Pain and Perfection in Ballet Dancers, Part II

Professional ballet dancers train their bodies for high performance aerobic endurance, muscular strength, and good joint stability. But, they risk significant musculoskeletal injury from the demands of training and performance. Mary Helen Bowers, acclaimed ballerina who trained Natalie Portman for her Academy Award winning role in Black Swan shares how she overcame her own injuries …

Pain and Perfection in Ballet Dancers, Part I

Professional ballet dancers train their bodies for high performance aerobic endurance, muscular strength, and good joint stability. But, they risk significant musculoskeletal injury from the demands of training and performance. Mary Helen Bowers, acclaimed ballerina who trained Natalie Portman for her Academy Award winning role in Black Swan shares how she overcame her own injuries …

Becoming Patch Adams: Laughter Curing Pain is No Joke

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but what about when it comes to relieving pain? It is really possible that just a little laughter can actually ease physical pain? While the idea behind laughter as a pain medication is nothing new to speculative researchers, it was still an unproven concept. It was …

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Addiction

When we think about Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kurt Cobain, Cory Monteith, and Marilyn Monroe, we think of tragedy. These artists not only died, they went out with a bang by “living too hard”. Addiction is not what it seems in the movies or on TV. Cheryl Strayed’s recent book turned movie Wild depicted recovered heroin addicts …

A Year in Radio: Our Favorite Shows

Aches and Gains had an interesting year full of hot topics and interesting stories. Some of my favorite topics to discuss were also your favorites. Many of you were most interested in texting neck pain which is an affliction that affects every single one of us. Others wanted to know more about Elvis Presley and …

A Year in Review

2015 has been an interesting year when it comes to the wide range of topics we have covered. From fibromyalgia to Elvis and celebrities battling Lyme disease. There is nothing that we cannot cover here when it comes to pain and we have learned so much over the last year. The Battle with Fibromyalgia Women …

My Favorite Blogs: Advancing in Overall Pain Awareness

The medical field is an ongoing and evolving profession that is constantly in search of the next treatment for our patients’ ailments.  I began blogging as a way to provide the most current and important information to my patients and the public, as well as a way for me to stay on top of the …

My Favorite Episodes: Providing a Voice for Living in Pain

I created my radio show, Aches and Gains, to provide a voice for the more than 100 million people in need of relief from living in pain.  Celebrities, public figures, health practitioners and pain experts share their stories of struggle and success on the show every week, helping to lessen the stigma that’s all too …

Elvis Presley and Agonizing Pain

Interviews with friends and physicians of the late “King of Rock and Roll” give us a deeper look at Elvis’ health, personal life and legacy. The episodes dedicated to exploring the life and death of one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Elvis Presley, are among some of the most popular Aches and Gains …

Maya Angelou shared with Aches and Gains in 2014.

Dr. Maya Angelou’s Legacy for Inspiration and Grace Living with Pain

Dr. Maya Angelou was featured on Aches and Gains shortly before her passing.  After a traumatic event, Dr. Maya Angelou spent nearly six years of her youth as a mute in which she suffered great emotional pain. Despite her era of silence, she went on to become a voice for many generations and cultures as an author, …