The Low Back Curvature, Back Pain, and Herniated Discs

Looking at someone’s lower back from the side view, there should be a forward curve.  This forward curve is referred to a a lordosis.  This curve can be too much, normal, or not curved enough. This study shows a relationship between the loss of this curvature with back pain, disc herniation and disc degeneration. The…

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Coffee Drinking and The Incidence of Cardiovascular Disaease

This study looked at coffee drinkers and their risk of cardiovascular disease incidence. They found that there is a J-shaped relationship.  On once the left side of the J shape are the abstainers, and they have a mild increased risk as compared to moderate coffee drinkers who had the lowest incidence represented by the bottom…

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National clinical guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with recent onset neck pain or pinched nerves

For treatment of neck pain and pinched nerves, these guidelines suggest different types of supervised exercise and manual therapy; combinations of exercise and manual therapy before medicine for neck pain; acupuncture for neck pain but not pinched nerves; traction for pinched nerves; and oral NSAID (oral or topical) and Tramadol after careful consideration for neck pain and…

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Maryland Crab Cakes

INGREDIENTS: 1 large egg 2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup finely diced celery (you’ll need one stalk) 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 1 pound lump crab meat 1/2 cup panko Canola oil DIRECTIONS: Line a baking sheet…

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Cost-Effectiveness – Chiropractic vs General Practice vs Physical Therapy

This study in 2012, looked at six cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis. Spinal manipulative therapy was found to be a cost-effective treatment to manage neck and back pain when used alone or in combination with other techniques compared to GP care, exercise and physiotherapy. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2012 Oct;22(5):655-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.02.011. Epub 2012 Mar 18. Michaleff ZA1,…

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The DASH Diet Lowers Risk For Gout

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet substantially reduces blood pressure and is recommended for preventing cardiovascular disease. The DASH diet emphasizes intake of fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy foods, and reduced saturated and total fat. Furthermore, a recent ancillary analysis of an original DASH randomized trial found that the DASH diet lowers serum…

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Thunderstorms Can Trigger Asthma Attacks

Strong winds disperse pollen, humidity ruptures pollen particles, thunderstorm electrical activity further fragments pollen particles, and more strong winds ahead of the storm spread pollen even more… May 03, 2017 TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Thunderstorms can trigger asthma outbreaks, according to a study published online April 13 in the Journal of Applied…

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Steroid Injections May Increase Cartilage Breakdown

May be better for flares of osteoarthritis instead of long-term – Analyst: F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE by MedPage Today Staff May 16, 2017 A well-done trial comparing triamcinolone injections with placebo for knee osteoarthritisshowed the steroid doesn’t improve pain or function scores, and may increase cartilage breakdown. Does this spell the end of the…

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Arthroscopic Surgery No Better Than Exercise?

The British Medical Journal recommends against the use of arthroscopic surgery for patients with degenerative knee disease and that arthroscopy was no better than exercise therapy. Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee arthritis and meniscal tears: a clinical practice guideline BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1982 (Published 10 May 2017)Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1982 What you need…

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Knee osteoarthritis: Steroid injections offer no benefit, study suggests

Medical News Today Tuesday 16 May 2017 By Honor Whiteman Patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis do not benefit from steroid injections, concludes a new study published in JAMA. Study co-author Timothy E. McAlindon, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, and colleagues found that steroid injections administered every 3 months were no better than a placebo for alleviating…

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