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When Spinal Fusion Is Needed.....

Date: August 28, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

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 surgery over non-surgical approaches, including chiropractic care. Simply put, spinal fusion is a surgical technique that aims to eliminate excessive motion (instability) in the spine by fusing two or more vertebrae together. Fractures related to trauma are a common reason for spinal instability, but excessive motion can also be caused by conditions such as spondylolisthesis (when.... <view entire article>





Exercise and Posture Training for Neck Pain..

Date: August 27, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

A quick look around any airport, mall, or auditorium/theater will reveal that poor posture is common. There's forward head posture, rolled forward shoulders, and uneven/misaligned heads/shoulders/pelvis-hips. Some people even limp or shuffle while walking. Research shows that when a person adopts an abnormal posture, it can place added strain on various areas of the body, which can elevate the risk for musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain. The good news is that when combined with chiropractic care, at-home exercises are great.... <view entire article>





Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Pregnancy..

Date: August 26, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that we typically associate with overuse activities, especially occupations that require fast, repetitive hand work such as typing, sewing, and packaging. However, the hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy can also lead to swelling or inflammation in the wrist, and subsequently, the symptoms associated with CTS. A 2019 study involving 382 women in the third trimester of pregnancy revealed that 111 (23.03%) experienced the signs and symptom consistent with mild-to-severe CTS. Further analysis.... <view entire article>





Hip Problem, Back Problem, or Both?..

Date: August 25, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

Musculoskeletal conditions drive millions of patients to doctor's offices each year, with back and hip pain being among the most common. Because the hip and low back neighbor one another in the body, these conditions often overlap, with only one of the two being diagnosed. This can lead to inadequate treatment, unnecessary costs, and unsatisfying outcomes for the patient with prolonged pain, disability, and mental health distress. In some cases, a problem elsewhere in the body can refer pain to another.... <view entire article>





The Link Between Whiplash and Jaw Pain..

Date: August 24, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

While neck pain is most commonly associated with whiplash associated disorder (WAD), patients often report jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain following a car accident, sport injury, or slip and fall. Common symptoms associated with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) include pain in the jaw joint area (in front of the ear), neck and shoulder pain, ear area pain with chewing or yawning, a "stuck" or locked feeling, and clicking, popping, or grating sounds with jaw movements. Patients with TMD may also feel.... <view entire article>





Detoxing from Social Media and Electronic Devices..

Date: August 23, 2019 | Time: 12:00pm

The ability to take out a small device and check email, take photos, interact with friends, play games, and answer almost any question seemed like a great idea when smartphones and social media debuted over a decade ago; but in recent years, several studies have looked at the downsides associated with heavy social media and device use. For example, a 2018 study found that people who use social media platforms for extended periods of time are more prone to make risky.... <view entire article>





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