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Does this person have low back pain?

Does this person have low back pain?

Is this person experiencing low back pain? Image provided by Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  JOSPT 2010;40(5):324. doi10.2519/2010.0407. When my patients in Paramus and Ridgewood tell me they are nervous about their MRI results.   I often have to reassure my patients that every physical therapist or physician must match the MRI withRead More…

Preventing Or Reducing Your Low Back Pain

In my paramus physical therapy practice we discuss key components for those recovering or trying to prevent another episode of low back pain.  Here are a few key points: Don’t SIT for greater than 20 minutes at a time Walking program  3x/week for 20-30minutes Make sure your computer work station is ergonomically safe Use aRead More…

Can poor vision give you a headache?

Yes!  My wife had an experience with a series of headaches about 4 years ago.   We consulted with a neurologist who asked whether she had a recent eye exam.  She was convinced she had a brain tumor and did  not want to admit her eyes might be failing her.  Finally, she gave in, andRead More…

Spine Care at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, New Jersey

We are pleased to announce that my colleague Tracey Doyle, staff physical therapist at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ, has recently completed a course on Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy with focus on Lumbar Spine Examination through the McKenzie Institute.  Use of the McKenzie method for spinal examination enables therapists to determine how well patientsRead More…

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Facts on Piriformis Syndrome: *based on a a review  article in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA)* The Piriformis muscle acts chiefly as a hip rotator that  rests over the sciatic nerve and in some cases the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle belly.  Any trauma, inflammation or increase size of this muscleRead More…

Exercise Can Relieve That Aching Back

Back pain is a common complaint, with about 25% of people in the United States reporting low back pain within the previous three months. Back pain often occurs after surgery for a back injury. Other causes include a ruptured disc, osteoporosis, arthritis, lumbar muscle strain and sciatica. A sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy, obesity, smoking and depressionRead More…

Simple Tip to Reduce Low Back Pain

This morning I woke up with severe right lower back pain.  As a paramus physical therapist I always tell my patients to limit the amount of time you sit to less than 30 minutes at a time with any patient who suffers from neck or low back pain.  More often than not patients tell meRead More…

Alternative Approach to Treating Neck Pain

The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy provides consumer information on various conditions.  The following information was published recently on neck pain treatment and provides an effective alternative to direct stretching, mobilization or manipulation of the neck.   Please read the following and feel free to contact me regarding the benefits of this indirectRead More…

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