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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Study in Rhode Island

August 9th, 2017
chiropractic, research
pain relief

The state of Rhode Island’s Medicaid program has been coordinating a special pilot project in which high use, chronic pain recipients have access to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) providers such as chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. These recipients also receive patient education regarding healthier lifestyles, stress reduction, and more. According to the program administrator, […]

Mo’ Better News

June 28th, 2017
chiropractic
low back pain

A recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), provides further evidence of the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the treatment of acute low back pain. This new review, entitled “Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain”, examined all data on […]

New Low Back Pain Guidelines

April 14th, 2017
Pain, therapies
low back pain

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. More specifically, the guidelines relate to “noninvasive” (i.e. conservative treatment, which excludes injection therapy and surgery), and “nonradicular” (i.e. localized low back pain, not associated with radiating sciatic pain) treatment. Among the highlights, the ACP now recommends that, […]

National Medicare Equality Petition

October 26th, 2016
chiropractic

Anyone remember 1972? Even if you lived through it, you probably don’t! Richard Nixon was president. A gallon of gas was 55¢. A Ford Pinto cost $2,078 (before it exploded, much less after!). And Medicare introduced chiropractic as a covered service. The initial inclusion of chiropractic required an x-ray to demonstrate a subluxation (i.e., a […]

Sprains and Strains and Subluxations, Oh My!

September 12th, 2016
FYI
Ankle sprain

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a sprain and a strain? These terms are often used interchangeably, and while they can occur simultaneously, they are actually two separate entities. By definition, a sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments are short bands of tough, but flexible, fibrous connective tissue. They connect […]

A Public Health Alert: The Opioid Epidemic

August 13th, 2016
Pain
Opioid epidemic

NOTE: Never (EVER), discontinue medication without discussing it with your prescribing physician. The information contained here is for informational purposes and general knowledge only. You’ve heard it on the news a lot lately: the abuse of prescription opioids is an international epidemic. We’ve seen an alarming uptick of opioid addiction in our office in the […]

How to Bend and Lift Properly

June 22nd, 2016
prevention
Bending and lifting properly to avoid injury

Everyone knows we should bend our knees when we lift – although few of us actually remember to do it. The key is to start with your feet wider apart (think shoulder width or sometimes a little wider), and then bend your knees. This gives you a more stable base and allows you to use […]

No Pain IS Gain

April 27th, 2016
Pain
No Pain IS Gain

We’ve all heard the famous, or infamous, expression “no pain, no gain”. It sounds good, and it fits the mentality of many of us. “Work through the pain” is another variant. When dealing with recovery from an injury, however, it’s unsound advice. Why? Let’s take a look. Your body has one primary way to let […]

Motion is Lotion – Why Too Much Bed Rest is a Bad Idea

March 30th, 2016
therapies
Knee pain

For decades, the treatment for low back pain included bed rest and heat. It turns out these are two of the worst things you can do for a new injury. In a previous post, we covered when (and why) to ice or heat. Let’s discuss why too much bed rest is a bad idea. Our […]

Ice vs. Heat: When and How

February 17th, 2016
therapies
Ice vs. Heat

One of the most frequently-asked questions is about when to ice an injury and when to apply heat. Here’s the lowdown, and – as always – contact us with any questions. When to Ice (Cryotherapy) Always ice a new (acute) injury. Ice when you have sharp pain or radiating pain (e.g., down the arm from […]