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Oct. 16, 2018

What would you do? The aging spine

A 70-year-old male presents to your clinic complaining of worsening back pain and lower extremity pain, numbness, heaviness and weakness. He has high blood pressure but is otherwise healthy. How would you assess and manage this patient?

Cervical spine, vestibular therapy help treat post-concussion symptoms: study

A recent study from the University of Calgary shows a combination of cervical and vestibular therapy can facilitate quicker recovery and return to play following a sport-related concussion among youth and young adults.

Diagnosis, treatment of facet joint syndrome

The prevalence of facet joint pain is reportedly between 15 and 40 per cent of people who suffer from chronic low back pain. Facet joints are a common source of neck pain following whiplash injury. While there is no pathogneumonic sign or symptom that distinguishes facet joint pain, it is generally accepted that facet joint pain is aggravated by extension and standing, as opposed to discogenic pain, which occurs with forward flexion or sitting.

The truth about spinal decompression therapy

An increasing number of studies are demonstrating the efficacy of spinal decompression therapy.

Scientifically scrutinizing spinal manipulative therapy

Let's examine the results of three studies done at the University of Waterloo by David Bereznick, DC, PhD, Stuart McGill, PhD, and J. Kim Ross, DC, PhD.

Study links helmet use with reduced risk of cervical spine injury

Researchers found that during an accident, helmet use lowers the likelihood of cervical spine injury – particularly fractures of the cervical vertebrae.

Can yoga promote spinal health?

Traditional goals of practising yoga, including the attainment of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility, relaxation, and meditation, have evolved recently to include aspects of health we help our patients with – improving flexibility or general fitness, maintaining mobility, and injury treatment or prevention.

Functional MSK Assessment

Too often, chiropractors label a patient’s condition in a way that does not provide specific information about the nature of their dysfunction.

Drugs and surgery should be the last resort for low back pain

Recommended first-line treatments – such as advice to stay active and to exercise – are often overlooked. Instead, many health professionals seem to favour less effective treatments such as rest, opioids, spinal injections and surgery.

Spinal cord injury

This multidisciplinary overview of spinal cord injury is not intended to be a comprehensive review, but, rather, to provide some initial information in the hope of springboarding further, and much-needed, involvement by members of the chiropractic profession in this area.