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Lasting Pain Management Relief With Manipulation Under Anesthesia

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:51:43 +0000

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Lasting Pain Management Relief With Manipulation Under Anesthesia Term Manipulation under anesthesia is just what it sounds like. Manipulating your joints and muscles while under anesthesia. This has been around since the 1930’s and used by osteopathic physicians. Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is performed while the patient is lightly anesthetized to a state of relaxation. […]

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Lasting Pain Management Relief With Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Term Manipulation under anesthesia is just what it sounds like. Manipulating your joints and muscles while under anesthesia. This has been around since the 1930’s and used by osteopathic physicians.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is performed while the patient is lightly anesthetized to a state of relaxation. Adjustments and stretching movements are performed that would normally be way too painful if the patient were awake.

Anyone who has long-term pain syndromes may consider manipulation under anesthesia as an alternative treatment to painkillers and surgery. Basic conditions that may lead to this procedure are acute and chronic neck pain, joint pain, back pain, shoulder pain,muscle spasms, and frozen shoulder syndrome.

MUA may treat Pain caused by the lumbar, thoracic, or cervical spine, frozen shoulder, and any discomfort in the pelvic region or sacroiliac under anesthesia (MUA). The treatment is safe and can serve as a replacement for more intrusive and dangerous medical procedures.

Specialists working in a team environment to assure the safety of the patient may perform this procedure in a medical surgery facility. Manipulation under anesthesia is always a team effort, which consists of the anesthesiologist, the Vineland chiropractor responsible for the manipulation, and an assistant. Unlike general chiropractic procedures, manipulation under anesthesia is almost always performed in a hospital or other traditional medical facility such as an outpatient surgery center.

The primary aim of manipulation under anesthesia is to break up scar tissue or fibrous adhesions that center around the spine. The process uses specific kinesthetic maneuvers of postural and articular varieties, passive stretches, and short-lever manipulations of the spine specific to the problem areas.

Although the terminology might be new to many people, manipulation under anesthesia is far from a modern procedure. It has been a part of medical treatment for more than sixty years and has its own CPT Code designation.

Who Receives Treatment

Back, shoulder and neck injuries are the leading reasons for spinal manipulation, but not every situation requires the procedure, and some doctors might be hesitant to perform manipulation based on many factors including the physical condition of the patient. One of the key reason the procedure is done is for frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis

Other care and treatment are often attempted before spinal manipulation, but if those efforts prove ineffective, MUA is the next step. Scar tissue builds up along with adhesions during prolonged aggravation of spinal joints. Over time, this produces chronic pain in the spine and surrounding muscles.

While chiropractic treatments, epidural injections, and physical therapy often give temporary relief from pain, they do nothing to treat the underlying problem of fibrous adhesions. Back surgery most often does nothing for this either and may make that problem worse. Manipulation under anesthesia can produce results that are more permanent for chronic back and neck pain.

MUA works since the patient is in a “Twilight” state, which allows the patient to be responsive but not apprehensive. The adjustments a patient will receive using MUA are the same as the regular chiropractic visits but require less force simply because of the state of relaxation.

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Whats This Pain In My Neck?

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:46:49 +0000

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Whats This Pain In My Neck? What is causing pain in my neck? After waking up this morning, there was this discomforting pain in my neck. I could not move my neck in any direction and every time I tried to, I would feel a sharp pain from the left side of my neck radiating […]

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Whats This Pain In My Neck?

What is causing pain in my neck?

After waking up this morning, there was this discomforting pain in my neck. I could not move my neck in any direction and every time I tried to, I would feel a sharp pain from the left side of my neck radiating to my shoulder blade. I’ve never had this sort of pain before, what might be the cause?

