Spine & Back Health

October 26, 2018

How Physical Therapy Can Help Live a Pain-Free Life

By Caroline Lieberman, Physical Therapist Living pain-free is crucial to quality of life. The ability to move without pain can impact a person’s ability to participate in – and simply enjoy – everyday activities, earn a living and experience independence. People often associate pain management with medication treatment plans. Reliance on opioids has led to the […]

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October 19, 2018

Stay in the Game: Smart Habits for Injury Prevention and Lifelong Health

By Thomas Starnes, MD A broken bone or an injured joint while doing something you love can be painful and set you back for a while. Though not always preventable, there are things you can do that will not only reduce your risk for such injuries, but actually enhance your overall health and well-being. With […]

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September 20, 2018

Shoulder Pain: 2 Common Causes and How to Fix Them

By Angus Graham III, MD The shoulder is one of the most exciting joints in the body and allows us to do much more than we ever thought possible, only to be sorely missed when it’s injured. All these movements are the result of the shoulder’s unique structure — a combination of three bones, at […]

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August 15, 2018

In the Right Hands: Rehab and Physical Therapy at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

By Donna Rhodes featuring Marion Macy, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Marion Macy, Manager of Rehab Services and Physical Therapy, heads the rehab department at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital that turns the impossible into possible. Patients with joint replacements, stroke, severe back pain, cardiac issues, neck pain, shoulder surgery, ankle fractures, knee replacements, or just about any injury or impairment […]

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May 25, 2018

Getting Back on the Bike for Fun or Exercise? How to Avoid the Common Overuse Injuries

By Josh Owen Athletic Trainer We live in one of the best areas in the world for riding bikes. Beautiful scenery abounds in our beautiful western North Carolina mountains – the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest are just a few of the special gems for cycling we’re fortunate to have […]

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February 19, 2018

Spine Injury in December, Olympic Skiing in February – How’s That Possible?

By Marshall Ney, MD After completing her run in a downhill skiing competition in Switzerland this past December, four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn fell to the ground and appeared to be in immense pain while reaching for her lower back. The 2018 Winter Olympics were less than two months away, and the darling of the U.S. […]

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February 8, 2018

Olympics Curling and Your Posture – What’s the Connection?

By Jennifer Morales, MD While curling is largely a novelty in the U.S. (seems the vast majority of us don’t really understand it), many of us become fascinated by the sport for a few weeks each time the Olympics roll around. Interestingly, there is a lot to be learned from the sport’s reliance on skill […]

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August 4, 2017

Practical Tips for Weekend Warriors – Five Ways to Avoid Injury

By David Brough, MD In the midst of summer and nearing autumn and its blissful glory, the seasons beg us to explore and venture out. From golfing to hiking, cycling to gardening, or any of the numerous outdoor activities you love, the warmer weather undoubtedly brings with it ample opportunities to enjoy your favorite pastimes. Many […]

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June 8, 2017

Healthy Couples – How to Support Your Mate in Fitness and Health

When it comes to nurturing a healthy relationship with your significant other, most advice in today’s news addresses supporting each other psychologically and sexually. But what about promoting your mate’s health and wellness? If you’re interested in improving your relationship long-term, start by working together toward a healthier lifestyle. Encourage Each Other Couples need to […]

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May 22, 2017

Bone Health: Myth vs. Fact – Determining Your Risk for Osteoporosis

By Adam Kaufman, MD As with any disease or medical condition, there are a plethora of so-called “facts” about osteoporosis floating out in the stratosphere. And whether you’ve picked up one or more of these in a conversation with a friend or family member, or found it online, it’s important to be able to distinguish myth […]

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