Health and Wellness Blog

As much pleasure as gardening and landscaping offer, tilling dirt and pruning plants also can cause injuries, some of them significant. Tens of thousands of people across the U.S. are hurt in garden and yard accidents each year. Add power tools to the mix and the number climbs into the hundreds of thousands.

Time for a little run around the neighborhood, maybe a jog on the treadmill? Left, right, left, right . . . Pain! Familiar with the pattern? If you’ve ever enjoyed the benefits of running, you’ve also likely felt that accompanying pain in the shin. Shin splints can be a precursor for stress fractures or lead to the fascia separating from the tibia. The best treatment is to first decrease risk of injury.

“I am 56 years old and have had 2 low lumbar surgeries in 3 years. Chronic pain persisted so I began receiving cortisone injections. The first shot worked for 6 weeks but the 2nd shot started to wear off after 4 weeks. In lieu of a 3rd cortisone injection, I opted to try a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure. I was exhausted from pain and pessimistic. Relief from PRP was not as immediate as cortisone, but improved daily. Within one week the pain was 85% better and nearly 100% better at the end of the first month. I am in complete awe. There are no words to describe my gratitude and I encourage anyone with chronic pain to give [PRP] a try!”

— Lisa D.

If you don’t suffer from chronic pain, you probably know someone who does. More than 100 million people suffer from some form of chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. Whether the pain results from arthritis, injury, or any ailment, relief is a constant focus for that population. The issue can be complex, but our doctors at Southwest Spine & Sports advocate simple changes to benefit people with chronic pain.

In a recent issue of Real Simple magazine, Dr. Michael Breus, our sleep specialist at Southwest Spine & Sports, gives his take on the importance of sleep as it relates to weight control: “In REM, your brain is active, chewing up glucose especially quickly.” He goes on to talk about how proper sleep can help […]

In an article titled “Running Injuries” published in the July edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, author Dr. Jill Jin discusses different types of injuries associated with running and how these injuries can be prevented. Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the United States, with over 40 […]