“I’m having some pain on the outside of my knee, especially after I run. Could it be Runners Knee?” -Ashley V.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Runner’s Knee, ITBS…Call it what you want, it’s not fun! The IT band is a fibrous ligament, extending on the outside of the pelvis to the lower leg. When this ligament becomes tight, it shortens, and can begin to rub against the lower portion of the thigh bone. This friction often leads […]

“Dr. Smith, I have Osteoarthritis. Can I still be active?” -Jean L.

Most of us have heard of Osteoarthritis (OA). It’s a degenerative joint disease, affecting over 20 million Americans. It affects the cartilage, tissue on the ends of bones that meet in a joint that helps bones glide over one another. In OA patients, the cartilage is broken down and eventually wears away. As a result, […]

Stretching Before or After a Work-Out…

“I always stretch before a workout, but should I be doing it after as well?”  -Sarah V.   Muscles are made of multiple individual fibers. During a workout (especially during an intense one), these fibers can become disordered and after a workout and the muscles need to repair themselves. Disordered fibers slow down the recovery […]

“Dr. Smith, I’ve had lower back pain in the past. Are there any exercises I can do to prevent this?” Andy T.

“Dr. Smith, I’ve had lower back pain in the past.  Are there any exercises I can do to prevent this?”  Andy T. Although Chiropractors see patients for reasons other than lower back pain, a large percentage of people visit one for that reason. Low back pain is the 5th most common reason for seeing a […]

“I’ve had issue with Sciatica off and on for years. What can I do to prevent flare-ups?” ~Jason T.

“I’ve had issue with Sciatica off and on for years.  What can I do to prevent flare-ups?” ~Jason T. Good question, Jason.  It’s one I get frequently.  Sciatica is a set of symptoms resulting from the irritation of the longest nerve in the body, the Sciatic Nerve (see picture below).  The Sciatic Nerve extends from […]

“I’m always feeling uncomfortable after working at my desk? Could it be the way my desk is set up?”

“Dr. Smith,  I’m always feeling uncomfortable after working at my desk?  Could it be the way my desk is set up?”  ~Mike G. We’ve all heard proper posture is important, but when is it most important? We spend much of our week in a work setting and for many of us, that means computer work. […]

“Dr. Smith, I have been having a really hard time sleeping lately. What can I do?”

“Dr. Smith, I have been having a really hard time sleeping lately. What can I do?!” ~Emily J. According to the American Chiropractic Association, surveys show that between 40 and 60 percent of the population has trouble sleeping. Sleep is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. It’s a way to […]

Preventing Pain from the Ground Up

“Do my gym shoes have to be sport specific or will any shoe do?”  -Jenny T. With the new year comes New Year Resolutions. More often than not, these resolutions include fitness or weight loss. While a physical is surely on the top of your pre-resolution check list, does your list also include a proper […]

Pain Free Vacations

“I’m about to go on my annual family vacation and I’m wondering what I can do to prevent any kind of pain or discomfort since I won’t be coming in to be adjusted?”                                             […]

Causes of Spinal Stress in Children

Causes of Spinal Stress in Children Back pain and trauma to the spine that is caused by heavy backpacks has recently received national attention. Many parents are now becoming aware of spinal stress in their children. There are numerous causes of children’s spinal injuries that are not as well recognized and may be overlooked. Basically, […]