Archive for the ‘arthritis’ category

Arthritic Rats

June 14, 2013

800px-Street-rat[originally published in KCN, December 2007]

Chiropractors have long known that spinal adjustments can help stave off, slow down, and sometimes reverse the devastating effects of osteoarthritis — but it took a group of rats to prove it.

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How ‘bout that weather?

March 12, 2010

[originally published in KCN, October 2001]

One thing I’ve come to learn about Northwest weather is that it definitely is not predictable.  And turning to the T.V. weathermen for guidance is, well, not predictable.  But for some, tracking the weather patterns can be quite predictable.  As a matter of fact it comes naturally, whether they like it or not.  No Hi-Tech weather equipment.  No degree in meteorology.  Just one or more arthritic joints is all that is needed for the perfect weather station.

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Steer Clear of Neck Braces

November 27, 2009

[originally published in KCN, December 2009]

Cervical Soft CollarEver so often I will spot someone wearing a brace around their neck. To be clear, I’m not talking about the rigid neck braces that EMT’s and paramedics employ to stabilize a suspected neck injury when they arrive on an accident scene. I’m talking about the soft, usually white, neck-supporting collars that are worn by people who are suffering from neck pain. These devices are often prescribed by well-meaning doctors, or are purchased by patients themselves at local pharmacies as a form of self-care for neckache. And while they look official, the irony is that they don’t do a bit of good. In fact, according to most research, they actually do more harm than good!

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Dealing with Rusty Joints

February 16, 2009

Rusted padlock on white door

[originally published in KCN, March 1998]

Okay, so “Rusty Joints” may not be the correct scientific verbiage for the condition, however, it does paint a picture.  What I’m referring to is the “Wear and Tear” Arthritis commonly called Osteoarthritis.  If you haven’t heard of  this term, that’s okay,  because there’s a lot more that describe essentially the same thing.  Osteoarthrosis, Degenerative Joint Disease, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Arthritis, Subluxation Degeneration, and Spondylosis  are several that spring forth in my mind.  But let’s not get hung up on what to call it, instead, let’s focus on  1) what it is,  2) who’s at risk, 3) effective ways to manage it, and  4) why a chiropractor is writing this article.

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