2 Road Blocks When Dealing With Pain: Beliefs And Behaviors

A common question I get anytime we have some success with a patient is, “will the pain come back?” The answer is… maybe. Inadequate sleep, your hobbies (running, lifting weights), your diet, your job, certain postures, your weight can all cause your symptoms to return. The list goes on and on. Identifying what things contribute […]

Pain in the brain: What does it mean?

  Buckle up for a nerdy post, Renegades.   We talk ad nauseam about understanding pain. This subject is important to us, because no matter how often we discuss pain science with our patients, there are always a handful of people who say the same thing.   “So you’re saying that the pain I feel […]

A life without pain?

“I would like to make a plea. A plea to stop framing pain as the enemy, a thing to be battled, defeated, beat, eradicated. A thing not to be tolerated, to be vilified and stamped out. Perhaps our emphasis on pain as evil, pain as punishment, pain as suffering is only serving to make pain […]

Rehab Renegade Inner Circle Reads- 3/18/17

I am going to be honest (but when are the Rehab Renegades not?). I have a strong man crush on each of the people in this blog post + 1 bonus post from an inspiring woman. We want our readers to become knowledgeable and we realize that means more than producing blogs- so here is […]

What the F***?

“What the F***?!” I find myself repeating this phrase over and over in clinic. My patients routinely share laundry lists of beliefs and false information related to back pain. Most of the time these ideas are adopted from the media, friends, and more often than not, medical providers. Most of these adopted beliefs only worsen symptoms […]

SLEEP: The forgotten link to CHRONIC PAIN and a host of other diseases

Let me start off by saying that I love helping people get to the bottom of what is causing their pain, but too often I see people overlook their general health. At some point in my physical therapy evaluation, I will discuss sleep, nutrition, exercise, and self-care strategies when trying to eliminate pain. More often […]

Back Pain? Strengthen Your Brain

Currently reading: Explain Pain by D. Butler, L. Moseley   Picture this: It started as an ache, a small discomfort in your low back after a long day at the office.  No biggie, you think, this will be gone by lunchtime.  But it doesn’t leave.  Two years and five doctor visits later you’re stuck in […]

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