Health and Wellness Blog

Not much slows Vinceanne Casale down. Not even severe scoliosis. “I’m a real doer, shaker, go-er,” Vinceanne says. “I just had to do it in pain.” Until recently, she adds, when Dr. Michael Wolff and the staff at Southwest Spine & Sports treated the 73-year-old Scottsdale resident with Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). “It’s been wonderful since […]

That chronic pain doesn’t necessarily need prescribed painkillers or an operation. The same goes for nagging stiffness in your sore back and swollen joints. Meds or surgery might be later requirements, but not absolutes. If that doesn’t sound likely in this age of quick-cuts and opioid pill prescription madness, recalculate. There is a better way. […]

Think cutting edge – without the cut. Not every ailing knee needs a replacement, not every back injury requires surgery, and the carpal tunnel syndrome acquired through work can heal with therapy. So, after that twinge, bad joint twist, or back stiffness, it’s good to know there are nonsurgical treatment options. Enter physiatrists.

For nearly all his life, running was central to Brian Katz’s daily activities. “I was born to run,” Katz, 47, said. Athletic efforts included triathlons, marathons, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. In late 2013, though, an annoying lower back pain didn’t go away. It stayed through most of 2014. At first, he thought the soreness was a natural reaction to strenuous runs and workouts and endured it. Eventually, an intense training run produced an excruciating groin pain. After that, a 50-yard walk across the parking lot at work each day was a painful journey.

Rob Hoedel has worked on some of the world’s most treacherous seas and even survived a few ships sinking. A third-generation fisherman out of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Hoedel made a success of his commercial fishing operation and survived more than 50 years at sea without a major physical setback, until last summer.

Common in weight lifting as well as endurance sports, overtraining affects runners and all athletes. The workout that seemed to energize you now just makes you more fatigued. The soreness that faded the day after training now persists from one session to the next. Find out how to avoid overtraining and prevent injuries.