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Ice vs. Heat for Back Pain

Monday, June 25th, 2012

iceI can save you the time and hassle of reading this article for your answer by telling you right now. ICE. No longer than 20 minutes at a time, and repeat as often as every hour.

Okay, since that is out of the way now we can discuss a little more why. Most likely if you are reading this looking for relief, you are in pain significant enough to cause you to read it. This means there is likely a reasonable amount of inflammation occurring within your body. The inflammation occurring is the key. Ice is great for slowing down the progression of inflammation. Heat is great for increasing circulation, but in turn will increase any inflammation present. This means more pain after you take the heat off. (more…)

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Back Pain Relief

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Back pain is one of the leading symptoms resulting in visits to the doctor. In a previous post “Back Pain – Will It Ever Go Away” you can read more about the specifics of back pain. Statistics show 80% of the population will suffer with back pain at some point in their life and 20% of the population is suffering from back pain at any given time. Here in Katy, Texas and the surrounding area the population is well over 150,000 according to city-data.com. That means at least 30,000 people in Katy, Texas are suffering with back pain right now. That is a tremendous figure.
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Joint Immobilization Causes Nerve Degeneration

Friday, August 6th, 2010

A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows that immobilization of a joint can result in degeneration of the nerves controlling the joint and the muscles surrounding it. This is significant because it shows that any state of immobilization, either surgical, bed rest, or laziness can lead to degeneration of the nerves.
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Scoliosis – What Is It

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

scoliosisScoliosis affects 5 to 7 million people in the United States. Scoliosis can begin at any age, but most often develops in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15. Girls tend to be affected more than boys.

What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. Normally, the spine should not curve to the side at all. The most common form of scoliosis is called “idiopathic scoliosis”, which means the cause is unknown. Many times scoliosis is first discovered when a parent or the child notices their shoulders are not even. One shoulder appears higher than the other. While this alone doesn’t mean you have scoliosis, it is a classic physical indication that scoliosis may be present. (more…)

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Sciatica – Part II

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Sciatica is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain. In the last post I discussed briefly about what sciatica is. It is not a diagnosis, but rather a symptom, and its most common cause is a herniated disc. I promised at the end of that post I would discuss a few of the other causes of sciatica. Sciatica results from pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, resulting in irritation and the presenting symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness. There are many ways this nerve can become compressed. The following will discuss some of the other more common causes other than a herniated disc.
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