Lumbar Spine Decompression vs. Fusion

STUDY DEMONSTRATES A SIMPLE DECOMPRESSION IS AS EFFECTIVE, CHEAPER AND SAFER IN STANDARD CASES OF LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS WHEN COMPARED TO LUMBAR FUSION Two studies recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine compared surgical outcomes…

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Study Shows Benefits of Epidural Injections for Chronic Spine Pain

In a study published in Pain Physician (2015;18:E939-E1004), researchers analyzed 52 randomized controlled studies to determine effectiveness of epidural injections.  After review of publications over the past 50 years, the authors concluded…

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Let’s Discuss Your Lumbar Spine MRI Results

It is well documented that back pain is the most common cause of missed work and the second cause of physician visits in the United States.  Annual costs of well in excess of 100 billion dollars.  Lumbar spine MRI scans are commonly ordered…

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Stem Cell Treatment of Discogenic Back Pain Shows Encouraging Results

Stem Cell Treatment of Discogenic Back Pain Shows Encouraging Results   With annual costs of low back pain in the United States estimated at one hundred billion dollars annually, there is motivation for ongoing research to provide better…

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Weight Loss Can Slow Knee Cartilage Degeneration

Weight Loss Can Slow Knee Cartilage Degeneration Degenerative joint disease is a significant cause of pain and functional limitation in the United States.  Obesity and its associated mechanical loads on the knee accelerate the degenerative…

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To Tackle Or Not To Tackle

Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics addressed the issue of tackling in youth football.  As a result of some serious injuries, there have been calls to ban tackling in youth football.  The Academy recommended instruction of proper…

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Congratulations Fort Wayne Physical Medicine

Congratulations to Fort Wayne Physical Medicine on 15 years in practice!!

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Lumbar Fusion Outcomes in the Work Comp Setting

Lumbar Fusion Outcomes in the Work Comp Setting The state of Washington performed a retrospective study of injured workers who underwent lumbar fusion.  There were 1,950 eligible claimants who underwent surgery.  The study was prompted by…

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September is Pain Awareness Month

Nearly 100,000,000 Americans experience chronic pain.  That number is greater than the total of individuals who have cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.  Over 80% of people with chronic pain indicate that their basic level of function is…

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The Use of Activity Monitors

Activity monitors are wearable devices that measure and record a person's level of activity. These devices measure multiple variables including heart rate, distance walked or run, calories burned, and even quality of sleep. These devices can…

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