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Cervical Osteophytes: Bone Spurs in the Neck

Posted on January 16

More than half of people over the age of 60 have osteophytes, or bone spurs, somewhere in their bodies. Osteophytes in the spine are a normal sign of aging and are not a cause for concern unless they result in pain or neurological symptoms.

18 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

Posted on December 17
in Blog

The holidays are upon us once again, and with them the holiday blues. Not everyone is in festive spirits, especially those of us with chronic pain. Often, chronic back pain leads to depression, and alternately depression can worsen physical pain.

The added anxiety and stress of holiday planning and expectations can intensify feelings of sadness. Plus, travel blues may catch us off guard as we're taken away from our normal routines and pain management support like special ergonomic chairs and mattresses. Even if it's just a temporary bout of the holiday blues, that doesn't mean you have to simply accept it. Here are some things you can do to reduce your holiday stress.

Exercise and Chiropractic Therapy

Posted on November 22
in Blog

Cardiovascular and strengthening exercises combined with chiropractic care are important in the management of low back pain.

If a patient has a history of heart problems, it is important for the patient to consult with not only the doctor of chiropractic but their primary care physician to be certain that they can tolerate cardiovascular fitness-promoting activities. Specific instructions are given by the chiropractor with respect to proper exercise for the patient's condition before beginning any exercise program.

In general, a reasonable amount of exercise performed daily and utilizing enjoyable activities is recommended for patients undergoing chiropractic treatment.

Mattress Guidelines for Sleep Comfort

Posted on October 03
in Blog

The right mattress can really help one have a good night's sleep and wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause sleeplessness, back pain, and overall aches and pains. For people with a back problem, a mattress that isn't a good fit can make the pain worse.

When searching for the best mattress, remember that mattresses are largely a matter of personal preference. There is no single type of mattress or bed that works well for all people, and there is no best mattress for back problems. Likewise, there is no single sleep position known to be best for all people. This is due to several factors:

Leg Pain & Numbness: What Might These Symptoms Mean?

Posted on September 09
in Blog

Leg pain can range from a mild nuisance that comes and goes, to debilitating pain that makes it difficult to sleep, walk, or engage in simple everyday activities. The pain can take many different forms ‐ aching, searing, throbbing, or burning, and it can be accompanied by other symptoms, such as a pins‐and‐needles sensation, and/or leg or foot numbness or weakness.

Leg Pain Symptoms and Descriptions

Leg pain may be caused by a problem in the leg, but often starts with a problem in the lower back, where the sciatic nerve originates, and then travels along the path of the nerve (called sciatica). For this reason, diagnosis of anyone with leg/foot pain, and/or leg/ankle/foot weakness or numbness should include an exam of the lower back.

Not all leg pain derived from low back problems presents the same way. Leg pain caused by a low back problem is often accompanied by additional symptoms, such as leg numbness or weakness, or foot pain, and the type of pain may vary widely from patient to patient.

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