Posted tagged ‘neck pain’

Railway Spine

September 18, 2009

railway-train-flip[originally published in KCN, May 2000]

Back in the “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” days people suffering from neck pain following train accidents would likely have been diagnosed, or “labeled” I should say, with the downgrading term “railway spine.”  You see, railway spine was a condition that garnered a lot of suspicion, as the genuineness of the suffering patients exhibited was questionable to some.  Unlike other possible aches and pains a person of this era may have experienced, like falling off his horse, this condition was different, in that it involved a liable party — the railroad company — putting the patient in a position of gaining some extra gold nuggets for his pouch.

Fast forward to Y2K.  Ironically, not a lot has changed — except we don’t use gold as common currency, and the term railway spine no longer exists.  It was retired a long time ago — upgraded to a term most of us are more familiar with:  “whiplash.”  Perhaps this change in verbiage was prompted by the fact that automobiles have replaced trains as our primary method of transportation.  With 6 million injuries per year due to automobile accidents — 50% resulting in whiplash-type injuries — it is a rare day when a patient walks into the doctor’s office with whiplash following an Amtrak incident. (more…)

Another Piece of the “Headache Puzzle”

March 23, 2009

[originally published in KCN, September 1998]

headache-puzzle-1Now while it’s true that we doctors still have a lot to learn — that’s why we’re always practicing — you would think that we would have our anatomy down pat. Right? Well not exactly.


“Not Tonight Dear, I Have a Headache.”

February 9, 2009

[originally published in KCN, January 1998]headache

Headaches.  They’ve put a damper in many a nights. We’ve all had one at one time or another.  Because headaches are so common, some people might mistakenly think that getting a headache is just a normal part of life.  The fact is, headaches are NOT normal!  They are a sign that something is wrong.  Headaches are one of the top reasons people visit their doctors and are a multi-billion dollar cash cow for the over-the-counter drug industry.


Is Your Table Set?

January 31, 2009

[originally published in KCN, February 2009]

Place SettingIt’s not uncommon — when I query someone who has come to my office, if they have any neck pain, headaches, or lower back pain —for them to say, “Yes but….”

“Yes, but… my neck pain is because I have a bad pillow.”

“Yes, but… my headaches are brought on by stress.”

“Yes, but… my lower back pain is because I drive a lot.”

And my response is, “That may be so, but….” (more…)

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