How can Chiropractic help with Whiplash?

We’ve all  likely heard of whiplash before.  However, if you’ve never actually experienced this type of an injury, you can never truly appreciate the pain and length of rehabilitation that can often be related to it. It is a nasty injury that usually takes a long time to get over.  So what is whiplash? What are the best exercises after you have suffered a whiplash injury and what can your Chiropractic physician do to help speed the recovery process? 

Most commonly, whiplash is an injury that takes place in a car accident, however I have seen this type of an injury take place in other situations such as being hit from behind on the ski slopes or taking a hard fall to the ground. The impact results in a rapid and extreme forward-then-backward movement of the head. If the individual is unaware of the impending impact, the blow puts an extreme force of impact into the joints of the head and neck which results in extreme joint pain, inflammation, and sometimes in extreme cases, fractures.   If the person sees the impact coming they will typically “brace” for the collision, causing muscle strain and/or muscle tearing.  Though possibly less-serious because of the lack of bony involvement, the muscle pain is nonetheless very painful.

One interesting characteristic of whiplash pain is its manifestation. It is common for patients to walk away from their car accident not feeling a whole lot of pain.  While your adrenaline is flowing the trauma to the neck joints and muscles often doesn’t manifest itself until a few days later. It is very common for my patients to be in A LOT of pain 1-3 days or weeks to a month or 2 after the incident, and that pain can last for months to years.

Whiplash is a very common ailment we treat here at the Vector Spine and Sport.  After the necessary steps have been taken, and the neck has been cleared by x-ray it is important to get started in Chiropractic care and when tolerated Physical Therapy right away.  Early movement to the spine, with supervision and guidance by your Health care team will ensure the quickest path to recovery.  Your treatment at Vector Spine and Sport for whiplash pain will generally consist of three major areas of focus:

●    Warm Up – A very important step to prepare the head and neck for increased movement using manual therapy. 
●    Manual Therapy – Utilize a combination of soft tissue massage and gentle joint mobilization to help improve neck motion.  After a whiplash injury, lack of neck movement is the main issue, and this needs to be addressed first.  This is probably the most important part of your treatment initially for whiplash.  Whiplash pain, though initially focused in the neck area, often extends into the upper back muscles and sometimes even into the lower back.  Each of those painful areas needs addressed with a hands-on approach by your Health care professional.
●    Specific Exercise – One of the most important parts of treating whiplash injury is a customized, focused home exercise program. Your muscles and joints are designed to move; after a whiplash injury it’s important to remind them of that fact. Initially the focus should be on stretching and motion and then with time progressing towards postural strengthening as pain decreases.

So what are some of the best exercises for whiplash? Click on the image below to see some of our most-recommended exercises for whiplash injury. Please note that these are shared for educational purposes only (see disclaimer below); in order to achieve maximum benefit you should consult your healthcare professional for a unique, custom plan of care specific to your individual needs.

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Whiplash can be a very frustrating ailment to deal with.  It requires patience, diligence, and consistency to see significant results. Rehabilitation following these accidents comes with ups and downs, good days and bad, but there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel. Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage and PT can help you get there in the quickest, safest way possible.  So give the Vector Spine and Sport a call or schedule today, and let us help you get on the road to recovery.

How to Avoid Car Accidents in Winter

Car accidents can have devastating consequences. Even if you aren’t seriously injured, being involved in a vehicle collision can cause long-term problems for your body, and in particular, your spine. This is because back injuries are some of the most common that occur as a result of being involved in an accident of this type. Most back injuries happen because of the extreme stress that is placed on the spine during the impact. This can cause the bones of the spine (vertebrae) to come out of alignment, the gel-filled discs between the spinal bones to rupture and there may even be damage to the spinal cord itself. All of these can lead to a range of issues from back pain and mobility problems to loss of function in certain parts of your body. Fortunately, most car accident injuries can be carefully treated, through Chiropractic care, massage therapy, Acupuncture and Physical Therapy.

