Welcome to our blog!

Here you will find great tips for healthy living, nutritional advice, and the latest news on health studies and research.

Tag Archives: joint pain

Latent symptoms!

I spent some time this weekend doing the very thing I discussed last time, performing chores in the yard, as the weather was finally decent.  Often times, neck and back pain manifests days to weeks after the event that causes injury.  This includes auto accidents, falling, bending or lifting and other such activities or incidents.  This sometimes makes it hard to pin point the incident that injured them.  This last month I have had patients come in with pain symptoms from incidents that happened several days previous.  One from a fall and one from lifting heavy boxes. They seemed fine after the event (fall and lifting) and basically pain free for days. However, they started getting sore and tight about 5-6 days later, and the pain and discomfort progressed to the point they saw me.  Car accidents often progress this way also.  A thorough history will generally uncover the cause, but if you find yourself or a friend in this scenario, hustle to your chiropractor to get the help you need so you are healthy enough to enjoy the nice weather…!!

Exercise To Reduce Chronic Pain!!

Would you like to live a pain free life?  The chances of that happening is fairly remote, however, did you know that if you exercise, even moderately, you have the ability to live life with considerably less chronic musculoskeletal pain than those who do not exercise?  Studies are showing that those people who do some exercise on a regular basis, even into later into life, are less at risk of developing chronic pain compared to those who are physically inactive.  It doesn’t take much to accomplish this as studies show about 2 to 2 1/2 hours a week is all that is needed to improve your health and reduce risk of chronic pain of the ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones.  Exercise has been shown to be the true anti-aging factor we all search for. It helps with back pain, arthritis, neck pain, fatigue, and even depression. It is never too late to start exercising or just slowly get back into it, if you haven’t done it in a while…!  Your life and health depends on it!

Sprain/Strains which comes first?

Did you ever hurt a ligament or muscle or tendon?  As I always tell my patients, you cannot hurt one without effecting the other. Ligaments connect bone to bone and provide the joint with restraint.  Tendons connect muscle to bone and they also provide restraint to any given joint. Anytime a ligament is injured, it will affect the muscles that control the joint and vice versa. An injured ligament (sprain) is stretched or torn, an injured tendon/muscle (strain) is also stretched or torn.  Both are inherent in giving a joint stability while allowing proper motion. An injured ligament sends information the central nervous system which causes the muscles to react to stabilize the joint.  The muscle then tries to compensate as it tries to stabilize the joint until it can no longer maintain itself and eventually leads to spasticity, then tetanus or perpetual spasm, until failure. As a Chiropractor, I see this complex situation play out daily with my spine patients, after they hurt themselves and wait too long before seeking care.  Get the proper care for these types of injuries!! Your chiropractor is great at helping deal with these injuries.

Mood & Back Pain

Wow!  Did you now that as I write this, there is a big yellow spot in the sky which I think is the sun?…We have had very few sunny days the last several weeks in our area.  It definitely makes the disposition better when the sun shines.  Another thing that makes your disposition sunnier is not having back pain.  Did you know back pain accounts for a great majority of prescribed pain killers?  Back pain can also lead to mood disorders and depression.  Chiropractic can help tremendously with reducing and preventing back pain and recurrence. The right doc, at the right time, makes a  huge difference when treating a person with back and neck issues by reducing reliance on pain meds, reducing addiction risks, reducing costs, and providing a more efficient, effective and faster recovery. Chiropractic works, and works well…spread the word!!

Joint pain and weather!

Well, the holidays are almost here and it is a sprint from now until the end of the year.  With the stresses that the holiday season entails, it is often we neglect to take care of ourselves as we should.  The sudden change in weather can exacerbate neck and back problems especially those susceptible to joint issues. A study has correlated drastic changes in the dew point with increased pain in the joints.  Basically if the barometric pressure changes drastically, the joints of the body feel it and those with arthritis can feel it the most.  Chiropractic is great at providing relief from these type of issues as it helps maintain the integrity of joint motion but also allowing the muscles to relax and maintain flexibility of tight tissues.  Give yourself a present this winter and visit your chiropractor to maintain and improve the health of your joints!

