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  1. As a 64 Y.O. Man with 3 or more Herniated Disks at the Belt Line that cause pain daily,
    what does Dr. Mitchell Yass recommend? I do not have his book yet. Thank You.

    1. The identification of herniated discs is a meaningless finding. These structural variations can be found in as many people with no back pain as those with back pain. These structural variations are degenerative in nature and occur over years. The only reason they are associated with pain is because the MRI was taken while the person is in pain. If the MRI was taken before the pain began, the MRI results would be the same and the herniated discs identified. Most pain is caused by muscle weakness or imbalance. The key to resolving pain in most cases is identifying which muscles need to be strengthened so function can be performed without straining any muscles.

      My book outlines how to properly diagnose pain and if found to be muscular which exercises to perform.

      Best wishes,

      Dr Yass

  2. For the past month I have not been able to lift my head and keep it up for more than a few minutes. I have no pain in the neck area and can move my head from side to side without difficulty, but it is sharply hurts to move my head backward. I frequently experience an isolated, new, sharp, stabbing pain in the back of my left shoulder, although I am right-handed. I am 88 years old and in good health generally, except for coping with fibromyalgia for many years. I do not have serious chronic pain in any particular part of my body, except that my neck hurts when I struggle to keep my head up. A six-day treatment of Prednisone didn’t help. I am now having physical therapy three times per week with electrical stimulation at the back of my neck and upper back, followed by massage and traction manipulation, but after five 40-minute treatments no improvement. I have had a healthy diet for 55 years, do not drink or smoke, and am not overweight. I walk my dog several times a day, use a treadmill and a massage chair, and swim and do Pilates on a regular basis, but have been cautioned to take it easy while having the physical therapy. I continue to have a full-body massage once a week, however. In 1965 I underwent surgery for a ruptured disc in the lumbar region of my spine, but I do Pilates and sleep on a firm mattress and have had no trouble since. The neck problem came on gradually, beginning with a mild chest cold in late November which lasted for two months, followed by soreness in my back ribs, steadily developing weakness and clumsiness in my hands and fingers, loss of balance resulting in frequent falls, and now the unbearable weakness in my neck. I am hoping to avoid surgery by doing any exercises you might suggest for this problem. I suspect a correct diagnosis has yet to be made, perhaps an MRI is needed. An Xray of my neck four weeks ago showed degeneration and arthritis damage to my spine, but severe osteoporosis has been kept in check for several years by Reclast infusions every two years. In addition to the Xray I had a blood test which ruled out pholymyalgia rheumatica. Can you tell me what is causing the trouble with my neck?

    1. I would guess you have a strained levator scapula. It is a muscle that attaches from the inside upper corner of the shoulder blade to the upper cervical region. When you out your head back you are shortening the strained levator to the point it is eliciting sharp pain. Although the symptom is in the neck region, the cause is mostly likely a shoulder strain. Other muscles in the shoulder/shoulder blade grouping have strained causing the levator scapula to overwork and strain. The key is figuring out which muscles have strained and need to be restrengthened. These types of causes show up on no diagnostic tests.

      I hope this information helps.

      Best wishes,

      Dr Yass

  3. I would like to see a someone who is well versed in the Yass Method, however, I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Have you trained others to use your method and, if so, are any in Ontario>

    1. I am sorry but i am the only practitioner that utilizes the Yass Method. You can purchase my book the pain cure rx and try to figure out the cause of your pain, you can have a skype evaluation and treatment with me and i will evaluate the cause of your pain and if found to be muscular provide you the exercises to resolve your pain or you can come to my office in northern florida for treatment.

      Best wishes,

      Dr Yass

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