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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 [..]

Exercise vs. Manual Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Exercise vs. Manual Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Subacromial impingement syndrome (SAIS) is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and functional restrictions. This condition is caused when the tendons of the rotator cuff, the head of the biceps brachii, and/or subacromial bursa are pinched or impinged during normal movement. This results in pain and reduced function and range of motion [..]

Does Coffee Slow the Brain?

Does Coffee Slow the Brain?

For centuries, people have reached for a cup of coffee to help focus the mind, but according to a study published in 2021, a morning cup of java could have the opposite effect. Researchers recruited 32 habitual coffee drinkers and 24 non-coffee drinkers and asked them to complete questionnaires used to measure stress, anxiety, and [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Choice

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Choice

When individuals experience pain, numbness, weakness, and other abnormal symptoms in the hand and wrist, their first thought is that it’s carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) followed by a worry that they’ll inevitably need surgery to resolve the condition. Some sufferers may even contact a surgeon as their first option for care. However, treatment guidelines do [..]

Migraines and Lifestyle Choices

Migraines and Lifestyle Choices

For adults under 50 years of age, migraine headaches are one of the leading causes of disability. There are several potential underlying causes for the condition, of which one appears to be a proinflammatory and oxidative state in the body. Fortunately, this can be addressed through healthier lifestyle choices. Low-grade or systemic inflammation happens when [..]

Poor Seated Posture and Low Back Pain

Poor Seated Posture and Low Back Pain

We’ve all been told—especially as children—to stop slouching and to stand or sit up straight. As it happens, this is great advice to keep the spine healthy and reduce the risk for a painful low back condition. A landmark 1981 study calculated the amount of pressure placed on the intervertebral disks in the lower back [..]

Low Back Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines:  The Dangers with Non-Concordant Recommendations

Low Back Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines: The Dangers with Non-Concordant Recommendations

Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. Clinical practice guidelines define the role of specific diagnostic and treatment modalities in the diagnosis and management of patients. Clinical practice guideline recommendations are based on evidence from rigorous systematic reviews and synthesis of [..]