Category: Physiatry


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome can present as numbness and tingling in the thumb and first three fingers of the hand. It can also be associated with pain in the wrist. Often it is worse with activities such as sleeping, driving or reading a book. Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome may include the following: Diabetes Thyroid disease […]


Core Strengthening

Core strengthening is a common exercise refrain these days. Also referred to as spinal stabilization exercises, core strengthening target the abdominal and low back muscles with a variety of exercises. The goal of these exercises is to prevent back injury and/or decrease low back pain.  A strong core acts as a natural back brace decreasing […]


Whiplash Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles, ligaments and tendons resulting from an acceleration-deceleration force.  Bones, discs and joints of the cervical spine can also be injured.  Whiplash most frequently occurs as the result of a rear-end or side-impact motor vehicle collision in which the head and neck of the front vehicle occupant are […]


Resistance Exercise

Resistance exercise, also referred to as strength training, if essential for everyone. Researchers at the Buck Institute for Age Research found that the muscles of older adults were, on average, about 59 percent weaker than those of the younger subjects. There was also a dramatic decline in the capacity of muscle mitochondria to produce energy. […]


Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the central canal of the spinal column that affects approximately 8-11% of individuals in the United States.  The most common cause is degenerative changes that occur within the spine including the joints, ligaments and discs.  Another common cause of spinal stenosis is called spondylolisthesis.  Spondylolisthesis occurs when one […]


Myofascial Pain

Myofascial pain affects a majority of people with chronic pain. Physiatrists are experts at diagnosing and treating trigger points found in myofascial pain.



Radiculopathy refers to any condition that affects the nerve roots as they leave the spine. The most common cause of radiculopathy is compression which results in inflammation of the nerve roots. Compression may be from a herniated disc, narrowing of the spinal canal or cysts from the joints of the spine. Although relatively rare, there […]


Compression Fractures

Compression fractures of the spine occur when a loading force compresses the vertebral bodies resulting in loss of height of at least one level. This can occur from trauma such as a fall, car accident, or work accident. But it can also occur with relatively little force – for example stepping off a curb or […]


Herniated Disc

A lumbar herniated disc occurs when the material inside of the disc (nucleus pulposus) protrudes out of the outer fibrous layers of the disc (annulus fibrosus). This can occur from traumatic causes like a motor vehicle accident, falling from high up, lifting heavy objects or playing contact sports. Herniated discs have also been known to […]


Back Pain Basics

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for people to see their doctor. Studies show that 80-90% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and 1-2% of adults in the U.S. are disabled because of low back pain. Fortunately though, most of these cases of back pain are […]


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