Archive for the Dr Castanet Blog Category

Neck Pain?

Neck Pain? First let’s look at some neck imaging.  Even a layperson can see what’s wrong on these x-rays and MRI images.  Take a look, and I’ll tell you what they all have in common, as the source of pain. See compression, above, of C5-6 disc. See […]

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Back Pain

Back Pain

Back Pain? How should you treat it?  First, understand it.  The reason for back pain 98+% of the time, is that, as we age, our spinal discs slowly degenerate and collapse.  This does not happen to all the discs, nor does it have to happen.  It is […]

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Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica!  It seems everyone knows what this problem is, because they have had it or someone they know has had it.  What is it?  The definition is, “pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve”.  That distribution of the sciatic nerve is in the buttock, and down […]

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Back Pain

Back Pain

Back Pain- the scourge of humanity. National Geographic published an article several years ago about the origins of back pain in humans.  It is the price for evolving into an upright posture.  Such a posture required the evolution of anatomical changes in the pelvis and spine that […]

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MRI Scans

MRI Scans

Most patients who come to see me have already had an MRI scan of their problem- lumbar or cervical.  And I love to have and read MRI scans.  But I order fewer MRI scans than most doctors, for several reasons.  The first reason is that I actually […]

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Hip and Knee Pain

Hip and knee pain? Hip and knee pain is a common problem, especially as we get older.  Most hip pain is caused by back problems, and improving the back problem is the only way to improve the  hip pain.  This surprises many patients because they don’t feel […]

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Auto Accident Claims

Auto Accident Claims

Do you need to file an auto accident claim?  If you haven’t been involved in an auto accident before, you could probably use some help in understanding how they are handled, medically and legally, by all the different parties. The parties involved include you, other injured persons, […]

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Muscle Pain

Muscle Pain

Muscle Pain? Muscles are rarely a cause of pain, though many patients think they are.  It is common, however, for muscles to get tight and become painful.  Why do they get tight?  Because one of the functions of muscles is to tighten up and protect injured areas […]

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Inflammation, Heat and Ice Treatment

Inflammation, Heat and Ice Treatment

Inflammation?  Should you use heat or ice?  This is a fascinating topic/question, and patients don’t know what to do- HEAT OR ICE.  I’m going to explain this in DEFINITIVE terms, so that, forever after, you’ll know, and remember, why and when to use either.  In fact, I […]

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Disc Injuries in Auto Accidents

Disc Injuries in Auto Accidents

Disc injuries occur frequently in auto collisions.  Most doctors are most concerned about disc injuries because they are the most difficult, common problem in the neck and low back.  Many doctors are mislead by the initial presentation of disc lesions, e.g. herniations, bulges, extrusions, because the initial […]

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