Archive for the 2011

Neck Pain: What Can I Do About It?

Neck pain is one of those conditions that affect most people at some point during their lifetime. All you have to do is ask just about anyone, "…have you ever had neck pain?" Then again, maybe you shouldn’t since you’ll probably get overloaded with way too much information from several people willing to share every [..]

Low Back Pain: Where Is My Pain Coming From?

Low back pain can emanate from many anatomical locations (as well as a combination of locations), which always makes it interesting when a patient asks, "…doc, where in my back is my pain coming from?" In context of an office visit, we take an accurate history and perform our physical exam to try to reproduce [..]

Low Back Pain and Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine that is not "normal." The normal curves of the spine include an inward curve in the low back and neck and an outward curve in the mid-back when looking at the person from the side ("sagittal plane"). However, there should NOT be any [..]

Side Effects of Chiropractic vs. Medications for Headaches

Have you ever stopped and wondered, "…which type of doctor should I go to for treatment of my headaches?" In order to make an informed decision, it is appropriate to look at the side effects each treatment option carries and then consider the pros and cons of each treatment.It has been reported that 45 million [..]

Is It Really Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) causes pain and/or numbness into the hand and because it’s so common, CTS is often the first and the last diagnosis a doctor makes when a patient presents with these symptoms. The purpose of this article is to consider other conditions that present in a similar way and if not treated [..]

Fibromyalgia and the Weather

Recently, a doctor had a patient tell him she had a "break-through" in her fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms that she was VERY excited to share. Having known this patient for a long time, he was intrigued by her enthusiasm. She told her doctor that her family had never had an air conditioner before until late last [..]

Low Back Pain: An Unusual Cause?

There are many causes of low back pain (LBP). Most of us can think of the time we bent over to lift a child, the heavy tongue of a trailer, or a 5-gallon pail of water, or maybe simply sneezed too hard and threw out our back. These causes are common and most often associated [..]

Neck Pain and Arthritis

When we say the word "arthritis," many images come to mind. Some people think of crippled hands or perhaps Mr. Smith who talks about his bad hip being, "…bone on bone!" Or, how about the neighbor who has a bad knee and walks with a limp and a cane? Rarely do we think about the [..]

CTS – Why Braces Work

When patients present for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), one of the most common treatments rendered is the use of a wrist brace, often referred to as a cock-up splint. The focus of this article is to explain the reasons why these braces are so commonly included in the management of CTS and why [..]

Fibromyalgia and Exercise (Part II)

Last month, we started the conversation about the importance of exercise, and how it improves the quality of life for everyone, especially those with Fibromyalgia (FM). We listed specific recommendations about how to go about implementing an exercise program safely and successfully but never finished the subject. Hence, here are some additional tips for getting [..]