Manual Therapy vs Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Here’s a study that compared carpal tunnel surgery to manual therapy. They concluded that in terms of self-reported function and grip strength, they were about the same. The Effectiveness of Manual Therapy versus Surgery on Self-Reported Function, Cervical Range of Motion and Pinch Grip Force in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial Authors: César…

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Knee Surgery Does Not Improve Life Quality for Many Patients

In this article from Medscape, Pam Harrison, wrote, “knee replacement surgery improved the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities arthritis index score by 10.69 points“… I looked at my data from 2016, and the average score reduction on the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities arthritis index in my office was 23.6 points!  I use a non-surgical…

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For Bad Backs, It May Be Time to Rethink Biases About Chiropractors

Aaron E. Carroll THE NEW HEALTH CARE MAY 1, 2017 About two of every three people will probably experience significant low back pain at some point. A physician like me might suggest any number of potential treatments and therapies. But one I never considered was a referral for spinal manipulation. It appears I may have…

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A New Dietary Inflammatory Index

There are foods that we eat that are inflammatory, and some are anti-inflammatory.  High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) is an inflammatory marker associated with several diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer.  From the Discussion portion of a 2009 article, “These results indicate that an anti-inflammatory diet may protect individuals from an inflammatory response characterized by…

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US Army phasing out sit-ups due to spine injuries

Finally, the Army is seeing a big problem that has been going on for some time now.  The way they do traditional sit-ups is causing back injuries in our Troops.  Here’s an article that reports on this issue.  If you want to learn now to do a save crunch style sit-up, go to this page…

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Spinal Manipulation Therapy – A Sham Procedure? A study says it actually might not be [Video]

You can watch Dr. Wilson’s comments on video HERE. Analyst: F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE by MedPage Today Staff April 11, 2017 Proponents have proclaimed a slew of benefits of spinal manipulation therapy, but most data is anecdotal. In this 150-Second analysis, F. Perry Wilson, MD, discusses a meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of the…

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Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)

Both sugary, diet drinks correlated with accelerated brain aging Date: April 20, 2017 Source: Boston University Summary: Excess sugar — especially the fructose in sugary drinks — might damage your brain, new research suggests. Researchers found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and…

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 Magnesium may prevent bone fractures

Earlier this month, there was an article published that suggests that low levels of magnesium may increase the risk of bone fractures and that, conversely, high levels may ward off this cause of disability. Bone is much more than calcium, and it may be a good idea to ask your doctor to test your magnesium…

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BACK SURGERY:  Two Articles About A Professional Basketball Coach

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been dealing with off-and-on painful symptoms since he underwent back surgery in July 2015, and he is urging anyone with back issues to avoid making the same mistake he made. Read story 1 here, and story 2 here. If you know of someone who still has back…

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Leg Length Discrepancy and Degenerative Changes in the Hip Joint and Lumbar Spine

There is an article that shows an association (not a cause) between leg length inequality and developing arthritis in the hips and the low back. Some articles in the past have said that you need over 20 mm difference to cause problems, but this articles says anything over 5 mm difference can start to cause problems,…

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