Know Pain, Know Gain-Part 3

Greg Schroeder Back Pain

Let’s imagine you are sitting comfortably in your favorite recliner at home watching your favorite show and an African Lion comes into the room.  Are you going to continue to sit there comfortably watching TV, are you going to think about your posture, will you be considering what you are going to do this weekend or what for dinner tonight?  …

Know Pain, Know Gain-Part 2

Greg Schroeder Back Pain, Uncategorized

Most of us think we have a pretty good idea about pain. We experience it throughout our lives and so we should kind of know how it works, right? WRONG! The basic model of pain we have been taught over the past one of two thousand years was described by Descartes.  This model of pain says that tissue damage = …

Know Pain, Know Gain- Part 1

Greg Schroeder Back Pain

Today I ran into a previous patient whom I treated for 6 weeks for back pain and sciatica.  At the time he came to see me he had been having back pain and sciatica for years, he was using pain medications extensively and was considering back surgery.  His ability to function in his normal work and daily activities was very …

What to do about the out of control cost of treating back and neck pain

Greg Schroeder Back Pain

A recent article published by WebMD reported that in the United States we spend 86 billion dollars per year to treat low back pain and pointed out that despite the growing amount spent disability rates are worsening.  Other source estimate that it’s between $50 and 100 billion for back pain alone. In fact, back pain is the number one reason …

Education from a Physical Therapist Before Back Surgery May Reduce Cost, Improve Outcomes

Greg Schroeder Back Pain

While physical therapists are known as hands-on, movement specialists, evidence is beginning to suggest their ability to teach can improve outcomes and reduce health care costs as well. A recent study published in the journal Spine (Preoperative pain neuroscience education for lumbar radiculopathy – August 15, 2014, followed a group of individuals who were undergoing surgery of the lumbar spine. …

Are Doctors Good at Managing Back Pain?

baw Back Pain

A new research report published recently found that most physician are doing a poor job following published guidelines for managing back pain. Too many opiod medications and not enough Physical Therapy is being recommended. A recent piece done by NBC sheds light on this problem. When the initial treatment for back pain is wrong the chance of chronic pain, narcotic …

Back Pain

baw Back Pain

All physical therapists are prepared through education and experience to treat people who have low back pain. However, when choosing a Physical Therapist to treat your low back you may want to consider the following: 1. A physical therapist who is experienced in treating people with orthopedic, or musculoskeletal, problems. 2. A physical therapist who is a board-certified clinical specialist …