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Archive for the 2011

Side Effects of Chiropractic vs. Medications for Headaches

Have you ever stopped and wondered, "…which type of doctor should I go to for treatment of my headaches?" In order to make an informed decision, it is appropriate to look at the side effects each treatment option carries and then consider the pros and cons of each treatment. It has been reported that 45 [..]

Low Back Pain and Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine that is not "normal." The normal curves of the spine include an inward curve in the low back and neck and an outward curve in the mid-back when looking at the person from the side ("sagittal plane"). However, there should NOT be any [..]

Neck Pain and Arthritis

When we say the word "arthritis," many images come to mind. Some people think of crippled hands or perhaps Mr. Smith who talks about his bad hip being, "…bone on bone!" Or, how about the neighbor who has a bad knee and walks with a limp and a cane? Rarely do we think about the [..]

Low Back Pain: An Unusual Cause

One unusual cause of low back pain (LBP) involves vitamin D deficiency. Yes, that's right, a VITAMIN DEFICIENCY! One study reported on a 360 patient (90% women, 10% men) group under treatment at spinal and internal medicine clinics over a six-year time frame for LBP of 6 months or greater with no obvious cause. Doctors [..]

Whiplash - Which Treatment Method Is Best?

Whiplash, also called cervical acceleration-deceleration disorder (CAD), is primarily an injury to the soft tissues of the neck – that is, the muscles, their tendon insertions, and the ligaments that hold the joints firmly together. Neck pain is a very common health problem that affects between 10–15% of the population and drives people to all [..]

Fibromyalgia and Exercise (Part II)

Last month, we started the conversation about the importance of exercise, and how it improves the quality of life for everyone, especially those with fibromyalgia (FM). We listed specific recommendations about how to go about implementing an exercise program safely and successfully but never finished the subject. Hence, here are some additional tips for getting [..]

Fibromyalgia and Exercise (Part II)

Last month, we started the conversation about the importance of exercise, and how it improves the quality of life for everyone, especially those with fibromyalgia (FM). We listed specific recommendations about how to go about implementing an exercise program safely and successfully but never finished the subject. Hence, here are some additional tips for getting [..]

CTS – Why Braces Work

When patients present for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), one of the most common treatments rendered is the use of a wrist brace, often referred to as a cock-up splint. The focus of this article is to explain the reasons why these braces are so commonly included in the management of CTS and why [..]

Whiplash - Who Will Recover?

Whiplash or Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) involves a cluster of symptoms and findings that include biomechanical or tissue injury findings, as well as psychological factors that accompany pain and disability. To answer the presenting question, who will recover from whiplash, a task force reviewed research regarding WAD that was published over a ten-year time frame. [..]

Low Back Pain: Why Is It So Common?

This question has plagued all of us, including researchers, for a long time! Could it be because we’re all inherently lazy and don’t exercise enough? Or maybe it’s because we have a job that’s too demanding on our back? To properly address this question, here are some interesting facts: The prevalence of low back pain [..]