El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez discusses spondylolisthesis or a forward slip of a vertebra. The word spondylolisthesis derives from two parts: spondylo which means spine, and listhesis which means slippage. Spondylolisthesis generally happens towards the bottom of your spine in the lumbar area. This x-ray reveals spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine. Look at…
El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez looks at types of treatments for Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis: a condition in which weight-bearing stress irritates and inflames the tough connective tissues along the bottom of the foot. Like stated by Mary Biancalana Plantar Fasciitis? Maybe Not, So Don’t Ice It!, most often, when pain is felt in…
Why is it that all of our patients seem to have “tight” and “overactive” upper trapezius.
A deep ache and constant tightness in the upper trapezius is a common complaint amongst most people and as well as leading to direct discomfort in the muscle, it may also contribute to headaches and neck pain.
But does everyone have tight upper trapezius or is it perhaps a secondary symptom of a larger underlying problem.Upper trapezius tightness and overactivity definitely does exist. We tend to see this a lot in heavy lifters such as weightlifters, powerlifters and cross fitters who have these big jacked up upper traps due to the huge amounts of pulling and pressing movements they do in the execution of their particular lifts.
The upper trapezius primarily works as an upward rotator of the scapular in the last phase of shoulder elevation and abduction, it assists the levator scap to elevate the scapular (but the scapular needs to be already in some upward rotation), it
Oh, My Aching Back! Back Sprains and Strains and How to Treat Them About 80% of us experience back pain of some kind during our lifetime. In many cases, pain occurs in the lumbar spine (the lower back), because this really is the region that carries the most weight, particularly when moving, twisting, and bending….
Back pain is just one of the very typical reasons people self-address and seek medical care. It will impact about three in four adults throughout their lifetime. About “back pain” when we speak we mean pain that originates in the backbone anywhere between the upper and lower back. There are lots of various kinds…
Is Your Job Killing Your Back? Whether it’s just a gig to pay the bills or your dream career, work life, including taking care of family, can play a big role in your overall health. And, sometimes, not in a good way. In summer 2016, the North American Spine Society (NASS) asked its members to…
There’s no evidence that a growing trend called whole body cryotherapy is effective, but it does pose a number of risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. In whole body cryotherapy, people are placed in an enclosed space and exposed to vapors that reach ultra-low temperatures ranging from minus 200 to minus 300…
Pain In the U.S. 25.3 million American adults suffer from daily pain 23.4 million American adults report a lot of pain Citation: Nahin RL. Estimates of pain prevalence and severity in adults: United States, 2012. Journal of Pain. 2015;16(8):769-780. Visit nccih.nih.gov/health/pain for more information. When we feel pain, some of us reach for a pain…
Older people who suffer a hip fracture face a much higher risk of death soon after the injury, but the risk persists over the longer term, a large study indicates.
Researchers found that the risk of death among people over 60 nearly tripled during the first year following a hip fracture.
However, hip fractures were also still linked to a nearly twofold increased risk of dying eight years or more after the injury.
The new findings are similar to those of previous studies on hip fracture, said study lead author Michail Katsoulis. He’s a medical statistician with the Hellenic Health Foundation in Athens, Greece.
Katsoulis noted that “post-operative complications, such as cardiac and pulmonary ones, have been most
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act. The bill, passed unanimously by the House on Sept. 12, ensures that sports medicine professionals are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams to another state. “Continuity of care for…
As kids play sports like soccer and football with more frequency and force, many are damaging their knees, a new study finds. A common knee injury — an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear — has steadily increased among 6- to 18-year-olds in the United States, rising more than 2 percent a year over the last…
Painkillers Aspirin, Aleve & Advil Don’t Help Most People With Back Pain A new review finds that only one in six people gained a benefit from taking these nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Meanwhile, previous research has suggested that another common painkiller, Tylenol (acetaminophen), isn’t very useful either, the study authors added. The findings raise the prospect that…
For running athletes as well as a variety of other sport professionals, proper muscle strength, flexibility and mobility is fundamental towards the best, overall performance. When an injury or a condition develops, the damage can lead to issues and complications for the athlete. Many muscles surrounding the lower spine, buttocks and thighs are ultimately essential for the athlete and following various methods and techniques can help.
The gluteus medius is a muscle that has peaked a considerable amount of interest among those who actively engage in sports and physical activity as well as healthcare professionals alike.
This muscle plays an important role in stabilizing the pelvis during the stance phase of gait and for controlling the sagittal, frontal and coronal planes of movement of the lower extremities during stance phase. An injury or condition affecting the gluteus medius can frequently be associated with a wide variety of musculoskeletal syndromes, including back, hip and knee complications from sports injuries.
Athletes are at higher risk of experiencing injuries or aggravating a previously existing condition due to the constant exposure to rigorous training and competitions. Although the lower extremities most frequently result in damage or injury, lower back complications have only been increasingly reported among the wide majority of athletes alike.
