Welcome to our clinical blog.

Our aim in this area is to make our patients aware of what the current research is saying about tests, findings, and treatments related to issues they might be experiencing. Additionally we will aim to share our professional knowledge, experience, and thoughts, by presenting topics former patients asked about or thought was helpful for them to know.

McKenzie Approach is on "Good Morning America"

October 29, 2019
The McKenzie Approach discussed on "Good Morning America" and the merits of the patient being in charge.
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Back and neck pain don't need to be confusing

October 28, 2019
Alleviating Neck and back pain isn't always complicated
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Pain levels not correlated with X Ray findings

September 26, 2019
Degeneration on X-Ray won't tell you much about your pain.
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Want to avoid opioids? See a PT first for your back pain

August 9, 2019
Opioids are deadly, and use is rising. You can reduce your chances of getting an opioid prescription by 87% with one simple choice.
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Common treatment for low back pain gets an "F".

August 5, 2019
Why traditional medical treatments fail with low back pain and what to do instead.
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Recurrent back pain odds triple with 2 previous episodes

February 26, 2019
Your chances of back pain recurring are high. Do you know how to stop it?
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Is surgery any better than Placebo?

February 25, 2019
Are we too fast to jump to surgery? Do we get the outcomes we think we will if we do have surgery?
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3 tips for a healthier back in 2019

January 1, 2019
Here are 3 tips as we head into the New Year to keep your back as healthy, fit, and painfree as possible.
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1 in 20 patients are mis-diagnosed - are you one?

November 1, 2018
A new study reveals approximately 12 million adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed.
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Can an MRI make your pain worse?

October 1, 2018
Current research indicates knowing MRI results can increase your pain..
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Orthopedic special tests not of any value?

September 10, 2018
Are some clinicians still using tests that are not of much clinical value?
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Why traditional medical care fails sciatica patients

August 14, 2018
Patients with sciatica, radiculopathies, and nerve pain often get interventions that do nothing for the pain. Here's what works.
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Best physical therapist for sciatica in Anchorage

May 12, 2018
The best physical therapy in Anchorage for sciatica and low back pain, why and what to look for.
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Degenerative disc disease. Scary, or just like grey hair?

April 30, 2018
Are we reading too much into the information an MRI provides?
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Spontaneous regression of herniated discs.

February 13, 2018
Can herniated discs improve and if so are you better off having a bad herniation or a small one?
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MRI and X-Rays almost useless for back pain.

November 15, 2017
Is MRI and X Ray often worse then useless for back pain? This was a recent article that speaks to this.
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Wake up the fun!

September 4, 2017
Sometimes we lose sight of the simple things that as children we just took for granted. Can this affect our pain levels?
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If I were your spine surgeon...

July 6, 2017
Words from a spine surgeon who accounts that surgery is not for everyone. A read from the blog pages of Dr. Hansom.
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Low value treatment

June 29, 2017
Despite the lack of evidence for their effectiveness, doctors are increasing their use of low-value treatments.
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What is "sick talk" and why should you care?

June 20, 2017
The words your medical provider uses with you can and will have a significant effect on your clinical outcome.
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Are people who treat low back pain crooks?

May 22, 2017
It's a multi-billion dollar industry, but is anyone getting better? An investigative journalist writes about the "back pain industry".
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MRI instead of physical therapy = a $4793 higher price!

May 10, 2017
People sent for MRI's before PT were more likely to have injections, and surgery, and pay $4793 more for their care.
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Is core strength/endurance related to back pain?

February 9, 2017
Would you be surprised to learn there is no evidence between trunk muscle strength and back pain?
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People without low back pain have bulging discs.

October 12, 2016
The discovery by MRI of bulges or protrusions in people with low back pain may frequently be coincidental.
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Seeing a PT before your MD first makes a big difference.

May 12, 2016
For back pain seeing a Physical therapist as a first provider reduces costs, medications use, more.
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MRI's do not predict if you need surgery.

May 5, 2016
Having an MRI may be quick and painless, but it can lead to unneeded surgeries, poor outcomes and chronic pain
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Bulging discs in the neck are common in people without pain.

April 11, 2015
Surprise, disc bulging is frequently observed in asymptomatic subjects, even including those in their 20s.
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Early PT for back pain reduces cost, and procedures.

April 10, 2015
Early PT has been proven to reduce costs, the need for injections and pain medications too.
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Physical Therapy as effective as surgery for back pain?

April 10, 2015
Study finds nearly equal success between physical therapy and decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.
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Can exercise alleviate back pain?

January 20, 2014
Can exercise reduce low back pain? Is surgery effective? Is fear of the pain limiting you?
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