Category Archive: Pain

Nov
11

Prevention of Lower Back Pain: Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems in our society as well over 85-90% of all Americans will suffer from it at least once in their lives. It affects productivity in the workplace and lifestyles at home. The medical costs of treatment including; …

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Nov
04

Your back has preferences: Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems in our society. In fact, over 85-90% of all Americans will suffer from back pain at least once in their lives. It affects productivity in the workplace and lifestyles at home. The medical costs of treatment …

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Oct
28

The truth about lower back pain: Part 1 of 3

…THE MORE YOU KNOW Part 1 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT One of the most common problems people come to our office with is lower back pain (LBP). Studies show that 80-90% of adults in the USA will experience lower back pain at one or more times in their lives. It is the second …

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Oct
14

Women’s purses and back pain

Recently, a young woman came to my office with complaints of severe middle and lower back pain. On her first visit, I carried her purse (big bag), to the treatment room to assess its weight. Then, I asked her permission to weight the bag and discovered that it weighed 8 pounds. While 8 pounds does …

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Sep
03

Have a healthy Labor Day

Proper Lifting Technique

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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Aug
06

Headaches can be a pain in the neck

Photo A - Upright desk posture

Guest Coauthor: Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT2 Alexa is a second year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019). She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans to continue her clinical experience at Grand Junction VA in Colorado. …

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Dec
04

WILL SANTA BRING YOU A BACKACHE?

Photo 1 - Chin Tucks

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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Apr
24

Lumbar spinal stenosis: Part 1 of 2

LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS PART 1: We all have known or seen someone with spinal stenosis, perhaps without even realizing it. Those with spinal stenosis often suffer from lower back pain with the additional complaints of pain, numbness and weakness in both legs when standing or walking but feel much better sitting. They are is frustrated …

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Sep
08

Prevent Back Pain this Labor Day

Photo 1: Chin Tuck

Happy Labor Day! Prevent Back Pain! Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems people experience, not only in the workplace, but in daily life as well. LBP is not limited to the manual laborer but is also prevalent in those working in sedentary positions. It is estimated that 80-90% of adults …

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Aug
17

Six-Pack Abs Without Back Pain! Part 1 of 2 on Abdominal Exercises

The Best Exercises to Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles Without Causing Back Pain  Part 1 of 2 It may not be possible to pick up a health and fitness magazine without a plethora of articles on how to gain “six-pack abs!” However, for most people, before you begin your quest to find the “abdominal holy grail,” …

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May
18

Infant Torticollis: A Real Pain in the Neck

NEPA is fortunate to have many bright, altruistic and dedicated pediatricians. Over the past thirty years, I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with them and their patients. One of the most common problems referred to physical therapy by pediatricians is infant torticollis. Torticollis, also referred to as wryneck, means “twisted neck” in …

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Mar
02

Harness Your Body’s Natural Healing Power with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments – Part 2 of 2

Last week Health & Exercise Forum presented Part 1 of PRP Updates: What is PRP? How is it Administered? How it Works? This week will present PRP effectiveness and appropriate foot and ankle conditions for PRP. The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to …

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Feb
23

Harness Your Body’s Natural Healing Power with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments – Part 1 of 2

The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to repair the damaged tissue. The body signals platelets and other components in our blood to migrate to the site of injury. Platelets are the primary factor for stopping blood loss at the site of injury. …

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Dec
15

Will Santa Bring You a Backache?

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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Nov
24

Prevention of Lower Back Pain for Home Caregivers

Lying-to-Sitting Transfer

November is National Family Caregivers Month More than 65 million people, almost 30% of the population in the United States, are actively involved in providing 20 or more hours of care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend each week. As our population continues to age, this number is expected to …

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Sep
29

Choosing a Cervical Pillow: Part 2 of 2

Filled Pillow on Wedge

Choosing a Cervical Pillow: 10 Tips to Choose the Best Cervical Pillow Part 2 of 2 As discussed last week in Part 1 on Cervical Pillows, studies on cervical or neck pillows have shown that those using a cervical pillow demonstrated a significant reduction in chronic neck pain and headaches. However, researchers cautioned that there are …

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Sep
22

Choosing a Cervical Pillow: Part 1 of 2

Butterfly Contour Pillow

Choosing a Cervical Pillow: Part 1 of 2 Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from chronic neck (cervical) pain and headaches? Did you ever wonder if your pillow is right for you? Studies on cervical or neck pillows have shown that those with chronic neck pain showed a significant reduction in …

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Sep
01

Prevent Lower Back Pain for a Healthy, Happy Labor Day

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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Jul
14

Does the Rain Cause You Pain?

