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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Regional Interdependence

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common compression neuropathy of the upper extremity, which is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist with resulting symptoms of pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb through third finger and thumb half of the fourth finger (palm-side). Traditionally, treatment guidelines [..]

Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Seniors with Low Back Pain

While low back pain can affect people of all ages, it’s particularly problematic for older adults and is one of the top three reasons they see a doctor. Despite this, low back pain among seniors often persists for longer than three months, and in the presence of multiple comorbidities (which is often the case with [..]

Headaches and a Traffic Light Prognosis System

The 2022 Global Burden of Disease study listed headaches as one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide, noting that more than half of adults actively suffer from headaches and nearly 5% of adults report headaches on more than 15 days per month. Because headaches come in many forms (at least 300 distinct types [..]

Chiropractic and the 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine-Physiology

The Piezo1 Mechanoreceptor and Spinal Degenerative Disease Medicine is primarily about the use of medicines, or chemically based care. Chiropractic is primarily about the use of levers, or mechanically based care. Chiropractors primarily evaluate patients mechanically; they evaluate the manner in which patients stand or sit (posture) and/or move in our gravitational environment. Mechanical problems [..]

Pickleball-Related Injuries

Pickleball is a recreational sport growing in popularity in the United States. In fact, it’s become one of the fastest growing sports in America, and in the past three years, the player number has soared from 3.5 to 8.9 million! It’s easy to learn, promotes competitiveness and socialization, and is an excellent form of low-impact [..]

Post-Whiplash Headache Risk Factors and Treatment

The International Headache Society lists “headache attributed to whiplash” as a headache that appears or existing headaches that worsen within seven days after a whiplash event (i.e., automobile collision, sports collision, slip and fall, etc.). It’s estimated that up to 60% of whiplash associated disorders (WAD) patients experience such headaches and nearly 40% will continue [..]

How Do Manual Therapies Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition characterized by the slow onset of pain, tingling, or numbness (paresthesia) in the thumb, index, and middle and thumb-half of the ring finger. Over time, symptoms can increase in both frequency and severity to the point that the individual cannot comfortably carry out their regular work or leisure [..]

How Older Individuals Can Manage Hip Pain

Hip pain is a condition that becomes more common with age. It’s reported that 1 in 7 seniors experience significant hip pain on most days, particularly with simple movements such as sitting and standing. In addition to being painful, these individuals are also likely to report a diminished ability to carry out their regular activities. [..]

Helping the Brain by Treating the Neck

An internet search using “brain injury statistics” will locate an overwhelming volume of data, most of which cite the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A representative of credible (rounded) statistics reveals (1): Notice that at the bottom of the pyramid, there is a large group of traumatic brain injury persons who [..]

Loss of Cervical Lordosis and Its Connection to Headaches

According to a 2015 study, 85.7% of headache patients also experience neck pain, a percentage about 50% greater than the non-headache population. Additionally, several studies have shown that treatment to address musculoskeletal issues in the neck can reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of several types of headaches, including migraines. One of the most important [..]