1. Foraminal Encroachment vs. Foraminal Stenosis

    Foraminal encroachment is a term used to describe degeneration of the spinal column which has caused an obstruction of the foramina. The foramina are open spaces on either sides of the vertebra where the spinal nerves pass on their way to other parts of the body. Neural foraminal stenosis refers to compression of a spinal nerve as it leaves the spinal canal through the foramen. Both of these condi…Read More

  2. Natural Treatment for Spondylolisthesis

    Spondylolisthesis (SPON-dill-oh-lis-THEE-sis) is a condition where one vertebra misaligns slipping in a forward direction compared to the vertebra below it. Referred to as “spondylo” for short. Normally this forward slippage is a weakening or fracture of the ‘pars’ or the back of the joint. (Figure A) This weakening or fracture will allow the vertebra to shift forward pulling and injuring …Read More

  3. Finding the True Cause of your condition

    With society today there are so many people living with painful symptoms such as migraines, back pain, shoulder or leg pain or even arthritis. The American Journal of Medicine classifies all of these disorders as “Functional Disorders”. A lot of these people are told that they must either live with their painful condition or take a prescription medication to cover up the symptoms for the remai…Read More

  4. Natural Cures for Back and Neck Pain

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Increases in antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria are more prevalent and the risk is real if you spending anytime in a hospital setting. There is a serious risk of developing a life threatening infection g…Read More

  5. Natural Relief for Sciatica Pain

    Sciatic pain is literally a pain in the rear end. It affects millions of Americans each year and one of the leading reasons for doctor visits associated with lower back pain. The sciatic nerve is a branch of nerves that travels from the spine around the pelvis, through muscles and distributes down the back of your leg. There are branches of this sciatic nerve bundle that wrap into the inner thigh …Read More

  6. Joint Biomechanics and Degenerative Disc Disease

    It is extremely important to have good biomechanical motion of all of your spinal joints. From the first cervical vertebra, keeping the head level, to the lumbar spine resting on top of the sacrum. The alignment of these bones will determine the size and the shape of the neuroformaina and the health of the exiting nerve root. Misalignments of the vertrbra will change the shape of the formaina wher…Read More

  7. New Research may Provide Explanation to Back Pain from Herniated Discs

    New research suggests that having a disc herniation in your neck or lower back will activate your immune system similar to a foreign invader. This immune response is found to be triggered by disc herniations. Researchers studying autoimmune disease have found a link between immune response and back pain. According to a study by Duke University Medical Center published in an issue of the journal Ar…Read More

  8. Epidural Steroid Injection; What you should know.

    Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain and leg pain. They have been used for low back problems since 1952 and are still a big part of the management of sciatica and low back pain. The goal of the injection is to relieve pain; at times the injection alone is sufficient to provide relief, but commonly an epidural steroid injection is used in …Read More

  9. Migraine Headaches and the Benefits of Chiropractic Care

    Migraines are extremely painful, recurring headaches that are sometimes accompanied by other symptoms such as visual disturbances -- seeing an aura -- or nausea. There are two types of migraines -- migraines with aura, formerly called common migraines, and migraines without aura, formerly called classic migraines. Researchers aren't sure what causes a migraine, although they know it involves chang…Read More

  10. Anatomy of a Degenerative Disc

    Modern science and the development of MRI scanning for evaluating the spine has been life changing for patients and doctors. The MRI scanning is the new standard way we look at and observe a patients degenerative discs, and herniated disc conditions. It has been long thought that disc degeneration occurs first and this leads to a loss of normal disc function. The disc becomes degenerative or weake…Read More