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Get that wallet out of your back pocket!

That's what I tell almost every guy that walks through the door. Over time, sitting on a big wallet can lead to muscle imbalance and back pain. (see photo of what your spine looks like while sitting on a wallet).

It's like sitting on a phone book, but under only one buttock for years on end. Over time, this can cause a hip hike or rise on one side and not the other.

Research has shown that people with chronic low back pain typically have the pain on the side that they keep the wallet on. Sometimes the position of the wallet can even push on the sciatic nerve, creating pain down the leg.

itb stretch
Lately, I have been amazed at how many patients have come in with the same diagnosis of an illiotibial band (ITBand) syndrome! This can be such a painful problem of the hip and knee usually felt by runners or cyclists. But what is this syndrome and what causes it? The illiotibial band (ITBand) is a thick band of tissue that starts at the top of the hip and runs down the outside of the thigh all the way to the top of the shin bone. This band gets inflamed from overuse and lack of stretching and will create pain mostly at...
Has your doctor ever offered a cortisone injection to stop the pain and the first two questions that come to mind are what is cortisone and how will it help? Cortisone is the most common type of injection used to treat pain and inflammation in the joints and tissues of the body. Although cortisone can help, it is not something that should be injected into the body repeatedly because it is a steroid, which has side effects. Steroid injections can weaken tendons and sometimes create more inflammation in the area. Diabetics should not get cortisone injections because it can elevate blood...

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aspirin or ibuprofen
Choosing an oral pain reliever can be so confusing when there are so many different types and brands on the market now days. It is important to know what you are taking and why. Aspirin and ibuprofen belong to a large class of NSAIDs ( non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The difference between NSAIDs and Acetaminophen has to do with the way each relieves pain. Acetaminophen works in the brain and blocks pain messages, which also helps reduce fever. This can help relieve headaches and minor aches and pains but it is not as effective in reducing pain caused from inflammation in the...
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PT myths
October is National Physical Therapy Month! During the month of October we want to make people aware of what physical therapy is and how physical therapists help improve an individual’s mobility, function, and decrease pain. Physical therapy involves skilled healing and rehabilitation of the body through non-invasive treatment to improve one’s quality of life. Non-invasive treatment means showing a person how to move and exercise in a safe way which can help prevent the more invasive types of treatments like injections or surgery. This year the American Physical Therapy Association shares a great list of 7 myths about physical therapy. As a...