Placebo Plus Usual Treatment Achieves Clinically Significant Back Pain Relief

Patients who knew they were taking a placebo pill had 28% more pain relief and 30% less disability as the treatment as usual group. FEBRUARY 9, 2017 A placebo of a pill added to treatment as usual for chronic low back pain resulted in clinically significant improvements in patients who were informed about the placebo…

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Manual Therapy vs Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In my experience, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by more than just a nerve entrapment at the level of the wrist.  The peripheral nerve actually emerges from the spinal cord in the neck, then goes through the neck muscles, shoulder muscles/joint, elbow muscles/joint and then finally the wrist muscles/joint.  The nerve can be trapped…

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Does Diet Have Any Effect On Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) In Children

I found the article below very interesting.  If we can just get the “junk phood” out of the diet, such as what they mention, i.e., fast-food, sugar, candy, cola beverages and soft drinks.  In my opinion, just doing that is going to help children. February 08, 2017 Pediatrics TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity…

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Lumbar Support for Low Back Pain: Does It Work?

From: PAIN MEDICINE NEWS FEBRUARY 3, 2017 Lumbar support cannot be recommended for the management of nonspecific low back pain in the general population, according to a study conducted by a French research team affiliated with CHU Gabriel-Montpied Hôpital, in Clermont-Ferrand, France (Ann Phys Rehabil Med 2016;59S:e29). Charlotte Lanhers and her colleagues conducted a review…

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Western Diet May Cause Divrticulitis

Here’s a study that related the Western Diet with developing diverticulitis. The recommended it would be wise to avoid foods high in processed red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy. Risk of Incident Diverticulitis Increases With Western Dietary Pattern and Decreases With Prudent Dietary Pattern February 03, 2017 Gastroenterology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE This prospective cohort study…

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People With Chronic Neck Pain Walk With a Stiffer Spine

In the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, I read an article that made a correlation between neck pain and the stiffness of one’s spine while walking. The authors concluded, “Reduced rotation of the trunk during gait may have long term consequences on spinal health.” Sometimes my patients ask why I address the spine when…

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Cooled RF Ablation Superior to Corticosteroids in Knee Osteoarthritis

74.1% of the patients that their knee nerves burned with Cooled RF Ablation, had at least 50% relief after 6 months. My data shows that 66.67% of my patients treated with TRIGENICS® had at least 50% relief at 6 months WITHOUT having to burn their knee nerves. That’s only a 7.43% difference. And, my knee pain…

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Clinical practice guidelines for the noninvasive management of low back pain

Brand new clinical guideline recommendations are published in the European Journal of Pain. According to high-quality guidelines, all patients with acute or chronic back have the option of receiving treatments that chiropractors use including spinal manipulation and manual therapy. Acupuncture is even included. Patients with herniated discs with sciatica may benefit from spinal manipulation as well.…

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The weather’s not to blame for your aches and pains

JANUARY 24, 2017 George Institute for Global Health News New research from The George Institute for Global Health has revealed the weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with either back pain or osteoarthritis. It’s long been thought episodes of both back pain and arthritis can be triggered by changes in the weather, including…

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Running May Actually Lower Inflammation in Knee Joints

Researchers suggest running might slow development of osteoarthritis FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Running might actually reduce inflammation in knee joints, according to research published recently in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. Matt Seeley, Ph.D., an associate professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and colleagues reached their…

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