Written by Keel Russell

Goldson Spine Back to School 2017 Celebration!

Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center held its annual Back to School Event on Saturday, August 12, 2017, and we are happy to report that it was a tremendous success thanks in no small part to the collaborative efforts of our generous sponsors, vendors, staff, volunteers and attendees. We asked the public to come out in full force and folks responded to our call in large numbers. We were slated to begin admitting families into the park at midday but due to the wonderful turnout, we opened the gates much earlier.

The day was kicked off by a rousing game of kickball by the Goldson Spine team, which created an active and enjoyable environment that carried through until late afternoon. The DJ station helped to get things moving with a steady flow of upbeat music and face painting brightened up an already bright day.

There were bounce houses for the kids, an obstacle course for the brave and several rounds of tug of war, which earned a few strong children some toys and prizes. There was a beverage station that kept everyone hydrated, a food shed that kept everyone energized and treats such as cotton candy and ice cream for those with a sweet tooth.

Attendees also had the chance to collect prizes for correctly answering questions about Goldson Spine and it was endearing to see so much of the community getting involved and displaying incredible knowledge about our facilities and services. We had an exciting dance competition and Dr. Fidel Goldson Jr. ended the day by awarding one lucky young lady a brand new Samsung tablet for correctly answering questions about anatomy.

Free physicals were offered by our Goldson Spine doctors to countless children and our book bag giveaway was one of the highlights of the event. We were so pleased to once again host our back-to-school event and to help contribute to a positive school year for the young people of our community.

All in all, fun was had by adults and kids alike and families were able to benefit from the services provided, which is always the best outcome. Therefore, we at Goldson Spine cannot wait to “Turn Up The Life” and meet even more people next year!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers: Commissioner Dale Holness, K.C. Old Boys, Oasis Dental Care, Dr. Wayne Fraser, Thomas and Pearl, Associates MD, Grant’s Health Drink, WAVS1170AM, Windsor Imaging, Reese Vision Care, Cox Media / 99Jamz, Bethlehem Junior Academy, The Imaging Centers,  Jamaican Women of Florida, Comprehensive Spine Center, B.A.C.E., Broward Public Library, Commissioner Howard Berger, Jay Shapiro and Associates, Attorney Thaddeus Hamilton, Phoenix Sound & Lighting, Donna’s Caribbean Restaurant, Reggae Fit, Caribbean National Weekly, and A1 Medical.

Written by Keel Russell


We’re happy to report that the Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center’s Chiropractic Care Show and Tell hosted at our North Lauderdale office last week started off with a bang. Or maybe a crack, as Dr. Koi Ibrahim gave a live demonstration of a chiropractic adjustment on an eager participant. Chiropractors diagnose and treat disorders affecting muscles, joints and the nervous system with a hands-on approach to therapy and manipulation of the spine. Therefore, seeing the demonstration in person helped to get a real sense of how beneficial and effortless the procedure is…especially in the caring hands of Dr. Koi.

The Goldson Spine team answered questions and provided additional information, in particular, Dr. Koi explained that the body should be looked at bilaterally as our jobs and daily activities can create imbalances, even something as simple as favoring one hand over the other in completing tasks can cause tension and tightening on one side of the body. Of course, when we think of injuries or ailments we think of doctors and family practitioners but licensed physical therapists and chiropractors should be included in the process as they not only identify the problem but offer treatment options as well. Furthermore, a licensed physical therapist and chiropractor can help you get better in tune with your body and your specific physical needs. That sort of individualized attention is extremely useful for stabilizing injuries, preventing future damage and maintaining proper health.

After the demonstration, there were two giveaways because a Goldson Spine event is always about spreading knowledge AND having fun. One delighted winner received an personal care gift basket and the other winner received an electric temple massager.

Several representatives from the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce and the North Lauderdale City Commission were also in attendance. Both offices have been tremendous forces in the district for businesses and residents alike. Executive Director of the Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce, Peter Mason and Commissioner Lorenzo Wood gave speeches highlighting the contributions of Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center since opening a facility in North Lauderdale in April of 2015 and our very own Crystal Mathis and  Dr. Koi Ibrahim were each presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Commissioner Wood. Goldson Spine is beyond grateful for the recognition and commendation because we believe in community outreach and the strength that comes from mutual support.

In light of that, Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center’s next upcoming event is the Annual Summer Splash Back to School Celebration on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 12 noon to 4 PM at the Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium (3700 NW 11th PL., Lauderhill, FL 33311). We hope to see everyone there and meet more of our wonderful Broward community members!

