It’s estimated that about one-in-seven adults in the United States have chronic low back pain (lasting longer than three months), which can have a major effect on one’s ability to carry...
We’ve all been told—especially as children—to stop slouching and to stand or sit up straight. As it happens, this is great advice to keep the spine healthy and reduce the risk for a painful...
The pelvic floor is the muscular “hammock” that carries the weight of the viscera located in the pelvis. If these muscles become too loose or too tight, an individual may experience urinary...
For the older adult, pain that radiates into the leg is a common complaint. This process, called neurogenic claudication, occurs when the spinal cord and/or nerve roots are pinched as they...
According to a 2020 study, up to 1 in 5 new chiropractic patients list headaches as one of their chief reasons for seeking care. Let’s take a look at the features and characteristics that...
Low back-related leg pain (LBRLP) is a common condition that drives patients into primary care clinics, including chiropractic offices, but...
Serious falls can lead to a number of negative outcomes in older adults, from impaired mobility to loss of independence to early death. Thus...
The cauda equina (Latin for “horse’s tail”) is made up of many nerves that travel down and exit out the sides of the lumbar spine and sacrum...
The roots of the sciatic nerve exit the spine through several levels in the lower back, join
in the buttock region, and travel down into the lower extremities. ...
In addition to neck pain and back pain, patients seek chiropractic care for many
musculoskeletal conditions, including groin pain. Pain in the groin area...
Cycling is regarded as a highly enjoyable and effective form of exercise. However,
there is some confusion about how posture while riding can affect the lower back...
When it comes to a condition like low back pain, does it matter what type of healthcare
provider a patient initially visits for treatment? A study published in 2015 looked...
When it comes to managing a low back condition, the goal of chiropractic treatment is for the patient return to their normal daily activities as...
While under chiropractic treatment, it’s not uncommon for a patient to report improvement for an issue that seems unrelated to their chief complaint. ...
Scoliosis is a condition that affects about 3% of teenagers, though the cause is typically unknown. In most instances, the degree of spinal curvature...
For the patient with low back pain, guidelines recommend seeking treatment in the acute state of the condition instead of waiting for it to become chronic...
It’s common for individuals with low back pain to avoid any movement they feel may worsen their condition. Over time, this behavior can lead to deconditioned back muscles...
It stands to reason the more an intervertebral disk herniates, the more it will compress the
spinal nerves, leading to a greater likelihood for surgical intervention.
While the anatomy of the shoulder allows for a wide range of motion and movement,
it comes at the cost of a less stable joint, especially for those who routinely perform activities
that require lifting the arms.
It’s common to see older adults with a slumped posture, and though there are many possible reasons for this, perhaps the most common cause is a condition called spinal stenosis.
In the past, we’ve written about the use of mechanical traction for patients with neck pain. But what about the low back pain (LBP) patient? Can traction help reduce pain and improve function for this group?..
The sciatic nerve is made up of five nerve roots that exit the spine in the lower back (L4 to S3) and then merge into one nerve that travels through the buttock and into the leg.
In the past, patients may have been prescribed bed rest by their family doctor for low back pain. These days, treatment guidelines recommend staying
You’ve probably heard of a friend or loved one whose back pain resulted in a spinal fusion surgery, but you may not understand what prompted ....
Since the late 1980s, researchers have embraced the biopsychosocial model (BPS) to
understand both the causative and prognostic factors associated with neuromusculoskeletal disorders, ....
Kinesiophobia, the fear of movement, is a common occurrence for patients with
chronic low back pain (cLBP)....
Low back pain (LBP) and posterior pelvic pain (PPP) are very common
complaints during pregnancy. In fact, current estimates show.....
When patients present with low back pain (LBP), they are frequently nervous and
worried about whether they’re going to respond to the treatment—especially.....
Doctors of chiropractic offer a non-surgical, treatment protocol for both acute and
chronic low back pain (LBP), as do several other healthcare delivery systems.....
Primary dysmenorrhea (PD) is a very common gynecological disorder affecting
84.1% of women during childbearing age.....
mustard and curry their yellow color, has
long been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant capabilities....
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega-3-PUFA) consumption has been linked to
reduced inflammation, a lower risk for heart attack and stroke...
If someone said that suboptimal breathing patterns and problems associated with posture and
trunk stability ....
While it's not possible to totally prevent low back pain (LBP), individuals who regularly exercise
appear to have a reduced risk for LBP....
