Archive for April 2011

Latest Research on Risk of Stroke and Manipulation

THE LATEST RESEARCH …In a recent Cochrane review for mechanical neck disorders, manipulation made it into the highest level of evidence.  No medical interventions achieved this level of evidence.  CMT: safe and effective. Use of prescription drugs: much less safe and proven to be ineffective for managing spinal pain. In the Rand study, it was…

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Do You Know the Difference Between Bulging and Herniated Disc?

Physicians need reliable terms that describe normal and pathological conditions of lumbar discs.  Terms that can be interpreted accurately, consistently, and with reliable precision are particularly important for communicating impressions gained from imaging  for clinical diagnostic and therapeutic decision making.  The following paper focuses on this issue and has become the standard in the field…

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The Secret to Resolving Muscle and Joint Pain Syndromes

By Dr. Matt Fontaine This is the first in a series of articles that will detail a new paradigm in dealing with musculoskeletal injuries.  The first of which will deal with assessing human movement, and highlight the Functional Movement Screen™ and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), developed by Gray Cook and Lee Burton.  The Functional…

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More than three strikes and your out

If your not familiar with orthopedic medicine and Birmingham Alabama, you likelly have heard of many famous professional athletes on ESPN who have been treated there by Dr. James Andrews, one of the leading experts in orthopedic sports medicine.  This study out of Birmingham bears his name and is a must read for coaches, parents and…

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Little Leaguer’s Elbow

The following article was written by Holly J Benjamin, MD, FACSM, FAAP and Igor Boyarsky, DO, was published on medscape on Jan 5, 2009 and is listed here as a reference detailing Little League Elbow.

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How Pitching Leads to Changes in Little Leaguer’s Shoulder

Dr. Scott Mair and colleagues at the University of Kentucky conducted research into what throwing really does to young arms and shoulders. To evaluate these adaptive changes, the study followed 32 male baseball players between 13 and 21 years of age for six years to study changes in the shoulder’s range of motion and strength, along…

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Muscle Cramps

MUSCLE CRAMPS Most commonly these occur at night and affect the legs, especially the calf muscles, and the feet.  These kinds of cramps occur more frequently in elderly people.   PHYSIOLOGY OF MUSCLE CRAMPS  In a normal resting muscle, calcium is stored in the sarcoplasmic reticulum(reservoir within the muscle).  Magnesium acts as a calcium blocker, inhibiting…

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Weighing In On Endurance Nutrition

By Dr. Matt Fontaine Are vitamins necessary for athletes, particularly endurance athletes?  Research shows that endurance athletes endure significantly higher levels of oxidative stress due to the intense, long high volume of training they perform.  Supplements like Vitamin E(400-800 IU/day) and Vitamin C(500 -1000 mg/day) can help reduce this oxidative stress via their antioxidant properties.…

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