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Pulled a Muscle in Your Back, Did You?

Pulled Back Muscle - What to Do?

When you first pull a muscle in your low back, there are certain things you can to speed along your overall recovery.

Back Muscle Strain
Back & Neck Pain Spotlight10

Cervical Spine Injury

Wednesday April 23, 2014
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Neck (i.e. cervical spine) injuries come in a number of varieties from mild to major. They may be caused by trauma or impact or they may be a result of genetics, wear and tear or other things.  Check out my descriptive list of the most common cervical spine injuries.

Prevent Spondylolisthesis - Treat Spondylolysis Early

Tuesday April 22, 2014

If you have spondylolysis, changes are excellent you don't want it to turn into spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis can progress from spondylolysis, which generally starts out as a stress fracture to a obscure part of the spinal bone known as the pars. Learn more about spondylolysis treatment.

Don't Ignore Whiplash

Sunday April 20, 2014
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Car accidents are no fun even when they are minor. Along with possible neck pain, headaches and other symptoms, you'll likely be dealing with insurance companies, court dates and financial strain.

But don't shug off your accident. You may be sorry later when the pain sets in.  Get the details: Whiplash Overview.

Chiropractic for Neck and Back Pain - How Does It Stack Up?

Thursday April 17, 2014

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A 2004 review of medical studies compared spinal manipulation and mobilization for neck and back pain with doing nothing as well as with trying conservative care and physical therapy. The review also compared manipulation - basically getting a chiropractic adjustment - with mobilization, which is more about releasing soft tissue around joints. (Mobilization is often gentler than manipulation, as well).

For acute low back pain, the researchers found moderate evidence that getting an adjustment provides better short term pain relief that soft tissue mobilization. They also found limited evidence that manipulation speeds recovery more than physical therapy.

For chronic low back pain, manipulation seemed to yield the same effect as taking an anti-inflammatory.  Both manipulation and mobilization were comparable to physical therapy for chronic back pain.

For neck pain, manipulation seemed to offer the most similar pain relief to rehabilitative exercise both in the short and long term.  Unfortunately, no studies on acute neck pain were available, so this finding only applies to chronic neck pain.

 

 

 

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