Curves of the Back

Some curves of the back are good.  Some are not. It depends on the direction of the curve in relation to the spinal column.  When the spine curves to the side this is abnormal and is sometimes referred to as Scoliosis.  When the curves relate to the spine curving front to back this the natural […]

Congenital Examples

Many congenital deformities of the spine are not associated with any significant problems.  Some do, those that suggest spinal deformity associated with growth. Congenital Scoliosis caused by Hemiverterbra is such a deformity.   Hemiverterbra results because of the failure of the lateral or side half of the vertebral body to form.  This will produce a wedge […]

Herniated Disc

Remember there is a good pain and bad pain when talking about back pain.  Good pain is anything that stays in the low back. Bad pain is anything that runs down the leg.  Usually, bad pain is associated with a herniated disc. Most people with a herniated disc may notice increased difficulty with their daily […]

Child Obesity and Summer

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication journal Preventing Chronic Disease an article on childhood obesity was published June 12, 2014.  The article titled “Accelerated Weight Gain Among Children During Summer Verses School Year and Related Racial/Ethnic Disparities: A Systematic Review” compared seven studies and noticed 6 of the 7 demonstrated a faster […]

Healthy Knee II

Because the knee is a large weight bearing joint it can encounter injuries and pain.  Previously we reviewed the importance of muscle strength and knee range of motion. The way you walk is also important to maintaining a healthy knee.  If you walk with too long of a stride or with your knee in excessive […]

Fall Risk

The fear of falling is the number one reason for decreased mobility in the aging population.  The fear of falling is difficult to overcome, but can be eliminated with proper activities and encouragement. Who is at risk for a fall?  The strongest predictor for falling at a later time is already having fallen. Other risk […]