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Low Back Pain and Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is a nerve that begins in the lower back and travels through the buttock and into the leg and then into the foot. It is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve is made up of five lumbosacral nerve roots, L4, L5, S1, S2, and S3. When [..]

Screening for Both Concussion and Whiplash

Whiplash injuries are often associated with car accidents and concussions are typically connected with sports collisions, but there’s a growing body of research suggesting that patients should be screened for both conditions following either type of incident. In one study, researchers measured the forces applied on the brain both as it impacted the headrest during [..]

Integrating Chiropractic Care into the Military

Important Numbers Members of our military and military veterans are plagued with musculoskeletal pain problems: 2007 (1) - An analysis of United States Navy Physical Evaluation Board data between February 2005 and February 2006 indicated that musculoskeletal diagnoses were frequent (43%), with back pain (29%) being the most common musculoskeletal diagnosis. 2008 (2) - There [..]

Brain Injury and the Cervical Spine

The Potential Benefits of Spinal Manipulation for thoseSuffering the Symptoms of Concussion and the Post-Concussion Syndrome Mild traumatic brain injuries are also known as concussions. It is estimated that these injuries have a prevalence of 3.8 million per year in the United States (1). In the majority of patients sustaining a concussion, symptoms resolve within [..]

Cost-Efficiency and Effectiveness of Chiropractic for Musculoskeletal Complaints

LEGITIMIZING BACKGROUND The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) is operated by the United States federal government, and is the world’s largest medical library. It is located in Bethesda, Maryland. The NLM is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NLM started in 1836 as a small collection [..]

Whiplash Injury and the Uncinate Process

The Joints of Hubert von Luschka A Unique Chiropractic Perspective The spot where two bones come together is called a joint. Some joints do not allow for much motion, like the joints between the various bones of the skull. Other joints allow for smooth movement between the adjacent bones. These joints are called synovial joints. [..]

The Effects of Spinal Manipulation on the Musculoskeletal System

Spinal manipulation is one of the most ancient forms of treatment for musculoskeletal complaints, primarily for back pain and neck pain. In 1992, Robert Anderson, MD, PhD, DC, was the Director of Manual Medicine at the San Francisco Spine Institute, as well as Professor of Anthropology at Mills College in Oakland, California. At that time [..]

Low Back Pain and Neurological Balance

The Morning Shower The typical morning shower is neither 100% cold water nor 100% hot water, but rather a balance of the two. The perfect shower water temperature is a balance of hot and cold water. While enjoying the perfect shower, if suddenly the hot water is turned drastically higher, the brain perceives: Ouch! The [..]

Chiropractors and X-Rays

Decision Making Standards of Care Considering Trauma, Disease, Degenerative Changes, Anomalies, and Biomechanics Weighing Risks Associated with Ionizing Radiation History has recorded chiropractic-like providers for millennia. In his 1992 book (1), Scott Haldeman, DC, PhD, MD (neurologist, University of California, Irvine), includes a chapter titled “Spinal Manipulation Before Chiropractic.” Written by anthropologist Robert Anderson, MD, [..]