Disc Herniations: Choose the Letters “PT” Before “MD”

Disc Herniations: Choose the Letters “PT” Before “MD”

Slip a disc? Back “go out”? Unfortunately, back pain is very common and ~60-80% of us will deal with it at some point.  Disc Herniations are one of the most common causes of back pain. Why? Because our body mechanics, core stability, posture and overall movement patterns are not what they used to be. We are sitters who then participate in very intense exercise. OR, we are sitters who sit a little more while watching TV at home. Moderate exercise is not the fad these days.

But one day you go to put on your pants or teach your kid how to ride a bike without training wheels and your back “goes out.” These simple activities have now caused extreme pain. For clarification, nothing slips or goes out in your back. But, the initial pain does feel like something might be broken back there. The good news? Most disc herniations will heal on their own without any surgical intervention.

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Blog Talk with Lori Duncan – Piriformis Syndrome (Episode 2)

Blog Talk with Lori Duncan – Piriformis Syndrome (Episode 2)

Blog Talk. A Video Podcast of Physical Therapy, Healthy Movement and Patient Stories. Episode 2 is dedicated to another popular Blog Post: Piriformis Syndrome: It’s Not About the Tennis Ball . If you don’t do anything else expect read this one sentence: throw away that tennis ball and stop stretching! This episode gives visual life to… Continue Reading

Blog Talk with Lori Duncan – Hip Labral Tears (Episode 1)

Blog Talk with Lori Duncan – Hip Labral Tears (Episode 1)

Blog Talk. A Video Podcast of Physical Therapy, Healthy Movement and Patient Stories. Episode 1 is dedicated to one of the most popular Blog Posts: FAI- Hip Labral Tear: Is It Surgery Worthy?  I receive a lot of emails and comments (which I do love), but many of you have the same questions. This Video… Continue Reading

Muscle Atrophy: Unexplained Body Pain

Muscle Atrophy: Unexplained Body Pain

The X-ray is normal. The MRI is negative. Every doctor visit leads you to more confusion and less answers as they say: “I’m not sure why you’re in pain.” So, they move you along. Not because they don’t care, but likely because they may not know. If the diagnostic tests, medical screens, blood work-up and… Continue Reading

Breathing: Are you REALLY breathing?

Breathing: Are you REALLY breathing?

Breathing is one of the most natural things we are designed to do. Yet, we complicate it. We should breathe in, breathe out. Simple. But are you really using the primary breathing muscle? What is the quality of your breath? Is it deep? Shallow? Low? High? There is a lot of poor information circulating in regards… Continue Reading

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