Car accidents can occur at any time, but they are often more common in the winter when weather conditions can make driving more dangerous than usual. Icy roads and poor visibility are two of the biggest hazards of driving in the winter months. To help minimize your risk of being involved in a debilitating car accident, Here are some of the top tips for driving in winter.

Prepare Your Vehicle

It is always recommended to have your vehicle properly serviced before the winter begins. You should also do your own checks to make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy since elements can stop working at any time. Things that you should particularly pay attention to include:

–          Checking that your lights are clean and working.

–          Make sure that your battery is fully charged. Cold weather is harder on low batteries.

–          Keep windscreen, windows and wiper blades clean for the best visibility.

–          Keep your washer bottle topped up with washer fluid, you never know when you might need to clear the windshield.

–          Pay close attention to your tire condition, tread depth and pressure, since your tires are what is primarily responsible for keeping your vehicle connected to the road.

–          Make sure the brakes are working well.

–          Have the antifreeze tested as this will be what prevents your engine from seizing in freezing temperatures.


Driving In Snow/Ice

If you find yourself driving in snowy or icy conditions, you will need to adapt your driving style to allow for the change in the weather. This includes taking the following steps:

–          Reducing your speed. The faster you are travelling, the more likely you are to skid, and icy/snowy and even wet conditions will increase your stopping distance considerably. Keep your speed down to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.

–          Reduce your speed smoothly and allow extra space and time for stopping.

–          Avoid harsh braking and acceleration, and don’t steer sharply as this increases your risk of losing control of the vehicle.

–          If you need to brake, try and do so using the engine rather than the brakes themselves. Lift your foot off the gas and drop your speed so that you can select a lower gear, if possible.

–          Leave a large gap between you and the vehicle in front of you – you could need up to 10x the usual distance to safely stop your car.

–          Clear any snow off of the roof of your car before your drive. If you brake, the snow could fall and cover your windshield, preventing you from seeing.

–          Remember that visibility will be poor so use low beams and or fog lights.

Driving In Rain

Driving in rain isn’t as difficult as driving in snow or ice. However, you will still need to allow yourself extra time and space to slow down and stop. Around twice the normal braking distance is usually sufficient. You will also need to plan any manoeuvres in plenty of time. Other important tips include:

–          Avoiding deep water/areas of flooding.

–          If you have to drive through water, drive slowly.

–          Test your brakes when you come through the flood.

Other Driving Conditions

Other potentially difficult driving conditions include low sunshine, high winds and fog. It is essential that you exercise caution at these times too. Use your headlights and fog lights in inclement conditions and don’t tailgate the cars in front of you so that you can see the road better since you will be too close. Keep your music down so that you can rely on your other senses to detect traffic and other problems.

If you do suffer an accident as a result of a car collision, It is important to be checked out by a expert in auto accidents and rehabilitation. Contact us today to start you road to recovery with our expert team and partners.

We are your Chiropractor near you in Millcreek, Murray, and Midvale Utah.

Understanding Pain: Why do we “pick the scab?”

The following information is from a great book meant for the non-physician to help resolve their own back problems. The book is by Stuart McGill PhD and is called “Back Mechanic: The secrets to a healthy spine your doctor isn’t telling you.” I highly recommend the book if you have or are suffering from low back pain. The end goal is to remove the underlying pain and spare your spine with proper movement and strengthening exercises. “Many back pain sufferers would experience a huge breakthrough in their recovery if they only realized that is was their flawed movement patterns that kept them pain-sensitive. Much like a scab forming on our skin, our backs are constantly trying to patch and heal themselves. We, however, by continuing to repeat harmful movement patterns in our daily lives cause re-injury. We are essentially “picking the scab.” It is unreasonable to expect the body to heal if we continue to provoke it in the same way that led to the original injury. Continued provocation of pain sensitizes the nerves so that the pain is triggered with even less stimulation.

