Put in some sweat equity, choose the right therapist, and you’ll get big benefits for little coin. [Read more…] about 5 Ways to Stretch Your Therapy Dollars
Has someone suggested needling or injection of your muscles or joints? The question I got recently from a former patient opened up a whole can of worms. [Read more…] about Prolotherapy and Needling Therapies
You’d think that for all that we pay, the governmental oversight to avoid “fraud, waste, and abuse” would be professional, upstanding, and streamlined. Think again. [Read more…] about What a Medicare Appeal Looks Like
Has a surgeon recommended knee arthroscopy as a treatment for your arthritis? Confused? Read this commentary for clarification. [Read more…] about Knee OA: To Scope or Not To Scope?
Know the top words and phrases associated with healthcare hype, fads, and frauds! [Read more…] about 5 Sure Signs of Healthcare Hype
If you have a high deductible, a “Cash Discount” sounds like something that could save you money…but the devil is in the details, as the saying goes. [Read more…] about Can I Just Pay the Cash Discount Price?
In this world of intense marketing and endless choices, people are always attempting to re-brand, or even un-brand themselves. Looking online for a church a few years ago, I found that many appeared at first to be non-denominational, but were in fact, part of a mainstream denomination. For reasons known only to them, they had dropped the denomination from their name, or buried it under the “What We Believe” page. The same is becoming more and more true of health care providers and products. [Read more…] about “Faux-sical Therapy”
Patients will hear me say over and over “MRI is really only for surgical planning. If you’re ready for surgery, then you need an MRI.” It doesn’t tell you “what’s wrong” or tell us if you need surgery or not. I ran into a research study today that demonstrates my point. [Read more…] about Don’t I Need an MRI?
Chronic or acute inflammation of the shoulder can result in stiffness of the shoulder capsule, severe pain, and occasionally severely limited motion. While treatment of a stiff/frozen shoulder can be very painful, it is generally not terribly complicated and improves in a reliable fashion. Physical therapy can also serve prepare the patient for consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, by restoring optimal shoulder flexibility, strength and function. Because normalized passive motion is a prerequisite to successful RTC repair, even patients with a diagnosed RTC will benefit from skilled physical therapy intervention. [Read more…] about Management of Stiff/Frozen Shoulder
Athletic tape, acupuncture needles, and a TheraBand Flexbar. What do they have in common? Combining old school, ancient and new age treatments can save money and provide better patient satisfaction. [Read more…] about Old School Ancient New Age Combo