Spine problems and other Maladies

Found this in the local paper and added one of my own.  Did you know that you may have a health condition that doesn’t exist?  Here are a few health conditions that are actually something else.  Stomach Flu: vomiting and diarrhea are usually from gastroenteritis, different from the fever, congestion and sore throat of the influenza virus. Gluten Allergy: Celiac disease is an immune response to gluten and can make one sick, however it is not an allergy like we see with peanut allergies. Walking Pneumonia: is basically a “catch all” phrase rather than an exact diagnosis. Often used by physicians when they cannot figure out the reasons for a chronic cough. Head Cold: No different from the common cold or chest cold. It just describes where you happen to notice the symptoms. Slipped Disc: one of my favorite of all diagnosis. Spinal discs become degenerated, herniated, bulged or protruded, but not slipped.  Hope this helps in some small way!

Osteoarthritis Pain & Chiropractic

Did you know osteoarthritis (OA) can occur in young people as well as older folks. In fact it occurs in about 14% of the population between the ages of 25 and 65. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis and is known as the “wear and tear” or “degenerative” type of arthritis. It often occurs in the spine but the hands, knees and hips are other common regions. The joints can be mildly painful or extremely painful with OA and Chiropractic care can go a long way to improve these painful joints as well as maintain the joint function and mobility. Talk to your Chiro Doc!

Fitness, Pain, Injury & Chiropractor Schaumburg

Ladies and gentlemen, are you into a new fitness craze? In fact as much as we try to stay in shape, we tend to injure ourselves doing the very activities we love. Some of our favorite fitness routines such as cardio boxing, Insanity, cross fit, Barre and indoor cycling and others,can take its toll if not performed properly. We know that pain is a great motivator for getting people to the doctor. Sometimes the intensity causes issues and sometimes it’s the frequency, and often it is the repetitive aspect. We are seeing an uptick in injuries, more specifically women who work hard at keeping themselves fit and healthy. Our facility has all the technology and expertise to help you recover from an injury or just help you maintain your present course. We also provide support and nutritional counseling also. Give your body the help it deserves, our massage therapist are also eager to help with those stubborn tight muscles. Work hard, workout hard but enjoy life even harder!

Pain and Chiropractic Alternative

Big pharma wants your money. Just look at all the medicine ads on TV these days. The side effects alone take up most of the commercial while a bunch of smiling people prance around as catchy music plays in the background. Pain is the number one reason people go to doctors. The US uses 80 percent of the worlds opiods (prescription pain killers) with only 5% of the worlds population. The CDC says 259 million prescriptons yearly are written for them. For chronic pain sufferers opiods have been been a gift from the heavens or a curse from hell. In 2014 almost 29.000 people died from prescription opiods and heroin overdoses. There are a multitude of therapies for acute and chronic pain and studies have shown time and time again, Chiropractic is a viable, effective and cost efficient way to combat pain. The next time you are in pain…think of your Chiropractic alternative!

Spine issues and Imaging

In my profession I am always looking at patient X-rays and MRI’s and recently I had the opportunity to see a couple of rare problems in a couple of people with neck pain.  One of the patients had a synovial cyst in his neck vertebra which is quite rare but seen more in the lower back, along with a spondylolisthesis. A spondylolisthesis is less rare, but is a term that means one vertebrae has slide forward or backward in relationship to the one below it. This is often seen in patients with degenerative spine issues or car accident victims or those who spend long hours on the computer. This means the risk of neurological problems becomes higher if the spine is not as stable as it could be.  If you have a neck or back problem that becomes chronic and won’t quite go away with treatment, imaging that region of the body is important.  Most of the time these problems are easily treatable but sometimes they can cause considerable pain and require surgery.  Be informed and stay on top of your health!!