New e-book - Piriformis Syndrome

My new e-book “Piriformis Syndrome” with the anatomy, pathology, conventional and yoga-treatment is available - CLICK HERE


Upcoming Events

Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall will present a FREE webinar:
Monday, May 18th 8:30 PM EDT, 5:30 PDT
"Yoga for Preventing/Reversing Osteoporosis"

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All are welcome!


Yoga for Healthy Joints
July 10, 2015 - July 12, 2015

Joints are central to human movement, but each moves in vastly different ways. In this workshop, we further our understanding of what joints are, how they work, what can go wrong, and how yoga can set things right again. Going joint by joint—through discussion and yoga practice—we learn to:

  • Understand how yoga can hurt the joints and troubleshoot asanas that can cause problems
  • Analyze and practice poses that help different joints
  • Adapt poses for specific joint conditions
  • Use yoga to reduce pain and swelling in our joints, and regain lost height
  • Increase our range of motion and move with more comfort and balance

Focusing on arthritis and allied conditions, frozen shoulder, sprained ankle, and facet syndrome, we see that gentle, regular exercise like yoga can help to keep the joints healthy, decrease pain, and improve endurance. Problem cases are welcome.

FRIDAY
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SATURDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

 

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Clinical Study

Sciatica and Buttock Pain
Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blinded

Qualified patients may receive free botulinum injections and 12 sessions of physical therapy without cost. Qualified patients with buttock pain and/or sciatica for whom the reasonable cause of these complaints is the piriformis muscle will be given either botulinum toxin or placebo. Interested parties should call (212) 472-0077 or fill out the forms below and send them to Nimmi@sciatica.org or mail them to Loren M. Fishman, MD, 1009 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028.

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News

7 Health Benefits of Yoga for Guys
The word yoga may conjure up images of super-limber women in leggings twisting their bodies into impossible poses. But stereotypes aside, yoga offers a variety of health benefits for men as well as women. Loren M. Fishman, MD, medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an assistant clinical professor at Columbia Medical School, studied yoga in India, has written about it as a valuable addition to traditional medical treatment, and uses it in his rehabilitation practice to help with neurological and musculoskeletal problems.


Peer Reviewed: Very Short-Term Practice of a Simple Yoga Pose Reduces Adolescent Scoliosis By Almost Half
Newswise — A basic yoga pose, done for an average of only 1.5 minutes a day, six days a week for two months, reduced idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent and adult patients an average of 32% in the first peer-reviewed published clinical trial studying yoga for the reduction of scoliosis curves.



Yoga Causes Surprising Number of Injuries - ABC NEWS
World News with Diane Sawyer reporter, Lindsey Davis interviews Dr. Loren Fishman and our yoga therapist Cathy Lilly.


Dr. Fishman's audio tapes on yoga treatment for rotator cuff and for osteoporosis/osteopenia - NOW AVAILABLE:

Dr. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Low Back Pain - Secrets to Safely Relieving and Preventing Back Pain

Creating a Safe Yoga Practice - Keys to Preventing and Healing Shoulder Injuries with Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall


Sciatica – pain, weakness, numbness, and other discomfort along the path of the sciatic nerve – often accompanies low back pain, which afflicts every adult from time to time, costing billions of dollars in healthcare and more lost days of work than anything but the common cold. Low back pain and sciatica can baffle physicians and other medical professionals, arising without warning and continuing for long periods of time.

Sciatica is a symptom of a problem at some point along the sciatic nerve rather than an ailment in and of itself. A herniated disc in the back, spinal stenosis and piriformis syndrome are medical disorders that can cause sciatica. Individuals who have sciatica are often crippled by it, and are driven to seek relief from conventional medical treatment, alternative therapies, and "miracle" cures.

Our aim is to promote understanding for healthcare professionals and for the general public by providing access to basic scientific and practical information which may help with diagnostic and treatment decisions involving sciatica. We also perform research studies to learn more about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this ubiquitous condition.

We hope this site is helpful. It is for your information, but is not intended to replace a physician's examination and subsequent advice. Please consult a physician before embarking on any course of diagnosis or treatment.

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION AT ONCE IF YOU EXPERIENCE:
• LOSS OF CONTROL OF BOWEL OR BLADDER
• INCREASING WEAKNESS IN THE TRUNK, BUTTOCKS OR LEGS
• NUMBNESS THAT ASCENDS FROM TOES OR FEET
• ANY OF THE ABOVE, WITH FEVER OR FORCEFUL VOMITING