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Traction for Low Back Pain?

Traction for Low Back Pain?

In the past, we’ve written about the use of mechanical traction for patients with neck pain. But what about the low back pain (LBP) patient? Can traction help reduce pain and improve function for this group? Let’s see what the scientific literature has to say about traction for the lower back and whether it has [..]

Spinal Manipulation and Headaches

Spinal Manipulation and Headaches

Cervicogenic headache (CGH) refers to headaches caused by dysfunction in the neck, and experts estimate that 18% of chronic headache patients have cervicogenic headaches. Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is a form of treatment most commonly provided by doctors of chiropractic, and several studies have demonstrated that SMT is highly effective for patients suffering musculoskeletal disorders [..]

Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Be Hereditary?

Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Be Hereditary?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder caused by compression of the median nerve that alters the nerve’s function (neuropathy), leading to pain and numbness/tingling (paresthesia) primarily on the palm-side of the wrist and hand. While factors like hormonal changes and repetitive motions are known to increase the risk for CTS, there might be a [..]

Hip-Related Injuries in Athletic Kids

Hip-Related Injuries in Athletic Kids

The hip is a very important region of the body, especially since our upright, weightbearing activities rely on a properly functioning hip joint.  With the expansive growth of youth athletic programs, the incidence of hip-related injuries and the associated disability has markedly increased.  But is there a difference between young male and young female hip [..]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and the Brain

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and the Brain

The omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA can reduce the risk for cardiovascular issues and even ease depressive symptoms, but can these healthy fats also help keep our minds sharp as we age? In one study, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine monitored the diets of 260 healthy, cognitively normal older adults [..]

Nerve Flossing and Low Back Pain

Nerve Flossing and Low Back Pain

The sciatic nerve is made up of five nerve roots that exit the spine in the lower back (L4 to S3) and then merge into one nerve that travels through the buttock and into the leg. At the back of the knee, the nerve divides into two nerves, the tibial and common peroneal, that travel [..]

Cervical Traction for Neck Pain

Cervical Traction for Neck Pain

In addition to spinal manipulation, doctors of chiropractic often use other conservative therapies to reduce pain and improve function in patients with neck pain. When it comes to neck conditions involving herniated disks, radiating arm pain (“radiculopathy”), strains, facet syndromes or sprains, and myofascial pain, cervical traction is one such option. As part of the [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 101

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 101

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common entrapment neuropathy, or pinched nerve, in the extremities. The condition is estimated to affect 3-6% of the population, often in both hands. Let’s discuss what causes CTS, its symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated… Causation: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pressure is placed on the [..]

Scapular Stabilization for Shoulder Pain

Scapular Stabilization for Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. It’s actually three joints—the AC or acromioclavicular joint (the collar bone/acromion of the shoulder blade joint), the glenohumeral joint (the ball-and-socket joint), and the scapulothoracic joint (the shoulder blade/rib cage “joint”)—all of which involve the scapula to some degree. The rotator [..]

A Link Between Cold Sores and Alzheimer’s Disease?

A Link Between Cold Sores and Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the #1 cause of dementia, representing an imminent threat to our senior population. It is one of mankind’s cruelest afflictions that causes patients lose their memory, personality, and eventually self-care skills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 6 million people currently have AD with projections of [..]

Neck Manipulation Facts

Neck Manipulation Facts

In October 2016, a former model died from a stroke, and the media attributed her injury to neck manipulation. Rebuttals to this manipulation/stroke claim were a combination of both offense and defense. An edited version of one such rebuttal is presented here: Earlier this year the British Medical Journal published a study noting that medical [..]

Chiropractic and Sagittal Posture

Chiropractic and Sagittal Posture

Chiropractors are primary health care providers. This means that patients who seek chiropractic care do not need a referral from another health care provider. Patients may self-refer themselves for chiropractic assessment and treatment. The large majority (93%) of patients who initially present themselves for chiropractic care do so for the complaints of spinal pain (1). [..]