Blog Posts in 2013

  • Torticollis

    Torticollis means "twisted neck" in Latin. When it occurs in newborns- whether due to positioning in the womb, after a difficult childbirth or other factors- it is called infant torticollis or congenital muscular torticollis (CMT). Usually, there is no pain with CMT; however, treatment is crucial in order to avoid motor development delays, postural deficits or craniofacial deformities. Note: There ...
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  • The Graston Technique: What is it and how is it used in our clinic?

    While some doctors/patients have heard of the Graston Technique® (GT), some have not. With that in mind, the following explains what is and how it is used at our clinic. Scar tissue is a normal response to trauma and part of the healing process, however, the excessive amount associated with injuries, surgeries, and other conditions can lead to a variety of complications ranging from pain, limited ...
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  • CrossFit, is it safe?

    Over the past few months I have seen an increase in the number of patients coming into the office with injuries sustained from a CrossFit or P90X workout. The sudden increase in injuries associated with these high-intensity groups, or extreme conditioning programs, leads many to wonder if they are safe. In my opinion, it can be safe and effective as long as appropriate precautions are taken. Who ...
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  • Does Wearing a Brace Reduce Back Pain?

    I frequently get asked if it’s a good idea to wear a brace for back pain. When you walk into any pharmacy or sporting goods store, you’ll be able to find a variety of lumbar/ back supports.... Because these braces are readily available, it’s tempting to purchase one of these braces in attempt to alleviate pain and discomfort before seeking professional advice. That’s not necessarily a good idea. I ...
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  • Dystonia Dialogue: Dystonia & Today's Physical Therapy

    For many people with dystonia, treatment options can be frustratingly limited. Medications may have side effects that overwhelm the benefits. Botulinum neurotoxin injections typically help, but may only provide partial relief. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an invasive procedure, typically reserved for certain severe forms of dystonia. On the up side, physical therapy is an area in which there ...
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