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More and more people are sent for a special imaging test called the magnetic resonance image (MRI). This miracle of physics is able to picture soft tissue like no other. The doctors of old would be astounded to see nerves, blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, and the alike in a living person. In the past, this type of physical assessment was only available at an autopsy. However, these modern marvels have their limitations.
Ten years ago, when I saw the MRI image of my spine, I cried. I cried because I saw those two herniated disc that would change my life forever. That was my life-changing event. Looking back, I realize that my MRI did not change what needed to be done to treat my problem. I did not need surgery. I did not need injections. No matter how many MRI's were done on my spine, none of them would have changed what I needed to do and what would eventually happen.
I see many people who have had multiple MRI's. With the amount of MRI's performed on some people,...
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main stabilizing ligaments in the knee. A tear of the ligament can be partial or complete. It is a serious injury leading to destabilization of the knee. Ligaments are strong, leather-like fibers of connective tissue that enclose a joint. They can be stretched (sprained), or partially or completely torn. A patient can tear one or more ligaments, or ligaments and menisci simultaneously. The degree of damage depends on the direction and magnitude of the injuring force. The most common combination is injury to the medial collateral and the anterior cruciate ligaments, often seen in football after a player is hit from the side. The high incidence of knee injuries from this mechanism led to the abolition of the "crack-back" block in American football. Most ligament tears are caused by severe forces, but the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may be damaged by moderate forces such as landing from a jump. An isolated tear of the anterior...
If you moved more efficiently and with a better posture, would your back pain disappear? Well, some British researchers recently released some more evidence in favor of a movement therapy called the Alexander Technique for the treatment of back pain. For those who have not heard of the Alexander Technique, this is a type of movement therapy that helps to alter the way a person moves and performs tasks like sitting, walking, standing, or other types of movements. Alexander is just one method used to break bad movement habits; Feldenkrais is the other main type of movement therapy.
These movement therapies are favored by performing artists and athletes who seek to optimize the efficiency and fluidity of their performances. Both types are similar in concept, but very different in methods. Because of these differences, Alexander Technique seems better suited for the treatment of back pain than Feldenkrais Technique.
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