Archive For The “Patient Care Philosophy” Category

In Search of the Best Pain Clinic in Burbank: The Diagnosis of Cancer

By | June 3, 2015

I apologize for the long absence of new blogs, but I am not a professional author and turning out a regular blog is not easy for me. In addition we have bee very busy here at Schlesinger Pain Centers and I probably would not be posting today were it not for a patient who came […]

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Big Game in Calabasas

By | May 20, 2015

There will be no regular blog today. There will, however, be a big golf game in Calabasas with my favorite neurosurgeon and good friend Pablo Lawner. I am reminded of a quote attributed to Bertrand Russell, “Play is an activity without purpose, but with intense meaning. I will return with the regular Schlesinger Pain Centers […]

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Manual Labor and Back Pain

By | February 3, 2015

With the rare exceptions of caddies, porters and hotel bell hops, no one earns their living primarily by axially loading their spine. To be sure there are many Americans who still engage in heavy manual labor, but I would venture to say that the majority of Americans never carry anything heavier than 25 pounds as […]

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Digression #1: The Fittest Couple at the Club

By | January 8, 2015

Last Saturday I was playing golf in a Jack and Jill (two men and two women) game at the club. My partner Jane (not her real name) is one of the fittest women at the club and can outdrive many of the men. After 9 holes she began to complain that her back was starting […]

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A Program of Positive Health

By | January 5, 2015

In this series of blogs we will pick up where we left off with the topic of back rehab and then move on to deal with what to do after the pain is gone. But before we get into the nuts and bolts of fitness regimes I would like to examine the title of this […]

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Back Exercises – Crossed Crunches

By | April 25, 2014

Crossed crunches are an extension of the simple crunches that we discussed in the first series on back exercises.  There are many versions of this exercise and we will present here only the simplest one.  You start on your back with the knees bent and the feet on the floor.  Hands are next to the […]

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The Long Road Back: Building Better Bones – Vitamin D Augmentation via Sunlight

By | April 17, 2014

Strictly speaking vitamin D is not a vitamin because the human body can synthesize adequate quantities of the substance via a photochemical reaction that takes place in the skin. It is estimated that whole body exposure for as little as 30 minutes per day is sufficient. The synthesis of Vitamin in the skin is in […]

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Defining Normal (continued)

By | February 18, 2014

            Which one would you call normal?   It is my contention that a problem similar to the one discussed in the last blog may obtain in the case of the prevalence and degree of stiffness found in a population of older Americans. It is my contention that average senior […]

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Burbank’s Best: Knowing the Inhabitants

By | May 15, 2013

I believe that the essence of local care is knowing your patients as people, not just as patients. But in this age of constant familial migration, tertiary referral centers and the fragmentation of care, it is also one of the things that is rapidly disappearing in America, but Burbank is a different kind of place. […]

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Burbank’s Best: Knowing the Lay of the Land

By | May 13, 2013

The best pain clinic in Los Angeles could concern itself primarily with medical matters since as a tertiary referral center it is drawing patients from all over the region, but the best local neighborhood pain clinic would need to know the lay of the land, which of the facilities in the surrounding area offer useful […]

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