Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Eighty percent of the population suffers from back pain at some point in their life and an estimated twenty percent suffer with back pain at any one point in time. Disc problems only constitute a small portion of these problems, but still involve a significant amount of the population. Disc problems involve a disc bulge, a disc protrusion/extrusion, and most commonly degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease is a condition we see and deal with on a regular basis in our clinics.
The spinal disc is made up of two components. It has an outer fibrous ring called the annulus fibrosis which holds in the inner gel like material called the nucleus pulposis. The inner nucleus pulposis acts like a fulcrum for our vertebra to pivot on and allows our spines to move as they do.
Disc problems are diagnosed through the use of a proper history, physical exam, and diagnostic imaging. X-rays are useful to access disc heights and severity of degenerative disc disease. The disc itself is actually not visible on x-rays, only the space or lack of space created by it. An MRI is the gold standard for accurate assessment and visualization of the spinal disc. An MRI can detect degenerative disc disease that may not be apparent on x-ray, and allows us to see if a disc is bulging or is herniated. It also allows us to see if the disc is compressing on any nerves or even the spinal cord. Disc bulges and herniations can never be definitively diagnosed without an MRI.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
October of this past year was National Chiropractic Month and the ACA chose to focus on awareness of headaches and chiropractic. Statistics report nine out of ten Americans suffer with headaches. I see the truth in this statistic with every new patient that enters my office. Patients who come to my clinic for other reasons also report they suffer with headaches in addition to their primary complaint. Good heads shouldn’t hurt. The majority of headaches individuals suffer with come about gradually and the patient learns to needlessly “deal” with them. However, severe headaches can arise suddenly and these may require immediate medical attention.
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most expensive work related injuries. Over a lifetime an individual could lose about $30,000 in medical bills and time lost from work. When looking for help with their carpal tunnel syndrome, people do not customarily think to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors only work with the spine, right? Wrong. While some chiropractors do focus primarily on the spine, others, including ourselves at Frostwood Chiropractic, work on all joints of the body. However, while we can treat your wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome, in some cases the problem may actually be in other locations, such as the neck. Proper evaluation and testing will help to determine the exact cause of your carpal tunnel symptoms.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Have you wrapped your presents for Christmas yet? For all those who have waited until the last minute, this post is for you. Wrapping gifts can be a fun activity, especially the end result of all the beautiful presents sitting under the Christmas tree. But, it can also be a painfully laborious task. Use proper posture to limit the amount of stress placed on your back and neck while wrapping gifts. Unfortunately, there is no one perfect posture for wrapping gifts. The best option is to alternate between a few of the better postures to minimize pain and discomfort.