Archive for the 2007

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Can I Diagnose It Myself?

We are so used to fixing everyday problems ourselves in today's world that we sometimes take the same approach when it comes to healthcare.  We are bombarded by advertising messages that tell us if we have a pain in the wrist or back, then just go to the drug store and get some pills. The [..]

Fibromyalgia: What Is It and How Do Different Doctors Deal with It?

At least 2% of the United States population, or six million people, mostly women, have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. This is a chronic (long-term) disease, which is characterized by widespread pain of at least three months duration at multiple body sites, including the legs or arms and the spine. For many years, some doctors thought [..]

Headaches... What Is The Spinal Link?

Headaches are so common that we rarely question their cause or origin. In the case of headaches, it can be something as simple as jet lag to something truly ominous, such as a brain tumor.If you suffer from headaches, it is important that you get the diagnosis right. Remember that head pain is the symptom, [..]

Low Back Pain vs. A Low Back Problem: Is There A Difference?

Your "back pain" might be a misnomer. We commonly confuse pain for a problem. Doctors don't often help matters by not doing thorough examinations, and just offering a prescription of pain pills or anti-inflammatory drugs when the patient comes in with a complaint of pain.So what is the difference? The pain is part of the [..]

Whiplash and Treatment Delay: Does it Matter?

When a person is involved in a car accident, the inevitable question comes up: should I see a doctor? In most cases, the answer is yes. But why is this important?A collision between two vehicles imparts a considerable amount of force on the body and spine. Even in low-speed collisions, the forces add up to [..]

Your Low Back Pain Diagnosis and Why It Is important

With any health condition, most doctors agree an accurate diagnosis is important. But with low back pain, it seems that many sufferers postpone a visit to the doctor in hopes that it will go away on its own. It's no wonder many patients take this approach, since advertisements continually tell us that relief comes in [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Gliding Exercises

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome are usually prescribed stretching exercises by medical and chiropractic doctors, as well as physical therapists. In this syndrome, the median nerve is often constricted by a swollen nerve sheath, or malalignment of the wrist bones that form the hole that the nerve glides through. If there is inflammation or scar [..]

Fibromyalgia and Long-Term Drug Use - Are There Alternatives?

Most patients with the severe pains of fibromyalgia consult medical doctors for help. Although many patients use chiropractors and other alternative approaches, most continue to use analgesics (pain medications) to get through the day.These drugs come in a wide variety and help with varying degrees of success, but all will have unintended side effects, especially [..]

The Importance of Headache Diagnosis

All good doctors know the importance of getting an accurate diagnosis of a patient's problem. But why is this so important? It's important because it's difficult to achieve a positive treatment outcome without knowing more about what disease or injury is present.Unfortunately, when it comes to headaches, many patients do not receive an accurate diagnosis. [..]

Major Study Questions the Use of Muscle Relaxants, Pain Medications, and NSAIDs in Whiplash

A 2007 scientific review (Chochrane Database Syst Rev, July 2007) casts doubt on many common whiplash treatments. Despite billions spent on scientific research each year, it is surprising that many common treatments lack valid scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness. As studies accumulate in libraries, some groups take an interest in figuring out the data [..]