Health Blog

Vacuuming, a risky activity after back injury

January 18th, 2017

While it seems like a harmless house chore, vacuuming can be an irritating activity following a back injury. Throughout my career I’ve seen countless patients exacerbate their back problem because they felt well enough to “do some things around the house.” The problem results from a combination of trunk rotation (twisting) and forward bending, used

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The mileage bucket

January 8th, 2017

My number for last year was 2770. That’s the total number of miles I ran in 2016. It’s an increase of over 600 miles from the previous year, which is good. A couple of years ago, I went through old running logs and added up annual mileage over recent years. The numbers revealed a positive

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Over time we become what we do, so get up and move!

December 17th, 2016

The step counter is a wonderful physical therapy tool. For the past 25 years as a competitive runner, weekly mileage has been my primary barometer for fitness. Lately I have also been motivated by my daily step count, which gives me exercise credit for all daily activities not just running. The more I sit the

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Inspiration for runners who believe their best times are behind them

November 21st, 2016

Click below to read my article published in Running Journal

My life as a back patient-how I’ve avoided back pain over the past 30 years

October 15th, 2016

Memories of my back injury still haunt me. At 19 years-old I laid helpless and dependent in the hospital for nearly two weeks. My back hurt, and my right leg was weak and numb down to my toes. A CT scan, nerve conduction test, and horrendous myelogram, revealed a herniated disc. Three times per day,

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Distraction, another benefit to exercising in bad weather

October 10th, 2016

Today, I ran ten miles in the rain at Pocahontas State Park. Before I ran, it had rained for hours. It rained the entire run, and is still raining as I write. I could have run indoors comfortably, while watching TV, but I didn’t. While running in the drenching rain, I thought about why I

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