I don’t know how some doctors do it. Most oncologists have never had cancer. Most orthopedic surgeons have never gone under the knife. Few therapists have ever fought overseas and experienced post traumatic stress disorder. It must be hard to have empathy if you’ve never experienced the condition for yourself.
Recently, a media report proposed a link between supplementing with fish oil and prostate cancer. This was put out on all the major media outlets. It was in newspapers, magazines, and on the morning news. Why not? The media has one job: attract eyeballs. Plenty of people take fish oil and everybody is afraid of getting cancer so the media was falling over themselves to push this story out to an unknowing public. But is there any merit to this claim that fish oil may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer? Absolutely not.
“I’m starting a new diet.”
When I hear these these words, I shudder…because diets don’t work. First of all, the term “going on a diet” implies that the change is short term. (A diet is like a train…if you go on you probably plan to get off, right?)
Steroid injections are a very commonly used tool in the medical community for dealing with lower back pain, but does this seemingly safe practice have a downside? Well, according to a recent study, steroid injections may pose an increased risk of vertebral fracture in older adults. In other words, a broken back.
Guess what the number one excuse I get when patients neglect to do their exercises or continually miss appointments?
“Not enough time”
Have you ever gotten out of a car after several straight hours of driving and felt like your back was as stiff as a board? Now imagine if you already have an underlying spinal issue. This magnifies this effect greatly. Let’s face it: the human spine was not designed to sit hunched over a steering wheel for hours at a time.
I know, I know. Although it is now officially “spring,” it doesn’t feel like it in West Michigan. But spring sports are getting ramped up, regardless. Fields are literally being plowed for soccer tryouts. I’ve seen kids out jogging in slushy streets to get ready for track season. I have already seen some high school kids with injuries that were caused during their first few days of practice. The risk of this happening increases if they didn’t play a winter sport. Here are some tips to help prevent some of these problems from showing up in the first place.