25Jan, 2018

Discs and the Types of Injuries that Can be Sustained

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When we are young, our spinal discs are thick and damp. They provide excellent cushioning between vertebrae. As we age, however, our spinal discs begin to lose water content and break down, or degenerate. This can cause a variety of painful and debilitating health conditions. Spinal discs can also be affected by trauma which can lead to anything from a bulging disc to a thinning disc. We will discuss the differences in discs and the types of injuries that can be sustained. Degenerative Disc Although degenerative disc disease (DDD) is […]
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4Jan, 2018

How Do Chiropractors Know If Your Spine is Out of Alignment?

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A misaligned spine (also known as spinal subluxation) can negatively affect your daily life in a number of ways. It not only causes neck and back pain, but can also cause pain in the rest of the body. This pain is typically due to the misaligned vertebrae adding pressure to nerves in the spinal column. For example, many people suffer from sciatica, a condition in which pain shoots down the leg. Sciatica commonly comes from a misaligned vertebral disc putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots. As a result, chiropractors can diagnose the […]
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6Dec, 2017

How Do Chiropractors Measure Pain?

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Measuring a patient’s pain is an essential part of the chiropractic assessment prior to treatment. However, unlike objective measures such as the degree of spinal curvature or the range of joint movement, the amount of pain cannot be determined directly. Instead, doctors infer pain level from the patient or from associated signs. Together, patient self-reporting and inference by examination, constitute the basic tools chiropractors use to assess a patient’s pain level. While self-reporting is a useful tool for doctors, it’s important to remember that experiencing pain is subjective. In other […]
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21Nov, 2017

How Well Does Chiropractic Care Relieve Back and Neck Pain?

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If you are seeking treatment for neck or back pain, consider speaking to a chiropractor. With an increasing number of studies that confirm this treatment option’s effectiveness, you may be surprised by the benefits. So exactly how well does chiropractic care relieve back and neck pain? Let’s take a closer look. According to a 2011 Consumer Reports study, chiropractic treatment outperformed all other back pain treatment methods, including prescription medication. Of those reporting that a treatment “helped a lot” in the management of their back pain, 65% listed chiropractic as the most […]
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6Nov, 2017

Choosing the Right Lumbar Back Support

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Lumbar back support products serve to prevent neck and back pain, which can lead to pain in other parts of the body. Products include pillows and cushions that offer additional support when you stay seated for long periods of time. The lumbar region of the spine is usually referred to as the lower back. It is the area just above your tailbone and below the thoracic (middle back) region. The lumbar area includes your spine and all the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding your spine. If you pull or tear […]
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24Oct, 2017

Therapy Methods – Spinal Decompression Therapy

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Spinal decompression therapy is a treatment option for people suffering from a wide range of physical problems. Typically, doctors use this method to treat long-term back pain, sciatica, leg pain, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, numbness and other conditions that have not responded to initial treatments like manipulation and physical therapy. Through spinal decompression therapy, doctors target any compressive forces on the vertebrae, which can cause spinal misalignment and compressed discs. Overall, compressed discs can cause serious discomfort. They lead to herniation or bulging discs, which puts pressure on the nerves. […]
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4Oct, 2017

Chiropractic for Chronic Back Pain

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About a third of people who need chiropractic care seek relief from back pain. This type of pain comes intwo forms: acute and chronic. Acute back pain typically happens suddenly, lasts 6 weeks or less and often clears up on its own. Chronic back pain, on the other hand, is particularly debilitating and can limit overall movement and mobility. The treatment for chronic back pain depends entirely on the type of doctor treating a patient. Traditional treatments include medication, physical therapy, surgery and/or steroid injections. Although these methods provide symptomatic relief, […]
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15Sep, 2017

What Can I Do to Make My Chiropractic Treatments Even More Effective?

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A regular visit to your chiropractor is one of the best things you can do to eliminate chronic back and neck pain. It is also the best strategy to maintain flexibility and range of motion. No matter the reason for your visit, your chiropractor will design a treatment plan for your particular needs. More specifically, your doctor will provide chiropractic adjustments and make suggestions for appropriate exercises and nutritional changes. These instructions will enhance the overall effectiveness of your treatments. In addition to following your doctor’s orders, there are a […]
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8Sep, 2017

Regaining Spinal Stability after an Accident

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Spinal cord injuries can lead to several complications in the human body, even partial to complete paralysis. In fact, some of its disabling conditions include muscular atrophy, chronic pain, infertility, inability to control the bladder and even paralysis of limbs. So what causes a spinal cord injury? Causes specifically include penetrating injuries due to mechanical disturbance, vertebral fracture or displaced bony fragments which can penetrate the spinal cord or cause segmental spinal nerve injuries. Additional cord insult occurs through subsequent inappropriate manual handling following trauma. After an accident, it is […]
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11Oct, 2016

Injuries Do Occur in Low-Impact Collisions

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Being a doctor in personal injury, I have faced one particular question time and time again: “How can a patient be injured when the property damage to his or her vehicle is minimal?” I now have a canned response.  “When did it become acceptable to base my patient’s injuries upon a vehicle’s repair bill?”  I know that I am being asked to relate bodily injuries to property damage.  It cannot be done. Low-impact collisions are collisions that occur at speeds of 10 mph or under.  Often, there is little, if […]
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