The nor’easter pounded 24” of snow in North Jersey and we had to close the office for the day and catch up with office work at home. I returned a new patient’s call in the morning who is interested in getting ozone injection therapy to treat her chronic back pain. She was asking me if we had good success examples from patients who suffer similar pain. “Oh, yes, many…”. Just as I was thinking of which patient I could tell her about first, I had an incoming call. What a coincidence; this patient is one of the people I was thinking about! I went ahead and shared her story, without her name of course due to HIPAA compliance.
This patient had severe low back pain which limited her from enjoying simple things like gardening and bicycle riding. She did not want to consider surgery as an option and started researching alternative treatments for back pain. She heard about ozone disc injections and started her research on ozone injections. After reading how successful ozone treatments can be, she decided to make an appointment with Dr. Bleiweiss.
Dr. Bleiweiss examined her thoroughly and reviewed her history before he recommended ozone disc injection treatment. She had one treatment with ozone disc injections by Dr. Bleiweiss in a surgery center and after 2 weeks she was reporting significant improvement in her pain. She continued to improve and was feeling much more mobile after 1 month. She started doing things she was unable to do before the treatment. She continues to do well today and is very happy that she decided to have the ozone disc treatment instead of surgery. She is enjoying her life and her activities without being held back by the severe back pain.
In our practice, success stories like hers are among so many. Sometimes, we forget just how remarkable it is because we experience such successes on a regular basis. It takes a patient asking for us to be reminded that we are fortunate to able to help people and see them getting their life back and be happy. I think it’s a good story that is worth sharing.
Happy snow day!
Winter is coming, so are the typical snowy and icy conditions in the Northeast. It’s all the more important to do strengthening exercises to improve balance and mobility to prevent falls.
Many falls are triggered by poor balance. As we age, we may not have the same automatic reflex we enjoyed in our youth. Muscle weakness, weak hips and legs, aches and pains and deteriorating vision all upset our sense of balance and our reflex. Medical conditions such as spinal degeneration, low blood pressure and many drugs further affect balance and mobility.
There are many published articles and books on how exercises can improve balance and mobility. Mayo Clinic provides a free slide show on their site to demonstrate how to do some simple balance exercises (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/multimedia/balance-exercises/sls-20076853).
If you are interested in digging deeper into this topic, Harvard Medical School published a report, Better Balance: Simple exercises to improve stability and prevent falls (https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/better-balance-simple-exercises-to-improve-stability-and-prevent-falls).
Before you pull out your wallet, here is the Table of Contents:
- How balance works
- Why improve your balance
- The body’s balance systems
- Balance problems
- Investigating balance problems
- Age-related balance problems
- Health conditions that affect balance
- Medications that affect balance
- How your doctor can help
- SPECIAL BONUS SECTION: Preventing falls
- Why do people fall?
- Personal safety checklist
- Home hazards checklist
- Activities that enhance balance
- Starting balance workouts safely
- Do you need to see a doctor?
- Additional safety tips
- Balance workouts and your overall fitness plan
- Current exercise recommendations
- The health benefits of exercise
- Fitting balance workouts into an overall exercise plan
- Using the workouts
- Choosing the right equipment
- Understanding the workout instructions
- Answers to four common questions
- Beginner Balance Workout
- Standing Balance Workout
- Balance in Motion Workout
- Balance 360 Workout
- Balance on the Beam Workout
- Yoga Balance Workout
There are many benefits of a gluten free diet even if you are not gluten sensitive. An excellent reference regarding this topic are two books by David Perlmutter, MD, Grain Brain and Brain Making.
If you are interested in reading any of these books, you can conveniently get a digital, audio, or a print copy via Amazon, your local book store or your library. Here is a link to Dr. Perlmutter’s web site https://www.drperlmutter.com/avoid-orange-juice/
We hope you will take time to visit his site and benefit from it.