What you are experiencing is most likely Torticollis; in much simpler terms a painful muscle-spam also commonly known as a wry neck. Made up from the Latin words torte: which means twisted, and collis: which means neck, torticollis is most commonly experienced after one wakes up with the cause being mostly due to cold air: either from a window left open throughout the night or a fan that was left running while one was sleeping . Torticollis can also be brought about by virus responsible for cold or flu or in some instances, trauma such as falling down a wing of stairs. However whichever the cause, most individuals cannot pinpoint what brought about the onset of their symptoms

As a norm, this medical condition gradually improves and wears off after a period of 14 days. However if an individual receives additional medical attention such chiropractic adjustment, the condition can wear off in a few days: within a week. As a norm, the condition is usually characterized by sharp pain and as such, most individuals usually prefer seeking treatment as opposed to letting the condition run its course. In some instances, torticollis can last more than 2 weeks or in some extreme cases even more than a month. As such, seeking treatment when faced with this condition is highly recommended so as to avoid any eventualities. It is also generally advisable to seek treatment before the muscle pain really sets in so as to be able to address this condition more effectively before it regenerates into the deep muscular pain due to movement

Some of the symptoms associated with this condition include

Spine and neck contortion: neck twisted to one side of the body

Muscle spasms

Shoulder and neck pain

Some of the pain relief treatments available for this condition include

Chiropractic spine and neck adjustment

Heat packs

Analgesics

Muscle relaxant

Essential oil massage

Sleep and relaxation

Muscle relaxants

Cervical collar support

If you or any member of the family is afflicted by this condition and requires some care, we are here for you and we sincerely appreciate all the confidence and trust you have shown by choosing us. Chiropractic care has consistently scored as being the best when it comes to the level of comfort and satisfaction when compared to other form of treatment regimens and we are happy to offer this level of care to you and your loved ones

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Pain Blocking ReliefAssist For Low Back Pain

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Interesting Facts About Your Recent Car Accident And Whiplash Injury

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Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:05:14 +0000

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Chronic Pain And Injury from a car accident can have long lasting effects. It doesn’t take much to disrupt your life with ongoing chronic pain. I have treated many personal injury patients through out the years to help them recover from their injuries and stop the chronic pain cycle. Here Are Some Interesting Facts About […]

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Chronic Pain And Injury from a car accident can have long lasting effects. It doesn’t take much to disrupt your life with ongoing chronic pain. I have treated many personal injury patients through out the years to help them recover from their injuries and stop the chronic pain cycle.

Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Chronic Pain And Whiplash Injury.

It is estimated that 15-40% of those who are injured in a motor vehicle collision will suffer from ongoing chronic pain.(Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2007)

Whiplash injuries not only increase the incidence of chronic neck and shoulder pain, it also significantly increases the incidence of other systemic ill health effects. In other words, whiplash injuries cause more than neck pain and headache, it hurts the health of the entire body.(Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2001)

That essentially 100% of those who are suffering from chronic pain caused by a whiplash injury will have an abnormal psychological profile with standard assessments, and the only way to resolve the abnormal psychological profile was to successfully treat the chronic spinal pain. Psychotherapy was not able to improve the abnormal psychological profile, nor was it able to improve the patient’s chronic pain complaint.(Pain, 1997)

In the longest study ever performed on whiplash-injured patients (a study looking at the health status 17 years after injury), 55% of the patients still suffered from pain caused by the original trauma.(Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2002)

90% of those who are initially given a cervical collar for their whiplash injuries will be suffering from chronic neck pain 6 months later.(Spine, 2000)

2% of whiplash-injured patients will have severe pain and problems that require ongoing medical investigations and drugs 7.5 years after being injured.(Injury, 2005)

1 in every 100 (1%) people on our planet suffer from chronic neck pain caused by whiplash injury.(Pain,

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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome & Pain? There Is Hope!

Manipulation Under Anesthesia for Frozen Shoulder Pain in Vineland

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:28:54 +0000

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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome & Pain? There Is Hope! Background Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (Adhesive Capsulitis) is a condition with unknown origin. Meaning, we know why it isn’t working, just not sure why it happens. Restricted motion and pain are the key complaints. Pain Shoulder pain is associated with FSS. It’s caused when you try to move […]

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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome & Pain? There Is Hope!

Background

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (Adhesive Capsulitis) is a condition with unknown origin. Meaning, we know why it isn’t working, just not sure why it happens. Restricted motion and pain are the key complaints.

Pain

Shoulder pain is associated with FSS. It’s caused when you try to move your arm in certain directions. (E.g. reaching in your back pocket or combing your hair). Often repetitive motions, stress, aggravate it and weather changes. The pain can last for years.

