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Posted by John Buffington on November 8, 2018

If you are experiencing low back pain or sciatica pain, and the pain does not seem to want to go away no matter what you do, you may have a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Typically, low back pain will resolve on its own after a few days or with the help of chiropractic adjustments or massage. Other times it takes a little longer.

Posted by John Buffington on November 2, 2018

Yes, there is an alternative to steroid injections. Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy decreases pain AND improves shoulder function.

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is somewhat new; therefore its efficacy and indications are continuously under review. A recent study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine attempted to evaluate how safe and useful PRP may be for patients with rotator cuff disease.

Posted by John Buffington on November 1, 2018

Walking for just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits, but in order to increase your longevity, you should try to walk for up to 30 minutes, five days per week. Experts generally agree that to be considered "active," adults should try to take 10,000 steps each day. Wearing a pedometer or an activity tracker is an easy way to track your progress.

Posted by John Buffington on October 31, 2018

Researchers recently performed a meta-analysis of the outcomes of patient groups receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy by preparation method and injection technique in tendinopathy. The goal was to determine the clinical effectiveness of the preparations and to evaluate the effect of controls used in the studies reviewed.

Posted by John Buffington on October 12, 2018

Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN recently penned an article describing the utilization of stem cell therapy by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

“For much of his professional golf career Nicklaus has had aggravating back pain that he describes as an eight or nine out of ten on the pain scale. Despite trying therapies ranging from cortisone shots to a back operation the pain persisted.”

Posted by John Buffington on October 11, 2018

In the May 4, 2018 publication of Chiropractic Economics, the editors highlighted a published study which concludes that adults receiving chiropractic care for low-back pain were 55 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid analgesic in comparison to adults who did not receive chiropractic care. The object of the investigation, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, was to evaluate the association between utilization of chiropractic services and the use of prescription opioid medications.

Posted by John Buffington on September 19, 2018

Back Pain is very common. In fact, over 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point.  Most of the time back pain will resolve either on it’s own or with proper treatment.

If you experience back pain and the symptoms do not resolve after a few days, it’s probably a good idea to visit a chiropractor to make sure your back is in proper alignment. The pain may become worse or develop into an ongoing problem.

Posted by John Buffington on August 28, 2018

It wasn’t long ago when surgery was considered the only option for a lumbar or cervical herniated disc. Now we know that some disc herniations will actually heal on their own and that others will respond to non-surgical treatments that target the cause. That’s right. You should never rush into surgery for a disc herniation unless it is a medical emergency.

Posted by John Buffington on August 22, 2018

One of the more common questions and concerns of our patients is when they should have an MRI. Some patients have been suffering with ongoing neck pain and some have sudden onset. Some have neck pain that radiates into the shoulders or arms and some have headaches along with neck pain.

 Here is a list of symptoms that are commonly associated with neck pain:

Posted by John Buffington on August 20, 2018

Spinal Stenosis is when the diameter of the spinal canal narrows abnormally due to bony (arthritis or spurs) or soft tissue  (disc bulge or herniation) thickening.  Spinal stenosis is mostly diagnosed in the lumbar spine and is less common in the cervical spine (but is more serious).

Since there is no extra room inside the spinal canal there is often compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. This is especially true in the cervical spine.


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