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8 Chiropractic Services You Didn’t Know Your Chiropractor Offered

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What Does A Chiropractor Do For Lower Back Pain? Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine (DCs) don many different hats during the course of their careers. However, for most of us, going to the chiropractor means one thing: having our necks and backs adjusted. During a chiropractic adjustment, a DC uses spinal manipulation to realign the bones…

5 Types of Malignant Spinal Tumors

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What is a Malignant Spinal Tumor? A malignant spinal tumor occurs when an abnormal growth of the spine spreads to nearby tissues, organ systems, or parts of the body. When a non-spreading or “benign” tumor becomes malignant, doctors upgrade the status of the tumor to “cancerous.” Although cancers of the spine are rare, slightly less…

6 Orthopedic Issues Associated With Diabetes

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The Endocrine & Skeletal Systems: It’s All Connected. A complex set of systems and processes make the operation of the human body possible. The circulatory, skeletal, nervous, and digestive systems represent just a few of these structures. However, despite their differentiation, these systems do not actually function in an individual bubble. Many, if not most,…

How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Wrist Pain

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The Dark & Narrow Carpal Tunnel The Carpal Tunnel is not some elusive tunnel through a mountain somewhere. It’s actually an important anatomical passageway formed by the bones, ligaments, and tendons in our wrists. Why so important, you ask? This small passageway allows for the travel of not only essential ligaments, but also, your median…

Your Handbook to Thoracic Disc Herniation

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Your Ultra-Stable Thoracic Spine Your thoracic spine consists of 12 vertebrae, which extend from the base of your neck to the beginning of your lower back. While your cervical and lumbar spine segments enable movement and flexibility, your thoracic spine offers stability. Correspondingly, this ultra-stable design enables your thoracic spine to serve as the main…

The Connection Between Fascia & Chronic Pain

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Fascia: What Exactly Is This Stuff? You’ve probably heard the term fascia—pronounced /fa-shuh/—popping up more and more in medicine these days. Although certainly not a “new” discovery, fascia has achieved buzzworthy status as we come to understand more about its significance. Composed of firm but flexible collagen, fascia forms a complex system of connective tissue…

Unraveling the Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

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In the world of orthopedic spine surgery, stem cell therapy has become a bit of a buzzword. But, what is stem cell therapy and how does it work? And, even more importantly, how can stem cells benefit your bones? Let’s take a brief look at all of these things. Although a complex topic by it’s…

7 Top Causes of Shoulder Pain

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Your shoulder has earned its reputation as one of the most versatile and active joints in the body. With a synovial ball-and-socket design, this joint comes together where three major bones converge. The spherical head of the upper arm fits into a shallow divot in the shoulder blade and receives anterior support from your collarbone….

3 Basic Types of Disc Herniation

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The Skinny on Herniated Discs When people first hear the term hernia, they envision thick, abdominal belts and a painful diaphragm or injured groin. And, to their credit, hernias do form in these areas. However, in reality, herniations can occur in many locations throughout the body. For instance, typical hernia hotspots include the stomach, intestines,…

5 Tips for Faster Back Surgery Recovery

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Back pain is a common problem. Stress and strain, not to mention aging, are inevitable. In most cases, conservative approaches like heat, ice, and physical therapy are effective ways to address this discomfort. In fact, 90 percent of the millions of Americans who suffer from back pain will recover without surgical intervention, according to the…

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