Grant Cooper, M.D., Health Professional

Grant Cooper is a board certified, fellowship-trained physician who specializes in the non-operative treatment of spine, joint and muscle pain. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Osteoarthritis.

How to Tell if Neck Pain Is Neck Arthritis

Imagine holding a bowling ball all day, everyday, over your head. Can you feel your shoulder muscles getting sore? Can you imagine walking to work, sitting at your computer, cleaning your house, playing with your kids, and all the time holding that b...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

Can Spinal or neck arthritis lead to headaches?

One of the best-studied musculoskeletal problems is chronic neck pain. The most common cause of chronic neck pain is facet joint disease. The facet joints are the small joints in the spine. They act as hinge joints, allowing flexion and resisting to ...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

Core Strengthening to Relieve Back Pain & Spinal Arthritis

One of the most important things you can do for your lower back is keep your core strong and integrated with your spine. I’ll explain. Have you ever seen a large sailboat? Picture the mast on the boat. What is attached to it? Riggings. Lots and lots ...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

How Your Posture Can Cause (and Affect) Arthritis

Posture, both good and bad, absolutely can have an impact on osteoarthritis. How does bad posture affect osteoarthritis? Chronic bad posture places abnormal chronic stresses on your body. These stresses make it harder for your muscles to take the pre...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

Advocating for Yourself At The Doctor's Office

This is a common question that I hear from patients, family, and friends. Going to the doctor’s office can be an intimidating experience. For one, if you are going to the doctor, there is a good chance that you are not feeling well. But even if you a...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

Brand Name Vs. Generic Arthritis Pain Relievers

Should I take brand name or generic medication for my osteoarthritis symptoms? Medications in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If a drug company says that its drug has a certain amount of medication in it, th...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

Don't work through joint pain when exercising!

In the past few months it seems that I have had more and more patients coming to me for a new visit who have a similar story. The story is something like this: I went to my doctor because my knee was aching. My doctor took an x-ray and told me I had ...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

Depression's Affect on Arthritis and Joint Pain

If I am depressed, will my osteoarthritis get worse? There is no doubt that there is a connection between the mind and the body. For example, when thoughts come into your head, your body physically reacts in certain patterns. If you are speeding down ...
Grant Cooper, M.D.

Vitamin E and the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Does Vitamin E help the symptoms of osteoarthritis? There has been a fair amount of talk and controversy surrounding vitamin E and its potential effect on everything from heart disease to cataracts to Alzheimer’s disease to cancer. Does vitamin E hel...
Grant Cooper, M.D.