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Archive for the 2023

Motor Control, Spinal Stability, and Low Back Pain

In a chiropractor’s ideal world, people would do everything possible to reduce their risk for a condition like low back pain, and in the event a low back injury occurs, they’d seek care right away. Barring any red flags that necessitate a referral to a specialist or a trip to the emergency room, the patient [..]

The Relationship Between Spine Pain and Different Mechanisms of Extremity Pain

Chiropractors have a public and health care (scientific) perception as the “go to” provider for low back pain and neck pain. This was confirmed in a large recent review of the chiropractic profession. It was published in the journal Spine in December 2017, and titled (1): The Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Chiropractic Use Among [..]

The Crura of the Diaphragm and GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition that occurs when the contents from the stomach reflux back up into the esophagus—the tube that transfers food and drink from the mouth to the acidic environment of the stomach-leading to a foul burning taste in the throat and the chest pain known as heart burn. Standard treatment [..]

Whiplash-Related Dysphagia

The rapid acceleration/deceleration of the head and neck that occurs during a whiplash event can injure the various soft tissues of the head and neck, leading to a cluster of symptoms referred to as whiplash associated disorders (WAD). While features of WAD like neck pain and headache are well known, there are other symptoms that [..]

Dizziness and the Upper Cervical Spine

Dizziness affects about 15-20% of adults to some extent each year, and it is one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits. One of the three systems that works to help us maintain balance is the proprioceptive system that is made up of mechano-receptors located in our joint capsules, muscles, and more that [..]

The Various Causes of Patellofemoral Knee Pain

In addition to being the largest joint in the body, the knee is also very complex and consists of several components that all work together to help us stand, walk, run, jump, and climb. The patella, or kneecap, is located in the front of the joint at the distal end of the femur and rides [..]

The Patient Experience with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When it comes to a condition like carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), we often look at it from the standpoint of risk factors, potential causes, and treatment options. However, there’s a perspective that’s often overlooked: the experience of the patient as they navigate the process from diagnosis to treatment outcomes. In a 2022 study, researchers conducted [..]