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Chronic Conditions That Benefit from Exercise

Chronic Conditions That Benefit from Exercise

When we were younger, getting sufficient physical activity just came with being a kid. We played outside with friends, ran around during recess, participated in organized sports, and attended physical education classes. But as we age, we tend to become less physically active, only exercising at prescheduled times for a run, at the gym, or [..]

Contrarian Whiplash Facts

Contrarian Whiplash Facts

While any sudden back and forth motion can lead to a whiplash injury, the most common cause is a motor vehicle collision. Because these incidents often result in litigation, there has been plenty of research on whiplash associated disorders that has produced conclusions that may be contrary to what some might expect. CRASH SPEED: While [..]

Managing the Arthritic Shoulder

Managing the Arthritic Shoulder

While the shoulder is comprised of four joints, it’s the ball and socket glenohumeral joint that may play the most important role when it comes to the wide range of motion of the upper arm. However, this mobility comes at the cost of stability, which makes the shoulder a common source of injury. Sometimes these [..]

Chiropractic Management of Tennis Elbow

Chiropractic Management of Tennis Elbow

When an individual experiences pain in or near the wrist, the first thought may be carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), but there are many conditions that affect the upper extremities. One such condition is lateral epicondylitis, which is more commonly known as tennis elbow. Lateral epicondylitis is a condition that occurs when the tendons—most commonly the [..]

The Importance of Treatment Guidelines for Low Back Pain

The Importance of Treatment Guidelines for Low Back Pain

Though the care a patient receives is ultimately tailored to their unique situation, doctors use clinical treatment guidelines as a base for identifying the condition and suggesting a course of treatment. In most cases, an influential organization will appoint a panel of experts in the field to review the current scientific literature related to the [..]

The Lumbar Discs, Low Back Pain, and Chiropractic Care

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 [..]

Laser Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Laser Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when the mobility and function of the median nerve is restricted as it passes through the wrist, which can result in symptoms like pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in parts of the hand and some fingers. To reduce inflammation, restore joint motion, and improve median nerve [..]

A Better Type of Walking Shoe

A Better Type of Walking Shoe

While the advice to take 10,000 steps a day stems from a pedometer marketing campaign and did not originate from published research, it’s clear that a more active lifestyle (i.e. more steps per day) is better than a sedentary lifestyle. But what about the shoes we place on our feet when taking those steps? Are [..]

Pre-Surgical Actions to Improve Knee Replacement Outcomes

Pre-Surgical Actions to Improve Knee Replacement Outcomes

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common chronic disease that frequently affects the knees of the elderly. The condition usually has a slow onset that results in pain, limited mobility, and stiffness due to swelling of the joint capsule, loss of joint space, and for some, joint deformity. Treatment guidelines generally recommend non-surgical options—like chiropractic care—as [..]

The Pillow Challenge for Neck Pain Patients

The Pillow Challenge for Neck Pain Patients

For the patient with neck pain, getting a good night’s sleep is vital for recovery and lowering the risk for transition to chronic neck pain. Likewise, for the individual with a history of neck pain, sufficient quality sleep is important to reduce the risk for recurrence. With respect to the cervical spine, the choice of [..]

Whiplash Prevention Strategies that Benefit Everyone

Whiplash Prevention Strategies that Benefit Everyone

Not only do whiplash associated disorders affect an individual’s health and wellbeing but they can also impact their family and society overall. With that in mind, let’s discuss strategies to reduce the prevalence of automobile collisions and the severity of injury when a car crash does occur. On a community and government level, ways to [..]

The Effectiveness of Lumbar Belts for Low Back Pain

The Effectiveness of Lumbar Belts for Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a very common condition that many attempt to self-manage prior to seeking treatment at their local chiropractic office. One approach that an individual with LBP may reach for, especially if it helps keep them working, is a low back belt or brace. A 2008 systematic review concluded that lumbar belt [..]