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The Pitfalls for Physicians Ordering EMGs

As a physician that performs electrodiagnostic evaluations (EMGs) I appreciate the fact that interpretation of the waveforms can have a certain degree of subjectivity to it. Many times I am asked by a referring physician to repeat an EMG test on a patient because the result they […]

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New Treatment for Chronic Tennis Elbow

There is a new treatment for chronic lateral epicondylitis also known as tennis elbow by a company called Tenex. They have designed a high frequency ultrasound probe that gets ride of the pathologic or diseased tissue and helps to facilitate the healing process. Tenex is a minimally […]

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The Vagaries of Low Back Pain

Low back pain is still one of the top two reasons why people see doctors. It is responsible for 40% of all missed work days.  Most back pain complaints are “mechanical” in nature and the severity of the pain is not always an indicator of the severity […]

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Exercise is the Best Treatment for Chronic Back Pain

Is it okay to exercise when you have back pain? For most people it is in fact the best treatment. Exercise can reduce pain, increase function and reduce disability in those suffering from chronic pain. Over the last decade and a half the focus on those with chronic […]

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Movement is Medicine for Low Back Pain

Movement is medicine for low back pain. I have written about this in my blog posts and website on many occasions. This is a must see video by Dr. Evans in Canada for anyone with low back problems.   Low Back Pain by Doc Mike Evans

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Exercises for Low Back Pain

In my day to day practice as a Physical Medicine doctor I am frequently asked by my patients what are the best exercises to do for the lower back. My usual response is to do whatever exercise(s) you enjoy the most whether it be weight lifting, yoga, cycling, stretching, […]

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What is the Abstract Truth?

Over the past several months I have become more actively involved in the social media side of medicine. At first, I saw it as a way to promote my medical practice but as time went on it became much less about self promotion and much more about […]

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Does One Size Fit All?

In the treatment of low back pain can we apply the same treatments to all people? In other words, does one size fit all? A simple answer would be no. A more complex answer would be that most medical problems are a complex interaction of multiple factors […]

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Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Is physical therapy appropriate for all patients with low back pain? Is it possible to figure out which patients will benefit and which will not? Over the past decade medicine has moved into and era of cost effectiveness of treatment. In other words, it is a much […]

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My Aching Knees!

In an earlier post I wrote about pain on the outside of the hip and I entitled the blog My Aching Hip. I thought I would follow that popular post with My Aching Knees. The knee pain I am referring to is located on the front of […]

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