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Traction for Low Back Pain

Traction for Low Back Pain

When it comes to a condition like low back pain, the care a patient receives can depend on case history and examination findings, as well as the doctor’s training and treatment preferences. For the patient with a lumbar disk pathology, a doctor of chiropractic may employ lumbar traction in combination with manipulation and joint mobilization [..]

Bottom-Up vs. Top-Down Treatment for Headaches

Bottom-Up vs. Top-Down Treatment for Headaches

There are many types of headache and each has an underlying cause that must be addressed to achieve a satisfactory outcome. A 2020 review of research from the previous two decades suggests that the best conservative, non-pharmaceutical approach for headaches may involve either a top-down or bottom-up approach. When the primary cause of a headache [..]

Dizziness and the Neck

Dizziness and the Neck

All perceptions occur in the brain, specifically in a region of the brain called the cerebral cortex (cortical brain) (1). These perceptions include sight (vision), sound (hearing), hot/cold (temperature), taste, smell, pressure, vibration, positional sense, pain, and more. The cortical perception in this discussion will be referred to as dizziness. Dizziness is a cortical perception [..]

Cutting Down the Noise

Cutting Down the Noise

When one spends time in nature, it can be surprising how quiet the world can be and just how much noise we’ve grown accustomed to in our day-to-day lives. But what we may not understand is that some noises can be more than a nuisance and can actually be harmful to health. An article published [..]

Lowering the Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis

Lowering the Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic joint condition. It causes local inflammation and breakdown of cartilage with joint structural changes that provoke pain and loss of function that results in a considerable reduction in quality of life. Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most disabling osteoarthritic conditions and it’s becoming more prevalent. So, what [..]

Three Reasons Why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is So Stubborn

Three Reasons Why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is So Stubborn

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is by far the most frequent cause of a nerve entrapment in the extremities. Despite it being such a common complaint (estimated to affect 1 in 1,000 American adults), CTS can be a difficult condition to manage. Here are three reasons why… 1) Multifactorial. While activities (a job or hobby) that [..]

Risk Factors for Developing Neck Pain

Risk Factors for Developing Neck Pain

It’s estimated that about 1 in 6 American adults experience neck pain in a given three-month time frame. Neck pain is a major cause of work absenteeism, work-related injury, and reduced quality of life. While some risk factors for neck pain may be unavoidable, many are not. A systematic review completed by a team of [..]

Vertebral Compression Fracture Management and Prevention

Vertebral Compression Fracture Management and Prevention

Compression fractures (CFs) of the spinal vertebrae can occur in two main varieties: acute and chronic. Acute CFs can occur at any age and can be quite serious, especially if the bony fragments displace into the spinal canal where the spinal cord in located. These most often represent unstable fractures and must be evaluated immediately [..]

Exercise Saves Lives!

Exercise Saves Lives!

If there was one prescription that could reduce the severity or even prevent dozens of diseases—including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, some cancers, depression, and dementia—and it also had a low risk for adverse effects, who wouldn’t consider it? Good news. There is such a prescription. It’s EXERCISE! In addition to better cardiovascular [..]

A Connection Between Hip Pain and Limb Length

A Connection Between Hip Pain and Limb Length

When it comes to the legs, most of us have probably never given any thought to whether they are equal in length and if not, what problems that may cause. In a 2019 systematic review, researchers found that only about 1 in 10 adults has lower limbs that are of equal length! Among the remaining [..]

When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery Fails

When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery Fails

The carpal tunnel is a structure in the wrist that is primarily comprised of the carpal bones and the transverse carpal ligament. In addition to the median nerve, several tendons and other tissues pass through this region. If the shape of the carpal tunnel is altered or if any of the tissues within the tunnel [..]

Keeping Low Back Pain from Becoming Chronic

Keeping Low Back Pain from Becoming Chronic

It’s estimated that about one-in-seven adults in the United States have chronic low back pain (lasting longer than three months), which can have a major effect on one’s ability to carry out their daily activities. As such, it’s important to identify which factors may be associated with an increased risk for progressing from acute low [..]