Cervical radiculopathy or infected root canal?

This is an interesting case example exploring the link between dental pain, TMJ pain and cervical pain. There are multiple pain mechanisms contributing to the overall presentation. It was definitely a complex case that required thinking outside the square in order to find the root of the problem.

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Sleep more, hurt less

This week we are excited to welcome guest writer and soon-to-be Physical Therapist Sara Suddes to Rayner & Smale. I met Sara while teaching at UCSF and was excited to hear about the topic for her final-year evidence based practice presentation. Before transferring in PT school, Sara worked as a newspaper reporter. Sara has spent many months researching the bidirectional relationship between sleep and pain and has put her brilliant writing skills to use to share with us her thoughts about sleep and pain.

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Asking why - finding meaning behind our questions.

Asking why isn't always easy. When you put the onus back on the patient to try get them to problem solve their own issue it has the potential of coming across as not knowing the answer. That's not true and when I ask why, I am literally just curious to find out more information and dig a little deeper. This is a different post for me, a little less evidence-based and fact-filled and a little more reflective on lessons from the past and reinforces the importance of a thorough subjective examination

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