Freezing

Contracture is the second common symptom. Simply, you can’t move your shoulder any more. Slowly you have more pain, which in turn makes it even more difficult to move your shoulder.

Cause

The causes of frozen shoulder are not fully understood. Frozen Shoulder Syndrome can develop after a surgery, injury or fracture. It also affect about 10 to 20% of patients with diabetes.

So What To Do About Your Frozen Shoulder?

First you will need a medical history and examination. A MRI may be ordered to rule out possible shoulder tears and pathology. A few weeks of physical therapy to try to unlock the shoulder is next. Appropriate medication may be prescribed. Possibly a cortisone injection.

If all that fails or you can’t tolerate the treatment, Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) may be the key to unfreeze your shoulder.

MUA is a procedure that is used by specifically trained Chiropractors and Medical doctors as a means of breaking up scar tissue around the joint to restore Range of Motion. It is performed in a surgical setting where the patient is under moderate to deep IV sedation using an anesthesiologist. It takes a relatively short period of time about 15 to 20 minutes.

Where Can You Have This Done?

Dr. Ray Marquez of Back Pain Relief Center in Vineland has performed numerous MUA’s for frozen shoulders over the years. He has close to a 90% success rate in restoring motion and decreasing pain.

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To schedule your FREE consultation to see if you’re a candidate for MUA please call Gina at Back Pain Relief Center 856-690-8883

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Managing Whiplash

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:02:24 +0000

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Managing Whiplash Whiplash is a common injury that is often ignored or improperly treated due to a lack of understanding of the condition. Common whiplash symptoms include (but are not limited to) neck pain/stiffness, headache, shoulder pain and stiffness, dizziness, fatigue, jaw pain (TMJ symptoms), arm pain, numbness and/or weakness, visual disturbances, ringing in the […]

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Managing Whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury that is often ignored or improperly treated due to a lack of understanding of the condition. Common whiplash symptoms include (but are not limited to) neck pain/stiffness, headache, shoulder pain and stiffness, dizziness, fatigue, jaw pain (TMJ symptoms), arm pain, numbness and/or weakness, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears (tinnitis), and back pain. In more severe cases, symptoms may include depression, anxiety, anger, frustration, stress, drug dependency, post-traumatic stress, sleep disturbance, sick leave, and lost productivity. Traumatic brain injury symptoms can include difficulty formulating thought, losing one’s place in conversation, fatigue, and “mental fog.” If litigation is involved, it can complicate the situation as well. While most people involved in car crashes recover quickly, some continue to experience symptoms that can last for years after the incident, and chronic pain can have devastating effects on an individual and his/her family.

A whiplash injury occurs as a result of a “crack the whip” mechanism that occurs very fast and before the muscles have time to react (within 300 milliseconds, which is too fast to voluntarily contract our muscles). About half-way through this process, the lower cervical spine extends while the upper half flexes resulting in significant pressure on the joint capsules in the lower half and the disks in the upper half of the neck. Recently, an interesting study found that there might a way to “trick” the neck muscles so they relax prior to the crash, thus reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the neck structures and potentially reduce the amount of tissue injury.

A rear-end collision typically results in neck muscle contractions from a combination of postural and startle responses. Using surface EMG (electromyography) to measures muscle activity, researchers found that the superficial muscle tightness of the neck could be attenuated (decreased) by a loud tone (105dB) 250 milliseconds BEFORE impact. Then, they investigated whether the deep cervical spine stabilizing, involuntary muscles (specifically the multifidus) would respond similarly to a loud tone. (This is important because these muscles attach directly to the small facet joints located in the back of the spine and have the potential to increase the strain in the joint capsules during a crash and contribute to the whiplash injury.)

The researchers subjected twelve study participants to simulated whiplash situations both with and without a loud tone. Their results suggest that a loud pre-impact tone may reduce the strain in the cervical spine facet joint capsules, which in turn may reduce the amount of tissue injury during a rear-end collision. These findings are exciting as the degree of injury may be reduced from using this tone prior to an impact.

Early range-of-motion types of care and exercises appear to result in better outcomes than the use of a cervical collar and rest. Similarly, manual therapies including early manipulation, mobilization, traction, and soft tissue therapies have also been demonstrated to produce better outcomes for whiplash patients.

