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Opiates and Opiods

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The purpose of this 5 part series is to give you some background information about some of the medications used to treat pain. My hope is that with a little understanding of how these medications work, you will be able to make better choices, and have more agency in your The post Opiates and Opiods […]

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Let’s Talk About Steroids

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Steroids seem to get a bad rap, and while they can come with certain risks and side-effects, they can also be an outstanding pain relief modality. First things first: Steroids are generally divided into two categories, anabolic steroids and corticosteroids. Anabolic steroids are the ones associated with muscle growth, and The post Let’s Talk About […]

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More on Meds – Part II

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Some More on Meds….. The purpose of this 5 part series is to give you some background information about some of the medications used to treat pain. My hope is that with a little understanding of how these medications work, you will be able to make better choices, and have The post More on Meds […]

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Medications – Part I

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One of my practice philosophies is a good philosophy for medicine in general: The less medication you can get away with taking, the better. The body has a great potential to heal itself, and when possible, we should give it every opportunity to do so.  All of these magic potions, The post Medications – Part […]

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5 Things That Cause Back Pain: Part I

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Introduction to my 7 part series, reviewing the anatomical structures that are responsible for causing virtually all back pain. Understanding this model can go a long way towards identifying what makes your pain better or worse, and helping you establish concrete steps you can take to help rid yourself of The post 5 Things That […]

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Medication: The Less, The Better

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One of my practice philosophies is a good philosophy for medicine in general: The less medication you can get away with taking, the better. The body has a great potential to heal itself, and when possible, we should give it every opportunity to do so.  All of these magic potions, The post Medication: The Less, […]

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Let’s Talk About Sciatica – Part 2

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Let’s Talk About Sciatica (Part II)….. So, in the last post we discussed some of the causes of one of the most common back-pain-related complaints, sciatica. I always think it can be helpful for patients to understand the underlying physiology of a problem so that they can better grasp why The post Let’s Talk About […]

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Let’s talk about Sciatica…. (Part I)

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One of the most common maladies that goes along with low back pain is the complaint of sciatica, or sciatic pain. First things first: sciatica is a symptom not a diagnosis. Secondly: Not all pain radiating into the leg is sciatica. Sciatic pain is pain specifically associated with the nerve The post Let’s talk about […]

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Relax!

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It’s always interesting when I get caught not following my own advice. I’ll fill you in….. So, you probably already get that being a physician can be stressful. Every day, physicians have to make difficult decisions, discuss stressful conditions with nervous patients, and still find a way to appear confident The post Relax! appeared first […]