What is Spinal Stenosis – Not enough space in this spine for both of us

Welcome back amazing nerds. Today’s text aims at continuing to inform about the most common musculoskeletal complaint: back pain. More specifically, it is about a pathology that can be linked to back pain, can sound really scary, and sometimes is not well understood even by healthcare professionals. I’m going to be discussing spinal stenosis. IContinue reading “What is Spinal Stenosis – Not enough space in this spine for both of us”

Socrates – part 2: Searching for the essence

Welcome back awesome nerds. This is the second part of my study of Socrates, where I’ll mainly focus on his philosophical ideas. If you want to know more about Socrates’ history and how much of a Chad he was, please go read the first part. Without further delay, let’s explore the philosophical ideas of thisContinue reading “Socrates – part 2: Searching for the essence”

Socrates – part 1: He who knows nothing

Welcome back to our shared journey through philosophy over the years. This time we will be witnessing history! I am happy to point out that we have concluded our journey through the Pre-Socratic philosophers, and we have reached the man, the myth, the legend himself: Socrates. If my introduction wasn’t enough to highlight his important,Continue reading “Socrates – part 1: He who knows nothing”

Bias in Research: Not all studies are created equal

Hello again. In the last post, I explored some of the more common biases that affect our perception of what we experience in our daily clinical practice, and how these limit the conclusions and generalisations we can make from our clinical experience. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading it here before starting this one.Continue reading “Bias in Research: Not all studies are created equal”

Bias in Clinical Experience: Good intentions pave the road to mistakes

Hello again. In this post I intend to continue my exploration of why we need to understand the scientific method, why we need to inform our practice in research papers and how we can balance this with our personal/clinical experience in daily practice in a way that is beneficial to our patients. If you haven’tContinue reading “Bias in Clinical Experience: Good intentions pave the road to mistakes”

The Pre-Socratics part 7 – The Sophists

In this next text through the history of philosophy we will be looking at a controversial, but influential group. Most of the information we have about this group comes to us from the writings of Plato, who didn’t like them very much (Kenny, 2010). So this biased view is something we have to keep inContinue reading “The Pre-Socratics part 7 – The Sophists”

Dealing with Humans, Dealing with Complexity

The assumption that training principles applied to pain and associated disability is yet another sign of our deep craving for defined, guiding reasoning structures – from A we progress to B, from D we regress to C etc… It reflects our inner aversion to complexity, to subjectivity. But in reality, we are all these complexContinue reading “Dealing with Humans, Dealing with Complexity”

The myth of “Text Neck”

The content of this post was originally going to be included in the text on myths surrounding back pain (link to post), however because it is a somewhat complex topic and it will take some explanation to get my point across, it ended up developing into a topic worthy of its own text. This timeContinue reading “The myth of “Text Neck””

The Pre-Socratics part 6 – Caring about Health

Welcome to another text where we continue our journey through the philosophers who developed the ideas that inspired most of our own at present. Today we are going to explore a name that may not be as obscure as the ones before: Hippocrates. Giving some justification to my personal interest in philosophy, in ancient Greece,Continue reading “The Pre-Socratics part 6 – Caring about Health”

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice part 2: Framework for Understanding

This text is the second part of my attempt at introducing you to evidence-based practice and making this process generally better understood by everyone. If you haven’t already, check part 1 before reading this one to understand why we can’t just rely on our own thought processes to gather knowledge about the world and makeContinue reading “Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice part 2: Framework for Understanding”