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The Intersecting of Two Lives: They Forever Improved Our Understanding of Back Pain

Architectural Mechanical History For thousands of years, pyramids have been known around the globe: the Middle East, Asia, India, China, the Americas, etc. Also known for millennia are the architectural wonders of Greece, Rome, and the churches/cathedrals throughout Europe and Asia. When viewing these wonders, one questions, how was any of this possible? These marvels [..]

Neurological Sensing of the Mechanics of Position and Movement

Historical Context Alfred Bernhard Nobel was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, and businessman. He was born in 1833 and died in 1896. He held 355 patents in his lifetime, the most notorious of which was for dynamite. Dynamite used the explosive power of nitroglycerin. Nobel patented dynamite in 1867. Nobel amassed a fortune during his [..]

The Lumbar Discs, Low Back Pain, and Chiropractic Care

A Simple Model Approximately half of the adults in America suffer from chronic pain (1). Chronic pain affects every region of the body. The most significantly affected region of the body is the low back (2). The largest modern review of the chiropractic profession was published in the journal Spine on December 1, 2017, and [..]

Cervical Versus Lumbar Intervertebral Discs

The Anatomical, Clinical,and Management Distinctions The Cervical Disc isNOT a Mini Lumbar Disc Most of what is understood and taught about the intervertebral discs was ascertained by studying the lumbar discs. The “era of the intervertebral disc” began in 1934 when William Jason Mixter and Joseph Seaton Barr read their paper, Rupture of the Intervertebral [..]

Chiropractic Care for Low Back and Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Low back and/or pelvic pain in pregnancy is extremely common. A study published in the journal Spine in 1996 indicated that 76% of women reported back pain at some time during pregnancy (1). A study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2002 indicated that 35.5% of pregnant women [..]

Pathoanatomy and Pathophysiology of Chronic Low Back Pain and Chiropractic Care

Six years later, in 1986, prescribing opiates for chronic pain was further enhanced when physicians Russell Portenoy, MD, and Kathleen Foley, MD, published a small case series (38 subjects) that concluded that chronic opioid analgesic use was safe in patients with no history of drug abuse (5). By 2017, America’s opioid crisis had escalated to [..]

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 [..]

Chiropractic and Migraine Headache

Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Current pharmacological treatments are not very effective and they may have dangerous side effects (1). Migraines are the second most prevalent neurologic disorder (after tension-type headaches), with a female-to-male ratio of 3:1 and an estimated 1-year prevalence of approximately 15% in the general population (2). The total [..]