Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain

Fibromyalgia is many things to many people.  I’ve always found it to be really interesting when a new patient comes to me with their history and tells me that one of their Drs. (or maybe all of them) have told them that they “must have fibromyalgia”.

They will describe to me how they were tested and have all of the pressure points that go into the diagnosis of fibromyalgia and also how their pain is varied and randomized.

They will then describe all of the medications that they have tried.  Continue reading “Fibromyalgia and Neck Pain”

What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

 

I’ve read thousands of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports.  An MRI is imaging that is different than x-rays or CT scans. MRI’s show soft tissue problems such as bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteophytes (bone spurts), and a condition called facet joint hypertrophy.

Most of the MRI reports that come across my desk are lumbar and cervical MRI’s.  Occasionally, I’ll read a thoracic MRI report but most of my patients have severe and chronic low back pain with accompanied hip or leg pain.

I’ve also treated many severe neck pain patients with upper extremity radiculopathy which is pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the upper back, shoulders, arms and hands.  Continue reading “What is Facet Joint Syndrome?”

Can Deep Breathing Reduce Low Back or Neck Pain?

Chronic low back and neck pain can be debilitating for so many who suffer with these conditions.  In fact, my entire professional career has been centered around treating the worst of the worst.

I don’t get your garden variety neck and low back pain patients.  The most common scenario I see in my clinic are patients who have been in pain for years.  Most have tried injections, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, stem cell injections, steroid injections, etc…

Over half of my patients come to me after having failed neck or low back surgery.  I know the neck and back pain world very well.  I’ve heard thousands of sad stories of lost quality of life, lost relationships, lost time with family and loved ones. Continue reading “Can Deep Breathing Reduce Low Back or Neck Pain?”

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that many people suffer from especially as they age and body systems begin deteriorating at a faster rate.

The hard fact to accept is that we are all aging and that we are dying from the day that we are born. However, just chalking up the loss of balance, tingling, burning and numbness to “old age” is unacceptable in my book. Continue reading “What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy”

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Patients often come to me after being told that they have a condition called spinal stenosis. They still don’t know what it is and don’t really know if there is something that can be done about it.

Often, I have patients who tell me that their Dr. told them that they have arthritis and that they will have to live with it. While stenosis itself can be somewhat of a “permanent” condition, it isn’t entirely correct that there isn’t something that can be done.
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Is Pickleball Good for Back Pain?

Pickleball is a sport that is taking the world by storm. It is especially popular among senior citizens because many of the “Silver Sneakers” programs are located at gyms that offer pickleball.

I’m an avid tennis player. My mother and father-in-law were in town last week and we went to the gym to work out. The gym was reserved for pickleball from noon to 3 p.m. Continue reading “Is Pickleball Good for Back Pain?”

Dr. Keith Currie Nearing Completion of Functional Medicine Program – Thyroid & Gut Health

Dr. Keith Currie, D.C. has spent the last 4 years receiving post doctorate training to become a board certified DABCI (Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists). This certification requires 300 hours of post doctorate course work that includes seminars around the country.  Dr. Currie is excited to announce that he is on schedule to take his examination in early 2019.

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