Category Archives for Joint Health / Pain

What’s a Good Mattress for a Bad Back?

We spend close to one-third of our life in bed. Well, some of us do. For the rest of us, the night is not a pleasant experience. In fact, nearly 75% of Americans report that they have sleep problems at

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Take This Before You Run, Ski, Bike At Your Own Risk

“Eight?” “Yeah, usually. Eight” “And then what happens ?” “Well, I feel okay. I mean, I can ski.” “And if you don’t take it?” “Can’t

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Is This A Good Exercise for Lower Back Pain?

I received a question from a reader asking me about her back trouble and an exercise called the “triple threat”. Because the email had several things we could learn from, I’m answering

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Put a Lid on Kneecap Pain

For such a small bone, the patella (kneecap) seems to cause a lot of problems. Pain under the patella (or around it) carries many names: patellofemoral pain syndrome, retropatellar pain syndrome, runner’s

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What Leonardo da Vinci Can Teach You About Stretching Your Hamstrings

You begin your day stretching…on the advice of your doctor and therapist. Over the past few months, your lower back has ached and you’re stiff as a 2 x 4 in the morning. The problem it seems, as

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Can You Beat Back Pain With These Five Exercises?

One day, my wife, Ellen, came home and said, “Hey I brought something home for you.” I’m thinking, “Hmmm, iPad maybe? New book? Head phones?” And she hands me a flier to a

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Knee Caps, Knee Pain and Bending the Narrative

Several years ago, a friend of mine said to me, “I’m really concerned about you.” “Yeah? Why is that? What are you concerned about?” I replied. “Because you have hair

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Why Some Exercises Are Riskier Than Others

I had come to a stop in traffic. I turned my head to the left and there, in a street front shop with large glass windows, was a fitness center. What I saw through the window was a man, maybe 60ish in years,

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Clocks, Clouds, and Meniscus Tears

In 1966, scientist / philosopher Karl Popper wrote an essay entitled, “Of Clouds and Clocks”.  He believed that studying physical systems could be divided into two categories: clocks or clouds. Clocks

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How to Swing Your Way to A Less Painful Hip

A reader sent me a question regarding how to apply the concept of low load, high volume repetition that we often use for knee pain to the hip. Here’s his question and my reply. “I am looking

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