New Research Shows Many Doctors Do Not Understand Pain.
How do you choose your doctor? Perhaps you review the credentials and experience of local physicians. Maybe a friend’s recommendation sways you. Could Google reviews be the key?Read full story
New Research Show Both Interval and Continuous Training Can Help You Lose Fat
There is no such thing as a universal best exercise routine. Period. Ok, now that that is out of the way, let’s use research to help answer the question in the title. What intensity should you train at if you want to maximize fat loss? When losing fat, the goal is to retain muscle. If you want to maximize your results, you have to choose one. You can shed fat mass while bulking up. You can do a little bit of each — the amount depends on your starting point — but if you want to maximize fat loss, adding muscle needs to wait.Read full story
New Research Helps Us Better Understand the Complexity of Pain
I often wished that more people understood the invisible side of things. Even the people who seemed to understand, didn’t really.”. Our minds are powerful. Our thoughts and expectations shape our future experiences. As we learn more about pain, we have come to understand the experience of pain is complex.Read full story
Research Shows Running May Be Good, Not Bad, For Your Knees
If you have ever seen a doctor for knee pain, chances are you were told to stop doing two things: running and squatting. Both are nonsense, but I will focus on running for now.Read full story
Does Bone on Bone Arthritis Cause Pain?
Bone on bone is one of the most common culprits of knee pain. Well, at least it is one of the most blamed causes of knee pain. Research challenges the belief that osteoarthritis is guaranteed to cause pain.Read full story
Stop Using Ice to Treat Pain
RICE — rest, ice, compress, elevate — and the updated PRICE — add protection to the beginning — are part of traditional injury management 101. They should be abandoned.Read full story
You Don't Need Surgery for a Rotator Cuff Tear
As we learn more about pain, we realize surgery often isn't the answer. A 2019 research review found surgery is a poor treatment choice for chronic pain. The study found surgery is no better than a sham procedure - going under anesthesia and receiving cut on the skin but nothing else - for multiple regions of the body. Whether you are receiving surgery for low back pain, knee arthritis, angina, abdominal pain, endometriosis, biliary colic, or migraines, surgery does not appear to be the answer.Read full story
Posture Is Not The Cause of Back Pain
The posture nonsense is getting out of control. While preparing for a residency lecture this week, I came across an article on posture written by a physician. It was hard to contain my frustration.Read full story
Using Research to Improve Focus
In my profession, all actions should be backed by science. The term ‘Evidence-Based Practice’ (Evidence-Based Medicine is used in healthcare as well) refers to the integration of best available research, clinician experience and expertise, and patient goals, values, and perspective. This framework can be applied to creators as well.Read full story
The Angels Lose a Key Bat In the Lineup
The Los Angeles Angels are still fighting for a playoff spot but recent events are slimming the chances of success. Sitting five games behind Oakland for the second Wild Card spot, Los Angeles needs a strong final two months of the season to overcome the deficit. They also need to leapfrog Cleaveland, Toronto, New York, and Seattle - a tall order.Read full story
Flaherty Nears His Return. Will it Affect the Cardinals' Deadline Plans?
We are only three days away from the Major League Baseball trade deadline. Teams are already dealing but a few clubs have yet to reveal if they will be buyers or sellers. The St. Louis Cardinals are among those teams straddling the line.Read full story
The Marlins Lose a Potential Trade Chip to Injury
As expected, the Miami Marlins are trade deadline sellers. They have already shipped their top trade chips, outfielder Starling Marte and closer Yimi Garia. The Miami front office is looking to maximize this deadline by dealing away all expiring contracts with value. First baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper was on that list after slashing .284/.380/.465, good for a wRC+ of 136 (36% better than league average). With only the remainder of his $1.8 million one-year deal left, he is a bargain. A recent injury has erased that value.Read full story
What Is Next For Stephen Strasburg?
Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is out for the remainder of the season. It's not the feared ulnar collateral ligament tear, which often results in Tommy John surgery, but something equally devasting to pitchers. Strasburg underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.Read full story
Trout Receives Good News. Is it Enough To Turn the Angels Into Buyers?
This season, there is no greater trade deadline acquisition than adding one of the greatest hitters of all time. The Los Angeles Angels are able to do it without giving up any prospects. They just have to wait.Read full story
More Injuries May Change the Dodger's Trade Deadline Plans
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a couple of decisions to make and soon. The trade deadline is looming and executives around the league are judging whether their teams have what it takes to make a playoff run. The Dodgers easily call on the buy-side of the ledger. At 61-40, they have the second-best record in the national league, sitting nine games ahead of the Reds for a wild card spot and only two games behind the Giants for the division lead.Read full story
The Cleveland Indians Ace Isn't Progressing
It's been a rough week for Cleveland Indians fans. They went 2-5, dropping them 5 games below the second wild-card spot. While not insurmountable, three teams sit ahead of them and the Angels are only a half-game behind. With the deadline around the corner, teams are trying to determine if they will buy or sell. The latest news out of Cleveland may have them pushing towards the sell side of the ledger.Read full story
The Washington Nationals Cannot Count on Strasburg for the Rest of 2021
When the Washington Nationals signed Stephen Strasburg to a record-breaking $245 million contract (which lasted only 33 hours thanks to Gerrit Cole) during the 2019 offseason, fans and baseball experts had mixed reactions. On the one hand, the contract felt like a just reward for a player who just dominated the 2019 playoffs and helped the Washington Nationals win their first World Series. When healthy, Strasburg is one of the 10 best arms in Major League Baseball.Read full story
The Minnesota Twins Season Takes Another Hit
The Minnesota Twins entered the season with playoff aspirations. Scratch that, they were passed playoff aspirations, they had aspirations to make it to the World Series. The Twins currently own the major league record for most consecutive playoff losses at 18. The streak is active.Read full story
The White Sox Are About to Be Dangerous
At the end of July, all Major League Baseball teams assess their teams and decide whether they should add or subtract. Elite teams look for the missing piece, good teams making a playoff push look to make a big splash, and teams out of the race aim to sell short-term rentals for long-term prospects. For the buyers, they need to depart with those long-term prospects - lottery tickets that often don't pan out but are the most valuable players in the game when they do. It is the price you have to pay to bolster a playoff team.Read full story
The Cincinnati Reds Playoff Push Has Taken a Hit
The Cincinnati Reds have entered each of the last two seasons with growing optimism that they can compete with the best teams in baseball. Many baseball experts have been skeptical of that notion, wondering if all of their win-now moves left them in limbo - a middle-of-the-pack MLB team with a middle-of-the-pack farm system. Going into 2020 they signed Mike Moustakas to a four-year, $64 million contract. He had an All-Star nod under his belt but they had to get creative with their defensive alignments to fit him on the team. The reds followed the Moustakas signing by adding outfielder Shogo Akiyama from Japan. He joined an already crowded outfield. The biggest move came a month later when they signed the top available outfielder, Nick Castellanos.Read full story