From Medicine to Fitness to Pain...
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Dr. Vikas Agarwal has added a MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy) certification (aka McKenzie Method) to his skill set. MDT is typically pursued by other health professionals especially physical therapists.
During a recent trip Down Under, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Mark Laslett, a highly regarded and skilled physiotherapist south of Christchurch, New Zealand near the Rangitata River.
You can find out more about Dr. Laslett here: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Mark-Laslett-840670342719483
I learned not only some of his views of pain, especially low back pain, but also how to fish for Kahawai fish!
We were positioned where the Rangitata River meets the Pacific Ocean. Such amazing views...here is a video put together by Dr. Laslett himself:
Omaha Lifestyles 50+ Magazine published an article, "Paindemic; Challenging the Way We Treat Pain."
Digital version here (see page 13):
Our train of thought on how we treat chronic disease is absolutely misdirected in the world of traditional American medicine.
Bravo on Dr. Rangan Chatterjee’s delivery of this critical message:
If you don’t think pain and its treatment is an issue, then look no further than many of the patients and celebrities (e.g. Heath Ledger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andy Irons, Prince Rogers Nelson) who have died from addressing their pain with opioids. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died from opioid overdose, which in many instances is a combination of opioids, benzodiazepines, and/or alcohol.
Unintentional overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death that has now surpassed motor vehicle accidents.
And although there is a huge surge of illegal production and distribution of opioids in the form of carfentanil, heroin, and others, there is no doubt that a massive influx of opioids into medicine cabinets are due to physicians writing the prescriptions. (See DEA Warning about carfentanil posted on 9/23/2016 at https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq092216.shtml)
Opioids not only can lead to death; but, they can generate misuse, abuse, and...
Riordan Clinic is a “not-for-profit 501(c)(3), nutrition-based health facility in Wichita, Kansas. We have integrated lifestyle and nutrition to help you find the underlying causes of your illness. Since our inception in 1975, the mission has been clear and unwavering to ‘…stimulate an epidemic of health.'”
Just the sound of a tear sounds painful but maybe not?
First of all, what is a “labral tear”? The hip socket is like a small cave with a labrum or cartilage/connective tissue lining the inner rim, which is called the acetabulum. The top of the leg, which consists of the femoral head (top of the femur) fits within that little cave and sits next to that acetabulum’s labrum.
There are many patients who complain of hip pain to their physicians, who may then send those patients to receive hip Xrays or MRIs. If a hip joint labral tear is diagnosed by MRI and the patient still has pain, then it is not uncommon to be referred to an orthopedic surgeon who does surgery for labral tears. However, not all patients get better from surgery.
The reality is there are many people with hip joint labral tears but not all of them have pain:
A May 2015 study revealed that of 70 young adult volunteers who had NO pain in their hips, 27 of them (38.6%) had...
In light of this nation’s PAINDEMIC with an ever-increasing use of opioids medications, there is a strong motion by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to decrease the opioid availability to the general public with the recent change in the scheduling of hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid usually used in combination with acetaminophen (e.g. Norco, Vicodin) to help with severe chronic pain or for acute pain, such as after surgery. Hydrocodone was previously a Schedule III drug but now has been changed to Schedule II in the United States as of October 6, 2014. What does that mean? No longer can a patient have a hydrocodone product called in to the pharmacy. The patient must carry the written prescription to the pharmacy to have it filled. This is radically changing the landscape of pain medicine, which will likely continue to evolve.
Many of the opioids out in the public are being used to treat acute and chronic pain. Unfortunately, as many Americans are...
Jason Ward of the Mechanical Care Forum interviewed Dr. Cady regarding the book PAINDEMIC.
The Medical System: Dr. Cady expresses frustrations within the medical system, sharing that many physicians feel stressed out or burned out due to high volume practices. Medical practitioners feel victimized by the system, and she notes that “victims treating victims” is often not a sustainable business model or a successful treatment approach. She speaks to the complexity of the current healthcare system.
Quote: “Pain is usually not life threatening, it is life altering… especially dependent upon how you are viewing it.”
She goes on to explain how pain is often a signal that something may be amiss, but is rarely an emergency situation. She stresses the importance of pain education.
- from the Mechanical Care Forum website
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