Category: Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Spinal injections for lower back pain and sciatica; are there better options?

Spinal injections for lower back pain and sciatica; are there better options? Back pain is an epidemic problem and it seems that many health professionals who wear white coats have an answer for what makes your back painful. The truth is that few health professionals understand why you hurt, and more aggressive approaches to care may potentially do more to harm you than help you. Pain management specialists have been selling the idea that spinal injections can be helpful.  Injections are often recommended when a person has radicular pain down the arm or leg or if they have a compressed Read More »

Obesity rates in America are at epidemic numbers; and so is the amount it costs our healthcare system.

Obesity rates in America are at epidemic numbers; and so is the amount it costs our healthcare system. Healthcare costs in the USA as many of us have experienced are out of control.   So are obesity rates in America according to the NY Daily News. The Daily News recently reported that Obesity has increased healthcare costs by 29%.   Obesity rates run from 22% to 38% depending on the state you live in. American eating habits are improving slowly, however Obesity is hard to turn around, since the condition can involve the flora in the gut, hormone levels, genetics and overall conditioning that Read More »

Can hanging upside down relieve your back problem? Check out this Time Magazine article.

Can hanging upside down relieve your back problem?  Check out this Time Magazine article. Decompression of the lower back by hanging upside down or having a device that allows you to do this has been around for years.  Can it help you get relief? A recent article in Time Magazine evaluated the science behind this method and answers the question well. In our experience, these devices may help temporarily, however, back pain is about more than the lower back.  It is about the way we move.  Can these devices help you move better or are they just a good way Read More »

10+ Reasons Why You Need a Ketogenic Diet! A Guest Post

10+ Reasons Why You Need a Ketogenic Diet! A Guest Post  Many believe that high-fat foods aren’t great for health and may increase your levels of cholesterol, which in turn, would increase the risks of heart attack and other diseases. The Ketogenic diet states otherwise – and is scientifically backed. A high fat, protein-rich diet low in carbohydrates, it is used to burn fats faster and more effectively and in addition to that, provides many more benefits. So, for all you crazy diet followers, there is absolutely no need to remove fats from your diet, instead, you need a Keto Read More »

Your MRI may be the wrong medicine to determine treatment for sciatic pain.

Your MRI may be the wrong medicine to determine treatment for sciatic pain. For years, the MRI has been the determinant used to determine who is a candidate for more aggressive forms of treatment including surgery.  A new study published in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. written by Abdelilah el Barzouhi, MD, PhD and colleagues is now suggesting that this test according to the data they collected is a poor test to determine who should consider aggressive surgery vs. more conservative proven methods such as chiropractic. Failed back surgery syndrome is when a surgery done to the lower back has failed Read More »