Archive for May, 2008

Dizziness and Vertigo


It is not unusual for a chiropractic physician to evaluate a patient following a whiplash type injury, blow to head, or a fall, which caused injury to the neck and/or head. These patients frequently complain of headaches, neck pain, and dizziness. It is safest to visit the emergency room immediately following any injury that causes headaches, neck pain, or dizziness. If you are suffering with recurring dizziness or vertigo, you might best visit a chiropractic neurologist or chiropractic orthopedist for evaluation of the upper neck and inner ear.

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Low Back Pain and Chiropractic Treatment


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a document Acute Low Back Problems in Adults: Assessment and Treatment, which states that “Low back problems affect virtually everyone at some time during their life.” While this document published by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, claims that low back pain is the most common cause of disability for persons under age 45, it also recognizes the value of spinal manipulation as a safe and effective treatment for individual suffering with acute low back pain. The American Chiropractic Association has stated that about 40% of this same population has visited a chiropractic physician for health care services. In spite of managed care regulations, which have made it more difficult for many of their subscribers to access chiropractic benefits, more and more Americans seek chiropractic health services as an alternative to drugs and surgery for relief of their low back pain problems.

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Why Should You See a Chiropractor?

As a practicing chiropractor with over 33 years of clinical experience, I have treated many patients who have said, “If I knew that I was going to feel this good, I would have come for treatment years ago.” I have wondered why this is so common? I think frequently people with chronic pain in the spine have been advised not to seek out chiropractic services. Some neurologists advise patients and primary care physicians that cervical (neck) manipulations are dangerous. I have heard some of my patients report strange beliefs regarding chiropractic care. They have stated that they were told that if they went to a chiropractor, they would have to keep coming forever. That one just makes me scratch my head and wonder where such myths about chiropractic treatment originate.

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Childhood Ear Infections (Otitis Media)


Pediatricians commonly see children for colds and middle ear infections (otitis media). In fact, the National Center of Health Statistics claimed that during 1975 – 1990 otitis media was the most common diagnosis for physician office visits by children under age 15. It is also one of the leading reasons for a child’s visit to the chiropractic physician. Otitis media may be a new (acute) condition or a recurring (chronic) problem. There may be swelling in the middle ear. The child with Otitis media may be in pain or pain-free. There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty regarding the causes, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment of otitis media in the United States.

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Headache Treatment

One of the top ten reasons for visiting a primary care physician is headache pain. Frequently, when the headache involves nausea, vomiting, visual auras, disabling pain, and blind spots, the diagnosis is migraine headache. Chronic severe tension-type headaches may accompany or even be confused with migraine headaches. Often times, these headaches cause an individual to give up exercise or interfere with activities of daily living. Normally the medical profession offers medication, which masks the pain but does not resolve the causes of the headaches. Chiropractic physicians are familiar with the numerous causes of headaches and attempt to correct them. The most frequent headache condition treated by chiropractors is the cervicogenic headache.

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Logan College of Chiropractic

My alma mater, Logan College of Chiropractic was founded in 1935. Dr. Hugh B. Logan, the founder, believed in academic excellence. Consequently, he designed the first four-year chiropractic educational program in the world. Under his leadership, Logan established itself as a chiropractic educational leader in the chiropractic profession.
Currently, Dr. George Goodman serves as the President of the college and continues the commitment to academic excellence and an ongoing commitment to research and state-of-the-art technology, which identifies Logan as a world-class educational institution.

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