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What to do about an disc injury in my spine

What to do about a disc injury in my spine?

What to do about a disc injury in my spine?

So,  you’ve found out that you may have an injured disc in your spine. You have questions, fears, and uncertainties. What does this mean? What do you have to do? Do you need surgery? We’re here to help give you some insight in this trying time.

When you talk to different medical providers they may tell you different things. Just leave it, it will get better one might tell you. While the other might say you absolutely need surgery, and all sorts of in between options. But which option is right for you?

The answer is completely in your hands as a patient. You get to make the decision.

Pain from disc herniation, the leading cause of sciatica, usually resolves within several weeks with conservative therapy. In patients with sciatica for 6 weeks, pain relief is faster with surgery than with conservative therapy; however, outcomes are similar at 1 year.

Source: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMcp1512658

With similar outcomes after one year it becomes more of a question of how severe and how debilitating is your disc injury.

A study found in The Spine Journal compared the costs of conservative treatment (chiropractic, physical therapy) before discectomy. What they found was many disc patients will ultimately require a discectomy, however many will recover using the conservative management. During this study the average cost for a discectomy was $7,841.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20359960

With results similar after a year we at Moe Bodyworks ask that you try out our services before you quickly run to the knife to relieve your pain. Let the excellent staff naturally get your body in a position where it can begin to heal itself before subjecting yourself to surgery, because as we know all surgery comes with risk.

We have a saying; try Chiropractic first! Surgery can be painful, costly, and hard on your body. Why not try Chirorpractic first, to see if it can help you?

If you’d like to get started with us, all you need to do is contact us today. Walk-ins are welcome at Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic Minneapolis! We will work to help you to find out what you can do about a disc injury in your spine, and to help you to weigh your options and more.

How Chiropractors use X-Rays

How Chiropractors use X-Rays

How Chiropractors use X-Rays

X-rays are an invaluable tool for chiropractors. Chiropractors are concerned about the alignment of the skeletal system and the problems that misalignment can cause on nerves, organs, and other soft tissues. X-ray gives us the ability to actually see the bones! Now that’s pretty cool.

When I was in one of my radiology classes in chiropractic school my teacher used the acronym “CATBITES” to help remember what we look for on X-rays. Congenital Arthritis Tumor Blood Infection Trauma Endocrine Soft tissues. That is a list of everything that is evaluated on every X-ray that is taken.

But isn’t the radiation from X-rays dangerous? The answer is no. The radiation dose for a plain film radiograph, like the ones chiropractors take, is 100 times below the threshold for harmful effects. Similar to the dose you get from an airplane ride or a day in the sun.

The benefits from taking an X-ray far outweigh the risks. Utilizing X-ray technology allows chiropractors to truly assess the spine, or other area of concern. This cuts down on misdiagnosis and often time reveals information that otherwise would never have been known. Unknown fracture, tumors, calcification, misalignments, congenital malformations are all things commonly seen on X-rays.

Who living in Minnesota hasn’t slipped and fallen on the ice during winter? Or had a hard collision playing sports or rough housing with friends and family. Or maybe you fell off the swings when you were a child, bouncing up with a fracture and never realizing it, then 30 years later you have back pain and an unstable spinal segment.

X-rays are a quick and easy way to assure that your chiropractor can detect these variants. They can be taken in office in about 10 minutes, immediately giving crucial information that can affect your treatment. Sometimes even detecting serious or life saving abnormalities.

We use X-Rays at Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic in Minneapolis to help diagnose and treat issues. It is just one tool in our arsenal to work to help you to feel better!

If you have any questions about X-rays, please feel free to ask while you’re at Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic in Minneapolis, or send us a message. We are here to help!

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024283/#!po=10.8696

Chiropractic for Athletic Performance

Chiropractic for Athletic Performance

Chiropractic for Athletic Performance

What is your chiropractor’s role in your athletic performance?

It can be much bigger than most people think. A chiropractic adjustment can help an athlete increase, strength, flexibility, muscle speed, endurance, and decrease the risk of injury.

Athletes tend to beat up their body no matter what activities they are doing. Over the course of a season an athlete’s body will get worn down, stressed, bruised, and knocked out of place.

Chiropractic can help by more than putting everything back into place. If a joint is subluxated or stuck, it does not move in its full range of motion. When this happens the joints next to the subluxated joints take on more stress to make up for the stuck joint. Over time this can cause problems even in young athletes.

