Category: Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Weather and pain; does the weather make people hurt worse?

Weather and pain; does the weather make people hurt worse? A new study from the UK entitled Cloudy with a chance of pain studied weather patterns and how people feel.   Most of us have a story about a grandparent telling us about a chronic problem such as knee pain that hurts worse with the weather. In our chiropractic office, the phenomenon frequently begins a day or two before the weather front fully develops.  It is common for the office phone to ring more on inclement weather days.   It is also common for people to be more sensitive and agitated on Read More »

Would making hospitals reveal their prices lower healthcare costs?

Would making hospitals reveal their prices lower healthcare costs? Numerous sources have shown that hospital prices are the largest driver of medical inflation.  If you ever have visited an emergency room without insurance, the fees are absurd and the methods used to justify the prices and the bills border on fraud as discussed in a recent article in the NY Times. In the article, it mentions that although her insurance was billed, they paid the negotiated amounts for the various facility fees, trauma fees and attending doctor charges that were absurd. Imagine not having an insurance company available to discount Read More »

Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong?

Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong? Pain is feared by many of us and the healthcare system has created mechanisms to control it through medications, surgeries and medical procedures. Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong?   Can it be that the medical system has gotten it wrong for years resulting in opioid addiction, side effects and medical procedures that were costly and provided little benefit or may have been avoidable altogether? Medicine has classified pain as an illness which makes it possible to prescribe medications Read More »

Tingling Sensation in the Buttocks? A Closer Look at Sciatica

Do you suffer from a tingling sensation in the buttocks? If so, you’re in the right place! Because we’re going to take a closer look at one of the primary causes of tingling, numbness, and pain in your lower half. Sciatica (along with unruly children and persnickety bosses) is one of the most common causes of pain in the butt. It’s estimated that 40% of people will experience sciatica at some point in their lives. Keep reading to learn more about sciatica and what you can do to relieve the symptoms for good. You’ve Got Some Nerve! The Skinny on the Fattest Nerve Read More »

High hospital prices in California are going to trial. Medical practice reform is needed now, and here’s how to fix it.

High hospital prices in California are going to trial. Medical practice reform is needed now, and here’s how to fix it. Corporate medicine in the USA is killing medicine, killing patients and burning out the doctors who are trying to support it all, even at their high salaries.   This patient (our healthcare system) is terminally ill and needs a heart transplant.  The American ethos of bigger is better isn’t, and gone are the personal relationships most of us had with our doctors.   It is quite likely that your older doctor may have joined a hospital system after selling their practice Read More »