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Low Back Pain and the Hips and Legs

Low Back Pain and the Hips and Legs

It’s estimated that 84% of individuals will experience at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime, with 23% developing chronic low back pain. While dysfunction in the lumbar region is typically thought to be the cause of a patient’s low back pain, there’s a growing body of research suggesting that the underlying [..]

Managing Forward Head Posture

Managing Forward Head Posture

With the rise of smartphones and social media apps that keep users glued to small screens for hours upon hours, forward head posture is becoming more common. Unfortunately, this postural fault can set the stage for neck pain. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 60% of patients with neck pain exhibit forward head posture. [..]

Misuse of the Word “Chiropractic”

Misuse of the Word “Chiropractic”

“Manipulation” and “Chiropractic” are not Synonyms Background Joint Manipulation Joint manipulation is the applying of a force to a joint that helps that joint move better. It is classically associated with an audible sound. All people, trained and untrained, are capable of manipulating joints and eliciting an audible sound. Manipulation is a lay term. It is often [..]

Hands-On Care for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Hands-On Care for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) is a very common cause of shoulder pain that affects about half of adults at some point in life. Essentially, the condition describes the pinching of pain-sensitive structures in the shoulder that restricts normal use or function, with raising the shoulder being a very common activity that triggers a painful reaction.  [..]

The Carpal Tunnel Under Pressure

The Carpal Tunnel Under Pressure

The carpal tunnel is formed by eight small bones that comprise the top of the tunnel with the transverse carpal ligament serving as the floor. The median nerve, blood vessels, and nine tendons and their sheaths pass through the tunnel. In a healthy individual, there is a constant fluid pressure within the carpal tunnel that [..]

Strategies for Improving Vascular Health

Strategies for Improving Vascular Health

Efficient blood circulation is essential for the health of nearly all bodily functions, including the heart and cardiovascular system, the kidneys, and the brain. If vascular health is compromised, either from endothelial (blood vessel wall) dysfunction or stiffening of the large elastic arteries (such as the aorta and carotid arteries), then the risk for adverse [..]

Chronic Whiplash Predictors: Psychosocial vs. Anatomical

Chronic Whiplash Predictors: Psychosocial vs. Anatomical

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms that can arise following the sudden acceleration-deceleration of the head and neck that can occur in automobile collisions, physical trauma (such as sports or assault), or a serious fall. It’s estimated that half of WAD patients will continue to [..]

Chiropractic Manipulation After Lumbar Diskectomy

Chiropractic Manipulation After Lumbar Diskectomy

Lumbar diskectomy is a surgical procedure for removing herniated intervertebral disk material when non-surgical options fail to satisfactorily alleviate radiating leg pain, numbness, or weakness. However, there’s no guarantee such a procedure will provide relief. Up to 12% of patients require reoperation withing three months to address post-surgical complications and up to 20% may experience [..]

X-Rays for Neck Pain?

X-Rays for Neck Pain?

For musculoskeletal conditions like neck pain, many people think that X-rays are an essential part of the diagnostic process. However, this isn’t always the case. X-rays may not always provide useful information as to the cause of the patient’s condition, which can result in added costs and potentially inappropriate care, not to mention unnecessary radiation [..]

The Chiropractic Management of Neuropathic Pain

The Chiropractic Management of Neuropathic Pain

Chan Gunn, MD, is a Clinical Professor at the Multidisciplinary Pain Center at the University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, Washington. Dr. Gunn describes three categories of pain, which are quite useful for the following discussion (1). These three categories are: 1)Nociception Pain In this category of pain, there is no tissue damage, and therefore [..]

Vitamins and Blood Pressure

Vitamins and Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and premature death worldwide. Lifestyle management is essential for reducing blood pressure, and strategies like eating a healthy diet (like Mediterranean); not smoking; curbing sodium, caffeine, and alcohol intake; exercising; managing stress; and losing weight have significant evidence support for such management. In conjunction with lifestyle management, [..]

Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee

Running is a popular recreational activity, and it’s an effective form of aerobic exercise for both young and old. It’s estimated that 50-60 million Americans regularly run or jog on tracks, city streets, or trails. However, running also carries a risk for injury. It’s estimated that at least half of recreational runners will sustain an [..]