Should I Use Rest, Ice, Crutches or Heat?

Ice or heat has been a debate in musculoskeletal medicine for a very long time. Traditionally the idea was that you ice an acute injury to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Heat was believed to be more appropriate for chronic injuries, where there was no longer an inflammatory response and the tissue was ‘stiff.’ Over…

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Foam Rolling for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Are you feeling sore after starting a new exercise or increasing your exercise intensity?  You may have delayed onset muscle soreness, often referred to as DOMS. What is delayed onset muscle soreness? Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is an exercise-related pain that occurs in your muscles (not joints), after a new or unusually intense exercise. …

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Alternatives to Medication for Treating Low Back Pain

The American College of Physicians recently published new guidelines for treating non-radicular low back pain. With concern mounting about narcotics prescribed for back pain (Oxycontin, Percocet) and misuse and overdose becoming prevalent, research is focusing on safe, non-invasive methods of treating low back pain. The College identifies acute low back pain as lasting up to…

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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…