How Safe Are Your Pain Medications?
As the “baby boomer” generation enter its Medicare years the prevalence of arthritis and musculoskeletal pain is increasing at an accelerating pace. Some call this epidemic of chronic pain America’s biggest health problem. According to a 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine (part of the National Academy of Sciences) chronic pain will affect at some point 100 million Americans […]
Broccoli and Arthritis
One of These a Day May Keep the Joint Surgeon Away Proper nutrition is part of the treatment program to battle osteoarthritis. Along with physical activity and nutritional supplements, proper eating may help keeping the joints healthy. Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cabbage and particularly plentiful in broccoli. This compound has been found […]
Spinal Fusion Surgery Not Better Than Non-Surgical Care
First, some background: fusion surgeries of the spine are commonly performed in the USA, at a rate that is 2-3 times higher than in any other industrialized nation on Earth. Even within the USA there are extremely high regional variations on the rate of fusion surgeries. Spine surgeons seem to rarely agree on what constitute an indication for fusion surgery. […]