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Save a back!! Stop the pain!!

Back pain is so common among people it has its own talking points. Did you ever get into a conversation with someone only to end up comparing back pain stories? Well, here is a quick exercise that can help. Bending or twisting are the two motions most my patients perform that contributed to their back injury. Here is a simple exercise to help you bend properly, and save your back, it is called a “hip hinge”. You will need a broom. Begin by standing with feet shoulder width apart. Place the broom along the spine, holding the top of the broom against the back of your head and the base of the broom against your butt. Now hinge at the hips and flex forward but keep the broom in contact with the head and rear end. You should be hinging at the hips without rounding the lower back. You might feel some pulling in the hamstrings. Stop when the broom pulls away from the head or butt. Practice this enough so that you can do a hip hinge for almost any bending activity. It can literally save your spine.

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!!

Arthritis and Fiber

I just read an interesting article about fiber and arthritis?  Did you know that a study of more than 1200 adults found that those who consumed the most fiber had a significant reduction in their risk of knee arthritis. The top 25% of fiber consumers had a 61% lower risk of osteoarthritis of the knees, than those at the bottom levels of fiber intake.  It also showed that eating fiber earlier in life had even more positive effects on arthritis later in life.  The authors concluded that there may be two reasons: 1) a reduction of inflammation which causes pain and 2) helping maintain a healthier weight which puts less stress on the joints and bones.  Either way, seems like a good reason to eat more fiber…!!

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 !!

Chronic Pain & Opioids

Chronic pain is one of those things that can literally make you lose your mind or even damage it.  A study of over 10,000 elderly adults found that those adults dealing with moderate to severe chronic pain, also had a significantly more rapid decline in cognitive function including memory, attention, as well as increased signs of dementia. This was compared to people with little to no pain. So instead of getting a prescription for opioids when you are in pain, find your local chiropractor, as study after study has proven its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of those with chronic pain.!!

Sports injury treatment, like the pro’s

Last time I spoke about sports injuries. I am a certified chiropractic sports physician (CCSP) and have been treating those with sports injuries from the beginning of my career. Did you know that you can get the same care professional athletes get when they are injured?  Let’s be honest, professional athletes generally can have around-the-clock care and access to all the bells and whistles that you and I probably wont get when we get hurt. However, an injury to a pro athlete is often the same injury you and I get. A major difference is, we cant miss work and tend to gut-it-out through those injuries. I don’t know about you, but if I’m not working, I usually am not making any money. So, if you or the young athlete in your family suffers a sports or non-sports injury, think Chiropractic.  It works.