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Can Wearable Devices Help Speed Medical Research?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

For most people, devices like Fitbit and Jawbone are just expensive toys.  I see a lot of people dashing around with a devices on their wrists. Many of them are working on getting their 10,000 steps for the day.  While it is nice to see people being active, it does not seem likely that anyone is going to dramatically improve his or her fitness due to a wristband. If anything, these devices probably give people a false sense of what they have accomplished each day. This leads people to think they are entitled to more calories and the net result is weight gain, not loss. That said, it could be that these activity trackers could do some actual good.  The US Department of Veteran Affairs is said to be undertaking a study of people with back pain.  Starting in February, 2016, the VA will monitor the movement of back pain sufferers. They will compare that data with what the veterans say about their pain and activity levels.  If this works, the VA will be able to provide better and more accurate treatment to those back pain sufferers.  We are at the start of the so-called Information Age.  The more data we generate, in theory, the better we can address such problems as chronic back pain. It will bear watching to see what this study finds. I suspect one result will be to confirm that a lot of back pain is due to deconditioning as patients do ever less in response to pain. If so, doctors may end up prescribing trips to the YMCA rather than to the operating room. 

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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