Anthem Blue Cross is at it Again….

I hate to say it but I have some scary news from Anthem Blue Cross. Starting November 1, they will be utilizing a company called OrthoNet to authorize ALL physical therapy services. This means even though you have a prescription from a physician, Anthem can (and will) deny your care. We are able to evaluate…

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Low Back Pain and a MRI

A MRI is frequently used to help diagnose problems in people with low back pain. Should it be? Recently there have been a few studies that question an MRI’s utility in patients with low back pain. One study of people without low back pain found that 80% of people, by age 50, have some level…

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Seven Myths of Physical Therapy:

Myth 1: I need a physician’s prescription to see a physical therapist. Fact: Seventy percent on consumers surveyed think they need a prescription to see a physical therapist but the fact is ALL 50 states allow a patient to be evaluated by a physical therapist without a prescription. In California, physical therapists can evaluate, and…

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Five Quick Tips to a Healthy Back:

It is estimated that more than 80% of the population will experience back pain in their life…here are 5 quick tips to help keep a healthy back! 1) Avoid sitting for more than 20 minutes: We, as humans, are not designed to sit. When we do sit, TEN TIMES the pressure pushes down on your…

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Are You a Frustrated Golfer?

I want to give you some tips that will help to lower your golf score immediately. All golfers want lower scores but first, let me tell you a story. Recently I was able to enjoy a round of golf with my father and I asked him every question I could think of regarding his golfing…

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Are You “Drought” Resistant? Your Keys To Hydration:

California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record. The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought. What about your body? Do you know when your body is in a drought (dehydrated)? What are some signs of dehydration and what should…

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“Oh My Aching Back from the 4th of July!”

Did you know that 80% of America’s population will suffer from lower back pain at some time in our lives? I suspect today, July 5th, that number will be higher. Why you ask? Sitting too much yesterday…especially for those fireworks displays! For many people, sitting in any position for any length of time produces no…

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Six Common Misconceptions of Low Back Pain:

Misconception #1 – “I must live with the pain” – Not true! There are a number of options to help control back pain, some of these include: light stretching and flexibility exercises, physical therapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, over the counter medications, even meditation. Misconception #2 – “Rest is the key to recovery from back problems”…

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How About Some R.I.C.E.?!

When you sprain an ankle (or any other joint) the ligaments actually tear (usually just microscopically) and release cellular fluid. This fluid causes swelling in the area and releases inflammatory cells (remember the last post about Omega-3’s) which cause more swelling and pain. In order to quickly return to your activities you need to R.I.C.E.…

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Fresh vs Farm Raised Fish and Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Anyone who has been injured, in any way, has seen first-hand the effects of inflammation (pain, swelling, redness, heat). A common over the counter supplement to help counter the inflammatory process is omega-3 fatty acid or fish oil. When it comes to fats, there is one you don’t want to cut back on…omega-3 fatty acids.…

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