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Being a patient can be really difficult.

This is the second part in our series on digging into the medical system and what insurance has done to patient care.  Today’s post is going to focus on how hard it truly can be to be a patient when you are suffering from an injury.

Let’s get started with some basics.

Being injured just flat out sucks. It keeps you from doing what you love and being active. Pain has a way of robbing you of your attention and really dictates every aspect of your existence.  So let’s dive into how hard it can be to be a patient in our current medical system.

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Portrait of a doctor

Going to someone just because they take your insurance can actually be quite costly.

We’ve all heard about it over and over again —  Obamacare! Obamacare! Obamacare!  People were either for it or against it, but in the end it got implemented and we are left with it.  So no use complaining about it or screaming how “unjust” it is.  It’s here and now we’re starting to see the ramifications that have come from it being initiated.

There is a BIG shift in healthcare that is coming.  Reimbursement rates are getting lower and lower for doctors, yet our premium rates continue to grow.  So we know who is making the most out of that situation — the insurance companies and their shareholders. That in itself is an injustice that I am not even going to get into right now.  Getting back on point.

What happens when the reimbursement rates go down for doctors?

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INDIA Aizawl, Mizoram 
A drug user showing the syringe that he uses to inject the drug spasmo proxyvon (SP), a cheap substitute for heroin and a very common drug in northeast India. Spasmo proxyvon often causes abscesses on the legs and other parts of the body when injected.

I’m going to need you to step away from the needle, Sir…

I know I’ve touched on the idea of how much I despise the awful garbage that is a cortisone injection.  My website is full of information about how truly awful this stuff can be, especially when you are using to try to “resolve” an injury.  I am using a lot of quotation marks in a very snarky presentation of how much I really hate the stuff.The words “cortisone shot” are listed so often on my website that when you do a Google search for “cortisone shot” in St. Petersburg, FL, guess who comes up first?

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Mobility has become a major facet of any type of training program.

It has really come front and center in regards to importance.

Mobility is the key component to staying injury free and performing at a high level.  

EVERYONE knows that mobility is important and every good trainer/coach preaches about it. Mobility can be a limiting factor in many instances, even going as far as keeping you from achieving a lofty goal that you gave everything for.

I had a talk with one of my very high level and elite athletes the other day. This athlete was a regional competitor in the Crossfit Games in 2014. They missed going to the games last year — by one damn spot. Just one spot!  Talk about disappointment. The athlete told me directly that the only thing that kept them from getting to be on ESPN was their mobility issue.

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Peak Performance Sports Therapy

Is my neck out?

Do you think my neck is out? Do you think my low back is out of alignment?

This is my dreaded question.

It’s that question that can almost make my blood boil.

But I always respond in true sarcastic fashion and borderline being a jerk with a big smile….

Where did it go?!?!

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Time To Admit It. You May Actually Be Injured.

It may be time to finally admit something…you just might be injured…

I have said it many times before: being injured really sucks.

It really has a way of just messing up everything you want to do.  It certainly has a way of compromising any of those coveted #gainz.

Dealing with an injury might be one of the most physically and mentally draining ordeals you can have.

You have a million and one different treatment methods out there to try to fix the problem.

If any of those techniques or methods advises rest and doing nothing, then they are usually put on the back burner if all else fails, because we all know that nobody wants to do that!

So it leaves you with a few options to try getting yourself straightened out.

I could go on for days about every treatment that is out there; some good, but most are filled with false promises and results.

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Setting Realistic Goals/Expectations In Your Training Or Fitness Endeavors.

“ I am going to run marathon this year no matter what..”

“I want to be able to lift more weight than anyone else in the gym…”

“I really just want to tone and tighten up…”

“ I want to lose 50 pounds this month…”

I am sure all of us have had some lofty and pretty much unrealistic goals in our life that looking back on really were just setting us up for failure.

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This is how I roll

In this weeks blog post I wanted to take on the idea of doing endless amounts of foam rolling and mobility work; both pre and post workouts.

While some basic foam rolling and a short amount of mobility work can be beneficial, doing it for a long time can actually be counterproductive and a giant waste of time!

In many instances I see people writhing in pain and looking as if they are being tortured as they use the foam roller intensely over the “sore” areas.

There is also the person who has every contraption and tool that “Becoming a supple leopard” recommends. (Some of those are just down right barbaric.)

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We have all seen this guy at some point in our athletic endeavors…

In this blog post I wanted to tackle the idea of kinesio/rocktape.

The promise of Kinesio Tape directly from the creators:

“The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.”

Seems like some pretty lofty promises and expectations to me.

Pros: I like the idea of helping to facilitate the natural healing process of the body, which is really awesome. Our bodies have an innate force to be able to put themselves back together, given its in the right healing environment.

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Unrecognizable man touches neck, pain in the neck, rear view

Loyalty. It Can Only Go So Far.

This is my first time trying out the world of blogging… but I felt it was necessary to get some of my thoughts out there. I racked my brain to try to figure where to start and bounced back and forth between several ideas. My idea for this blog topic came during a routine follow-up visit with one of my patients last week. This patient had been under the care of a chiropractor for just over 9 months. The treatment consisted of the industry normal plan; 3 times per week for 4 weeks, 2 times per week for 4 weeks, which hopefully put you into a much needed “maintenance” phase where you basically need to come in once per week for the rest of your life. Seems pretty legit, right? Read More