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Charlie Horses and Management Strategies

The Importance of Physical Activity

Physical activity, from housework and gardening to a structured exercise routine, is widely recognized as the most important behavior for both promoting longevity and lowering the risk for cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, several forms of cancer, and other chronic diseases. In fact, the World Health Organization lists low cardio-respiratory fitness as the number one […]

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Treatment for Chronic Non-Specific Neck Pain

While it may sound confusing, the most common type of neck pain is non-specific neck pain; that is, neck pain that occurs in the absence of an underlying disease or pathology, like an infection or osteoporotic fracture. Rather, non-specific neck pain is caused by postural or mechanical issues affecting the soft tissues in the neck. […]

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Spine Pain Syndromes: Chiropractic Care vs. Pain Drugs

The “gold standard” for health care research is the randomized controlled trial, or RCT. A lay explanation for a typical RCT study is: Researchers gather a group of individuals that have the same problem. The problem is quantified, often by using standardized measurement outcomes. The group is randomized to be treated differently. The quantification of […]

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A Different Perspective on Chronic Whiplash

It’s estimated that up to 50% of whiplash associated disorders (WAD) patients will continue to experience long-term symptoms that interfere with their ability to carry out activities of daily living. According to experts, the economic burden associated with chronic WAD may exceed $42 billion each year. As such, many studies have sought to better understand […]

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Exercises to Prevent Sports-Related Back Pain

According to a systematic review that included 201 studies, low back pain may affect between 10-67% of athletes at any given moment, with anywhere from 17-94% experiencing sports-related back pain each year. This broad range is due to the age, level of competition, and the specific sports included in each study. For example, the data […]

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Chiropractic Therapy for Hip Pain and Function

Each year, surgeons perform hundreds of thousands of total hip arthroplasties (hip replacements), and the most common reason is osteoarthritis of the hip. This condition isn’t caused by an underlying disease, rather it’s due to wear and tear of the hip joint from everyday activities over time. Not only can osteoarthritis of the hip be […]

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Difficulty in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Management

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can be a complex condition that can be a challenge to manage for several reasons. There can be multiple contributing causes. Seldom is CTS the result of one traumatic event, like a broken wrist that produces instant symptoms that requires emergency surgical treatment. Rather, the condition tends to develop over time […]

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Osteoarthritis and Chiropractic Care

Evolving Models  A large recent review of the chiropractic profession confirms that chiropractors specialize in the management of back and neck pain (1). The study, from the National Health Interview Survey, which is the principal and reliable source of comprehensive health care information in the United States, found that 63% of chiropractic patients presented with […]

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Chiropractic and Mental Health Coordination of Care

While musculoskeletal conditions that affect the body are often thought of in terms of pain and disability, it’s not uncommon for psychological factors to be present, which can complicate matters and prolong the patient’s suffering. For example, in a 2019 study that included 252 patients with chronic low back pain, researchers observed that those with […]

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The Best & Worst Treatment Choices for Whiplash

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) encompass a cluster of symptoms—dizziness, mental fog, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and/or comprehending, light/noise sensitivity, memory loss, nervousness/irritability, sleep disturbance, anxiety/depression, and more—that result from a sudden acceleration and deceleration that injures the soft tissues of the head and neck. While each case is unique and can require a tailored treatment plan […]

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