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Posts about pain.

Encouragement for pain!

Do you or your significant other have back pain? If one of you has back pain and the other doesn’t think it’s a big deal to them, that attitude can actually make the back pain worse, especially if you are female. A study of couples, showed that if your partner doesn’t think your pain is such a big deal, it can make the pain even worse. Some studies have shown that positive support and encouragement can make the feelings of pain better. However this study showed that the greater the hostility or criticism from a spouse, toward the one in pain, correlated with greater pain experienced by the one with low back pain. The bottom line is that if your loved one is in pain, be encouraging, supportive and positive. However if you cannot be positive at least don’t be critical. Either way, your chiropractor can help!!

Summer ends, yard work begins!!

Well, I trust everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and hope there wasn’t much labor involved. I know I tried to avoid anything laborious. The weather was wonderful and I did spend time outside in the yard doing semi-laborious things. Did you know fall is the time of year when there are a rash of back injuries due to yard work? In fact, this time of year tends to be second only to spring, for gardening or yard, clean-up-type, back injuries. Bending and lifting are the two main culprits that increase the risk of back issues. Tight hamstrings play a big roll in back problems with the guys however women are also susceptible. When bending forward, you must always try to hinge at the hips and avoid any significant time with the lower back rounded forward, especially with bending only partially. Forward bending distorts the fibers of the disc and can cause pain even if only performed for a short time. Enjoy your yard and the outdoors, be careful, and if you injure your back, call your chiropractor…they will help!!

To text or not to text, that is the question…

Do you have texting neck, texting thumb, texting wrist or texting elbow? If you can honestly say yes to any of these, you may need help! Your child may develop one of these syndromes. These are all basically related to overuse of the those particular body parts due to being on the phone or even the keyboard too much. All are basically symptoms of tendonitis, which can become quite painful and interfere with work activities or other activities of daily living as well as interrupting sleep. Did you know that Chiropractors treat people with these types of issues in a variety of ways including adjustments to each of those body parts. Texting pain is avoidable, preventable and treatable with the right methods in the hands of the right physician. Chiropractic works and will work for you!!

Hammy tightness & back pain!!

I recently had the opportunity to go to the Air and Water Show along Lake Michigan here in Chicago. I did a significant amount of walking and at the end of the day my low back was a bit tired. It felt fatigued. For guys who develop back issues, more specifically lower back issues, hamstring tightness is quite common and often contributes to the back pain. Did you know that tight hamstrings can alter the mechanics of your gait and change the way you should normally walk or run? It happens more often in men, however I do come across women who are particularly tight along the hamstrings. In fact, the tighter your hamstrings, the greater chance of lower back issues. Almost any issue with your lower extremity will eventually effect your lower back, if it lingers long enough. To remedy this take time to stretch the hamstrings and calf muscles several times daily and hold the stretch a minimum of 30 seconds each time you do them. A little prevention goes a long way!!

Knee pain & steroids

Have you ever had a steroid injection for knee pain from osteoarthritis?  You might have been better off with a saline (salt water) injection. A new study reports that steroid injections did not improve pain or function scores for those who got them (compared to saline group) and in fact may accelerate the breakdown of the cartilage compared with saline injections.  Between the two groups in the study, there was no difference with pain at any time across the two groups. The only major difference was that the steroid group showed a loss of cartilage compared to the saline group.  The researchers suggest using steroid injections for flair ups of osteoarthritis pain but not as an “long-term treatment strategy”!

Back Pain Losses

Did you know that back pain is second only to the common cold as the most frequent cause of sick leave?  Back pain accounts for approximately 40% of all work absences.  A study from 1999 found that an estimated 22 million people suffer from back pain that lasts one week or more with an estimated 149 million days of lost work.  So what would those numbers be today in 2017?  Chiropractors are experts on diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing back pain.  If you haven’t had back pain yet, you are lucky, because for most Americans, it is just a matter of time.  Visit the pro’s who handle these problems on a daily basis!!

Enjoying your life to the fullest?

Health is something most people take for granted, however as we age, we start thinking about our mortality a little more frequently. Spine problems are one of those things that can make every day activities more challenging if not addressed. Here are just a few of the problems that can occur with the spine as we age. Degenerative changes of the disc and vertebrae can be a result of genetics, trauma, wear and tear or just life itself. The discs can become thinner, the vertebrae can develop bone spurs. Arthritis can contribute to pain in the spinal joints. Stenosis can occur with a bulging disc or bony changes along the spinal canal. All of the previous can contribute muscle or nerve issues along the spine that can affect the limbs (think sciatica). Chiropractors are educated and trained to diagnose and treat patients with these issues and help them enjoy their daily activities to the fullest. Don’t let spine problems ruin your fun!!

Ankle Injury

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend.  I asked a question about an ankle sprain last time, and the answer is the “anterior talofibular ligament” as being the most commonly injured ligament with an inversion sprain.  An inversion sprain is the typical “roll” the ankle after stepping on a uneven surface or sports type injury.  The pain is along the outside of the ankle, just under and forward of the lateral malleolus. That is the bony protrusion along the outside of the ankle. Another ankle injury we hear more about all the time is the “high ankle sprain” which is a sprain of the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula just above the ankle, thus the term “high ankle sprain”. I see it more with football players than most other sports. I have had my share of ankle sprains and chiropractors can treat these injuries as well as anyone!

Pops & Clicks

What is that noise?  I often get asked that question when someone hears popping or clicking or creaking at a joint.  The popping you hear during a chiropractic adjustment is caused by a quick separation of the joint and a gas bubble forms in the joint fluid, kind of like a cavitation. Think of popping your knuckle, however it wont pop again for a while later.  If the popping or clicking can be reproduced over and over in a very short time frame, then it is usually a tendon or ligament rubbing across a bony structure.  This isn’t a problem unless there is pain or swelling in the region. Joints will pop or creak for a variety of reasons, especially as we age. Most of the time its ok, but if it hurts, get it checked out!!

Sports injury care, just like the pros!!

Do you know the most common ligament injured in a sprained ankle (inversion sprain)? With summer cruising along, the sports season heats up, as baseball and softball players are happy to be outside in the sunshine doing their thing.  One of our local pro baseball players (think MVP) recently sprained an ankle and after just a couple days said he felt much better stating he received immediate care for the injury.  Did you know if you sprain your ankle, you can get professional care just like the pros? The pros may get more round-the-clock care than us average joes, however, you still can get great care for sports injuries, just like the athletes making the big bucks.  Our clinic has the technology and knowledge to treat sports injuries of almost any type.  Give it a try!! Answer, next time !!