Chiropractic adjustments can also affect an athlete’s muscles and how efficient they work. A study performed by European Journal of Applied Physiology found that after a single session of spinal manipulative therapy (an adjustment) increased muscle strength and corticospinal excitability (muscle firing speed) in elite Taekwando athletes.

When we talk about sports the difference between a good athlete and a great athlete, they are often fractions of a second. These changes after an adjustment could mean the difference between a tackle or a touchdown, between a spiked volleyball or a blocked one, or the difference in an athletes ability to comfortably run a whole race.

With the school season about to kick up and all the athletes heading to various camps, practices, and games think about chiropractic to keep your athletes in the game, and dominating the game.

If you want to speak with a Chiropractor who can help you decide how you can benefit from Chiropractic for athletic performance, give Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic in Minneapolis a call today to get started!

Sources:

The effects of a single session of spinal manipulation on strength and cortical drive in athletes. – PubMed – NCBI

 

 

 

Chiropractic to help Ear Infections

Can Chiropractic help Ear Infections?

Can Chiropractic help Ear Infections?

Ask any parent that has had to contend with a child with an ear infection.  Not fun. They can come on from nowhere and be fast and furious. Screaming sad child in a lot of pain.

Chiropractors for generations have known how well chiropractic can work for ear infections.  

In fact, it is one the fastest most immediate reliefs for otitis media.  I have adjusted hundreds of children with acute otitis media and have watched it dissipate with in seconds.  Many children regularly come for chiropractic simply to keep chronic ear infections at bay and have great results from regular adjustments.  I have worked with children that were on their tenth round of antibiotics for ear infections, three adjustments later the pain was gone and with regular adjustments, it has never come back..   Several patients were able to cancel scheduled surgery for ear tubes after discovering chiropractic.

Simply explained, when the middle ear fills with fluid- an infection can develop. A chiropractic adjustment can restore motion to the neck and structures that can contribute to fluid moving appropriately.  When the fluid can’t pool, you can reduce or eliminate the probability of an infection. 

In a study published by Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies, in children 93% of all episodes improved, 75% in 10 days or fewer and 43% with only one or two chiropractic treatments(1) — You can view the link below to get some more information on our source for this information.

For parents looking for an alternative to conventional treatment of antibiotics, chiropractic is great choice, and a great way to help you children feel their best without drugs. 

We hope that we can help you and your family to feel happy and healthy. Please contact us today to get started!  We are here to help you.

Happy+Healthy-  Dr. Moe

Sources: 


J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1996 Mar-Apr;19(3):169-77.

stress -- chiropractic in Minneapolis

Chiropractic for Stress Relief

Let’s talk about Chiropractic for Stress Relief.

Stressed out of your mind? Get a chiropractic adjustment.

One of the greatest blessings of my job is to interact with patients during their most intense times in life. I am grateful to be privy to be there during the best of times and worst of times. One constant benefit that chiropractic has to offer is its benefit for stressful fast paced life. Stress affects us all and has a direct impact on our nervous system, immune system and all systems. By adjusting the spine and body, as chiropractors, it helps to restore balance and homeostasis to the nervous system and subsequently to the whole body.

A recent study confirms what chiropractors have always known- Chiropractic helps with stress.

The study examines the effect of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy on salivary cortisol levels- cortisol is released by the adrenal glands in response to stress and salivary levels can be measured as an indicator of your body’s response to stress….cortisol has been called the “stress hormone’ and can lead to inflammation and increased body weight, especially belly fat.

Prospective case series over six weeks duration. The trial consisted of establishment of each individual’s baseline cortisol level, a two week treatment period (4 treatments), and a two week post treatment period.

The study revealed results of statistical significance (p<0.001) for reduction of salivary cortisol over the complete five week study- Bottom line????? Chiropractic helps your body mitigate stress.

Take away- Times of stress? Get adjusted. Control stress long term? Make chiropractic a part of your regular health regimen. Chiropractic for Stress Relief could help you to feel better and less stressed.

Questions about Chiropractic for Stress Relief ? Get started on your path to a healthier, happier you. Give us a call at Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic in Minneapolis today.

Sources:

1.The effect of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy on salivary cortisol levels.

Tuchin PJ.

