Archive for the ‘low back pain’ category

…And this little injury went “Wii Wii Wii” all the way home.

October 18, 2013

480px-Wii_console[originally published in KCN, March 2007]

Did you know that whiplash injuries were relatively unheard of before the automobile was invented?  Likewise, carpal tunnel syndrome wasn’t even a blip on the health care radar before computers hit the scene.  And whoever thought that a “mouse” could cause so much trouble?  The truth is, as we become more and more innovative and advanced in our technology, there seems to be an injury, or set of injuries, lurking in the shadows to complement it.

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Top 100

September 13, 2013

Top 100[originally published in KCN, September 2012]

The other day I had the chance to be interviewed on an Internet radio show designed to introduce youth to the various professions that have been ranked by the Jobs Rated Almanac as the Top 100 Careers for the next decade. “Chiropractor” ranked number 19.

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It’s Just A Muscle

August 2, 2013

Nicolago - This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.[originally published in KCN, Febuary 2003]

“I really did something to my back — but I think it’s just a muscle.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard patients tell me this.   Yes, the muscle might be spasmed and painful, but the truth is the problem is rarely just a muscle — no more than is it just a bone or just a nerve.  It’s a bit more complicated.  More often there are multiple factors at play.

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Another Low Back Pain Road Map

June 21, 2013

1076818_folded_map[originally published in KCN, January 2008]

In our ever changing healthcare environment, doctors are constantly learning  — so much so, that the treatments they hold fast to today, may be surpassed by another, more effective means tomorrow.  To not recognize this would be like freezing a physician in a time capsule with his dated professional diploma.  In an effort to stay abreast of the latest research regarding effective treatments for the myriad of conditions out there, doctors will often turn to the latest published practice guideline to assist them in their decision making process.  Why am I telling you all this?  Because a fresh set of guidelines just crossed my desk for Low Back Pain.  And chiropractic — as it has in guidelines past — has managed to find itself a comfortable spot in this set of recommendations, even if it was written for doctors of internal medicine.

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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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The Lumbago Top Ten

May 3, 2013

[originally published in KCN, March 2006]

Question.  What do construction workers and nursing home workers have in common?  Delivery drivers and police officers?  Auto mechanics and farmers?  It’s a real stumper, isn’t it?   And while you search your brain for a common denominator for these seemingly dissimilar jobs, let me give you one that’s unlikely to roll off your tongue anytime soon:  they all made the American Chiropractic Association’s list of the “Top Ten Back Breaking Jobs.”  What’s more, these jobs, along with three others I didn’t mention, share something else in common:  they weren’t awarded the number one spot.

Top 10 Back Breaking Jobs

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Brain Pain

April 26, 2013

Brain Pain 1[originally published in KCN, December 2005]

No one probably has to tell you that back pain is a drag.  It can be incredibly painful.  It can rob you of your ability to function normally.  It can cause you to miss work.  And, it can rack up a sizable bill!  But did you know, according to a study last year in the Journal of Neuroscience, it can also shrink your brain?

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