Injections for Back Pain… But It’s Going Under My Skin?

Previous large studies have suggested that epidural steroid injections provide some short-term alleviation of radiating pain associated with disc herniations or spinal stenosis.  Since a disc herniation has a natural history of improvement, it’s reasonable to consider epidural steroid injections to suppress symptoms while the body heals itself.  Of course for other conditions which seem…

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Time to Move On

It’s time to move on, time to get going What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing But under my feet, baby, grass is growing It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going Tom Petty “Time To Move On” Great advancements in lumbar spine surgery have allowed better outcomes than ever before…

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Are Those Who Cheat, “Cheaters?”

In May 2020, seventy-two first-year West Point cadets cheated on a calculus final. All the accused made the same error on a particular portion of the exam. Fifty-five cadets were found in violation of West Point’s honor codes and enrolled in a rehabilitation program. Some resigned. Some we do not know the outcome. The Academy’s…

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Social Isolation

You may never have guessed, unless you’re Stephen King, that social isolation can have devastating effects on animals. We’ve already observed increased psychiatric dysfunction since COVID-19 quarantine began. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), by June 2020 rates of anxiety were three times higher and depression was four times higher than 2019. Virtual…

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Danish Face Mask Study

You may or may not have recently read the results of the November 2020 Danish face mask study. This was published November 18th, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a much less prestigious journal than say the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Nature or JAMA. You’d figure the only randomized study of its kind…

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