Remove the provocative motions and we can find the solution. Here’s how pain sensitivity works: people increase their sensitivity through repeated stressful and painful loading. These muscles and joints are loaded with sensors: pain sensors, pressure sensors, force sensors, chemical sensors. Some detect carbon dioxide; some detect pain, some sense histamine for inflammation. Human joints are packed with sensors that relay position and movement information to the brain. These signals travel along the sensory nerves. Along the highway of nerves, there are checkpoints or “gates,” at junctions. According to the Gate Theory of Pain, the idea is, to flood the checkpoint with “good information,” in other words, signals associated with pain-free movement. In this way, there is no more room for the pain signals as they are crowded out. Try this: close your eyes and find the tip of your nose with your finger like in a roadside sobriety test. You are using kinesthetic sensory organs that run throughout your arm to navigate. These sensors alert the brain as to the position of your forefinger in relation to your nose. The sensation of this simple pain-free motion dominates the information traffic on your sensory nerves with feel-good kinesthetic sensory information that identifies position, length, and force. Finding and repeating pain-free motions in your back will cause the remaining painful activities to hurt less. Read the previous sentence again – it really is that important. By discovering and ingraining positive movements for your back, you will find that the pain often dissipates and then disappears entirely. This is because when we remove pain triggers and stop “picking the scab” we give our tissues a chance to rest, heal and regenerate. Simultaneously our sensors for pain are actually being desensitized. Master this, and you have mastered your back pain.

For those of you that have a known type of injury, a name to attach to your condition, your personal recovery strategy should always begin with avoiding the aggravating posture for your unique spine is key to getting yourself back on track. Various symptoms of back pain have a distinct and known cause (although this information is not widely known making this book uniquely valuable). Injuries can be avoided if we avoid the injury mechanism itself.

Here’s a recap of some pain avoidance strategies, as well as an introduction of some that will be discussed later. The knowledge in this chapter will provide the foundation that will help you: Locate and eliminate the cause of your pain- get an appropriate assessment that provides a specific diagnosis. Increase your consciousness around what movements and postures cause you pain. Develop replacement postures and movement patterns that enable you to function pain-free. Stabilize your torso, core, and spine to remove painful spine joint micro-movements. -Develop a daily exercise plan that includes walking. -Mobilize your hips -Learn to create power at the ball and socket joints (hips and shoulders). -Learn exercises that are based on patterns of movement: push, pull, lift, carry, lunge, squat, etc. -Make healthy spine choices when sleeping, sitting, or engaging in more demanding activities. You’re on your way to learning the secrets of a pain-free lifestyle! Let’s make it happen!

We are injury specialists and would love to help you on your road to a better movement patterns. Located near you in Millcreek, UT.

Give us a call 801-456-0352 to start your road to recovery with Vector Spine and Sport!

Do You Have Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a common problem. The location of the pain, as well as what activities aggravate the knee pain are very important in proper diagnosis and treatment of the pain you are experiencing.

Not only can knee pain affect your ability to walk, run, or carry out your usual activities. Knee pain can also really affect your sleep. There may be general aches, leg pain with movements, restricted movements, swelling, sharp pain etc.

So let’s talk about some of the more common causes of pain by location

Back of the Knee pain

Bakers Cysts

Swelling that develops in the popliteal bursa at the back of the knee. This is one of the most common causes of pain behind the knee.

What are the symptoms of a bakers cyst? Small bulge (like a water balloon) behind the knee, tightness and pain behind the leg, pain while walking and kneeling.

Knee Sprain

Knee sprains happen commonly form over stretching one or more of the ligaments or tendons, which can result in a full or partial tear of the tissue.

What are the symptoms of a knee sprain? pain, swelling, bruising, decreased knee movement, pain with passive movements.

Posterior Meniscal Tear

A tear in the meniscus cartilage at the back of the knee. Causes are sudden twisting, a force through the knee or a gradual wear and tear type of injury.

