What is a discectomy?!?”

It doesn’t happen overnight. You have exhausted your Google searches and You Tube videos and now the over the counter have stopped working. The pain gradually gets worse until you can’t ignore it anymore. You need to do something about the pain in your back that is now radiating down your leg (or maybe it is numbness, or even tingling, either way it is NOT normal). You see your PCP, then off to an ortho who recommends a discectomy. You are now thinking “What is a discectomy?!?” Before we dive into what a discectomy is, let’s start with the disc. […]

E.D. and the Surgical Options

In my last article we discussed the use of injected medications for E.D. called Bi-mix and Tri-mix. The article before that we covered Viagra and Cialis. In this article I would like to cover the surgical interventions for E.D. Why is this important? Because 30% of men will have some level of E.D. by the age of 50! It can start as difficulty initiating an erection, or unable to maintain it, or not robust enough for penetration, and worse case scenario, no erection at all. Surgery is typically the last line of interventions, after having failed oral medications and injections. […]

Bimix and Trimix

It is estimated that ED effects 30% – 50% of men between the ages of 40-70 years of age, are you in this group? ED has inspired an incredibly huge market of easy remedies with Viagra and Cialis being two of the most popular treatments, but there are several others you may not be aware of. Bimix and trimix are 2 different medications that are injected directly into the penis in order to stimulate blood flow through vasodilation. It is rumored that a popular night club was frequented by a “doctor” who would give guys a injection that would boost […]

Incontinence Pill or Surgery

There are many people who suffer from some level of incontinence and there are quite several options available. One of the most readily available options is pads, briefs and diapers which can be purchased in the stores or discretely online, but this option is not for everyone and it does not address the underlying cause of the incontinence. Medications tend to be the next level of medical options with several types of drugs that work in different ways on the bladder. Mirabegran (Myrbetrix) is a drug that relaxes the bladder muscle to keep it from quivering and spasming, creating the […]

Incontinence Pill or Surgery

There are many people who suffer from some level of incontinence and there are quite several options available. One of the most readily available options is pads, briefs and diapers which can be purchased in the stores or discretely online, but this option is not for everyone and it does not address the underlying cause of the incontinence. Medications tend to be the next level of medical options with several types of drugs that work in different ways on the bladder. Mirabegran (Myrbetrix) is a drug that relaxes the bladder muscle to keep it from quivering and spasming, creating the […]

Incontinence You Are Not Alone

It is estimated at 400,000,000 adults worldwide suffer from some form of incontinence, so if you find yourself peezing (peeing when you sneeze) then you are among friends! This also means the competition is getting fierce in order to get your attention and ultimately buy brand A over brand B, C, D, etc…. The sales of incontinence products is a $9 billion market and growing, with sales increasing by 9% from 2018 to 2019! There are a lot of products out there and a lot of companies wanting you to buy from them….so how do you decide? It comes down […]

Diagnosed with Sciatica? May be a Hip Problem!

Ever get a sharp pain in your back that runs down your leg?  Does it stop at the foot, the knee, or the hip?  Do me a favor and stand up.  Try to touch your toes.  Does this make your back or leg pain better ,  worse or no different?  Next, lean backward.  Does this make your pain better, worse, or no different?  How about when you bend to the left or the right?  Depending on the results of this simple home test you could fall into one of several categories regarding back pain and sciatica!  Most people have heard […]

My Aching Back, What is Discogenic: Pain?

Before you ask, no, discogenic pain isn’t caused by too much time in the night club getting your groove on! I have mostly survived being 50 as I quickly head toward 51 in a couple months. In an effort to take better care of myself, lose weight, and get diabetes under control, I joined a crossfit type program (Legion Transformation Center) near my house, which also happens to be near my office in Essex (got to make it easy, otherwise it doesn’t get done, right?). Friends asked me why I started such an aggressive program at the age of 50 […]

Erectile Dysfunction: Not a hard problem!

How many of you reading this article indulge in poppers? How many of you are on blood pressure medication? How many of you are treating your erectile dysfunction with Cialis or Viagra? How many of you are in all three categories? A friend of mine had a play date recently. The guy was tied to the sling stand and everything was going well, erections were had by all, and then the poppers / ”video head cleaner” came out. Not too long after the hit of poppers the guy tied to the sling stand started to panic and needed to be […]

Gua Sha: What the Heck is It?!?

As a manual physical therapist, I’m always looking for new ways to work with the body and was recently introduced to gua sha, a 2000-plus year old Chinese medical treatment involving scraping the skin with a spoon or a coin. Gua sha originally used either a spoon or a coin in order to scrape the lubricated skin in one direction in order to free the chi stuck in an area, such as the lower back, neck, shoulders, thighs, etc. I’ve been told this was often performed at home by grandma, who would just pull a soup spoon out of the […]