Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Joint Dysfunction & Manipulation

Joint dysfunction in the spine can produce pain, and mobilizing the spine joints through manipulations (also called adjustments) can decrease that pain.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


The term "subluxation" is used by doctors of chiropractic to depict the altered position of the vertebra and subsequent functional loss, which determines the location for the spinal manipulation.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Aches and Pains from Insomnia

Without sufficient sleep, aches and pains become more prominent. And many chronic pains can make it more difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. This loop can make recovery more difficult unless sleep issues are addressed as part of a treatment program.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How a Chiropractic Treatment Plan is Developed

A chiropractic treatment plan will try to reduce pain and restore normal joint function and muscle balance in the short term and restore functional independence and normal activity in the long term.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Pain from the sacroiliac (sak-roe-il-ee-ak) joint needs two things: for the source of the pain to be identified and treated and for the pain to be treated as well.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Studies link sedentary activities to increases in anxiety

Australian researchers said an analysis of study data indicates that sedentary activities, such as working at a desk or playing video games, may increase anxiety symptoms. "It is important that we understand the behavioral factors that may be linked to anxiety -- in order to be able to develop evidence-based strategies in preventing/managing this illness," head researcher Megan Teychenne said in a news release.

The report was published in the journal BMC Public Health.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Studies: Potentially addictive drugs often prescribed for migraines

A study found more than 50% of adult migraine sufferers were prescribed narcotic painkillers, and a similar number were prescribed barbiturates. A second study showed 16% of children and teens with migraines had been prescribed a narcotic painkiller. These medications are not considered first-line treatments for migraines, said Dr. Mia Minen, lead researcher of the adult migraine study. HealthDay News

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Study: Cognitive training may improve brain health after TBI

A study in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation says strategy-based cognitive training can improve the cognitive performance and brain health of those with traumatic brain injury, even long after the injury occurred. The Huffington Post

Friday, November 6, 2015

DC: What it means when your back "goes out"

The nerve supply to the spine has a relatively high threshold, writes Dr. Michael Noonan, so the pain from a back problem builds over time but can seem to come out of nowhere. The spasms generally associated with a back attack often come from the muscles protecting an inflamed or misaligned joint, where the real problem lies, Noonan writes...

(from Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration))

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Axial Pain

Axial pain represents the most common type of low back pain and is only found in the lower back - it does not extend to the buttocks or legs.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Recovery

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or ACDF, is a common type of neck surgery to address pain and other symptoms caused by cervical disc problems. After an ACDF, most patients are able to go home the day of the surgery or the next day, so most of the recovery time is spent at home. Learn the typical considerations and instructions for ACDF postoperative care and rehabilitation.

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ACDF Surgery Postoperative Care

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Hospital Care After ACDF Surgery
The goal of the one- or two-day hospital stay following ACDF is to keep the patient as comfortable and mobile as possible while preparing for long-term recovery at home. Learn More...

Getting Adequate Pain Control After Back Surgery

The spine surgeon performing a fusion surgery should have a pain control plan in place prior to surgery and should discuss it with the patient. This includes setting realistic expectations about the type and level of postoperative pain and providing instructions on how to respond when it occurs. Learn More...

Quitting Smoking Before a Spinal Fusion
An extensive amount of research has firmly established that cigarette smoking is bad for patients undergoing spine fusion surgery. But how does it impact a spinal fusion? What do you need to know to help my chances of successfully quitting smoking? Learn More...

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Video

An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is an anterior approach to removing a cervical herniated disc in order to relieve spinal cord or root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, and numbness. This interactive video provides an overview of anterior cervical discectomy.

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