Among the young college athletes and professional athletes alike, low back pain is considered to be one of the most common complaints, estimated to affect more than 30 percent of athletes at least once in their career. A wide number of back injuries can affect the athlete, including muscle spasms and stress fractures, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, disc degeneration, facet joint arthropathy and disc issues, such as lumbar disc herniation.
Lumbar disc herniation is a well-known type of injury which often causes impairing low back pain, however, it can also compress the nerve roots in the area and generate radicular pain and other symptoms along the lower extremities, such as altered sensations and muscle weakness. Furthermore, this type of injury will not only affect the athlete’s ability to perform during their specific sport or physical activity, it may also become chronic and affect the athlete in the future.
Conservative treatments are frequently utilized when managing lumbar disc herniation in athletes, although surgical options may be considered if the injury is too severe. Many elite athletes often request faster recovery methods for their type of injuries and symptoms in order to minimize their time spent away from training and competition. As a result, a wide number of athletes will seek surgical alternatives earlier than recommended, provided they meet the criteria for lumbar spine surgery. The most popular surgical procedure for athletes with a low back disc herniation is the lumbar disc microdiscectomy.
Athletes are specially trained to exercise and compete vigorously without experiencing injury or aggravating a previously existing condition. However, accidents and direct trauma during their specific sport or physical activity can inevitably result in damage or injury to the individual. Muscle or tissue damage are common in sports and can be dealt with accordingly but when a bone fracture occurs, these may be more delicate and may require additional diagnosis and care in order to properly help an athlete recover.
Among the general population of athletes, stress fractures can be a rare cause of pain, accounting for only 2 percent of all reported sports injuries. However, a considerably higher number of stress fractures are diagnosed in long distance runners and triathletes.
Stress fractures occurring around the pelvis are significantly uncommon although, a majority of them are often considered a differential diagnosis when athletes, specifically long distance runners and triathletes, report hip, groin or buttock pain during and after running. Because stress fractures around the pelvic/hip region, including the sacral, pubic rami and femoral neck region, are rarely diagnosed, understanding and discussing the anatomy of the injury, their clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment for each of these types of stress fractures is important for an athlete in order to find a solution for those who do encounter it.
People & Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety attacks can come from the smallest thing or without any trigger. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental issue facing Americans, affecting approximately 40 million adults, or 18 percent of the population.
Unfortunately, given the stigma associated with mental illness, odds are quite good that you most likely have a number of patients in your practice who suffer from some type of anxiety disorder, you may not even know it. The sad fact is that these patients are simply too afraid or ashamed to say anything to you about it.
The good news, however, is that there has been some intriguing research showing that chiropractic can actually help reduce symptoms of panic attacks.
Symptoms Of An Anxiety Attack
Anxiety attack symptoms can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, dry mouth, uncontrollable shaking. In severe cases, patients may consider self-harm or suicide.
Treatment involves a mixture of behavioral modification (i.e. meditation or Psychotherapy) and medication. Usually benzodiazepines or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Unfortunately, both medication classes can have unpleasant side effects.
Benzodiazepines can cause:
SSRIs can cause:
Chiropractic Can Help With Panic Attack Symptoms
It makes sense to search alternative treatment for anxiety disorders. One symptom of a panic disorder is high blood pressure. A case report published in the December 1993 issue of the ACA Journal of Chiropractic compared the blood pressure readings before and after chiropractic adjustments for a patient who suffered from panic disorder.3
One patient underwent both psychotherapy and trials of anti-anxiety medication, but with no change in symptoms. Their blood pressure before the chiropractic adjustment was elevated, at 182/102 mm Hg, with a pulse of 120 beats per minute. Following adjustments to the upper- and mid-cervical, upper- and mid-thoracic, and right sacroiliac fixations, her blood pressure dropped to 140/80 mm Hg, with a pulse of 76 beats per minute.
With continued chiropractic care, she was free of panic attacks for two months.
An article published in 2016, the Annals of Vertebral Sublaxation Research, presented a similar case of a patient who had been suffering from ongoing panic disorder for three years, with no relief under standard care.4 In particular, she suffered from chest pain for the past eight months. She also had a history of trauma.
The patient went through a combination of network spinal analysis/somato respiratory integration to correct the sublaxation and help calm their panic attacks. She started to see a significant reduction in symptoms starting at six weeks after beginning treatment, and resolution of her panic disorder after 14 weeks.
Anxiety disorders and treatment can be difficult for your patients. Medication may relieve the symptoms of anxiety, but the side effects can be just as bad, if not worse, than the actual anxiety symptoms themselves.
Chiropractic treatment can provide a way to help patients manage their anxiety disorder without the harmful side effects from medication.
By Dr. Alex Jimenez
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