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.

Jan 15, 2018

Lower back pain buttocks and Meralgia parasethesia

Hi I have a history of lower back pain which I get a couple of times a year and can last a matter of weeks up to 3 months sometimes. Recently during

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Jan 15, 2018

Severe episodic lower back pain - Underdeveloped disc/vertebrae

A number of years ago, after numerous visits to the doctor and various x-rays and scans of my lower back, an MRI indicated (based on what the doctor or

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Jan 15, 2018

is is a sciatic problem?

Muscle weakness, tingling, burning. Had a surgery for my broken femur sometime ago. About a year now. My femur has not healed and I am passing through

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Jan 15, 2018

lower back pain and also upper back and neck

I was told that I have sacralization; I am 3/4 short on my left leg; my left hip is not level or where it's suppose to be my spine curves to the left there

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Jan 14, 2018

Free weight loss programs is how to lose that excess healthily.

Free weight loss programs is about simple ways to get extra flab off permanently.

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Jan 13, 2018

Rib pain causes may be inherited as from a scoliosis or from trauma.

Rib pain causes includes how a shower of sneezes not infrequently results in acute stabs in the midback.

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Jan 13, 2018

Costosternal anatomy describes the muscles and joints of the chest.

Costosternal anatomy is key to understanding the breastbone pain of Tietzes syndrome.

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Jan 13, 2018

PAIN IN UPPER LEG can be a diagnostic saga.

PAIN IN UPPER LEG for over a year is always going to be a challenge for the clinician.

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Jan 13, 2018

Leg pain has a 101 causes so a careful examination is paramount.

Leg pain is an every day complaint heard in the chiropractic clinic; it is not always a pinched nerve obviously.

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Jan 13, 2018

Hyaline cartilage is the vital substance lining your joints.

Hyaline cartilage is vulnerable because it has no blood supply.

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Jan 13, 2018

Vegan weight loss is an easier way to lose 10 to 20 pounds.

Vegan weight loss is safe only if carefully and scientifically followed as serious deficiencies are possible.

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Jan 13, 2018

What radicular pain can I ignore?

What pain is fine to ignore? For example, my chiropractor says he ignores his own mild low back pain. Is intermittent radiculopathy also OK to ignore?

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Jan 13, 2018

Hurts in my midback after laying down hours

Went to the chiropractor four days ago to get adjustment on my middle back as I was feeling some heat and in the past each time I have gone it basically

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Jan 13, 2018

Pain in left armpit, arm near elbow, tingling sensation and numbness

Hi, I have pain in my left armpit. Imagine placing a golf ball in your armpit and press against it, that's the kind of pain I'm experiencing. Simultaneously

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Jan 13, 2018

Femoral nerve? Pain when standing up or sitting down

I have pain in both legs when I go to stand up or sit down. It is from mid knee up through first half of the quadriceps muscles. Also, it feel like there

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Jan 13, 2018

Post op nerve block causing burning sensation in the opposite groin

I had my acl repaired on January 5th and was given a femoral nerve block in my left groin. The following day, I noticed whenever I made a sudden movement

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Jan 12, 2018

Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome under the kneecap is very treatable.

Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome is a common condition characterised by diffuse stabs which is more common in adolescents and women.

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Jan 12, 2018

Upper leg pain is mostly very treatable with chiropractic help.

Upper leg pain may be from the hip, spine or SI joint but can also be from a pinched nerve in the groin.

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Jan 12, 2018

Shoulder anatomy is actually four joints wrapped up in one arm.

Shoulder anatomy is an important part of understanding the treatment of the rotator cuff syndrome. Pain is common in athletes and the general public.

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Jan 12, 2018

Shoulder pain can be a great affliction disturbing sleep patterns.

Shoulder pain is frequently connected to a condition in the neck or to do with the first rib.

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Jan 09, 2018

A question from a brother DC

I have known about Maignes syndrome and have always associated it with a differential diagnosis for SI pain, but now know it causes groin pain also. I

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Jan 09, 2018

Burning in buttocks and back of thighs and feet

I am 50 years old woman and started experiencing butt and back of thighs burning sensation traveling all the way down to feet soles. There's no pain but

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Jan 09, 2018

Middle back pain after a chiropractic visit.

I went to the chiropractor because of lower back pain; a day or so later I noticed the middle of my back was hurting pretty bad. I've never had pain there

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Jan 09, 2018

Shooting Ankle Pain but it's not swollen or bruised

A few days ago I crouched down to clean up some water I spilled and I just as I was resting on my ankle wrong because I felt something pop out of place

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Jan 09, 2018

Page on hip exercises is missing part 2 and 3

Hi, the page at the following address https://www.chiropractic-help.com/Hip-exercises.html states that The following hip exercises to treat the core

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Jan 08, 2018

50 percent less pain is the dangerous time with spinal conditions.

50 percent less pain rule tells us to be extra careful as the soft tissues haven't yet healed by a half.

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Jan 05, 2018

Pain in upper left leg

It started about two months ago. All of a sudden crossing my left ankle over my right knee is extremely painful at the top of my left leg. I exercise

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Jan 04, 2018

Post 4month ankle sprain now pinch nerve pain leg

Pinch nerve up back leg. I need far more information to give you a useful reply, Dee. Dr B

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Jan 04, 2018

question about your information

I have a question about your content. I was wondering who I could speak to about that. I appreciate your time in advance, Virgil. Shoot. Dr B

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Jan 04, 2018

Spine/lumber region severe back pain radiating to the outer and front of the thigh..

Spine/lumbar region back pain extending to the bony area left about 3 and radiating to outer left thigh and front left thigh. Pain often mirrored on right

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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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Interesting questions from visitors

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