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Posted: July 11, 2015 at 9:43am

A generation ago it was expected that you would spend your golden years in a rocking chair on the porch. Now we demand more.

Half of your friends, family, and co-workers are telling you to do less. If it hurts to sit, then you should sit less. If it hurts to stand or walk, then you should stand or walk less. Just do less and less, less and less often which... read more

Posted: June 8, 2014 at 8:14pm

~~Modern medical science has finally developed an effective alternative to endless injections or simply living with the pain - Spinal Decompression Therapy.


Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain especially when accompanied by radicular leg pain, a condition commonly known as sciatica. They have been used... read more

Posted: April 6, 2014 at 12:00pm

Osteoarthritis (OA), Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), degenerative arthritis, osteophytes, arthrosis, spondylosis, hypertrophy, sclerosis, stenosis, sciatica, desiccation - and several other scary terms, all boil down to a single word - arthritis.


There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The word comes from the Greek  "arthro" for joint and the... read more

Posted: February 13, 2014 at 6:42pm

What changed? Chronic back and neck pain used to be a condition that impacted primarily the elderly from what was thought to be the inevitable result of advanced age; today, younger and younger patients present with Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).

When I began practice over 30 years ago degenerative changes of the spine were not even considered to be a... read more

Posted: January 22, 2014 at 6:53pm

Of course you can live with the pain, it's the effects of the stress you can't live with. How many times have you heard that stress causes health problems? Modern medical science finally has an answer.

I'm not going to argue that you can't live with back pain. Of course you can. For proof just look in the mirror. There is a long list of various maladies that... read more

Posted: January 6, 2014 at 11:17am

Attempts to counter the effects of gravity to relieve back pain and neck pain is not a new thing. Traction in one form or another has been employed for centuries to achieve just that.

As a back specialist I'm asked this question almost weekly, or "right regular" as they say in the country parts of North Carolina,... read more

Posted: January 6, 2014 at 11:11am

Exercise is any physical activity that gets your body moving, and when it comes to exercise any exercise is better than no exercise.

The latest publication on this topic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that states that a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of combined... read more