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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Use of Chronic Narcotics

April 29, 2016

The chronic use of narcotics to treat chronic low back pain is a double-edged sword. Traditionally narcotics have been used to treat severe acute pain such as from an acute traumatic injury or after surgery.  During the past decade in

Fishing Injuries

April 28, 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

Jamaican Dogwood

April 27, 2016

Jamaican Dogwood is a very effective remedy for pain control. The Jamaican dogwood is a plant where the root bark is used to make medicine. It has action both on muscles and nerves. It can also produce a topical anesthetic

Traction for Neck and Back Pain

April 26, 2016

Traction of the spine has been used since the time of Hippocrates, where the spine was realigned for fractures, dislocations, and infections. Orthopaedic surgeons have long used traction to realign limbs, to prevent sharp pieces of bone from further damaging

Weighted Body Bar Exercises

April 25, 2016

Weighted body bar exercises are a fast and easy way to exercise at home. These weighted bars can help you strengthen, add muscle definition and develop a dynamic way for improving your balance. By using a typical bar weighing between

Nursing Injuries

April 22, 2016

The most frequent injuries nurses or nursing aids sustain are a result of lifting. 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.

Killing Your Discs

April 21, 2016

Remember that first puff of a cigarette? The wave of nausea, the dizziness, the cough, the lightheadedness; this is the smoker’s high. Why do some put the cigarettes down and never pick them up again while others become physically and

Spinal Bone Stimulators

April 20, 2016

A spinal bone stimulator is a device which helps the body’s ability to heal bones. This is an essential part of a spinal fusion surgery. In performing a spinal fusion, the human bone which is actually a living tissue grows from

Pedicle Screw Fixation

April 19, 2016

Pedicle screw fixation is performed in conjunction with a spinal fusion operation. The pedicle screws are inserted via the pedicle of the thoracic or lumbar vertebral bodies. They are used to secure vertebrae of the spine in a fixed position. The

Leg Length Inequality

April 18, 2016

Leg length discrepancy is when there is a difference between the lengths of the lower legs. When this occurs one leg is shorter than the other leg. Causes of leg length discrepancy include: Previous injury to a bone of the