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Patella Tendon Treat Upstream

Patients often come into our office with pain in their patella tendon. The actual problem is rarely in the patella tendon itself. That is just where the symptom is. There are 4 quadriceps muscles (hence ‘quad’) that converge over the knee cap and form into the patella tendon. It is very common that soft tissue dysfunction in the quadriceps muscles are contributing to added stress and tension on the tendon which is what causes the pain. In this video Dr. Robert Barton with Peak Performance Spine & Sports Medicine in Pasadena Texas discusses this concept and treats with an instrument assisted myofascial release technique. Just remember, if you have knee pain sometimes you have to treat ‘upstream.’

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Making Time for Loved Ones

In this video I head to see my daughter Avery in College Station where she is a student at Texas A&M.

Admittedly I have spent a lot of time working and love opportunities to spend time with family to make memories.

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How To Fix Bad Shoulder Posture

Forward shoulder posture is a common cause of trapezius (shoulder) pain as well as chronic neck pain.

Most importantly, forward shoulder posture is almost always accompanied by forward head posture.

Forward head posture puts additional stress on the cervical discs and joint. This can cause early degeneration and of course, pain.

This video shows how to assess for forward shoulder posture as well as 2 ways to stretch if you determine you have forward shoulder posture.

This can help improve neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and most importantly preserve your neck from early degenerative changes.

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Two-Level Cervical Disc Replacement Indications

Spinal surgery can often be a scary thought for most people.

In this video, Dr.Barton explains the indications for a disc replacement vs a spinal fusion after participating in a 2 level disc replacement surgery using the Mobi-c disc implant. The Mobi-C implant preserves motion in the spine which can reduce pressure on the adjacent natural discs vs a fusion.

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Quick & Healthy Breakfast

Many people skip breakfast for a number of reasons.

Not enough time,

Nothing good to eat,

Not ready to eat, etc, etc.

It is a good practice to get your metabolism jumpstarted in the mornings. Research shows people who skip breakfast may experience weight problems.

This is a quick and high protein breakfast option that takes about 7 minutes to put together start to finish.

Here is the link to the egg poachers.

OXO Good Grips Microwave Egg Cooker


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Are We Really All Sinking Ships?



Depending on how you look at things, all of our time here on this earth is limited. So we are essentially all sinking ships. I talk about this briefly while fishing at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Our job here at Peak Performance is to help you delay that sinking by providing services and information to help you plug the holes, navigate your ship and keep it from sinking too soon.

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Basic Spinal Exercise Routine

This is a 10 exercise Basic spinal exercise routine that can be performed 3-5 times per week to help maintain core strength and flexibility. If you have any back pain with these activities, that is generally OK unless the back pain persists for longer than 15 minute following the 10 minute routine. If you have leg pain with any of the exercises, you should discontinue that activity until the cause of the leg pain is identified.

If you have back pain with the activities and you have not be evaluated biomechanically, you should see someone and be checked. You may not need to live with your back pain.

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Slow Carb Diet

In this video, I discuss the “Slow Carb Diet” which is a great way to lose a little weight to a great deal of weight. Between July of 2014 and December of 2014, Mr. Werner lost 70 lbs and didn’t even know he was using the slow carb diet. Congratulations to him!
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