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RECENT ADVANCES IN TREATMENT OF SACROILIAC (SI) JOINT DYSFUNCTION

Within the past few years, there has been a resurgence in the recognition of the sacroiliac (SI) joint as a potential source of low back pain.  For instance, up to 25% of patients presenting to a spine clinic have been found to have significant pain contribution from the hip or SI joint. 1   Much of [...]


MASSAGE THERAPY STYLES & BENEFITS

Rick Johnson, LMT is one of VTFC’s massage therapists; here he shares his personal story of how massage therapy helped him overcome lower back and hip pain.   As a lifelong avid golfer (my wife would say obsessive) I have experienced many low back pain episodes. This eventually became a chronic, day to day, condition [...]


TRUE STORY: RUDY UNDERWENT A LUMBAR FUSION TO GET BACK TO THE LIFE HE LOVES

True Story: After an initial diagnosis of lumbar pain had been successfully treated with injections two years previously, another bout of back pain occurred in large part from overly strenuous exercise and weight-training. At a point where my life and work were significantly restricted, I started looking for other options.  I narrowed my search for [...]


TRUE STORY: OFFICER MCKNIGHT UNDERWENT CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY TO RETURN TO HIS ACTIVE LIFESTYLE AS A SHERIFF

True Story: At 32 years of age, Officer McKnight suffered from both low back and neck pain and numbness that radiated down his right arm and into his hand.  He also experienced decreased dexterity and difficulties with balance.  An MRI of Officer McKnight’s cervical spine revealed spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the space around the [...]


TRUE STORY: OFFICER PETER M. EXPERIENCED BACK PAIN FOR YEARS; AFTER TWO SURGERIES, HE IS BACK TO FULL TIME DUTY!


UNCOVER THE SOURCE OF THAT LOW BACK PAIN. LOOK NO FURTHER, IT COULD BE YOUR SACROILIAC “SI” JOINT .

Low back pain is a symptom that can occur as the result of many disorders including degenerative disc disease, arthritis, trauma, pregnancy, and sacroiliac (“SI joint”) joint disruption or dysfunction. For some patients the SI joint can cause mild to severe low back pain and even mimic the symptoms typically seen with a lumbar disc [...]


CAUSES OF LOW BACK PAIN DURING MENSTRUATION & 8 TIPS TO MINIMIZE THIS MONTHLY OCCURENCE

Menstruation can consist of abdominal pain, bloating, and headaches for most women. In addition to the typical symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle, some women also suffer from low back pain. This low back pain can range from a subtle annoyance to debilitating pain during those days of the month. The pain experienced is typically [...]


DOES SMOKING FLARE UP LOW BACK PAIN?

Almost everyone knows that smoking is associated with diseases, such as lung cancer and emphysema. But, it’s surprising that most people are not aware of the correlation between smoking and other conditions, like low back pain. Recent studies show a stronger link between smoking and lower back pain. Furthermore, lumbar disc degeneration and lumbar arthritis [...]