying the breeze sounds great.  Please be safe! Even though a lovely bike ride is inviting, researchers at the Harvard Medical School evaluated… Read more »

Why Does my Lower Back MRI Look so Bad?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients can be very concerned with the words “degenerative disc disease” or “spondylosis” when used in the report sent from a radiologist’s reading of an MRI.  These phrases and words are used synonymously with “arthritis”.  Our spinal discs wear with time, just like brake pads on a car.  This wear is… Read more »

Five Symptoms That Differentiate a Migraine from an Ordinary Headache

Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO Often patients will ask me “How can I know if I’ve ever had a migraine headache instead of just a bad headache?”  Here are five simple symptoms to look for in determining whether your headache may indeed be a migraine instead of just a severe headache. Headaches are common; migraines are… Read more »

Three Relaxation Techniques to Ease Chronic Pain

Dr. Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I vividly remember my first relaxation exercise. I was a psychology intern, co-facilitating a fibromyalgia psychotherapy group at the Navy hospital in San Diego. My supervisor led the group in a breathing exercise, and I got caught up in the exercise with the group members. A few minutes later, I was… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Non-Surgical Bunion Treatment

Jim Koske, PT, MPT Bunions are one of the most common foot problems in America and one in three people will get at least one in their lifetime.  Women are affected disproportionately more than men, but we aren’t sure why.  We know that inherited foot issues and bad foot mechanics play a role in their… Read more »

Six Common Cycling Issues – How I Diagnose and Treat Them

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Bicycling is a wonderful exercise for anyone who wants to stay fit, be outdoors and it can be as competitive or as laid back as you want it to be.  You can race with others in your age bracket in a ranked sporting event or you can take your cruiser… Read more »

Chronic Neck Pain

Raj Sureja, MD

Raj N. Sureja, MD When a patient with chronic neck pain gets referred to me, an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I am often considered a last resort for treatment. Typically, the patient has tried every treatment that their PCP has to offer, been to a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, massage therapist, to an Orthopaedist, and may… Read more »

The Five Goals of Chronic Pain Management

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD If you asked ten chronic pain patients what the goals were for their pain management program, you’d probably hear ten very different answers, but with one goal in common – MAKE MY PAIN GO AWAY!  While that is certainly an important goal, it is not the only or most important… Read more »

Ear Seeds: Do They Really Provide Pain Relief?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD From being covered in a feature on popular morning TV show Good Morning America, to headline articles in Health and Elle Magazine, to an on-line physician review on WebMD, to a fawning review on Goop, to being offered for sale on Amazon, Walmart and other mega-E-tailers, Ear Seeds are THE… Read more »

Migraine Headaches – Diagnosis and Treatment

Image of Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO In the last article, I discussed the causes, triggers, symptoms and the four phases of migraine headaches.  In this article, my focus will be the diagnosis and treatment of migraines.  As an orthopaedic spine physician, I already perform many interventional procedures for chronic pain, such as epidural steroid injections.  I will… Read more »