Australas Chiropr Osteopathy. 1998 Jul;7(2):86-92.

PMID: 17987159

Neck pain help Minneapolis

What Should I do if I have Neck Pain or Whiplash after a Car Accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident and need Chiropractic care in the Minneapolis area, we know that you have a lot of questions.

So, What Should I do if I have Neck Pain or Whiplash after a Car Accident?

You could take tons of medication and hope that it goes away on its own and then hope you don’t end up with spinal degeneration, or you can go see your Chiropractor. If you experience any Neck Pain or Whiplash after any accident you have some damage. Whether it is a strained muscle, a sprained ligament in the neck or worse your Chiropractor can help. Chiropractic treatments will help restore the stability in the neck and decrease the chances of spinal degeneration. The Chiropractor will perform an examination and tell you what is wrong and how they can help you.

Remember, the Mayo clinic says “See your doctor if you experience any neck pain or other whiplash symptoms following a car accident or traumatic injury”.

Here at Moe Bodyworks Chiropractic in Minneapolis, we can help you with whiplash after a car accident, neck pain, back pain, and more.

To get started, just give us a call at 612-824-1829, or contact us via email by clicking here.

Here’s to your health!

 

5 Things you should do if you have Whiplash or Neck Pain after a Car Accident

No one should ever have to deal with a car accident, but the fact is that we can all end up in some trouble sometimes. So, what are 5 things you should do if you have whiplash or neck pain after a car accident?

Moe Bodyworks’ very own Nick Anderson has some answers.

If you’re having neck pain or suffering from whiplash after a car accident, call us today to book your free consultation!

  1. Documentation is key. After any kind of Car Accident you want to make sure everything is documented and the best way to do that is with a police report. Sure, if there are no serious injuries the police typically don’t like being called but it is part of their job. If all you do is exchange insurance information with the person who rear-ended you, you may find out they actually didn’t have any coverage at the time of the accident. They may even tell their insurance company that it was all your fault. Oh and guess what, that address you wrote down from their license was actually from 2 moves ago. Now you are left with Neck Pain and bills and there is nothing you can do about it.
  2. If you have any Neck Pain after a Car Accident you need to see a Medical Professional like a Chiropractor. Our Minnesota’s very own Mayo clinic says “See your doctor if you experience any neck pain or other whiplash symptoms following a car accident or traumatic injury”. What is Whiplash and what are Whiplash Symptoms? Chiropractors are specialists of the spine and you never need a referral to see a Chiropractor.
  3. If you have pain you NEED to inform your insurance company. Wait, but won’t that increase my insurance premiums? No your insurance rates will on only go up if you were deemed to be “at fault”. An insurance company is not able to increase your rates because you make a claim no fault benefits.
  4. Ice Ice Baby! No listening to Vanilla ice won’t help that Whiplash or Neck pain go away but when you have acute pain, ice is the only way to go. Some people say to use heat because it feels good and ice is too cold, but think about this, have you ever seen an athlete use heat on a painful shoulder or knee right after a game, neither have I. Ice will help keep that pesky inflammation down and subsequently keep any swelling and pain at bay, at least for now. This is the perfect time to schedule an appointment and see your Chiropractor.
  5. Avoid the medications if possible. No I am not one of those Chiropractors who makes it a daily goal to bash medication, but they do mask the pain and if you don’t follow the directions on the bottle they may create a whole host of other problems. Pain is there for a purpose and that purpose is to tell you loud and clear DON’T DO THAT! If that message is masked and you continue to “do that” you will only make the injury worse and recovery will be a longer road. The only exceptions in my opinion are at night when we are asleep and healing and when you just have to get things done like if you are a busy parent. But even then you are better off seeing a professional like your Chiropractor.

We hope you found this blog on 5 Things you should do if you have Whiplash or Neck Pain after a Car Accident useful.

Please leave your comments and tell us how we can help you!

 

 

3 ways Chiropractic can help you during your pregnancy

Here are 3 ways Chiropractic can help you during your pregnancy.