What are the symptoms of a posterior meniscal tear? swelling, locking, pain behind the knee with extension, pain with walking, running, squatting & going up stairs.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

A DVT is a blood clot in the deep leg veins. If it breaks off it can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Causes are prolonged inactivity, certain medications, pregnancy, obesity, and genetics.

What are the Symptoms of a DVT? Pain behind the knee or in the calf, swelling, redness, warmth usually only in one leg.

Warning! A DVT is a potentially life-threatening condition. If you are showing symptoms or suspect you might have a DVT seek immediate medical attention.

Hamstring Injury

Overstretching the hamstring muscles can cause pain in the back of the knee. It may also tear the muscles. Causes can be sudden and fast movements such as springing, lunging and jumping.

What are the symptoms of hamstring injury? aching behind the knee or thigh, sharp pain behind the knee. Worse when bending the knee or with acceleration of deceleration movements.

Front of the knee

Runners Knee

This is the most common cause of knee pain from running the diagnosis that is most commonly associated with this is patellofemoral pain syndrome. The problem is that the patella is having problems with its tracking. Most commonly the patella tracks laterally.

What are the symptoms of “Runners Knee”? Gradual onset and come and go depending on your activities. It can feel sharp at times, dull ache, Stabbing, Burning all worse with movements.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB Syndrome)

One of the most common causes of lateral (outside) knee pain. Usually due to tightness, friction and inflammation of the IT band, which is a thick band of connective tissue on the outside of the thigh.

What are the symptoms of Iliotibial band syndrome? Lateral knee pain on the outer side of the knee that radiates up the thigh.

Jumpers Knee

This is the common name for infrapatellar tendonitis. Which is tiny tears and resulting inflammation of the infrapatellar tendon from overuse. The infrapatellar tendon sits below the patella as the name suggest.

What are the symptoms of infrapatellar tendonitis? the area just below the patella “knee cap”, stiffness and knee pain after running, jumping and other ballistic activities.

Knee Bursitis

Around the knee there are a number of bursa, which are small fluid filled sacs that sit between tendons and boney spots to prevent friction. these can get irritated from repetitive actions, which leads to inflammation and pain.

What are the symptoms of knee bursitis? The symptoms are varied depending on which bursa is affected. Typically they include pain swelling, redness and limited knee range of motion.

What Treatments are there?


Chiropractic care is a great non-surgical avenue to pursue to knee pain. As musculoskeletal specialists, chiropractors have great results with treating this type of conditions. Through the use of chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy or muscle work, deep tissue laser therapy and therapeutic exercises we are able to greatly reduce and in some cases eliminate the symptoms.


Acupuncture is another great option that is used to treat sciatic pain. The goal with acupuncture is to calm the central nervous system as well and release tension in the muscles surrounding the spine. Acupuncturists seek to balance the flow of energy pathways in the body through pathways called meridians and reduce inflammation which is can aggravate many conditions.

Physical therapy 

Physical therapy helps to reduce pain through specific exercises to stabilize the knee, hip and ankle and increase function. Here in the office we use rehabilitation exercises to help fix the issues so you can get back to having fun. If we do not have the tools to get you better we have the contacts that do.

Steroid injections 

Steroid injections can be beneficial for short term reduction in pain when it comes to sciatic pain. This can be expensive and is not a good long term option as their are increased risks associated with multiple injections with steroids.

Activity modification 

Activity modification is another way to reduce pain as well as stay out of pain. In modern day society in general we do not move as much as we should. Making simple changes throughout our day can make huge differences. Research suggests that we should be taking micro breaks through our day so that we are not in one position too long. This can be as simple as standing up and walking around our desk at work or shifting the hips side to side and forward and back while driving in the car.

We at Vector Spine and Sport are committed to helping you get feeling better and fixing the issue if we are able to. If you have questions or concerns please contact us at (801) 456-0352.

Do you have elbow pain?

Elbow pain can have many causes.

