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Self Treatment for Tension Headaches

July 7th, 2016

A fair number of my patients come in for treatment of tension headaches. These headaches, which are aptly named, are caused by tension of the muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders. They tend to be described as a pressure or tightness across the forehead, sides, or back of the head. The causes of tension …

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Snapping Hip / Coxa Saltans

April 30th, 2012

Snap, crackle, pop.  If you hear these noises more often from your hips than your cereal bowl then you might have a farily common problem known as snapping hip /coxa saltans, or “dancer’s hip” (how many names does one condition need?). What the heck is snapping hip anyway?  Well it’s pretty simple to describe in …

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Neck Pain

January 31st, 2012

A new article from The Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) that focused on the effectiveness of various treatments for neck pain is getting a lot of press these days, so I figured it was a good time to talk a little bit about various aspects of this condition. Neck pain is a fairly common complaint …

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IT Band Syndrome

November 8th, 2011

If you’ve been an active runner for an extended period of time you have likely experienced bouts of lateral (outside) knee pain at some point in your career.  The chances are also pretty high that the pain you were experience was caused by a tight iliotibial band (ITB). Ilio-wha? Yeah, I know, more anatomical jargon.  …

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Strains and Sprains

October 18th, 2011

Sure we have all heard these terms before, but do you really know what they mean?  When to try self-care versus seeking care?  How to avoid these types of injuries in the first place? By the end of this article you will. Strains are a term used to designate the over stretching or tearing of …

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Low Back Pain

September 26th, 2011

Back pain is a nearly ubiquitous problem that will affect around 80 percent of us at some point in our lives. The most typical form of back pain that affects patients is referred to as uncomplicated mechanical back pain, which is to say that the pain is not related to something more sinister in nature …

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

August 23rd, 2011

Over the past couple decades, people’s occupations have forced them to work primarily seated at a desk in front of a computer, typing and mousing away for hours at a time.  The human body, believe it or not, was not designed for sitting for hours at a time and the physical manifestations of these stresses …

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Plantar Fasciitis / Fasciiosis

August 10th, 2011

Aesop and Homer realized and wrote about the incapacitating power that foot pain can have on mighty warriors like Achilles and Androcles’ lion, so what are we mere mortals to do about it? Well the first thing to do is rule out speared heels and bloody thorns and find out exactly what is going on. …

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Posture

July 14th, 2011

Stand Up to Pain Do you suffer from daily aches and pains but can’t quite figure out where they are coming from?  A good place to start is by looking at the way you carry yourself, or more simply stated, your posture. Back when your mom kept nagging at you to “sit up straight” and …

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Scoliosis

June 9th, 2011

June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month, so I thought I would take a step away from the technique blogs to talk about a problem that affects 5 to 7 million Americans. What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a condition of side to side curvature of the spine.  It most commonly affects the thoracic spine, which is …

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