The Doctor will see you now


For over a year now patients have told me weekly you should have some type of talk show or speaking tour to share all the knowledge you have.  I also hear all the time “well my Dr never explained to me what was going on or why I should/shouldn’t be doing that.”   I’m not jumping into the talk show arena at this time, but I do believe that the greatest privilege I get every day is to spend large amounts of time with my patients who often become friends.  I love to educate them on what is going on and how we can fix it together.  I have found that in more than 90% of cases the patient knows exactly what is wrong with them they just don’t know the fancy medical jargon or the solution to their problem.  If we as medical professionals take the time to listen carefully, compassionately, and treat the PERSON not just the problem the final outcome is substantially better for everyone involved.

With all of that said this page is intended for me to get the word out about physical therapy while helping as many people as possible with questions they may have.  It could have to do with your sore neck after a 100 mile bike ride or what you should expect the first few weeks after a hip replacement.  Anything is fair game if I have no idea what you’re asking I have no problem telling you that. I’ll try researching an answer, pointing you in the right direction, and we’ll talk about it in the forum as someone else may know better than I do.  I’m open to any questions medical or otherwise you may have.   A quick disclaimer that I have to find a way to put at the bottom of my page.  No advice is a diagnosis, prognosis, prescription, official medical plan of care, or advertisement.  Just ideas passed freely from someone who has had over 70000 patient/therapist interactions in the last 15 years.

Yours in Health,

Dr Clif

About Clif Rizer

Clif began his career at Lock Haven University specializing in sports medicine and Athletic Training. In 1993 he became certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He received his master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 from the University of Miami, School of Medicine, and began working as an orthopedic Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer with 5 high schools in Pennsylvania. In 2005 he returned to South Florida. In 2011, he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with his thesis focusing on headache and posture treatment from the University of Saint Augustine. His areas of specialization include the spine, shoulder rehabilitation, sports rehabilitation, and geriatric rehabilitation. In Clif's off hours he enjoys triathlon training, weight lifting, and spending time with his wife.
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4 Responses to The Doctor will see you now

  1. Rosalind Guttman says:

    Thank you Dr. Clif for inviting me to follow you, it will be my pleasure. I always enjoy the
    information you have to share.

    MizRoz

  2. Yamile says:

    So any advice for ulner & medial nerve issues causing numbness in the fingers and trochantric pain?

    • Clif Rizer says:

      The ulnar nerve travels down the back of your upper arm through a small notch which if bumped can cause a surprising amount of pain or numbness down your arm, sometimes referred to as hitting your funny bone. It then runs from your elbow to the pinky finger and half the finger next to it. The medial nerve is a branch of the ulnar that branches off before the hand and innervates part of the forearm. Medial nerve symptoms are uncommon. Do you may mean the median nerve which is also known as carpel tunnel syndrome? If your numbness is after extended use of your arms it could the position of your elbows putting stress on the ulnar nerve as it runs through the “funny bone” area. Try using ice, changing the position of your arms if possible, and avoid a static position for more than 20-30 min during the day. Also if you have tried some conservative treatment to the hand/wrist area and have seen no change in symptoms it could be coming from your neck. Here is a link from the American Society of hand surgeons, not that I’m encouraging jumping to surgery but it has some good diagrams and other information. http://www.assh.org/Public/HandConditions/Pages/Numbness.aspx

      As for trochanteric pain I’ll talk about that in my next blog. It’s not your hip, it’s not your back, it’s your pelvis.

      Yours in Health,
      Dr. Clif

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