Golfers elbow, tennis elbow are the common names for lateral and medial epicondylitis. Which is caused by irritation of the common flexor or extensor tendons of the forearm. This irritation is usually caused by the eccentric contraction which is the motion of an active muscle while it is lengthening under load.

What can you do for epicondylitis?

You can use braces. This is a temporary solution to your elbow pain. It does feel good to have this brace compressing your elbow. If you get some relief from using one of these braces, it is a great tool to use so that you are not aggravating the elbow. But it will not fix the problem.

Using Ice and heat can also be useful for reducing pain and inflammation in the elbow. The research suggests that the most benefit from both ice and heat is about 20 minutes. I suggest alternating between ice and heat. Using an ice cube or freezing water in a small paper cup and using that to massage the elbow using it until it it nice and numb, then using a hot pack or heating pad to heat the elbow up. What does this do to the elbow? The ice constricts the blood vessels and causes some tightening of muscles, pushing inflammation out into the bloodstream and then the heat dilates the blood vessels and moves the inflammation away from the elbow.

Muscle work is also useful when addressing elbow pain. Because muscles are the ones doing the work, they can also be the ones causing the problem. Working on them only makes sense. Using self massage, instrument assisted massage, and massage therapy to reduce pain and prepare the soft tissues to be able to work and strengthen the areas that need to be stronger.

Using a FlexBar to strengthen the muscles in the forearm is going to help fix the problem so that this does not become a chronic issue. The exercise is fairly simple: 1. Hold Flexbar in the involved (hurt) hand maximum wrist extension. 2. Grab the other end of the FlexBar with the Uninvolved hand (uninjured) hand. 3. Twist Bar with non-involved wrist while holding the involved wrist in extension. 4. Bring arms in front of the body with elbows in extension while maintaining the twist. 5. Slowly allow Flex bar to untwist by allowing involved wrist to move into flexion.

What else is there that can help?

Deep tissue laser therapy can help reduce the inflammation in the elbow and reduce the pain. This is safer than taking NSAIDs and it is able to focus the anti inflammation benefits to the elbow more that taking the NSAIDs which once in the system are all over the body. Deep tissue laser works by stimulating the mitochondria of the cell to increase ATP production and bringing heat deep into the body more that the use of a hot pack or heating pad.

If you have any questions about lateral or medial epicondylitis please contact us at Vector Spine and Sport. We are located in the Old Farm Professional Plaza in Millcreek Utah.


May is Veteran appreciation month.

Here at Vector Spine and Sport we give back to the veteran community by working as one of the VA approved providers for the VA community care partners. What this means is that for veterans who are seen at the VA medical center who are unable to get an appointment to see the VA chiropractor in a reasonable amount of time, can choose to been seen at a participating chiropractor.

Veterans put their bodies through the ringer, with the training they go through and in the line of duty. Many accumulate lots of little injuries and sometimes large injuries that cause the veteran to compensate to avoid pain which can reinforce poor movement patterns. The changes in movement patterns given time can cause imbalances in musculature that could lead to chronic pain and decrease in quality of life.

Through the VA community care we are able to see veterans who would benefit from chiropractic therapies and massage therapy. We enjoy working with those who have served our country, helping them have a higher quality of life. If you or a loved one have any questions about how to start this process, please feel free to call or message us. (801) 456-0352 or at

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

It is one of the most common causes of heel pain according to the Mayo clinic. It involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a band of thick tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting your toes to your heel and turning into the achilles tendon and calf muscles.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes a stabbing pain that normally occurs with the first steps in the morning. After getting up and moving more, the pain will normally decrease. But it may return after standing for long periods of time or going from sitting to standing. It is more common in runners, other risk factors are being overweight, inadequate foot support, standing for long periods of time, dancing or ballistic jumping activities.


If ignored plantar fasciitis could result in chronic heel pain that hinders or changes your regular activities. Changing the way you walk to minimize your foot pain could lead to foot, knee hip and or back pain as compensation.

