Category: Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times.

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times. The trend toward hospital mergers has been accelerating nationally.  In NJ, the Horizon Omnia network accelerated mergers by placing small hospitals in tier 2, making them more expensive and hurting them financially.  Other predatory practices by insurers nationally have resulted in mega networks that have resulted in higher healthcare costs. There may be another side effect of large population health based chains that may adversely affect your health according to the NY Times. Hospital chains have been claiming for years that larger chains will Read More »

Shoulder bursitis; Is this really why you have shoulder pain or is it something else?

Shoulder bursitis; Is this really why you have shoulder pain or is it something else? If you have ever had shoulder pain that was not due to an injury, it can be a very frustrating experience.  Sleeping on the shoulder can be painful, as well as reaching for things in your kitchen cabinet.   Throwing a ball with your child can cause a significant amount of pain as well. Who you visit first can determine the length of the condition as well as the cost.  If you visit your primary doctor, it is likely they may diagnose you with shoulder Read More »

Opioids and the NFL, According to the NY Times, the pain and the pills continue long after retirement.

Opioids and the NFL, According to the NY Times, the pain and the pills continue long after retirement. Pain and physical punishment have long been part of professional football. Injuries to the neck and back, as well as the shoulders and the knees are common and have long lasting consequences. Players know that they have to tough it out and endure surgeries and other treatment to stay in the game. They also know that if they can no longer play, there is always another player waiting to replace them.  Part of the methods used to treat their injuries included opioid Read More »

Sickle cell disease may be curable with a new experimental gene replacement treatment; will your genetic disease be next?

Sickle cell disease may be curable with a new experimental gene replacement treatment; will your  genetic disease be next? The NY Times recently reported that a possible cure for sickle cell disease is currently undergoing drug trials.  The disease is genetic, meaning it is an error in the DNA code that causes red blood shells to assume a sickle shape, and the patient may experience blood clots, strokes and painful episodes due to the genetic variant. It is most common in African based populations. To date, the only cure was a risky and expensive bone marrow transplant, however, a new Read More »

Evidence suggests most people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed.

Evidence suggests most people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed. Fibromyalgia is a classification that was added in 1990 by Rheumatologists to describe a painful condition where the pain the patients reported was extreme compared to the clinical signs found on evaluation.  They had traits in common including tender points as well as sleep disturbances. Rheumatologists have little training in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain, however they created this category which they referred to as Fibromyalgia.  Once the category was established, the condition Fibromyalgia was considered a disease and drugs such as Lyrica were recommended for alleviation of the symptoms.   Read More »