Chiropractic offers these treatment approaches to whiplash patients more frequently when compared with other healthcare professions. We also include patient education and advice on posture, proper bending, lifting, pulling and pushing methods, the use of ice over heat (especially initially), and many self-care, home-based treatment approaches. Exercises often include range-of-motion/stretching, cervical curve retraining, strengthening, stabilization exercises, and balance exercises. If dizziness is present, we can show you special exercises to help manage it. An emphasis of transitioning the patient to these active, self-managing approaches is truly appreciated by our patients!

We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs. If you, a friend, or family member requires care for Whiplash, we would be honored to render our services.

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There May Be A Healthier Way To Treat Long-Term Pain.

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:42:38 +0000

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Can receiving spinal adjustments make a person healthier? If so, how would you measure it? Treating patients with chronic, long-term disabling back pain is truly a challenge. A commonly utilized medical approach to treating these patients (after the initial less invasive course of treatment has failed) is the use of opioid pain relievers (OPR). Opioid […]

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Can receiving spinal adjustments make a person healthier? If so, how would you measure it?

Treating patients with chronic, long-term disabling back pain is truly a challenge. A commonly utilized medical approach to treating these patients (after the initial less invasive course of treatment has failed) is the use of opioid pain relievers (OPR). Opioid pain relievers are commonly used when treating patients who experience long-term pain. This group of medications includes oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, and others. Guidelines published on the treatment of chronic low back pain are clear: ALL other less dangerous approaches should be used first (and for obvious reasons). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that in 2007, nearly 100 people died DAILY from drug overdoses in the United States, with most caused by prescription medications. This is three times more than the rate calculated in 1991! Also, there was a 98.4% increase in Emergency Room (ER) visits between 2004 and 2009, or 1.2 million more ER visits, related to misuse or abuse of pharmaceuticals. Surprisingly, this figure is HIGHER than ER visits associated with the use of illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.

So, what does this have to do with chiropractic? Actually, a lot! Organized medicine and insurers are starting to take a serious look at alternative approaches, especially those that have the highest patient/client satisfaction, of which CHIROPRACTIC leads the list! Chiropractic patients are generally healthier than those who do not utilize such care. Hence, chiropractic is strongly considered as a possible solution to this “epidemic” of OPR over-utilization. The emphasis here is in PREVENTING chronic back pain patients from starting on the opioid roller coaster.

The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Family Medical Practice has set up clinical rotations through a chiropractic service for family medical residents. Also, course work teaching the principles of chiropractic is in place within the medical school curriculum. A research project is currently ongoing to determine the benefits of co-managing patients between family practice physicians and chiropractors with an emphasis on chronic low back pain as well as improving function and mobility as solutions for cardiac and diabetic patients. The primary goal of educating the medical students is to offer chiropractic care as an acceptable and proven “first-line” choice of referral as a possible solution to the opioid epidemic.

One study reported statistics that show patients with work-related, non-specific low back pain had higher disability recurrence when treated by physician services or physical therapy than when these patients utilized chiropractic services. The study also found that when a similar patient group was treated by chiropractors, they had lower pain severity and fewer used opioids or had surgery. Additionally, these patients had, on average, fewer expensive medical services and shorter initial periods of disability than cases treated by other provider types. Another study compared 1.7 million insured patients treated for back pain by various provider types and concluded, “…The outcomes showed that when chiropractic care was pursued, the cost of treatment was reduced by 28%, hospitalizations were reduced by 41%, back surgery was reduced by 32%, and the cost of medical imaging, including x-ray and MRIs, was reduced by 37%.” Another study reported the need to reduce opioid use supports the need for change in how back pain patient are treated. The authors of this study reported, “…[we] rate chiropractic as one of the most promising, with the highest acceptance by physician groups and the best evidence to support its use.”

So as can see, it’s no longer a question IF chiropractic makes you healthier, chiropractic DOES make you healthier!

