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The Function of Pain

We don’t always want to cover-up pain. At Core Rehabilitation and Spine Center, our goal is to get patients permanently pain-free and active by targeting the root of a mechanical malfunction. Instead of temporarily covering-up pain, we use pain as an investigative tool to determine the root of all related symptoms. In this article we investigate the different types of pain and get into the details of how pain can guide treatment for a quick and permanent recovery. “…painful sensation helps guide us into knowing the nature of the mechanical problem and its directional preference…”

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The Myth of Low Back Pain

While the traditional, unscientific approach of physical therapy and manipulative therapy fail to give long-term relief to low back pain patients, many people resort to think that they have to live with their low back pain (LBP) for the rest of their lives. Such myth has misled millions of Americans to miss work, alter their […]


Weight loss vs. low back pain, which one to prioritize?

If you have low back pain and even have radiating symptoms from the lumbar spine, you need to FIRST take care of that before getting into all the other strengthening or cardio exercise for weight loss.  Remember all mechanical problems in the back have a directional nature–i.e. while some movements make it better, some make […]

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What is “Nerve Root Adhesion”?

There is the formation of fibrosed tissue (scar tissue) in the process of a derangement such as bulging disc and herniation being reduced and healed in our spine.  If there is nerve root involvement in the episode–i.e. radiating or referred neurological symptoms occur, the scar tissue would likely to involve the nerve root, causing nerve […]


Response to a reader’s questions on cervical stenosis

A comment was posted to my blog on “Cervical Stenosis” with some very good questions: “I am wondering which Mckenzie neck exercises did you perform? All 7? 8 times a day? I am concerned about doing #2 and #7. I am in the same situation that you were in: I started with pain in my […]

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My Cervical Stenosis

I used to have periodic “pain in the neck”, especially in the years of keeping my head in the books in college and graduate school.  But since I was introduced to the McKenzie method and became certified in it, there has been hardly any episode of neck pain that I could recall. One day last […]

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Should I do Hamstrings or Piriformis Stretches?

Someone recently raised a question regarding numbness and weakness resulting from a low back pain episode.  He recently had a low back injury from squatting and reaching down to pick up an object.  After performing extension exercises according to the McKenzie principles his back pain has completely resolved within 8 to 9 days, but the […]

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Understanding Disc Problems in your Low Back: the Key to Treatment

It is important to understand the anatomical arrangement in our lumbar spine (low back) in order to understand how and where problems can occur. Only after this, can effective treatment be applied. The Components The lumbar spine is typically composed of 5 vertebrae. They are numbered as L1-L5 from the top to the bottom. In […]