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Management Strategies for Chronic Low Back Pain

Date: September 28, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

Chronic LBP (cLBP) is a BIG problem in our society, accounting for about 33% of work-related disability. So, what is the best management strategy for cLBP? One study looked at the effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) using three groups of patients with cLBP. Each group received either: 1) "sham" spinal manipulation (twelve treatments of sham or "fake" SMT) over a one-month timeframe and then discontinued; 2) "real" SMT (high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust) twelve times during a one-month timeframe and then discontinued; and 3) the SAME as the second group but with additional SMT treatments every other week for nine additional... <view entire article>





Chiropractic Care for Patients with Headaches

Date: September 27, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

Though there are many different type of headache, many involve both the upper cervical region (the neck) and the head. Between the muscles that attach to the head and neck, the ligaments that hold the vertebrae together, the blood vessels that allow blood to flow to and from the head, and the nerves that allow us to smell, taste, see, smile, wink, stick out our tongue, and so much more, it's no wonder that the neck is intimately related to the head and therefore headaches. One structure that sheds additional light on this close relationship between the neck and headaches... <view entire article>





Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Body Type

Date: September 26, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

Is there a relationship between carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and body mass index (BMI)? A 1994 study focused on 949 patients who presented with right arm numbness and tingling. In the study, the patients underwent electromyography and nerve conduction velocity (EMG/NCV)-the "gold standard" of tests to diagnose nerve injuries in conditions such as CTS. Researchers then sub-divided the group by age (three groups: younger than 45; between 45 and 64; and 65 or older), body size (defined by BMI), and gender. Investigators compared those who were obese (BMI more than 29) to the other groups: slender - BMI less than... <view entire article>





The Origin of Knee Pain - The Medial Compartment

Date: September 25, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

The four compartments of the knee (anterior/front, medial/inside, posterior/back, and lateral/outside) are like dominos. Meaning, when one is injured, the others "start to fall." This is due to compensatory changes in function-when one compartment is problematic, this places added strain or stress to other compartment(s). Hence, managing knee conditions often requires work on multiple compartments. The medial/inside compartment of the knee includes muscle, tendon, ligament, and medial meniscus, or "cartilage" attachments. These attachments connect to the top of the tibia/shin bone and/or the end of the femur/thigh bone. The ligaments are strong, non-elastic bands that hold the joint together while... <view entire article>





Whiplash Injuries and Missed Diagnoses of Traumatic Brain Injury

Date: September 24, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also becoming a "hot topic" as it relates to motor vehicle collisions (MVC). The question is: how often is TBI missed? The simple answer is: FREQUENTLY! This is due to the fact that attention is often drawn toward other injuries such as a neck injury or a limb injury. One study found that doctors were more likely to miss an mTBI diagnosis in patients who had sustained an arm or leg fracture. Among a total of 251 trauma patients, only 8.8% were diagnosed with mTBI at the time of injury vs. 23.5% who were eventually... <view entire article>





Is There a "CURE" for Diabetes and Aging?

Date: September 23, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

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. In 2013, researchers looked at this approach in a British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease article entitled, "Intermittent fasting: a dietary intervention for prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease?" The study's authors reported that intermittent fasting helps reduce the risk of heart disease as well as type 2 diabetes AND obesity, as it provides a method to help... <view entire article>





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