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Exercises on a Swiss Ball Help Back Pain Patients!

Date: May 31, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

In previous articles, we've explored how to individualize an exercise program for those with back pain. This month, we'll look at why utilizing a Swiss ball may be more helpful for the back pain patient than simply doing floor-based exercises. In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, researchers assigned twelve chronic (more than three months) low back pain (cLBP) patients to perform either floor- or ball-based exercises three times a week for eight weeks using four different motions or exercises. Though subjects in both groups experienced improvements, the gains were much greater for those... <view entire article>





Neck Pain and the Facet Joints

Date: May 30, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

Neck pain is one of those conditions that virtually everyone has had at some point in time. The degree of how it can affect one's life is highly variable-from minimal functional limitations to total disability. So where does neck pain come from and why are the "facet joints" so important? The anatomy of a vertebrae in the spine is quite unique. There are seven vertebrae that make up the cervical spine. The top vertebra in the neck is called the atlas (C1), which basically swivels around the axis (C2). The atlas and axis allow us to rotate our head, such... <view entire article>





Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Inflammation, & Treatment Options

Date: May 29, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) belongs to a group of disorders called "entrapment neuropathies" and as the name implies, it is caused by the trapping of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. There are MANY ways to treat CTS, with some of the most effective focused on reducing inflammation. Inflammation (from the Latin inflammatio) is commonly referred to as "swelling" and is a sequence of biological responses to harmful stimuli that include pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, damaged cells, and other irritants. It is a protective response to something abnormal that has occurred and involves our... <view entire article>





The Relationship of the Hip, the Low Back, and Knee

Date: May 28, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

The hip is a very unique joint. The depth of the socket, the strength of the muscles and ligaments surrounding it, and the way it functions in weight bearing activities is unlike any other joint in the body. The focus this month is on the relationship between the hip and the rest of the body. The hip joint is a synovial joint, meaning it moves freely. It is a ball-and-socket joint that is made up of the femoral head (the "ball") and the acetabulum (the "socket"). The ball is largely contained within the cup or socket, though there are genetic... <view entire article>





The Many Faces of Whiplash

Date: May 27, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

Whiplash typically involves an injury to the neck, but it can often include symptoms outside of the cervical region, which is why the term "whiplash associated disorder" (WAD) may be a more appropriate description for the condition. WAD is most commonly associated with car accidents, but other forms of trauma, such as a slip and fall, can also result in WAD. So what makes WAD so unique? Researchers have divided WAD into three primary classes: WAD I is basically pain with negative examination findings; WAD II includes pain with examination findings such as loss of motion; and WAD III includes... <view entire article>





The Importance of the Cervical Curve

Date: May 26, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm

When looking at the neck from the left side, the cervical curve should look "C-shaped", or lordotic. This develops when infants learn to lift and hold their head up while laying on their stomach and continues to progress when a child starts moving around on all fours. When we bend our head forward and backward, the most active cervical vertebrae are the C4, C5, and C6 vertebrae that make up the mid-lower cervical spine. Therefore, this region normally "wears out" first, resulting in degenerative joint disease (DJD) and degenerative disk disease (DDD). This is part of the normal, natural aging... <view entire article>





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