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Just Walk Away from Low Back Pain!

Just Walk Away from Low Back Pain!

In our fast paced world, sometimes it can difficult for those who need it to receive physical therapy for low back pain.  This can be because of fear, poor experience or results with past physical therapy, lack of time, insurance reasons, cost, or a mix of all of the above.  For years I have beenRead More…

Can lifting weights improve bone density at your hips?

Can lifting weights improve bone density at your hips?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (Kerr, D., Ackland, T., Maslen, B., Morton, A., & Prince, R. (1 January 2001) titled Resistance Training over 2 years increases bone mass in calcium-replete postmenopausal women reported the results for 126 postmenopausal women over 2 yearsRead More…

A “Multifaceted” Approach to Back Pain

Do you feel as though you need to turn your entire body to look to one side? Do you wake up with pain in the base of your head and upper back, pain that only gets worse after long car rides or working at a desk all day? Is there an unexplained ringing in yourRead More…

Shrug Off Your Shoulder Pain

Pain across the shoulder blades or weakness in the upper arms could be symptoms of C5 radiculopathy, a condition caused by the malfunction of a nerve in the neck that affects the shoulders and arms. Symptoms include pain of the shoulders and upper arms, and weakness in those areas, especially when you attempt movement. TheRead More…

Are epidural steroid injections safe?

Recent studies have called into question use of epidural steroid injections (ESI) for patients with spinal stenosis. Some patients, whether they required surgery or responded to non-surgical care (i.e. chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, etc.) have seen better long-term outcomes without ESI. (Spine. February 15, 2013, volume 38-Issue 4, pp. 279-291). Two key findings: For all patients inRead More…

Balancing Life and Low Back Pain

Low back pain is common and can result from overuse, muscle strain or injury. It is one of the leading causes of job-related disability and missed work in the United States and is considered chronic when it lasts for more than 12 weeks. One study suggests that trunk balance exercises are especially important for treatingRead More…

Fighting Arthritis? Strengthen Your Muscles

Arthritis may be a joint disease, but strengthening the muscles is an important component in its treatment. That is because a leading cause of limited movement in people with arthritis—especially, for instance, knee arthritis—is the weakening of surrounding muscles, rather than pain, dysfunction or abnormalities in the joint itself. This raises an important question: IsRead More…

Balance Extraordinaire

At Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ we consistently improve our patient’s ability to function in both the athlete and non-athlete.  Once an awhile I like to highlight the combination of an individuals unique skills of speed,agility, balance,and coordination.   Follow this video of an incredibly talented Scotish trick biker named Danny MacAskill!. As anRead More…

Which one of these is a McKenzie Spine Exercise?

Which one of these is a McKenzie Spine Exercise?

Which one of these is a McKenzie Spine Exercise?  Answer: All of them! Many patients have asked “I was told to do McKenzie exercises for my lower back and leg pain.  What is a McKenzie exercise?” Simple Answer: Which ever one reduces or eliminates your pain. If your Physical Therapy prescription for a spinal problemRead More…

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