Treatment options

Orthotics- You might be able to find relief by having custom made or fitted arch supports (orthotics) to help disperse pressure through your feet more evenly. In the office we offer Foot levelers orthotics.

Deep tissue laser therapy- Laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, and surgery-free way to treat the body and decrease pain & inflammation. It is a technologically advanced treatment that uses light energy to accelerate your body’s own natural healing processes to help speed recovery.

Lightforce class IV laser

Exercises- Using specific exercises to strengthen the foot can help long term in correcting the biomechanical problems in the foot. One of the main causes of plantar fasciitis is weak foot muscles, causing the arch to collapse which increases tension and irritation to the plantar fascia.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy- This procedure uses sound waves directed at the area of heel pain to stimulate healing. It shows excellent
results, reducing the swelling and pain in the treated area.

TRT shockwave

Injections- Steroid medications injected into the tender areas may provide a temporary pain relief, but it is NOT a good long term option due to the risks associated with multiple injections such as weakening of the plantar fascia and bones of the foot. platelet rich plasma (PRP) under ultrasound guidance, could be another option with less risks of tissue rupture.

Soft tissue therapy- This can be done multiple ways. There is massage therapy, Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, Cupping etc. This works by reducing scar tissue.

5 options for treating Sciatic pain

First off what is sciatic pain or sciatica?

Sciatica is a general term that is used by many to describe symptoms that refer or radiate down the leg or legs. The symptoms can feel like numbness, Tingling, burning, and electrical.

What causes sciatic pain?

The top causes of true sciatic pain are disc herniations, bone spurs, and spondylolisthesis. There are conditions that can mimic sciatic pain such as piriformis syndrome and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions that can refer pain in similar patterns.

How is it treated?

Chiropractic care is a great non-surgical avenue to pursue to alleviate sciatic pain and low back pain in general. As musculoskeletal specialists, chiropractors have great results with treating this type of conditions. Through the use of chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy or muscle work, and therapeutic exercises we are able to greatly reduce and in most cases eliminate the symptoms.

Acupuncture is another great option that is used to treat sciatic pain. The goal with acupuncture is to calm the central nervous system as well and release tension in the muscles surrounding the spine. Acupuncturists seek to balance the flow of energy pathways in the body through pathways called meridians and reduce inflammation which is can aggravate many conditions.

Physical therapy is helps to reduce pain through specific exercises to stabilize the spine and increase function. Here in the office we use rehabilitation exercises to help fix the issues so you can get back to having fun. If we do not have the tools to get you better we have the contacts that do.

Steroid injections can be beneficial for short term reduction in pain when it comes to sciatic pain. This can be expensive and is not a good long term option as their are increased risks associated with multiple injections with steroids.

Activity modification is another way to reduce pain as well as stay out of pain. In modern day society in general we do not move as much as we should. making simple changes throughout our day can make huge differences. research suggests that we should be taking micro breaks through our day so that we are not in one position too long. This can be as simple as standing up and walking around our desk at work or shifting the hips side to side and forward and back while driving in the car.

Here at Vector Spine and Sport we like to help you fix the issues that arise as you go through your life. As with many things in life it’s usually not just one thing that causes or solves the problems, it’s a combination of things. That is why we listen to what you say, since you know your body better than anyone else.

If you are curious if Chiropractic care or any of the other options are a good fit for you, please contact us, we are your local Millcreek chiropractor.

Opioid epidemic. What alternatives are out there?

According to the CDC on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids (1). The abuse of this classification is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention estimate the prescription opioid misuse alone in the US is around $78.5 Billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement (2). Roughly 21-29% of patients prescribed opiods for chronic pain misuse them (4). of those between 8-12% develop a opioid use disorder.

10 Alternatives to opioids

Chiropractic care

Chiropractors are specialists focused on neruomuscular disorders, who emphasize manual manipulation of the spine and extremities. Studies have shown to be effective at decreasing pain and improving physical function (5).


