Category Archives: Wellness Tips

Stretching Is Not A Warm-Up

At the beginning of softball season I say to my teammates, "Okay, let's get warmed up," and they immediately start to stretch. No, no, no! A warm up is moving the body through big ranges of motion to increase blood flow to the muscles and lubricate the joints. It could be jogging, skipping, walking lunges…
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Once known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, now referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), this nerve-associated pain syndrome can happen after an injury as simple as an ankle sprain. Clinically, although it is rare, we have seen it after surgeries. The hands are the most common sites, followed by knees, feet and ankles. Symptoms…
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What’s Causing Your Neck and Arm Pain?

We have had a rash of patients with neck and arm pain. Carpal tunnel (wrist) pain can be confused with pain that originates at the neck. What we are seeing has to do with what we call an "upper cross" syndrome. The muscles of the chest (pectoralis) and neck (scalenes) are shortened pulling the head…
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If The Shoe Fits

Your most important clothing is your shoes. Properly fit shoes support the arch, cushion the heel and give room for the mid-foot to spread. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to skin breakdown, create toe and foot deformities and lead to falls. One survey shows that up to 90% of women wear shoes two sizes too small,…
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Earthquakes in Bones Warn of Impending Fractures

Interesting research is coming out of Purdue University regarding detecting stress fractures. These tiny fractures often occur in the feet and leg bones of soldiers, athletes, dancers and race horses. They may also occur to persons with osteoporosis. Stress fractures are too small to show up on xray until they begin to heal so diagnostics…
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World Class Treatment Right Here at the Club!

2007 I just returned from World Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan as part of the U.S. medical staff. Our U.S. athletes set a medal record for World Championships of 26 total and 14 gold medals. Let me talk about the routine that most of the running athletes had in order to perform at…
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Scapular Disorders

The scapula is the foundation of the shoulder joint. What happens to the scapula affects the shoulder joint and vice versa. The scapula is a well vascularized bone that is attached to the rib cage by muscles. It can move in many directions, but it becomes problematic when it becomes protracted due to tight or…
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Olympic Style Treatment

September, 2008 I just got back from a month in China, working with our track and field athletes as part of the US medical staff. One thing that I didn’t have ready in my repertoire at the Olympics was a stretch routine for the hips and legs. Before each running athlete went to compete, they…
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Your Old Friend “Arthur”itis

Arthritis is a term used to describe many diseases, the two most common being osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OA affects more than 20 million Americans and is a degenerative joint problem. RA is an autoimmune disorder that affects the joints as well as breathing and circulation of 2 million Americans. Differences between Osteoarthritis…
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Flat Feet Can Be A Problem

You know the old adage "the ankle bone's connected to the knee bone." Well, think for a minute what happens if you have flat feet. There is an automatic internal rotation of the weight bearing bone (tibia) of the lower leg because of the fallen arch in the foot. The tibia is also the weight…
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