Category Archives: Treatments

Improving Physical Therapy Practice: One Patient’s View

After 6 years of treatment that included 4 failed courses of physical therapy for chronic neck pain, and 2 failed courses for frozen shoulder and rotator cuff tears in both shoulders, I discovered that my neck and shoulder pain had … Continue reading

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Dear D…

My reply to a support group post from a woman, who was prescribed muscle relaxers and physical therapy. This combination didn’t help after 2 weeks, so her doctor stopped both and prescribed Celebrex instead.  Celebrex seemed to help but she … Continue reading

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Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin help arthritis?

Well designed studies say no (see “Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Arthritis: Benefit is Unlikely” by Stephen Barrett, M.D. at Quackwatch. In brief: the largest and best study, the Gait or Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial, showed virtually no pain relief and … Continue reading

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Two articles of interest for those considering back surgery

A New England Journal of Medicine article–Surgery versus Prolonged Conservative Treatment for Sciatica, Conclusions: “The 1-year outcomes were similar for patients assigned to early surgery and those assigned to conservative treatment with eventual surgery if needed, but the rates of … Continue reading

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