Posttraumatic Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) has a long reputation for being a controversial diagnosis.  Some health care providers (HCPs) feel FM is a legitimate condition that warrants treatment and research while others feel it’s a “garbage can diagnosis” that HCPs throw patients into when they’re not sure what diagnostic label to use for a patient’s condition.  Regardless of…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – “Fact Sheet”

What is it? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when a nerve on the palm side of the wrist is pinched.  It is named after the area of the wrist from where the symptoms occur.  The Carpal Tunnel is basically a horseshoe shape made from 8 small carpal bones and the ends of the horseshoe are…

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Is It Really Neck Pain?

A 48-year-old male had left sided neck pain with intermittent left arm tingling, numbness, and aching for 2.5 months. The pain was described as a deep nagging ache on the left side of the neck with a more intense pain in the left shoulder blade that occurred without any specific activity.  Also, no particular position…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – What Else Could It Be?

In our clinic, we see patients frequently with CTS.  If is a very common condition and usually responds well to the non-surgical chiropractic treatment approaches including hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and/or neck manipulation, Myofascial release techniques, wrist splint use – especially at night, work station evaluation and modifications, physiotherapy modality use, such as electrical stimulation,…

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Fibromyalgia Exercises – What Can You Do?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition characterized by generalized pain distributed in a non-anatomical pattern.  That is, the pain is widespread, possibly in all four limbs, the trunk and/or head.  It can be primary (not associated with another/different condition) or secondary (a specific condition like irritable bowel syndrome, trauma, post-surgical, etc. gives rise to FM).  Some…

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Oral Vitamin B12 may be as effective as getting B12 shots

This article, concluded that 1000 – 2000 mcg of oral Vitamin B12 may be as effective as getting B12 shots. Oral vitamin B12 versus intramuscular vitamin B12 for vitamin B12 deficiency Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Jul 20; (3): CD004655. Published online 2005 Jul 20. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004655.pub2 PMCID: PMC5112015 CAMSID: CAMS6252 Josep Vidal-Alaball Abstract Background Vitamin…

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Loss of the Neck Curve Can Lead To Pain

When you look at the neck from the side view, there should be a curve.  This study showed that the curve should be about 31-40 degrees, and if you have less than 20 degrees of curve, you are more likely to have neck related symptoms. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Mar-Apr;28(3):187-93. Determining the relationship between cervical lordosis and neck complaints McAviney J, Schulz D, Bock R, Harrison…

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Does the “Crack” Heard During My Treatment Improve My Clinical Outcomes

These authors state that the “crack” you hear during your chiropractic adjustments may improve the outcome of an adjustment, but the therapeutic benefits of the audible crack are likely to be more psychological, and not physiological Does an audible release improve the outcome of a chiropractic adjustment? J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2004 Sep; 48(3): 237–239.…

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Resolution of Lumbar Disk Herniation without Surgery

This is a case study about a young woman who suffered a herniated disc in her back that was treated with PT and steroid injections, and the herniated disc healed without surgery. Jennifer Hong, M.D., and Perry A. Ball, M.D. N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1564 April 21, 2016 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMicm1511194 A 29-year-old woman presented to the…

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