Acupuncture is the Chinese practice that involves and experienced practitioner using hair thin needles into the skin at specific points in the body. Through this they are correcting imbalances in the nervous system and muscles. In the Archives of Internal Medicine a review found that acupuncture relieved pain by about 50% in patients (6).

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They may be able to create an exercise program that helps you improve the function of your body mechanics and decrease your pain.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a great tool in combination with chiropractic, acutpuncture and physical therapy wheather it be acute injury such as a car accident or sports injury or chronic problems like low back pain, neck pain etc.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help people practice “acceptance theory”, which can lead to behavioral changes and perceptions, and increase patient confidence and self-efficacy for pain management. In a review published in the American Psychologist found that CBT had small to moderate effect on decreasing pain when compares to patients usual treatment, this option was suggested to be best applied in conjunction with a primary care setting (7).

Steroid injections

Seroid injections are a commonly given pain and inflamation releaver associated with certain joints and conditions. Although fequently used, the long term effects are not well established. The short term effects are are established and show a significant reduction in pain and inflamation, but there is a increased risk of bone thinning with the use of some steroid injections (8).

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

NSAIDs are the common drugs wich include asprin and ibuprofen. They are used to reduce inflammation as well as lower fevers. Many NSAIDs can be bought OTC, which means they are easy to obtain and relativly inexpensive. But like all drugs should be taken with care and not for extended periods of time due to the increased risk for heart attack and stroke, as well as gastrointestinal bleeding or other problems.

Diet and life style

Diet and life style are one of the most common ways to self-manage chronic and acute pain. The activities very from person to person as to what will work, you need to find what is going to be best for you and what you enjoy. From power lifting, dance, yoga, to running or even going for a walk around the block. The more we move and the better we eat, the better we will feel, it’s as simple as that eat right, move right, feel right (11).

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical nerve stimulation can provide short-term pain relief, especially for various types of muscle pain, by sending low-voltage electrical signals from a small device to the painful area through pads attached to the skin. While researchers aren’t sure why it works, they think it may either interrupt the nerve signals to the brain or stimulate the production of “feel good” endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers (9).

CBD oil

CBD oils are todays go to for many conditions. They are useful in reducing inflamation, relaxing muscles and reducing pain.

In practice I have come across a variety of treatments for acute and chonic pain. If you are in pain see one or more of the specialist listed above you can usually find one in your area that offers a free consultation to see if you are a good candidite for their approach to conditions. There is hope out there you might have to get out of your comfort zone, but that is where growth tends to happen.

1.CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. CDC WONDER, Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2018.

2. Florence CS, Zhou C, Luo F, Xu L. The Economic Burden of Prescription Opioid Overdose, Abuse, and Dependence in the United States, 2013. Med Care. 2016;54(10):901-906. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000625.

3. “Trends in Opioid Analgesic Abuse and Mortality in the United States | NEJM.” New England Journal of Medicine, Richard C. Dart, M.D., Ph.D., Hilary L. Surratt, Ph.D., Theodore J. Cicero, Ph.D., Mark W. Parrino, M.P.A., S. Geoff Severtson, Ph.D., Becki Bucher-Bartelson, Ph.D., and Jody L. Green, Ph.D

4. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ). 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2018.

5. Goertz, C. M., Long, C. R., Hondras, M. A., Petri, R., Delgado, R., Lawrence, D. J., . . . Meeker, W. C. (2013, April 15). Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Retrieved from

6. Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1444–1453. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654


8. Bicket, M. C., Gupta, A., Brown, C. H., & Cohen, S. P. (2013, October 01). Epidural Injections for Spinal Pain:A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Evaluating the “Control” Injections in Randomized Controlled Trials. Retrieved from

9. M., S., B., A., A., & G. (n.d.). Analgesic effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in patients with fibromyalgia: A systematic review. Retrieved March 04, 2019, from

10. Joseph, L. H., Hancharoenkul, B., Sitilertpisan, P., Pirunsan, U., & Paungmali, A. (2018). Effects of Massage as a Combination Therapy with Lumbopelvic Stability Exercises as Compared to Standard Massage Therapy in Low Back Pain: a Randomized Cross-Over Study. International journal of therapeutic massage & bodywork11(4), 16-22.