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Whiplash and Work

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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:33:52 +0000

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Whiplash and work. Does this sound familiar? It’s a fictional but a rather typical scenario affecting thousands of American drivers: “Last week, I was waiting at a red light and a car came up from behind and ran into the back end of my car. It was a low-speed collision without a lot of damage […]

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Whiplash and work. Does this sound familiar? It’s a fictional but a rather typical scenario affecting thousands of American drivers:

“Last week, I was waiting at a red light and a car came up from behind and ran into the back end of my car. It was a low-speed collision without a lot of damage to either of our cars. Surprisingly, I felt quite a jolt and my head even hit the headrest. I didn’t bother getting the name or phone number from the person that hit me because I didn’t hurt at the time, and besides, there was no real damage that I could see to my car or the other person’s car.

“About a half hour later, I noticed my neck felt stiff when I turned to check traffic on my right, and I felt really sharp pain before I could turn the whole way. The pain was bad enough to make me yell, and when I brought my head back to the front, the pain didn’t go away – in fact, it felt worse. When I woke up the next day, I could hardly turn my head at all, and I had a terrible headache. The pain was so bad that even four Advil didn’t touch it.

“I couldn’t decide what type of doctor to see for this. I knew if I went to my family doctor, he’d put me on a bunch of pills, but I have to drive forty-five minutes to my job and I have two small kids that require my attention. I had seen an ad for a chiropractor a while back and I wondered what they would do for something like this. I knew I had to do something and fast!

“So I decided to go to a chiropractor a friend of mine recommended and I was really surprised when I got there. The doctor was really attentive and seemed to know exactly what was going on. It was explained to me that I may have been hurt MORE than I might have been had the speed of the other car been going even faster because crushing metal absorbs the shock where in my case, no car damage resulted in more shock to me. This made sense because I had some books on the other seat that flew off when I was hit, which I forgot about until we were talking. I also learned that even if I knew I was going to get hit, I wouldn’t have been able to brace myself enough to avoid injury as the speed of the force moves the head and neck quicker than what I can tighten my muscles. The chiropractor showed me some charts that helped explain all this and why my neck hurt and where the headaches come from. I also learned NEVER assume that ‘no car damage’ means ‘no injury.’

“The best part was right after the adjustment, I felt immediate improvement with better movement and less pain. I was also told to put ice on my neck, which helped a lot more than heat. I’m now doing exercises and really feel good! I can’t tell you how happy I am that I chose a chiropractor to help me!”

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Vineland Chiropractic Weekly Health Update 8/15

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Monday, August 15th, 2016 Courtesy of: MurrellsInletchiropractic.com at Back Pain Relief Center Mental Attitude: Declining Brain Health Linked to Increased Risk of Critical Illness. Mayo Clinic researchers report that seniors with mild cognitive impairment are 50% more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) to treat a serious illness […]

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Monday, August 15th, 2016 Courtesy of: MurrellsInletchiropractic.com at Back Pain Relief Center

Mental Attitude: Declining Brain Health Linked to Increased Risk of Critical Illness. Mayo Clinic researchers report that seniors with mild cognitive impairment are 50% more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) to treat a serious illness than their peers with no apparent signs of cognitive decline. Critical Care Medicine, July 2016

Health Alert: Is Modern Lifestyle to Blame for the Obesity Epidemic? When it comes to the obesity epidemic, is nature to blame… or nurture? An analysis of data from nearly 8,800 adults participating in a nationwide health and retirement study revealed that participants were more likely to pack on more pounds if they were born later in the 20th century, regardless of whether they had a high genetic risk for obesity. The researchers suggest that modern conveniences may be to blame as they have allowed people to become more and more sedentary. The Obesity Society’s Dr. Anthony Comuzzie explains, “When was the last time you got out of the car and opened your own garage, or got off the couch to change the TV channel?… People have more money to spend on easily available fast food, and they are less likely to engage in physical activity. It’s a double-edged sword.” Journal of the American Medical Association, July 2016

Diet: Is Pasta Good for Your Diet? Many people have shunned pasta in recent years because of concerns that it’s fattening. However, new research suggests that pasta, specifically noodles, may actually aid in weight loss. Italian researchers found that moderate pasta consumption appears to be linked to a lower incidence of both general and abdominal obesity. Lead researcher Dr. George Pounis writes, “We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite.” Nutrition and Diabetes, July 2016