Summer or Winter…the weather changes can cause joint pain! It is not just a cold weather problem… “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” said Mark Twain. Just ask 93% of the arthritis sufferers who believe that the weather affects their pain level. History tells us that Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da …

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May
19

Treating Injuries: Heat vs Cold

Guest Columnist: Kevin Perry, 3rd Year Medical Student The Commonwealth Medical College     “Should I use heat or ice?” While working as a third year medical student at TCMC, I was surprised to find that this is one of the most common questions asked by patients with musculoskeletal complaints. Trying to decide whether to …

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Apr
14

Golfing with Lower Back Pain: Part 2 of 2

Photo 1 - Ping Ultralight Sunday Bag

Every day someone comes to our office with lower back pain (LBP). Often, the person’s primary complaint is that they cannot perform an important daily activity (work, clean, cook, run) because of back pain. However, no group of patients with lower back pain is more eager to recover and return to unrestricted activity than golfers. …

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Apr
07

Golfing with Lower Back Pain. Part 1 of 2

Photo 1: Shoulder Overhead Stretch

Every day someone comes to our office with lower back pain (LBP). Often, the person’s primary complaint is that they cannot perform an important daily activity (work, clean, cook, run) because of back pain. However, no group of patients with lower back pain is more eager to recover and return to unrestricted activity than golfers. …

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Mar
03

Low Back Pain – Do I need an MRI?

How many times have you heard the phrase “My back is killing me?”  Almost every American has had an episode of back pain or knows someone who has had significant back pain.  Acute low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health maladies in the United States and is the leading cause of …

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Oct
14

Scoliosis: Part 2 of 2

Scoliosis Part 2 of 2. Idiopathic And Adult Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine. This two part series on scoliosis will discuss scoliosis, diagnosis, and treatment at the request of several readers. Scoliosis screening is very important for early intervention and prevention of long term and irreversible problems. Idiopathic …

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Oct
07

Scoliosis: Part 1 of 2

Scoliosis: Part 1 of 2. Functional Scoliosis.  Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine. This two part series on scoliosis will discuss scoliosis, diagnosis, and treatment at the request of several readers. Scoliosis screening is very important for early intervention and prevention of long term and irreversible problems. The spine has …

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Aug
19

Exploring Alternative Medicine: Part 2 of 2 on Acupuncture

Guest Contributor: Catherine Udomsak, SPT Exploring Alternative Medicine: Acupuncture, Part 2 of 2 The majority of the public is familiar with traditional Chinese acupuncture, involving thin needles and specific body points.  However, the practice of acupuncture offers great variety and distinctive techniques have developed over the years.  As the practice spread throughout the world, countries expanded upon …

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Aug
12

Exploring Alternative Medicine – Part 1 of 2 on Acupuncture

Catherine Udomsak, SPT

Guest Contributor: Catherine Udomsak, SPT Exploring Alternative Medicine: Acupuncture. Part 1 of 2   One of the most widely practiced and a controversial form of alternative medicine used today is acupuncture. Presently, I have several patients using this modality for a wide variety of indications including; smoking cessation, whiplash pain, headaches, spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, and lower …

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Jun
17

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – Part 2 of 2

REFLEX SYPATHETIC  DYSTROPHY – TREATMENT Part 2 of 2 The focus of last week’s column on reflex sympathetic  dystrophy (RSD) was cause and diagnosis. This week we will discuss treatment  and prognosis. The cornerstone of RSD treatment is normal use of the  affected part. Therefore, all modalities are employed to facilitate  movement:   Sympathetic Nerve …

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Jun
10

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) – Part 1 of 2

REFLEX SYMPATHETIC  DYSTROPHY (RSD) Part 1 of 2 Over the past 9 years,  I received several emails from people suffering from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). A recent email from a very desperate and concerned  reader looking for information about (RSD) caused me to pause and reflect.  For those unfamiliar with this disorder, it is one of …

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May
13

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain: Part 2 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Pelvic Tilt Arm Exercise

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain Part 2 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month May is Global Employee Health and Fitness month.  Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior  and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in …

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