Tom Willemann Health Tips

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Abnormal findings on an Lumbar MRI? Should I Worry?

In a recent study the frequency of abnormal findings in patients over  60 years of age were looked at in patients without pain or symptoms: 36% had herniated disc 21% had spinal stenosis 90% degenerated or bulging disc An important sentence on most MRI reports cautions that “findings should be correlated with clinical findings”.  AllRead More…

Ease That Nagging Back Pain

Your back is killing you, and the last thing you want to do is exert yourself. Unfortunately, for most cases of back pain, lying around in bed can only make the problem worse. Numerous studies have shown that exercise improves back pain, and the more regularly you engage in physical activity, the better. Exercise alsoRead More…

How do you test for a Sacroiliac joint (SI) Problem?

At Apex we use a Mckenzie Lumbar Evaluation to rule out a lumbar problem and hip testing prior to testing the Sacroiliac Joint.  If the lumbar and hip joints don’t appear to be a source of pain we then perform a series of five Sacroiliac Joint clinical tests to rule out whether we have a sacroiliac problem. TheRead More…

McKenzie Spine Course

I recently took an advanced spine course from the McKenzie Spine Institute in Harrisburg, PA.   It is based on a comprehensive evaluation of your movement patterns.  The approach attempts to establish which patterns can reduce the patient symptoms for various musculoskeletal conditions including the extremities.  Some of the things that I like about theRead More…

Lecture on Understanding Low Back Pain

As part of the APEX ORTHOPEDIC REHABILITATION HEALTH SERIES we are sending out a reminder about our next talk titled UNDERSTANDING LOW BACK PAIN.  This is a great opportunity to learn about Low Back Pain in a relaxed forum followed by an informal question and answer period.  Learn about Low Back Pain in both preventionRead More…

Physical Therapy: An Alternative to Back Surgery

Physical Therapy: An Alternative to Back Surgery

It may seem counterintuitive for a surgeon to recommend physical therapy instead of back surgery, but lumbar fusion is not appropriate for everyone. Many people suffering from back pain can benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy can strengthen the back and move the protruding disk away from the affected nerve. Pain management procedures may relieveRead More…

Low Back Pain and Bed Rest

Be careful about too much bed rest. Multiple studies show more than 2-3 days of bed rest for patients who have low back pain actually  demonstrate a greater loss of range of motion and are weaker than patients who remained active as soon as possible without increasing their symptoms. Other studies demonstrate pain levels ofRead More…

Tips on Low Back Pain

When you initially develop low back pain a few questions come up.    Do I need bed rest?  What exercises should  I perform?  What pain should I seek help for immediately?  Here is a few facts and tips about low back pain for the first six weeks: More than two days of bed rest is often more harmful thanRead More…

Concussions Call for Caution

Concussions Call for Caution

Concussions result from a blow to the head that causes the brain to be shaken inside the skull. Especially among children and young adults who participate in impact sports, such as football or basketball, concussions can be quite common. However, because concussions are often described as “mild,” we may forget that they are significant brainRead More…

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