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November 6, 2020

HAZARDOUS IMAGES: Why You Do Not Need—or Want—an MRI According to JAMA, the proportion of patients who left their doctors’ appointments with orders for MRIs increased from 7.2 percent in 1999 to 11.3 percent in 2010. As a result, the percentage of patients who were referred for back surgery or other interventions more than doubled, rising from 6.9 percent to 14 percent in the same period. However, in 2014 researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that disc degeneration was normal at all ages. It was present in more than a third of asymptomatic twenty-year-old subjects and in 96 percent of eighty-year-old subjects. “Black” discs, often employed as one of the indications for a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease, were found in more than half of normal subjects over forty and in nearly 90 percent of those over sixty. Bone spurs were common in pain-free subjects as well. Mayo Clinic scientists concluded that such changes were not “part of a pathologic process requiring intervention.” Yet MRI orders were still creeping upward in 2015. A significant number of practitioners acknowledged that they ordered all those scans defensively, attempting to avoid malpractice liability. Epidural Steroid Injections Can Go Wrong In a 2015 review

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The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

October 30, 2020

Four Steps to Hip Pain Relief Stop ignoring or altering the problem. The single biggest mistake hip pain sufferers make is ignoring the problem. Often, this is in the hopes that the problem will simply go away as time goes on. The problem with this thought process is that hip pain is classified as a gradual onset or cumulative trauma injury. These types of injuries only get worse over time if the problem that is causing the trauma is not identified and fixed. In addition to ignoring the problem, the most common treatments given for hip pain are symptom-altering medications, such as pain medication or anti-inflammatories. Again, these strategies only mask the symptom of pain and do not resolve the underlying biomechanical problem that is causing the trauma. Find an expert. There is nobody in the healthcare system with more knowledge about managing hip pain than physical therapists. This is proven by many studies. The more advanced the degree of the physical therapist, the more knowledge they have about managing hip pain. Look for a doctor-trained physical therapist who specializes in any type of functional exercise. At Superior Physical Therapy, all of our doctors of physical therapy specialize in hip

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DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

October 23, 2020

The Importance of Value and Choice in Hip Pain Relief and Treatment Value is defined as considering (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; having a high opinion of. Physical therapy should be considered of high value to you if you want relief from hip pain. If it’s not, let me explain why it should be. Musculoskeletal disorders (that cause hip pain) are the highest health cost category in the country at 75 percent more than heart disease and 75 percent more than cancer, affecting more people than both combined. Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of disability and impairment globally. Fifty-four percent of adults report recurrent or chronic musculoskeletal disorders, and the cost of musculoskeletal disorders to the patient doubles over the age of forty-five. Most primary care providers have little or no training in musculoskeletal (hip pain) management beyond prescribing medications to treat symptoms, ordering expensive and too often unnecessary tests, and referring to orthopedic surgeons when only 10 percent of the exams are surgical. The problem is compounding by a projected shortage of 20,000-30,000 primary care physicians by 2025. Ineffective treatment is the standard of care nationally for musculoskeletal disorders, and related opioid addiction is an

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DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

October 16, 2020

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Hip Pain Treatment Seeking Unqualified Providers A recent study in the Journal of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders indicated that experienced physical therapists had higher levels of knowledge in managing musculoskeletal conditions than medical students, physician interns, residents, and all physician specialists. Most people go to their primary care physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant for hip pain relief and treatment, even though these providers have received only one to three hours of education in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. Don’t avoid speaking with your physician about your hip pain, but discuss seeing a qualified physical therapist for relief. Masking Symptoms Masking symptoms with medications, creams, devices, or activity avoidance for hip pain relief only compounds the problem that is causing hip pain. Most hip pain is due to a biomechanical problem that is creating cumulative trauma to your hip over time. You must first identify what that problem is and then fix the mechanical problem. Ignoring problems only makes the situation worse in the long term. Demanding an MRI MRIs cost, on average, $2,600 in the U.S., and studies indicate that they will most likely show some sort of hip abnormality, regardless of whether you

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DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

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