Grays Anatomy tour

Grays anatomy invites you to allow me, Henry, to be your guide on this short tour of some of the joints that often cause pain and misery.

"Hello, my name is Henry. No, not Ford. Gray! I've been asked to be your Grays Anatomy tour guide today. Where should we start? With the skull? Or the foot? There's a good case for both."

"Shall we spin a coin? Heads we start with the foot, you say? Whaaat?"

Okay, let's begin with the foot. Did you know there are 26 bones in the foot? And because they all articulate with at least one other bone, and most with several other bones, there are probably about 100 joints. I could count but ... about a hundred will do, eh! We don't need to be that rigorous.

Each one of those joints has hundreds of receptors continually telling the brain exactly where your body is in space. Without having to look at your foot, you know precisely where it is. Right?

And of course, some of them are pain receptors, so each of those 100 joints, not to mention the noci-ceptors in the ligaments and muscles, can cause you pain. So I have prepared a special page for you to start your Grays Anatomy tour.

Go on, take a peep at what chiropractic has to offer your sore feet. Foot pain. I'll wait right here for you until you are done. No sweat. I'll be preparing some pics of the hip while you're away.

Bit of a Cook's tour, I'm afraid. So we are going to give the lower leg and the knee the miss for now. Perhaps later, we'll come back, time permitting.

So, the hip joint.. That huge strong joint that fixes the thigh bone or femur, to your pelvis. We call it a ball and socket joint. Pretty obvious why, if you follow this link to the hip. Hip arthritis.

Take your time, I'll be waiting for you for the next leg of your Grays Anatomy tour!

So, all done with the hip? Fearfully and wonderfully made hey. Open to wear and tear though, especially if you have a short leg, and if you abuse your hip; it can bite back. Have you had a chiropractor check you for leg length inequality?

Thought I'd tell you a few things about myself. Did you know that it's exactly 155 years ago that I published the first atlas of human anatomy? 1858. I was just lucky actually. Right place at the right time. My forbears had to work in great secrecy, snatch bodies, visit grave yards, bribe the hospital administrators. One of my colleagues, William Harvey even dissected his father and sister when they died! He just couldn't get enough bodies. Not legally anyway.

So we're bringing out a special 40th edition for you this year. Grays anatomy online.

Meantime, lets continue our Cook's, oops Grays Anatomy tour.


Right, done? I'm ready to move on. My own SI-joint used to give me a lot of trouble till I broke with my medical colleagues and sneaked off to see the chiro. Glad I did! (Actually, they were called "Bone setters" in those days. Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel D. Palmer.)

Now for the real misery. The lumbar spine. Boy, these are joints you'd better exercise, or they can really give you grief. Want to see what I've prepared for you? The Lumbar spine. SLIPPED DISK ...

"It was a very good year." Remember that lyric? Good old Franky. Jup, I was born in 1827. Died in a bad year, mind you, but more of that later. I was lucky to be able to study anatomy and got a lectureship at St. George’s in London. That's where I started my Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Now we're going to move on to he mid-back and chest. Interesting part of the body. A big part of its function was to protect the vulnerable organs. Arrow in the heart, and you're done for!

Hence the ribs. CostoSternal anatomy

  • Costo = rib,
  • Sternal = breastbone.

And now for the next leg of my Grays Anatomy tour. Not bored I hope. Nope, nothing to do with the leg now! We're going to look at neck pain anatomy. Want to know the honest truth? A really sore neck is more painful than any other joint in the body. I don't often have a patient in tears with a slipped disc, or sprained ankle. But the neck ...! Ouch!

Oops! Wrong neck.

Next comes the shoulder. Why? Because the neck and arm work hand in glove. Well, I guess that should be neck and shoulder ... when the shoulder goes wrong, look first to the neck. Now the shoulder is a complex joint, ask anyone who has had a frozen shoulder for two years.

My wife has a way of saying she and her friends talk constantly, but they've still never said half the things they know. I'm sure it's true, and for every word they need healthy TMJ joints. Plenty of yakking, and plenty of pain too when they give grief. Try to avoid dental work in your mouth under general anaesthetic, if humanly possible, and I do wonder about that gum ... TMJ EXERCISES ...

Well, that's the end of the Grays Anatomy Tour. End of me too. No sooner had I finished my Atlas, than I was called to attend to my cousin. Smallpox, you know. Yes, we share all things in common in our family, even our viruses. It was a very bad year, 1861. Don't tell me that vaccinations are all bad.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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