By Dr. Nick Anderson, Chiropractor and Moe Bodyworks

Congratulations!!! You are having a baby, but you probably already knew that. Whether this is your first child or just one of many you are in for wild but beautiful ride and Chiropractic is here to help you along the entire way. Recently my partner Lisa just had our first child and being her husband and chiropractor I wanted to share 3 ways Chiropractic can help you during your pregnancy that helped her through hers.
Early on in her pregnancy until the very end my partner would complain about having low back and neck pain after work. Luckily I keep a Chiropractic table in our family room downstairs and when I would get home from work I could relieve some of her painful symptoms by adjusting her spine and utilizing Webster technique to balance her pelvis. This was the safest way we could manage her back and neck pain without taking a bunch of pills.

Muscle spasms in the upper back and lower legs were also a daily occurrence for Lisa throughout her pregnancy. She is a very hard worker and even when she was 36 weeks pregnant she would still put in 10+ hour days at her office and this was a direct contributor to her recurring muscle spasms. As a Chiropractor I would use a form of deep tissue release to keep those painful muscle spasms at bay several nights per week. Nothing says I love you like deep tissue work and Netflix.

Most Medical Doctors are trained to look for “Red Flags” which are symptoms that can point to a serious disease. The problem is if they are not given accurate information or if your red flags blend into other symptoms the disease diagnosis can be missed and you and your baby could be at risk. Something even as simple as an accurate blood pressure and chat about your complaints can decrease that risk. For us, a “tech” was taking vitals and not accurately reading Lisa’s blood pressure during her week 37 & 38 appointments which lead to a missed diagnosis and the biggest scare of our lives. 24 hours later she had delivered our beautiful baby boy and was sent to the intensive care unit. Your O.B. appointments are a good and helpful resource to make sure that you are on track and that Baby is doing well, the problem is they don’t catch everything and a fresh set of eyes could literally save your life.

Here at Moe Bodyworks, we are happy to offer a free consultation to new patients seeking Chiropractic for Pregnancy Care. Please give us a call at 612-824-1829, Book an appointment online, or walk on in, we are here to help!

 

 

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3 Things To Do If You Have Pain From Shoveling Snow

3 Things To Do If You Have Pain From Shoveling Snow

  1. The first thing you should do if you are injured after shoveling snow is the last thing you want to hear, ice the injured area. I know, I know you were just outside and it’s winter, but here is the thing, whether you you have a simple strain or a more serious sprain inflammation is setting in and Ice is the best non-medication at home treatment you can do. But a hot pack feels really good you say, well of course it does you just came from outside and the last thing you feel like doing is sitting down with a bag of ice. But heat is going to bring more blood to the area and increase localized swelling ultimately making things worse. Ice on the other hand will decrease localized swelling, pain and discomfort.
  2. The second thing you should do after a night of icing is to get into your Chiropractic doctor and get checked out. Here is the thing, if you wait to “see if it gets better” or just take a handful of pain medication you aren’t fixing the problem and you are setting yourself up for repeat injuries. Your Chiropractor will be able to tell you exactly what went wrong, how to fix it and how to prevent it from happening again in the future.
  3. After you have sat down with your Chiropractor and come up with a solid treatment plan a nice massage might be in order, especially if you are suffering from muscle spasms.

We hope you found this article on 3 Things To Do If You Have Pain From Shoveling Snow helpful.

If you’ve been injured while shoveling snow in Minnesota (or anywhere!), give Moe Bodyworks a call, and we can help you to feel Happy and Healthy!

 

Moe Bodyworks PVC

How chiropractic therapy can help with PVC

One of the things that constantly amazes me is how much Chiropractors in Minneapolis have become what primary care doctors used to be. In chiro school we know that we are trained to be primary care doctors, but really I thought that I would be dealing primarily with spine related injuries. What I know now is that people crave a practitioner that is well rounded, that they can go to for advice and treatment on a large spectrum of health issues. While I still have plenty of spine related complaints that come in, it is a rare day when a patient doesn’t come in for something organ or mental health related. The more that our health care industry becomes actually purely sick care industry- and the more that medicine becomes dictated by large corporations where the profit margin is the main concern, the more our society seeks out doctors that they can have a long standing relationship with and that knows them, knows their lives and knows their needs.

