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Diagnosing Pain

Another stellar blog post with fresh perspectives on healthcare from our PA, Craig Kantack. Craig has been with Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab for over 3 years and is really an expert in PHYSIATRY and musculoskeletal care.

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As a PA walking into the exam room for the first time (new patient) or for that matter any other appointment, I diligently try to keep an open mind. By this, I mean trying to avoid the […]

By |November 13th, 2017|Categories: Pain Management|Tags: |Comments Off on Diagnosing Pain

Confessions of a Doctor: Part 1 (by Dr. Vlach)

Confession #1: I hate my electronic medical record (EMR) and would like to throw my computer out the window, at least while seeing patients.

I recently got feedback from a patient who had seen me, relayed through an acquaintance, and it went something like this: “I wasn’t sure about her, because she spent our entire office visit looking at her computer, but then when I tried some of the things she suggested I started feeling […]

By |October 9th, 2017|Categories: About Our Physicians, About Our Practice|Tags: |0 Comments

Health Insurance

For this month’s blog, I wanted to discuss health insurance.

No, not the health insurance for which you pay a monthly premium to help with your medical costs, but rather the health insurance that everyone pays into throughout their lifetime. Another way of saying it would be your general health and your plans for the future. How long do you want to live? What quality of life do you desire? Do you want to […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

Alcohol -The Risks

When deciding what topic to blog this month, I elected to focus on a darker subject. At our
practice we try to focus on healthy living including diet and exercise. In my opinion, one of the
key forms of a healthy diet is limiting/lessening the bad foods/drink as much as increasing the
good foods/drink. My subject this month is alcohol, here are a few facts/stats about alcohol.

Let me preface by saying, I’m not on a soapbox stating […]

By |September 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Deal With Your Knees

Came across this interesting read, in the New York Times, of all places. It pretty much summarizes my practice philosophy on how to deal with many knee problems, with a few exceptions (read my critiques at the bottom).

>> What I Wish I’d Known About My Knees

Here’s what I DON”T agree with:

-Taking anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) for chronic knee pain. NSAIDs have been associated with a host of problems, including bleeding ulcers in the stomach and […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Categories: Knee Pain|Tags: , |0 Comments

Common Causes Of Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints. In fact, it is estimated that 80 percent of people will suffer from back pain at some point. Knowing the cause of your back pain is one of the keys to properly treating it. There are a number of things that can cause back pain.

Sprain and Strain

These are two of the most common causes of back pain. A strain or sprain can cause upper […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: |0 Comments

Inversion Table

I often get asked questions about inversion tables. Even though these products have been around for decades the ability to market products has become easier with our advancing technology. Every provider has their initial assumption on a product, is it safe, will it help with the condition, is it affordable?

Honestly, I was skeptical– -my thoughts were always if this was such a good alternative, why weren’t we recommending this treatment ourselves. Medicine is a […]

By |August 4th, 2017|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to Fix Your Back

On I-15, near where I live, there is a prominent billboard advertising back surgery with large title header, “FIX YOUR BACK”. I sigh in discouragement, frustration and irritation every time I drive by, although it does always re-inspire me to help patients understand that surgery rarely ‘fixes’ the back and often creates a whole new set of troubles.

A spine surgeon, no matter how well-intentioned and skilled, is 99% of the time not […]

By |August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Tale of Two Knees

I saw a patient yesterday who is six weeks out from bilateral knee replacements and struggling. One knee remains stiff and painful and both knees remain hot and swollen. Her summer is shot. She had originally planned to have the replacements done in the fall, but after years of mild joint pain went precipitously downhill in 4 short months, from February to May, to the point that the pain became so unbearable that she […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Knee Pain, Platelet Rich Plasma|Tags: |0 Comments

Muscle Spasms/Cramps: Why and How to Deal with a Pesky Problem

I often get questions about muscle spasms/cramps. While everyone is at risk for muscle spasms at any time, they are more common in the warmer months.

What is a muscle spasm/cramp?

Definitions may vary but the general thought is that it represents a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles. This condition is generally considered harmless. However, it can affect muscle use while present (ie while […]

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments