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Yearly Archives: 2016

How’s Your Neck?

December 13, 2016

A giraffe towers over humans, yet the giraffe has the exact same number of vertebrae in their neck as a human. Scientists continue to scratch their heads about the exact evolutionary path the animal’s ancestors took to develop this unique

What is Hypochondriasis?

November 21, 2016

Hypochondriasis is described as a type of somatoform disorder or mental illness where a person has symptoms of medical illness. The symptoms cannot be fully explained by actual physical disorder, but researchers consider this as an anxiety disorder. People with

Spinal Fusion Procedure

October 31, 2016

A spinal fusion is when 2 or more blocks of bone (vertebra) are made into one. Due to improper alignment or incompetency to maintain alignment, the spine begins to injure nerves or places the spinal cord or nerves at risk for

Sit on the Fence

September 16, 2016

To sit on the fence means to have a difficult time making a decision. Fear of making the wrong decision can be punishing. Failure to make the correct decision may be due to poor decision-making methodology. A gut instinct can

Rig Injuries

August 31, 2016

Injuries to the neck and back may vary from major trauma where a patient sustains a fracture or dislocation to minor trauma or soft tissue injury. Major trauma requires multisystem evaluation and treatment. Treatment may vary from an orthosis or

Walking for Weight Loss

August 18, 2016

Arthritis affects cartilage, which is the smooth protective tissue that covers bones where they meet and allows them to glide and move easily. When one develops arthritis, the cartilage wears away, and the bone rubs together, making it hard to

Drop Arm

August 10, 2016

The sudden onset of arm weakness may be caused by a multitude of factors. Acute arm weakness: Arm injury Nerve compression Muscle disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Myasthenia gravis Polymyositis Cerebral palsy Charcot Marie Tooth disease Acute onset of

Functional Restoration

August 4, 2016

A functional restoration program is a recovery program for patients with chronic spine pain. Its design is to increase physical functioning, decrease or eliminate the chronic use of narcotics and/or muscle relaxers, improve pain coping skills, return to an active

The Developing Spine

July 27, 2016

The spine and spinal cord is one of the earliest systems to begin development and the last to be completed after birth. These complex structures within an embryo require a long time for development. In order for the spine to


July 18, 2016

Hiking is usually a long vigorous walk in the countryside. Today long-distance hikes are generally undertaking on long paths. These hikes may be either in the countryside or an urban walk. When hiking one usually needs water, some food, rain