11. Hoon, E. A., Gill, T. K., Pham, C., Gray, J., & Beilby, J. (2015). A population analysis of self-management and health-related quality of life for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy20(1), 24-34.

5 Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care has been around since 1895, but in reality it dates back much further than that. The earliest records of manipulative therapy/chiropractic care date back to 400-385 BCE in Europe. In the time between then and now manipulative therapy and chiropractic have fallen in and out of favor with the medical community. As of today, chiropractic care is becoming looked at as a more favorable alternative to “modern medicine” practices such as: opioids, spinal surgeries in some cases, auto accidents, etc. (1)

So now lets get down to business!

1.Improved Sports Performance Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) have been working with various professional teams to help with performance. All 32 NFL teams, all 30 NBA teams, and the Olympic training centers have DC on staff. The conditions that they help manage for athletes are relieving pressure in the joints, soft tissue (muscles), and spinal and extremity adjustments, muscle strains, tendon and ligament sprains.
Some of the benefits mentioned above bring are increased mobility, better hand-eye coordination, improved balance, faster reaction time to name a few.

2. Improved Recovery Time  After being in an auto-accident research has shown that the sooner you see a chiropractic physician, massage therapist or physical therapist (usually a combination of all 3) the better your long term outcome. As well as with most muscular or skeletal complaint whether it be low back pain, neck pain, arm or leg pain. Chiropractor may be able to help get you feeling better faster.(2)

3. Headache Relief  Headaches are an area that has had lots of research in favor of Chiropractic care to help in the management of headaches. There is evidence that with chiropractic intervention can reduce frequency, duration, and severity of headaches. (3)

4. Reduces Chronic Pain In the United states and Canada low back pain is the most common occupational injury and affects more than 10% of the population at one time or another. It is ranked number 6 in reasons for seeking medical help when it comes to medical cost. Through a combination of Chiropractic care, rehabilitation exercises and education we care able to have improved outcomes at less cost than using usual modern medical care.(4)

5. Reduce Inflammation Chiropractic adjustments have been shown in studies to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. Combining these two benefits alone can decrease your pain and allow for more pain free movement and improved overall health. (5)

Chiropractic care has helped me when I was dancing on a competitive and performing ballroom dance team through my high school and college years, and also inspired me to become a sports chiropractor. I would get sprains strains and “tweak” my back all the time while dancing and the Chiropractor helped me get back on the floor and perform the best that I could.

1. Pettman E. (2007). A history of manipulative therapy. The Journal of manual & manipulative therapy15(3), 165-74.

2. Goertz, C. M., Long, C. R., Vining, R. D., Pohlman, K. A., Walter, J., & Coulter, I. (2018). Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back Pain: A Comparative Effectiveness Clinical Trial. JAMA network open1(1), e180105. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.0105

3. Chaibi, A., Benth, J. Š., Tuchin, P. J., & Russell, M. B. (2016). Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine: a three-armed, single-blinded, placebo, randomized controlled trial. European journal of neurology24(1), 143-153.

4. Blanchette, M. A., Bussières, A., Stochkendahl, M. J., Boruff, J., & Harrison, P. (2015). Effectiveness and economic evaluation of chiropractic care for the treatment of low back pain: a systematic review protocol. Systematic reviews4, 30. doi:10.1186/s13643-015-0015-5

5. Roy, R. A., Boucher, J. P., & Comtois, A. S. (2010). Inflammatory response following a short-term course of chiropractic treatment in subjects with and without chronic low back pain. Journal of chiropractic medicine9(3), 107-14.

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