How Spine Surgeons Keep Healthy

Dr. Richard Kube was recently featured from a panel of Spine Surgeons discussing how they achieve their personal goals with regard to health and wellness.

Richard Kube, MD. Founder and CEO of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.): Like any other habit, it starts with the first day. It is said that any activity you perform for more than 28 consecutive days becomes a habit. I prioritize my health over other options. I think most folks can curtail digital media consumption, whether it is TV, cell phones, social media, gaming and etc. Avoid excess in those areas and prioritize your day by getting up early and exercising. Utilize healthy meal choices. If those are not readily available to you then pack your own lunch. I watch little TV, I’m not on Facebook and I don’t own a gaming system. I do go to the gym most days and I do tend to eat healthy. It is how I start every day. It is too easy to find excuses and prioritize other activities at the end of a day. If health is important, it should come first; hence start the day with that in mind.

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A New Year, A New You and How Physical Therapy Can Help

It’s that time of year again! People are making their New Year’s resolutions and pondering different ways they can improve their quality of life for the coming year. At some point, we all might’ve thought, “I’m going to get healthy this year, eat right, and start exercising!” That’s an excellent goal, but I’d like you to consider how many times you’ve followed through and been consistent with that resolution for the year and throughout your life. If that goal has fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone. Read more…


Back Pain and Sports

Have you been spending more time enjoying outdoor activities before the cold temperatures of winter hit? Many people try to take in the last few weeks of comfortable fall weather to get outdoors, play sports and enjoy the change of seasons.

Getting plenty of exercise and playing sports is good for overall health. It also adds pleasure and a sense of well-being. Almost any sport places some stress on your spine. That is why it’s important to keep the muscles and ligaments that support your spine flexible and strong. A healthy spine can help prevent many sports injuries.

Getting these muscles to the point where they support your spine well is called core strengthening. Ask your health care provider or physical therapist about these strengthening exercises.
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September is Pain Awareness Month

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Did you know there is a foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing awareness about chronic pain and research to resolve such? The National Headache Foundation and U.S. Pain Foundations are working this month to raise awareness of those suffering from chronic pain in honor of September’s Pain Awareness Month. Read more…


Back Pain in the Workplace

Back Pain in the Workplace

Back Pain in the WorkplaceLower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, as reported by the Global Burden of Disease. Anyone can get back pain. There are however some aspects that can increase your risk. The type of job you do, getting older, being overweight, smoking, certain diseases and poor physical fitness can all contribute to having a constant ache in your back. Read more…