How to Avoid Neck Pain and Text Neck

If you’re like most people, you probably spend a little too much time hunched over a smartphone or other mobile devices, doing everything from socializing with friends to setting up important meetings. Unfortunately, this overuse can put your neck at an increased risk for poor posture and a painful condition commonly called text neck. If you have text neck or …

How to Prevent Osteoporosis

Postmenopausal osteoporosis can be prevented by taking steps as early in life as possible. A woman’s peak bone mass is typically achieved by the age of 30.  The amount of bone that is obtained at one’s peak, and how much is retained thereafter, is influenced by several factors. Here is a list of ways to prevent osteoporosis. Genetics and osteoporosis. …

American College of Physicians Recommends Conservative Care over Opiods.

We’re in the middle of one of the biggest drug crises in history—the opioid epidemic. Pain meds are being prescribed at an alarming rate for patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, which has opened up the gates for overuse and abuse. In 1991, the number of opioid prescriptions was 76 million, but in 2011, that number quadrupled to 219 …

Chiropractic: A Better Option for Migraines and Pregnancy

An estimated 30-40% of women with migraines feel their symptoms worsen during pregnancy, likely because of hormonal changes. These women often wonder whether it’s safe to continue their current migraine medications, or if they should seek conservative treatments like chiropractic care. At least one migraine drug should be avoided during pregnancy, according to new FDA warnings, because the drug (valoprate) …

Chiropractic Care: First Choice for Back Injury Treatment

Seeing a chiropractor first following a work injury to the low back significantly reduced the likelihood of surgery. Approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor. 1 Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery after Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington …

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Whiplash Injury Awareness

The most common cause of a whiplash injury is from a car accident.  When you are involved in a rear-end collision, your neck  snaps backward and forward, injuring your spine, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and inter-vertebral joints.  Typically, you don’t feel much pain right away, but as the day wears on, and especially the next day, the pain gets worse. …

Thanksgiving Travel and Deep Vein Thrombosis: Knowing the Signs Can Save Your Life

Thanksgiving is one of the most busiest holidays for travel, whether it’s taking a road trip or a plane flight.  Sitting for several hours in a car or plane can lead to deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT’s can form in the legs when blood pools and clots from prolonged sitting.  Movement is important for circulation in the legs.  The contraction and …

Neurosurgeon Recommends Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy Back Pain

For many women, pregnancy is a wonderful experience. There are, however, many changes and challenges the mom-to-be can expect, and back pain is one of them. The development of back pain during pregnancy primarily relates to the weight gain associated with the growing fetus. The extra weight gained adds stress to the pregnant woman’s spine. The discs or cushions within …

New Research Shows Concussions Can Affect the Pituitary Gland

Concussions can affect many parts of the body and result in a variety of symptoms. New research indicates that concussions can affect the pituitary gland, and that decreased pituitary function can emerge months or years after a concussion. 1-3  An injury to the head can act like a pituitary gland dimmer switch. The pituitary gland is often called the “Master …

Piriformis Syndrome: A Pain in Your Butt

Patients come into my office bent over in severe pain, often leaning on their spouse for support and staggering to walk.  Sometimes they had experienced this pain before, and had a MRI that showed bulging discs. The discs may not be the culprit. The piriformis muscle is a small muscle in your buttock area that lies underneath the larger gluteus …