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Do I need an x-ray for back pain?

When do you need an x-ray for back pain? This is a question I get asked on a regular basis.  Many people that I meet are under the impression that a chiropractor needs x-rays of the spine to diagnose.  Perhaps surprising, it’s quite rare for an x-ray to be the sole factor that provides a…

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Degenerative Disc Disease

Unfortunately, degenerative disc disease is something that will happen to all of us.  Perhaps the question is to what extent.  Like many things in our body, the intervertebral discs wear down with time and age.  For some, they will generate pain while for others it may not pose a problem.    A recent paper I reviewed reminded me of…

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Common Sports Injuries Requiring Rehab

Professional athletes and rec league regulars alike can suffer injuries when playing the sport they love. While the level of competition can take varying tolls on the body, similar movements from both pros and Joes on the playing field/court/ice can result in damage to muscles, joints, and bones. In this post, we provide a very…

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Chronic Back Pain

Why do some people experience repeated bouts of back pain?  This is a very large question with many variables to consider.  An interesting paper published in the journal Pain shed some light on this topic, investigating the role of the lumbar multifidus muscle and the effect back pain has on it. Without question the muscles…

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Breathing and Back Pain

As we know, various muscles play a role in lumbar stability.  That is why we do lots of strengthening exercises for the abdomen and lower back.  Curl-ups, planks, bird-dogs are all examples of common exercises that are usually beneficial.  They target muscles like the multifidus, the transversus abdominus, rectus abdominis and obliques, quadratus lumborum and…

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Burlington Back Pain Clinic

In a previous blog we learned that being heavier doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get degenerative disc disease. Although it seems logical that more weight will wear the spine down quicker, it isn’t necessarily the case when we look at the studies performed on the topic. Interestingly, genetics are one of the more reliable indicators of…

Back Pain and Rowing

Dragon boat paddling has been known to cause lower back pain.  In fact, rowing in general has been linked to lower back pain.  But why?  What specific lower back conditions are caused by these activities? Rowing and Lower Back Pain Two of the more common lower back injuries associated with paddling and rowing are lumbar disc herniation…