Author Archive | Patrick Craig

Low back pain & low value care

Low back pain Non-specific low back pain remains a pretty enigmatic and widespread condition. Globally, the number of years lived with disability caused by low back pain have increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015. Low back pain is now the leading cause of global disability. Most countries have clinical guideline which inform clinical practice. […]

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Photobiomodulation workshop with James Carroll

Photobiomodulation therapy is on the move. There has been a recent flurry of stories in the mainstream media and a steady publication of research articles and clinical studies demonstrating the utility of low level light therapy / cold laser in the management and treatment of a wide range of situations including tissue repair, inflammation, oedema, […]

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Safety and efficacy of osteopathic medicine

Safety and efficacy of osteopathic medicine is not self evident. Apparently we need validated research to demonstrate what is already empirically obvious. The regulatory environment has become so paranoid that osteopaths are no longer allowed to advertise either the safety and efficacy of osteopathic medicine – there are after all no dedicated safety or efficacy studies. Mountains of […]

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Case Study: Occupational Overuse Syndrome

Patient profile The subject of the case has skin in the game. His injuries sustained over years of ab(-use). These injuries have motivated a reassessment of his work practices. The n=1 is question here is me! The back story: excerpt of a letter to my GP I have conservatively managed and rehabilitated all minor bingles […]

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Case Study: Temporomandibular Joint Pain

Patient profile 72 yr old female developed post-dental temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain after 3 lengthy amalgam removal procedures. Unable to protrude tongue, open mouth, chew solids or form a proper occlusion (bite). After some initial TMJ locking her right TMJ become exquisitely painful and restricted. At the time of the initial consult she was barely […]

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Laser and LED therapy

Osteopaths can be luddites, inherently skeptical of electrotherapuetic devices.  I have dabbled with some, but my most enduring fascination has been with laser and LED therapy. The therapeutic use of red and near infra-red is referred to as Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMt). Over the last 40+ years, basic research and clinical studies have conclusively established the […]

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Muscle, myokines & mind

Muscle is much more than an organ of action and sensation. Research spanning the last 20 years has revealed that skeletal muscle is an endocrine organ which produces and releases myokines. Myokines work like hormones, by exerting specific endocrine effects on other organs. Myokines also influence muscle metabolism. Physical activity induces the secretion of myokines […]

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