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Multimodal Therapy for Multimechanistic Pain

To a patient, pain is pain. But to clinicians, it is important to understand the underlying pain mechanisms in order to find the appropriate modalities for pain control.1 Pain can be divided into two broad categories: physiological (nociception, inflammation) and pathological (neuropathic). Nociceptive pain occurs when there is an injury at the periphery (for example, hitting your thumb with a …

What I’ve learned from Dr. James Andrews

One of the most influential people in my career has no doubt been Dr. James Andrews. Many know Dr. Andrews as one of the most prolific and acclaimed orthopedic surgeons of our generation. Heck, he’s been named the Most Influential Man in Sports, which is pretty impressive for someone on the medical side of sports. But I’m pretty fortunate to …

Mike Reinold PT

Mike Reinold

PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, Co-Founder and President of Champion Physical Therapy and Performance

Tips for Improving Tissue Quality and Health

In the video below, Dr. Kelly Starrett discusses how tissue quality and tissue health can be improved by using the TimTam Power massager to re-perfuse tissues that may not have the blood flow or nutrients they need to be healthy. Perfusion is the passage of fluid through the circulatory system or lymphatic system to an organ or a tissue, usually referring …

Pain Specialists Awareness of Topical Analgesics and Their Use in Pain Control

Joseph V. Pergolizzi1,2*, Robert B. Raffa3, Robert Taylor4, Charles Fleischer4, Gianpietro Zampogna4, Lynn Nopper5, Frank DiLorenzo5, Clay M. Duval4, Alana N. Edun4, Jasmine Salamara5 1Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA 2Department of Pharmacology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA 3Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA, USA 4NEMA …

How Do You Define Fitness for your Patients?

Fitness means different things to different people. The bodybuilder looks at muscle mass and physique as a measure of fitness, but may ignore cardiovascular endurance. The grandmother who wants to be strong enough to lift her grandchild may ignore the flexibility required to reach over the crib without hurting her back. The triathlete looks at the ability to perform endurance …

Ed Le Cara RockTape Master Instructor

Dr. Ed Le Cara

DC, PhD, MBA, ATC, CSCS, Board Certified in Rehabilitation, Board Certified in Sports Medicine

Introduction to OxyRub PRO

Pain is one of the most frequent reasons that people seek out a healthcare professional,1 but finding an optimal and effective solution to painful conditions still remains a challenge. Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr., a world-renowned pain specialist based in Florida, understands the limitations of current analgesic products. Even relatively mild analgesic products available over the counter carry with them serious …

Is the scapula truly meant to be stable?

SCAPULAR STABILIZERS In this post we’ll “dissect” the scapular stabilizers, and we’ll discuss why they should first be looked at from a mobility standpoint. When we talk about the shoulder, we need to consider a group of muscles called the scapular stabilizers. Actually the term “stabilizers” is a bit of a misnomer. Nothing about the scapula is truly meant to …

Sue Falsone PT

Sue Falsone

PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US

JAMA Study: Opioids No Better Than Nonopioids

JAMA Study: Opioids No Better Than Nonopioids in Improving Pain-Related Function, Intensity for Chronic Back Pain, Hip/Knee OA In brief: 240 patients with chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain were divided into 2 treatment groups: 1 group received opioids, 1 group received nonopioid medications After 12 months, researchers found no differences between the groups’ reported improvement in …

Exercise program proven to stimulate TMJ musculature… will also make you look younger

If you were to look under the layers of facial tissue, you would see bundles of thin threads. These threaded bundles of muscle are attached to your skeletal frame on one end and integrate themselves into your facial tissue along their entire extent. The support system holds your entire facial structure together and makes you look like “you.” Research has …

How does blood flow restriction training really work?

Blood flow restriction training, or BFR training, is an exercise modality that uses a manipulation of the body’s circulatory system in combination with lightweight exercise to achieve training results similar to high intensity strength training (traditional heavy weight lifting). Key advantages of the system are: Light weights = less risk of muscle strain or joint injury Light loads = less …