Chiropractic Help Blog

This keeps you up to date with what's happening at Chiropractic-Help.com, the site where lay people can find out what Chiropractic can mean for them.

As far as possible we try to keep it research based, rather than opinion. I scour the medical and chiropractic research journals regularly.

May 26, 2017

Arms, fingers, and leg sleep or ache day and night

Arms, fingers, and leg sleep or ache day and night demands a thorough examination. I am 35 and have always been in good health. For about 6 months, I've

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May 26, 2017

Lower back exercises after surgery

Doctor, we have communicated many times via this site. You have always given me sage advice. Unfortunately I have not been able to avoid the knife.

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May 26, 2017

Osteoradionecrosis and unable to open mouth

Hello. I have osteoradionecrosis of the jaw that is getting slowly worse. I had an infection in the jaw and now cannot open my jaw more than a few millimeters.

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May 26, 2017

TMJ anatomy takes you on a grand tour of this complex pain causing joint.

TMJ anatomy will help you understand in layman's terms what this joint is about and why it can cause so much migraine and facial pain.

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May 26, 2017

Hip arthritis is more treatable than thought if we start early with prevention.

Hip arthritis occurs mainly after fifty but correction of sacroiliac fixations is extremely important in both prevention and treatment; so is mobilisation of all stiff joints.

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May 26, 2017

Hyaline cartilage is the vital substance lining the bones in your joints.

Hyaline cartilage is vulnerable because it has no blood supply.

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May 25, 2017

How to make mulberry jam with one hour to pick and another to cook.

How to make mulberry jam and in just two hours to make 11 bottles of the most delicious, nutritious preserve.

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May 25, 2017

Disturbing letters from readers make for helpful reading.

Disturbing letters suggest that all is not well in the state of Denmark, figuratively speaking, of course.

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May 25, 2017

Groin and thigh pain are common complaints at the chiropractic coalface.

Groin and thigh pain is often a hip condition or a pinched nerve in the upper lumbar spine but can be a myriad of things.

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May 25, 2017

PCP and Physical Therapist disagree about severe upper back, shoulder and arm pain

PCP and Physical Therapist disagree about severe upper back, shoulder and arm pain; keep an open mind particularly if there is a fever. Hello, I've

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May 25, 2017

Upper thigh pain when walking & running only

I have a pain in my upper thigh. The pain moves but is typically along the knicker line or down the middle of the front of the thigh. The pain only occurs

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May 24, 2017

Trauma survivor, registered nurse

I was assaulted while working at the prison. The inmate grabbed my hair/head in the back and jerked me around the room for 3-4 minutes while trying to

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May 23, 2017

Index finger sprain can be complex but often needn't be.

Index finger sprain is difficult because of the myriad of tiny muscles and ligaments.

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May 23, 2017

Slipped disc symptoms in the lumbar spine are quite specific.

Slipped disc symptoms are usually associated with pain in the leg on sneezing and tightness in the thigh and calf on bending forwards.

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May 22, 2017

L4 Lumbar Spine is a troublesome area of the low back.

L4 Lumbar Spine can cause a serious list to the side making you look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

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May 22, 2017

L4 lumbar spine reflex pertains to the medial hamstring tendon.

L4 lumbar spine reflex

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May 18, 2017

SLAP Tear in Shoulder with upper back pain

Hello, I have had back pain, under and next to left scapula. The pain is constant, deep and nagging and lasted for 18 months. I keep telling people I

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May 18, 2017

Chiropractors hate horse riding calls for research to be done on the injuries

Chiropractors hate horse riding and especially irresponsible parents who allow their children on any unsupervised pony.

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May 18, 2017

Uncovertebral joint Luschka is a frequent cause of tingling in arms and hands

Uncovertebral joint Luschka are small structures in the neck adjacent to the nerve roots often causing arm pain

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May 18, 2017

Chronic back pain suggests do everything in your power to escape it.

Chronic back pain strongly recommends you do what it takes to get properly better or you'll start to suffer from even worse tingling and burning in your leg.

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May 17, 2017

Slump test for sciatica places progressive stretch on the nerve.

Slump test for sciatica is looking for confirmation that the pain in the back of the leg, for example, is not a pulled hamstring but a pinched nerve.

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May 16, 2017

Degenerative lumbar disc disease case file with pain down the front of the thigh

Degenerative lumbar disc disease case file with a spondylolysthesis of L3.

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May 15, 2017

Whiplash chiropractic reminds us how much pain and disability stems from roads.

Whiplash chiropractic is a powerful tool for managing many injuries resulting from car accidents.

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May 15, 2017

Neck muscle pain after adjustment

I was told my neck curved the wrong way and that was most likely causing my sinus issues and my left arm twitching. I went for the first adjustment and

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May 15, 2017

Subtalar joint damage causing 20 years of pain

I have had subtalar joint pain for 20 years. I am age 61. When I was 41 I had a very bad sprain. It seemed to heal quickly but the damage was lurking

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May 15, 2017

Ankle exercises are vital if you want your leg to be strong again.

Ankle exercises are the key to a healthy leg after a lower limb injury.

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May 15, 2017

Femoral nerve and its relevance to chiropractic practice is the topic.

Femoral nerve supply is to the lateral and anterior thigh and groin and sometimes the inner lower leg and top of the foot.

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May 15, 2017

Femoral nerve possibility as cause of scrotal pain

pain or pinching over right side above genitals weakness extending out to hip some weakness down the thigh tenderness up from genitals to hip...slight

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May 14, 2017

Maintenance care is needed because most chronic conditions can't be cured.

Maintenance care looks at two differing models of chiropractic care.

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May 14, 2017

Colic chiropractic is loved by mums as only about 5% of irritability is organic.

Colic chiropractic relief for babies is now scientifically well substantiated; screaming for more than three hours per day is the hallmark.

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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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