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Archive for the 2008

The Two Major Types of Back Pain

If you have low back pain (LBP), you are certainly not alone. Almost everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with their work, daily activities, and/or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on LBP-related treatments and it is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to [..]

Whiplash and Fender Benders

Is the speed of a car crash directly proportional to amount of injury sustained by the occupants? One would expect more injury to occur when the speed of the collision is faster and sometimes, this is the case – especially when car accidents occur at highway speeds. But what about patients who end up in [..]

Headache Symptoms & The Commonly Overlooked Connection To The Cervical Spine

Understanding that cervical spine problems can cause headache is not a new understanding, yet is still all too often overlooked. In 1956, Emil Seletz, MD… a noted Beverly Hills, CA, neurosurgeon. He was member of the esteemed faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, medical school, and had treated more than 20,000 injury patients [..]

Alternative to Back Surgery?

A study published in 2008 has results that will make you wonder whether back surgery is always necessary . In the study, researchers followed 102 patients with disk herniations confirmed by MRI and sciatic/leg pain while they waited to see a spinal surgeon. The patients had also previously tried four weeks of medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory [..]

Okay, What Really Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Research has shown certain work practices and risk factors, such as being overweight, can elevate your risk for developing carpal tunnel symptoms.A doctor of chiropractic will often look to the spine when a patient has nerve pain. Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome have a history of a whiplash injury or other neck trauma. But [..]

Surprising Fibromyalgia Solution?

It seems a month doesn't go by when yet another scientific study is published proving the benefits of exercise for fibromyalgia patients. For example, a 2008 study by Finnish researchers looked at 26 women who were postmenopausal with fibromyalgia symptoms such as widespread pain and fatigue. In the study, the participants either completed a supervised [..]

Cervicogenic Headache - Results of Electrical Nerve Stimulation vs. Manipulation

A 2007 study (1) compared alternative treatments for patients suffering from cervicogenic headaches, or headaches related to/caused by dysfunction in the neck. Patients with such headaches will typically experience neck pain and limited cervical mobility. They may also be a history of a neck injury, such as a whiplash or head trauma. The study involved [..]

Minimizing Your Risk for Whiplash

While it is hard prevent someone from crashing their car into yours, there are some things you can do to minimize you risk for a serious whiplash injury if and when a collision occurs.The first preventive measure is making sure your seat is upright and the head rest touches the top of your head. If [..]

The Meniscoid Block, Acute Neck / Back Pain & Two German Physicians…

Perhaps the most authoritative book written pertaining to the spine is Schmorl’s and Junghanns’ The Human Spine in Health and Disease. Georg Schmorl (1861-1932) was a German physician and pathologist. Herbert Junghanns (1902-1986) was the Chief of the Occupational Accident Hospital, Surgical Clinic, and Head of the Institute for Spinal Column Research, in Frankfurt, Germany. The [..]

How Are X-Rays Used By Chiropractors?

Most chiropractic patients with low back pain have x-rays taken of their lumbar spine following a comprehensive examination. Since x-rays do carry a very small risk of tissue damage, this risk needs to be outweighed by the benefits that could be gained by taking such films. So, how are x-rays used in a chiropractic office? [..]