I regularly work nutritionally and holistically with a broad assortment of conditions, from gut problems, depression, asthma, skin issues, thyroid problems, fertility concerns, etc. But one of the most surprising to me is how I have developed a following of people coming to me for heart related concerns and arrhythmias and tachycardia. As are with most niche markets, it started quite modestly. I had previously experienced PVC’s myself. Premature ventricular heart contractions are a common arrhythmia that occurs in almost every person’s heart at some point in time. They are so common that I have had a cardiologist tell me they are actually considered to be normal. They don’t feel normal. Many people have felt these beats as their heart “skipping” a beat or a fluttering feeling. They usually are very brief and very infrequent. When PVC’s become frequent and regular, they can cause a lot of discomfort and anxiety. When I started experiencing PVC’s frequently it caused an enormous amount of concern for me. With over a year of cardiology training that is standard in chiropractic school- you learn how serious arrhythmia’s can be and how fragile a heart is.

Basically it felt like I was about to die at any second. It felt like my heart was going to start pounding out of my chest, or start fluttering, like it was going to explode and I was going to drop to my knees at any second and die. Not a good place to be in.

This started me on a quest in the medical industry for answers. I went to a dozen different heart specialists, had monitors for days, weeks even months. I had EKGS, ct scans, ultrasounds, blood work, even MRI’s. Every scan that I had, did indeed verify that they were happening, but that they were harmless and other than intense medication that would cause a slew of side effects, there was nothing that they could do about them. I was told that I would just have to learn to live with them, oh yeah and come back in 5 years to see if something more serious had developed. As I stared dumbfounded at a wall, as the cardiologist that had spent exactly 2 minutes 34 seconds with me (I timed it), exited the room, I started to get really angry. At first I got angry with him, but soon got angry with myself for ever expecting anything different from him or the industry in general.

I fully admit that I used to look down on MD’s in general. Historically chiropractors and medical doctors have not had the best track record of mutual admiration. At one point the medical industry saw our profession as such a threat that it actually formatted a premeditated and orchestrated attempt to abolish our profession as a whole. In one of the largest class action suits ever, Wilk v. AMA, the chiropractors sued the medical industry for antitrust violations and won a large monetary settlement that was used to support further research into the effectiveness of chiropractic. It is rare to find a chiropractor that cannot tell some story of a run in with a pompous MD spouting misinformation about chiropractic or giving completely unsubstantiated warnings about our trade. I myself have had to give a tongue lashing or two to a green MD that thought he was going to assert his non existent authority over me.

A decade later, I have developed some very close ties to an assortment of MD’s and I now no longer feel adverial with them. There are always a few that I certainly would not back down from debate with, but now, I mostly feel sorry for them. Most of the MD’s I know are overworked, micromanaged, over lorded by HMO’s and practice managers. Their visits are timed by clinic managers, their prescriptions are quota’d and they are basically told what they can and cannot do for patient care. If they stray from the path, they are written up and fired. If they truly buck the system, they are reported to their boards for bogus claims and have their licenses suspended or revoked.

So there I sat getting pissed at myself for expecting better and counting the skipping, fluttering feeling in my chest that certainly had not improved from this visit. When an MD tells me that I just have to live with something, that translates to me as, TRY HARDER and look somewhere else.

So off I went to the medical journals. Many hours into research, it came to my attention that there were known solutions to PVC’s. Many different articles cited success with several supplements including carnatine, magnesium and Taurine. I calculated the appropriate dose for body weight and gave it a shot. A glass of water and a few supplements down the hatch. 20 minutes later my PVC’s were gone. Gone. Not a one. No fluttering. No skipping, so pounding in my chest.

As fate has it, of course the next week I had a patient that came in for middle back pain who indicated on her intake form that she was suffering from PVC’s. Hers were significantly worse than mine. She was having thousands of them a day and had been suffering with them for years. To make it worse, she was now pregnant and could not take the medications that had slightly improved them. I explained my story, researched the safety implications for pregnancy and she tried the same protocol. 25 minutes later, her PVC’s were gone. She burst into tears. I completely understood why.

I have never had a patient come to me suffering with these, that we have not been able to drastically improve. Most completely eradicate them. It sometimes baffles me how much the medical industry has dropped the ball on so many patients. It is ironic that their philosophy of a drug for everything and then a drug for the side effect of the last drug approach to patient care has backfired so completely. It is the drug dealing that has really created the demand for chiropractors. The more drugs they prescribe, the more people slip through their grasps and seek out natural healthcare solutions. I am at my core grateful for every person that comes to me because they will not settle with the “learn to live with it” mandate and who know that there are better, more effective and safer options to restore their health and their lives. Call us today at Moe Bodyworks in Minneapolis MN to schedule an appointment.