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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!!

Back Pain & SI Joint Pain

An often overlooked aspect to lower back pain is the contribution of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint).  The SI joint, as we call it, is often involved in pain along the lower back, buttocks, groin and lower extremity.  It is the joint where the hips meet the sacrum and it is a very large joint. When it is dysfunctional, the SI joint can cause the pain described previously.  It is often misdiagnosed because of its relative closeness to the lumbar spine  The good news is that it is a very treatable problem and Chiropractic adjustments work wonders.  Also stretching and strengthening of specific hip, leg and core muscles help reduce the pain and recurrence of this problem.

Joint Pain, Inflammation, And What You Can Do

Joint pain is often a result of inflammation, even low grade inflammation can cause problems. In fact, inflammation is now considered the major culprit in cardiovascular disease, more so than lowering cholesterol. Some herbal ingredients and spices provide anti-inflammatory properties. Extracts from turmeric and ginger are good, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory botanicals such as ashwaganda, boswellia and maritime pine. They are systemic in nature so when consumed, they can significantly reduce inflammation within the body as well as the joint.

Joint Pain And Supplementation

Speaking of joint pain, did you know that stress activates a biochemical pathway that signals a chronic inflammatory response that can interfere with joint function. Some good joint anti-inflammatory agents include omega 3 EFA’s, EPA and DHA from fish oil. Also, vitamin D and E offer benefits that are good for joint pain but also joint stiffness. Finally, glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate are great for supporting the joint cartilage and are known as natural “joint builders.” Adding these basic components to your diet can help tremendously, if used properly and consistently. More about this next time!