Archive for April 2009

Survey Says!

April 24, 2009

[originally published in KCN, May 2009]

family_feudAs I read the recent press release of the survey on back pain conducted by Consumer Reports from 14,000+ of its subscriber base, I flashed back to the Richard Dawson-version of the Family Feud from the 1970’s. This was a TV game show in which two families were pit against one another to come up with the most popular responses to “survey-type” questions. Richard would start the battle by shouting, “Let’s play the Feud!”


A Tough Pill to Swallow

April 20, 2009

toughpill-1[originally published in KCN, January 1999]

The newspapers, television, and radio remind us every now and again about the leading causes of death in our society.  So much in fact, that it is pretty much common knowledge that the number one killer in the United States is…you guessed it, heart disease.  Number two and three might take a little more head scratching, but if cancer and stroke come to mind, you’d be correct.  But what about number four?  Nobody ever talks about number FOUR. (more…)

My Doctor Said It Would Go Away

April 13, 2009

Doctor - Medical History

[originally published in KCN, November 1998]

It is not uncommon for low back pain sufferers to be told by their medical doctors not to worry, the pain will go away on its own.  Unfortunately, words like these bear little comfort to someone down for the count with lumbago.  Like it or not, it’s a common “truth” in the medical arena.  An article published in the medical journal Spine, just over ten years ago, stated, “80-90% of attacks of low back pain recover in about six weeks, irrespective of administration or type of treatment.”  More recently,  back pain guidelines published out of Australia touted similar verbiage:  back pain patients should be “given the assurance that they will recover naturally.”  In a way, I guess this line of thinking sort of fits with our human nature and is somewhat comforting.  It’s much easier to ignore the gigantic gray elephant sitting in your living room, than to face the fact that something might actually be wrong.  “Maybe it will just ‘go away.’”


Tunnel Vision

April 6, 2009

[originally published in KCN, October 1998]

tunnel-vision-1It’s been tagged as the surgery of the decade.  Its prevalence has nearly doubled in the past ten years.  Its gained  recognition as the most common peripheral nerve entrapment neuropathy in the United States.  And more and more workers’ compensation claims are being filed for it.

I’m talking about a condition that is well known to many people — carpal tunnel syndrome.


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