Written by Keel Russell

Benefits of Routine Exercise

Routine! Anyone who’s ever had to adhere to a routine knows it can be quite challenging. Having to do something over and over and in line with a schedule may not seem fun but just as when you were a kid being made to eat vegetables, you realize that some things in life are worth the time and effort.

Exercise and good health go hand in hand as engaging in frequent physical activity is an incredible tool for losing and maintaining weight, for lowering the risk of heart disease and developing type 2 diabetes. Exercise is also a great way to strengthen bones and muscles. An adult human has 206 bones which provide support and help the body to move about. Though, they do not achieve this on their own. Muscles and joints pitch in to ensure that people are finely tuned moving machines but with age, bones become weaker due to the loss of density resulting in the increased likelihood of osteoporosis and fractures. The encouraging news is that research has shown that incorporating at least 2 to 3 hours per week of moderately intense forms of exercise as well as doing other strengthening activities can decrease the risk of breaking a bone, decelerate the loss of bone density and reduce joint pain associated with arthritis.

However, looking after your skeletal and muscular systems is important at any age. Thankfully, getting started on a regular exercise journey is made simple with licensed physical therapists who are qualified to assess and recommend the right amount of repetitions, intensity and impact of your workout, enhance your ability to regulate pain and make it easier to stick to a steady routine. Of course, if your bone and muscle health has been slightly neglected, chiropractors will be available to offer treatment alternatives to healing and aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the back and spine, without something as drastic as surgical intervention.

Our Goldson Spine offices are fully equipped with the experienced Chiropractic and Physical Therapy professionals who have a passionate  for the wellness of our community.

As you can see, physical activity can have tremendous benefits but regular physical activity in consultation with physical therapy or chiropractic therapy is really the key to reaping the rewards of these benefits and tapping into your body’s true potential.

Call 1-866- 465-3766 today and make an appointment to see us!

Written by Keel Russell

National Scoliosis Awareness Month

June has been declared National Scoliosis Awareness Month with the aim of focusing awareness on scoliosis, the importance of early diagnosis and the available treatment options.

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder that results in an abnormal curvature of the spine and affects approximately 3% of the U.S. population. It is the most common spinal deformity though the cause is primarily unknown, in which case it is termed idiopathic scoliosis. It usually occurs prior to puberty, between the ages of 10 to 15 years old, but scoliosis can develop in infants and adults. Females have shown to be more prone to a particular sideways spinal curvature which can ultimately require either the use of a back brace (bracing) and/or surgery.

Early detection of scoliosis goes a long way in realigning and slowing down the curvature of the spine as bones grow and harden over time. Whilst screening for scoliosis is conducted at some schools via the Adam’s Forward Bend Test, it is imperative that parents take the initiative to have children screened on an annual basis because if left unattended, and while it may be rare, this disorder can possibly lead to further complications.

Screening can be done by a chiropractor, which comes with additional benefits as qualified chiropractors will not only be able to diagnose scoliosis but will be able to provide chiropractic adjustments that can gradually correct the spine. The services offered by a chiropractor can also help people at various stages in their battle against this disorder, from those who have undergone surgical procedures to those who wish to avoid them.

There are generally three types of scoliosis: mild, moderate and severe. They are distinguished by the degree of the spinal curvature. The angle of the curve must be at least 10 degrees to be considered scoliosis – this is regarded as the Cobb Angle. Thus, there are different degree-groupings that determine the type of scoliosis and the requisite course of treatment.

Bracing and surgery have been effective but are usually recommended for extreme cases. Exercise, including stretching and yoga, have become mighty giants in managing and treating scoliosis and is the most prevalent method. As with screening, deciding on an exercise regimen should be done with the consultation of a medical professional. A licensed physical therapist has a wealth of knowledge directed toward addressing an individual’s specific skeletal condition and treatment needs based on the severity and type of scoliosis.

A preemptive position should always be adopted. Early screening and diagnosis and incorporating the appropriate exercise routines can curb the effects of scoliosis, reduce pain and restore range of movement. Scoliosis is a condition that requires ongoing care, therefore it is essential to confer with a licensed physical therapist in formulating a specialized plan to minimize physical limitations and help improve the quality of life.

Call Goldson Spine today!  Let us help you Turn Up The Life! 1-866- GOLDSON

Written by Keel Russell

Dad, health is Important. Full stop.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if there’s anything that dads dislike more than being overshadowed by the ever-popular Mother’s Day, it’s talking about the dreaded “H word” – Heath! By now, we all should know that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting periodic medical checkups can help extend a person’s life. And who doesn’t want an extended life? Well…dads, apparently.

