The Development, Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Part 3 The Treatment and Correction of Musculoskeletal Pain

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When you undergo treatment with a chiropractor, orthopedist, or physical therapist for pain, you should be concerned that the recommended treatment is addressing the underlying cause of the problem.  More often than not, many healthcare providers that treat musculoskeletal pain perform a less than adequate examination and simply take a “cover up the pain” or “treat the diagnosis” approach.  Asking a patient with back pain to bend over to touch their toes and then prescribing some anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxers is not very difficult…

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The Development, Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Part 2 The Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Pain

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When you consult a chiropractor, orthopedist, or physical therapist for pain, you should be concerned about what is evaluated during your examination so the underlying cause of your problem is determined and the recommended treatment will correct the problem.   As we discussed in Part 1, injuries causing misalignments, abnormal motor control, and muscle inhibition are the major biomechanical reasons why people develop musculoskeletal pain.  These are very important factors that need to be evaluated in any examination of musculoskeletal pain.  We will discuss why…

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The Development, Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Part 1 Why Musculoskeletal Pain Develops

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Musculoskeletal disorders are a broad class of conditions that involve problems with muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.  There is an long list of conditions that people suffer from that fall in the category of musculoskeletal disorders.  Some of these include various types of pain, muscle tightness, tendinitis, arthritis, and nerve problems, such as numbness, sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome.  There are several reasons why musculoskeletal disorders develop and there are several ways to treat these problems.  Some evaluation and treatment methods make more sense…

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Chiropractic Better Than Home Exercises and Drugs for Neck Pain

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A recent study published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine has found spinal adjustments are more effective than home exercises and far more effective than pain medication for the treatment of neck pain. After 12 weeks of treatment, 57 percent of the chiropractic group reported at least a 75 percent reduction in neck pain compared to 48 percent of people in the exercise group and 33 percent in the medication group. The long-term benefits were equally impressive.  One year later, approximately 53 percent of…

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Chiropractic Adjustments Found to Improve Creative Thinking

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Creative thinking is one of the greatest human assets to solve problems with new ideas.  A  study published in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia found chiropractic adjustments improved creative thinking and suggests that spinal subluxations may interfere with creative thinking. The “alternative uses test” was used to measure creative thinking abilities before and after a chiropractic adjustment.  After the initial test, each person was assessed for spinal subluxations. Subluxations are misaligned spinal vertebrae resulting in undesirable changes in spinal joints, muscles, and the nervous system…

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