When it comes to seeking medical advice for muscle pain and soreness, patients are often confused as to which injuries require a visit to the doctor. Furthermore, even when pain persists, many people avoid the doctor for fear their injury will require major surgery. There are times, like guest Jamie Collier of Everett, Washington experienced, where the pain is so debilitating that it restricts you to a bed and the doctor cannot be avoided. However, more often than not, like guest Scott Tallman, an amateur cyclist who developed chronic knee pain, we continue to ‘push through’ and ignore the symptoms.
Dr. Brian Krabak and Dr. Marla Kaufman, physiatrists and specialists at the Sports and Spine Physicians Clinic at the University of Washington Medical Center, discuss what patients should be wary of with pain, as well as several non-surgical treatment options for musculoskeletal injuries. Their goal as physicians is to enable patients to continue to be active and avoid surgery if possible. Dr. Kaufman contends that if any pain lingers for more than a few days and seems to be accumulating such that a person cannot function as well as previously, then one should be evaluated by an expert. It is usually a question of hurt versus harm. The key is to understand the interconnectivity of the body and get a ‘big picture’ evaluation.
Dr. Krabak and Dr. Kaufman discuss everything from frozen shoulder to plantar fasciitis to chronic knee pain. Dr. Krabak explains different types of injection therapies and when these can be helpful in alleviating the pain. The doctors give advice about physical therapy activities and how to address different musculoskeletal issues. The best advice: when seeking a doctor, seek a specialist to get the best care.
Brian Krabak, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine , UW MedicineDr. Krabak is a clinical associate professor, rehabilitation physician and doctor of physical medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. Having served as a sports medicine clinician at the last two Olympic Games, he has top-notch expertise in prevention and treatment of sports related injuries, in addition to his extensive research and teaching experience. Dr. Krabak received his medical... more >
Marla S. Kaufman, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, UW MedicineDr. Kaufman serves as a clinical assistant professor, rehabilitation physician and doctor of physical medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. She is especially interested in performing spine care for interventional procedures and sports medicine, and her research and teaching are in this area as well. Dr. Kaufman received her medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed... more >