Every once in a while someone will say "My brother/husband/friend/neighbor wants to come and see you but doesn't want to have x-rays." This person will either choose not to see a chiropractor period or see someone who chooses to see patients without x-rays. (more…)
I don't know how some doctors do it. Most oncologists have never had cancer. Most orthopedic surgeons have never gone under the knife. Few therapists have ever fought overseas and experienced post traumatic stress disorder. It must be hard to have empathy if you've never experienced the condition for yourself.
Steroid injections are a very commonly used tool in the medical community for dealing with lower back pain, but does this seemingly safe practice have a downside? Well, according to a recent study, steroid injections may pose an increased risk of vertebral fracture in older adults. In other words, a broken back.
Have you ever gotten out of a car after several straight hours of driving and felt like your back was as stiff as a board? Now imagine if you already have an underlying spinal issue. This magnifies this effect greatly. Let’s face it: the human spine was not designed to sit hunched over a steering wheel for hours at a time.
Stain drugs are some of the most popular (and profitable) drugs of the modern world. They net $19 billion annually in the United States alone. The misguided notion that blood cholesterol levels are the end-all be-all predictor of heart disease has been pushed on the American people for decades. I will not address this issue in this post (although there are many great resources on this topic). Instead, I would like to cover a “not-so-rare” side effect statin drug users encounter that is commonly seen in a chiropractor’s practice: muscle pain.
I know, I know. Although it is now officially “spring,” it doesn’t feel like it in West Michigan. But spring sports are getting ramped up, regardless. Fields are literally being plowed for soccer tryouts. I’ve seen kids out jogging in slushy streets to get ready for track season. I have already seen some high school kids with injuries that were caused during their first few days of practice. The risk of this happening increases if they didn't play a winter sport. Here are some tips to help prevent some of these problems from showing up in the first place.