Exercise: Exercise During Pregnancy Offers Benefits. According to new research, women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to require a caesarian section than women who refrain from exercise. Furthermore, exercise does not appear to increase the risk of preterm birth. The researchers also found exercise results in a lower incidence of gestational diabetes and lower rates of high blood pressure during pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, June 2016

Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulative Therapy & Home Exercise Beneficial to Those with Chronic Neck Pain. Chronic neck pain is a common and disabling condition among older adults, but little is known regarding the cost-effectiveness of commonly used treatments. A recent study investigated the cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy, supervised exercise, and home exercise among a group of 241 older adults with chronic mechanical neck pain. The investigators found that spinal manipulation combined with home exercise resulted in better clinical outcomes and lower costs than either supervised exercise combined with home exercise or home exercise alone. The study demonstrates the benefit of utilizing spinal manipulative therapy in the management of chronic neck pain. The Spine Journal, June 2016

Wellness/Prevention: Keep Your Child’s Sandbox Safe. For decades, children have played in sandboxes. But while these play areas allow kids to express their creativity and enjoy the outdoors, sandboxes can also harbor germs. To help keep your child’s sandbox safer, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: use only natural river or beach sand, cover the sandbox when not in use to keep animals and insects out, let wet sand dry completely before covering, rake sand regularly to get rid of clumps and debris, and keep pets out of the sandbox. American Academy of Pediatrics, June 2016

Quote: “We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

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Neck Pain and Pinched Nerves

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:11:44 +0000

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Neck Pain and Pinched Nerves “I woke up yesterday morning with severe neck pain that radiates down my right arm to my hand and I can barely move my neck without producing the shooting arm pain.” Or, “…for the last few months, I’ve had this nagging pain in my neck and when I look up, […]

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Neck Pain and Pinched Nerves

“I woke up yesterday morning with severe neck pain that radiates down my right arm to my hand and I can barely move my neck without producing the shooting arm pain.” Or, “…for the last few months, I’ve had this nagging pain in my neck and when I look up, my arm goes numb.” Or, “Every time I bend my head to the left, my left arm goes numb. I’ve noticed when I lift weights, I can only curl 15 lbs with my left arm compared to 35 lbs with the right.” These are common histories describing a classic “pinched nerve in the neck.” So, what is a “pinched nerve?” To answer this, let’s first look at what a “nerve” is.

In the diagram above, the nerves come off the spinal cord. Those in the neck region go down the arm and those in the low back go down the legs. The spinal cord is the “highway” that brings information from the nerves in the arms, legs, trunk, etc., to the brain where information is processed. The bony spine houses and protects the spinal cord and skull protects the brain but there is no bony protection for the nerves. Nerves bring information to the brain allowing us to feel, taste, smell, see, and move our legs and arms to perform complex movements like dancing, running, gymnastics, and so on. Information is constantly going to and from the brain to allow us to function normally. The nerve can get “pinched” anywhere along its course, including the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome), elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome), shoulder (thoracic outlet syndrome), and/or neck (herniated disk and/or arthritis). This results in a slowing down of information transmission to/from the brain and numbness, pain, throbbing, as well as weakness in strength can occur.

There are two types of conditions that commonly pinch nerves, which generally occur at different times of life – those with a herniated disk (younger > older patients) and those with arthritis (older > younger patients). A combination of the two conditions producing the pinching effect on the nerve can also occur making the diagnosis process a little trickier. The following diagram helps explain these conditions:

The nerves exit the spine through holes that can be narrowed if the jelly central part of the disk herniates outward and into the nerve pushing it against the bone that makes up the hole through which it exits the spine. A “bone spur” (as shown in the diagram to the left, coming off the left facet joint) pushing into the nerve or the thickening of the ligaments that run inside the spinal canal (eg., ligamentum flavum) can also crowd these sensitive nerve structures and cause similar symptoms.

Both of these conditions are commonly treated by chiropractors. If you, a family member or a friend requires care, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our service. We are proud that chiropractic care has consistently scored the highest level of satisfaction when compared to other forms of health care provision and look forward in serving you and your family presently and in the future.

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