About a quarter of adults experience frequent knee pain, which results in limited
function, reduced mobility.....
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve is compressed as it passes through
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a controversial diagnosis, as there are no
clear objective clinical tests that can establish whether or not a patient has the condition.
Smoking tobacco causes more than 480,000 deaths annually, which makes it the leading
cause of preventable death in the United States (US)-that
Is it possible to identify which low back pain patients might experience the most
benefit from spinal manipulation combined with exercise?
The shoulder is not just one joint but rather four: the sternoclavicular (collar bone/breast bone),
Acne most commonly affects us during our adolescent years, but it can strike at any time
during our adult lives.
While many of us have been told we need to take steps to lower our cholesterol levels, it turns out
that having high cholesterol may actually be a good thing.
Shoulder pain is common. If fact, it's highly likely that many of you reading this
currently have or have had a shoulder injury, as studies suggest that about 90% of us
There has been great debate over the years about the pros and cons of drinking coffee. The
confusion is justified, as one study will report on the negative affects while the next will highlight
At some point in time, most of us have had a 'Charlie horse' or muscle cramp. In fact, 50% of
adults over the age of 50 suffer from night cramps.
Many of us have had problems associated with dizziness from time to time and have
not thought much about it. But when dizziness happens frequently, lasts a long time, or is
severe, it definitely gets our attention and forces us to get it checked out.
This certainly is a provoking question! Interestingly, there appears to be some
fairly convincing evidence that intermittent fasting can have a dramatic effect on both
diabetes management (and possibly play a role in preventing the condition) in addition
to increasing longevity.
Last month, we discussed four factors that increase a woman's risk for back pain: a wider
pelvis (resulting in greater pelvic instability due to knock-knee effect); breast size, mass, and
weight; hormone levels and variability during menstruation and menopause;
Back pain can become both more frequent and more intense as a pregnancy enters
into the second and (especially) the third trimester. This is because the biomechanical
changes that accompany pregnancy occur too fast for the body to properly adapt.
Primarily, chiropractic focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders with an
emphasis on treatment utilizing manual adjustments and other types of manipulation and/or mobilization
of the spine. Chiropractic is classified as a form of primary care, as anyone can choose to see a doctor of
chiropractic without a referral.
When looking at the neck from the left side, the cervical curve should look "C-shaped",
or lordotic. This develops when infants learn to lift and hold their head up while laying on their
stomach and continues to progress when a child starts moving around on all fours.
We all know it's smart to write down our symptoms before a visit to our healthcare provider, but most
of us simply don't take the time. In many cases, it may be only subtle symptoms that trigger a proper
diagnosis. This is certainly true when it comes to stroke.
There are basically two types of stroke: hemorrhagic stroke and ischemic stroke. A ruptured aneurism,
Due to bipedal locomotion (walking around on two legs), foot and ankle problems have
the potential to affect EVERYTHING above the feet-even the knees!
When analyzing the way we walk (also known as our gait), we find when the heel strike
takes place, the heel and foot motion causes "supination" or the rolling OUT of the ankle. As the
unloaded leg begins to swing forwards,
High-Intensity Interval Training - What Is That?
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is characterized by 30-60 second bouts of high-intensity output followed by a very low-intensity exercise (like walking or slow pedaling) which allows one's heart rate and breathing to recover before the next high- intensity segment.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can be an extremely painful and activity-limiting condition. It
affects many people of all ages and genders, though women are affected more often than men. But
how do you know if what you are suffering from is truly CTS or if it's another condition that's
producing the symptoms in your hand or wrist?
The connection between our sinuses and headaches is well established, but what about the relationship
between neck pain and our sinuses? Is there a connection?
Sinusitis is very common in the spring when pollen counts are high and times when the cold and flu
are rampant. It usually manifests with a clear runny nose and pain over the affected sinuses and other
"histamine" related symptoms (watery eyes, sneezing, etc.).
Have you ever wondered what actually happens when a player on your favorite sports
team has a knee injury? Why is this so common, and why is the knee more vulnerable than the
ankle or hip?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) often responds well to non-surgical care and there is good
evidence supporting chiropractic treatment for CTS. But the question frequently arises, "When
should I consider surgery for my CTS?" Let's take a look...
Low back pain (LBP) from a herniated disk often leads to surgical intervention. However, there
are patients with this painful malady who can successfully "ride it out" and repeat MRI imaging six to
twelve months later often fails to show little, if any, evidence of the original herniated disk that was
initially very obvious. How is this possible?