According to a survey by Cleveland Clinic, the majority of men questioned did not want to pay the doctor a visit and those who did only did so out of fear of a serious illness. So major medical emergency or nothing? This is like owning a valuable vehicle and ignoring all the warning signs until one day, BAM, the engine explodes. And I’m sure you’ve heard all the excuses: I don’t have the time; I have a phobia about doctors and their probing instruments; I once knew a guy who never went to the doctor and was strong as an ox. Nope. Health is important. Full stop.

Looking at a list of top causes of death in men in the U.S. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you’ll see conditions such as heart disease, cancer (prostate cancer in particular), stroke and many others. While not every illness is completely avoidable, prevention practices and early detection have been proven to actually save lives. For instance, under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist, exercise and strength training can greatly reduce the risk and effects from cardiovascular disease through the implementation of a controlled and efficient schedule. In fact, physical therapy has been a useful tool in combatting many ailments by preventing and managing several health conditions before they advance to more life-threatening stages.

Another statistic from the Cleveland Clinic survey found that 19% of men went to the doctor merely to stop their loved ones from pestering them about the issue. In this case, nagging the dads in your lives (including husbands, grandpas, uncles, and fathers-in-law) about taking care of their health would be a much better gift than a printed mug or t-shirt if it meant having them around for a longer time and perhaps, even saving their lives. So don’t be afraid to recommend the intervention of physical therapy for a happier Father’s Day this year!

Written by Keel Russell

Can A Chiropractor Help My Migraine?

Headaches are one of the most common forms of pain and discomfort that people deal with on a daily basis.  They affect more than 11 million adults in the United States every year. They also cost employers money due to lost productivity because of absenteeism.  Reports show that 156 million full-time workdays are lost each year due to headaches. As a result they account for a large part of the economic cost for Americans.   These headaches generate over 18 million office visits annually which leads to pricey health care costs. They are also the number one reason for the use of over-the counter analgesic medications.  But these drugs only reduce the intensity of headaches. Most peoples are currently looking for a natural method that would both reduce and eliminate the cause of this pain.

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Written by Keel Russell

Injured In An Accident

Nothing ruins a person’s day like being involved in an automobile accident. All of a sudden, you are experiencing pain, you may have car damage, and you probably won’t arrive at your destination on time. Your mind is cloudy with thoughts of money loss, missed appointments and the emotional stress associated with it all. Nonetheless, you try to gather yourself and determine what you should do first, second and third.

Here is a “car accident” checklist, that you should probably keep handy:

  1. Call 911
  2. Exchange driver information
  3. Take photos and videos
  4. Look for witnesses
  5. Record your own statement
  6. Get a police report
  7. Accept emergency medical care
  8. Follow up with private medical care of your choice
  9. Contact the driver’s insurance company
  10. Meet with a personal injury attorney
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Written by Keel Russell

The Doctors at Goldson are urging Mothers to #JustSayNoToDrugs

Moms, have you noticed the conversations happening all-across the country concerning doctors and prescription drugs? Well, mothers in my network are beginning to realize the long-term dangers of taking both prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. As the primary caretakers of most homes, mothers are becoming more conscious of the advantages of using natural remedies to keep their households healthy. The good news is Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center offers treatment that includes physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture and counseling options. If you consider the treatment options above, you will find it easier to join our campaign to #JustSayNoToDrugs.

Let’s explore the benefits of physical therapy. When I think of physical therapy, I am reminded of my dog, Charlie. Every morning when Charlie wakes up, he does not just roll out of bed like we do, but rather, he stretches out of his doggy bed. His stretch is a series of movements where he elongates his body from head to paw, dropping and arching his body in the middle, rotating his neck and wiggling his paw-toes. His dedication to self-medicating through stretching and physical therapy is not only admirable but a teachable moment.

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Written by Keel Russell

Just Say “No” Drugs

I believe there is a shift happening all-across America concerning health and western medical practices. People everywhere are beginning to realize the long-term dangers of taking both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. The good news is Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center offers holistic treatment that includes physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture and counseling options. When used correctly and consistently, you will find far less reasons to pop a pill or refill a prescription.

In this #JustSayNoToDrugs series, we will explore the benefits of  acupuncture, as a method of an alternative way to heal the body. As a system of medicine, acupuncture is over 2,500 years old, and may have been practiced in China in a rudimentary form 5,000, even 7,000 years ago.

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Written by Keel Russell

Dr. Fidel S. Goldson Sr. Scholarship Fundraising Event

On Saturday, February 18th Goldson Spine is inviting the community to dance, dine and share in an evening of joy and recollection as we remember Dr. Fidel S. Goldson Sr. The Broward County Commission has designated February 22nd as a day to honor his work in the community so around this time we get together to celebrate his life. This year we will be celebrating at Joy’s Roti Delight, 1205 NW 40th Avenue, Lauderhill FL 33313.

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