Rx for Pain Patients Who Are Obese: Recommend the Mediterranean Diet

Written by Robert Bonakdar MD, FAAFP, FACN We often see pain patients in our clinic who are obese. Many of them did not start their pain journey this way, and there is emerging evidence that pain, in addition to changing activity, can also change dietary patterns. In addition, the stress of chronic pain combined with…

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Tai Chi and Neck Exercises Help Chronic Pain In The Neck

A study in the Journal of Pain found that Tai Chi and regular neck exercises both worked equally well in helping patients with chronic neck pain and helping to improve quality of life. J Pain. 2016 Sep;17(9):1013-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.06.004. Epub 2016 Jun 23. Lauche R Abstract This study aimed to test the efficacy of Tai Chi for…

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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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Cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy, supervised exercise, and home exercise for older adults with chronic neck pain.

Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is one of the modalities that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck and back problems.  A recent article, showed that SMT along with  home based exercises and advice was more cost effective than supervised exercises and home exercises for older adults with neck pain. [Read more]

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Does Neck Pain Cause Headaches?

Headaches can arise from many different causes. A partial list includes stress, lack of sleep, allergies, neck trauma (particularly sports injuries and car accidents), and more. In some cases, the cause may be unknown. A unique common denominator of headaches has to do with cervical spine anatomy, in particular the upper part of the neck.…

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How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Help My Neck Pain?

We all know what it’s like to have neck pain—whether it’s after a long drive, pinching the phone between the head and shoulder, star-gazing, or from talking to someone who is seated off to the side. There are many causes of neck pain, but the question of the month is, how do chiropractic adjustments help…

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Exercises for Improving Cervical Posture

Is there a “normal” or “best posture” out there? If so, what is it? Posture is largely inherited; however, there are also environmental, social, and other forces that can affect posture. Some say “good posture” is the position that places the least amount of strain on the body, particularly the muscles and ligaments that hold…

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Exercises for Improving Cervical Posture

Is there a “normal” or “best posture” out there? If so, what is it? Posture is largely inherited; however, there are also environmental, social, and other forces that can affect posture. Some say “good posture” is the position that places the least amount of strain on the body, particularly the muscles and ligaments that hold…

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Surgery for Neck and Arm Pain?

We in the healthcare management world are all biased. If a patient with neck and arm pain presents to chiropractic clinic, the doctor of chiropractic will usually recommend a non-surgical trial of care as long as “red flags” don’t exist (that is, “bad” things like bowel/bladder weakness, rapidly worsening symptoms, and a few others). Frequently,…

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What’s Better for Neck Pain, Medication or Chiropractic?

Although both medication and chiropractic are utilized by neck pain sufferers, not everyone wants to or can take certain medications due to unwanted side effects. For those who aren’t sure what to do, wouldn’t it be nice if research was available that could answer the question posted above? Let’s take a look! When people have…

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