Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Rethinking x-ray lead shielding. 

Rethinking x-ray lead shielding.   For years, lead shielding the gonads and other sensitive areas were required when taking an x-ray.   Whether it was a dental or a chiropractic image, it was taught that shielding was necessary. Quality control programs that offices use include the maintenance of lead shields. In the chiropractic world, we take fewer x-rays than we did 30 years ago and shielding often would get in the way of structures that you needed to view, so it was rarely used. Collimation was often done instead because it would limit radiation exposure by using a smaller aperture from the Read More »

Squatting is a normal part of many cultures that do not experience hip and back problems, so why don’t we?

Squatting is a normal part of many cultures that do not experience hip and back problems, so why don’t we? There are many cultures that do more squatting than sitting.  Many of these cultures have fewer instances of bad hips or knees or back problems. When people think of squatting, they often think of going to the gym, holding a weight and performing a squat.   In the rest of the world, people regularly squat instead of bending over. Squatting is thought to help keep the hips and knees healthier by lubricating these joints and also improving their flexibility. Babies regularly Read More »

Expensive running shoes; are they worth the cost?

Expensive running shoes; are they worth the cost? Every year running shoe companies are developing new shoes that are supposed to help us avoid injuries, run faster and look better when we are running. Part fashion, part utility, if you run, you want the latest and greatest shoe according to most shoe companies. Many athletes are cautious if not superstitious and do not like changes including new models that are replacing the older designs. A recent example of this was Brook who totally redesigned the Adrenalin shoe with a redesigned model.  So far, the shoe is selling well which has Read More »

The true cause of most shoulder pain and how to best resolve the problem; a video from Dr. C

The true cause of most shoulder pain and how to best resolve the problem; a video from Dr. C If you experience shoulder pain that does not go away, there are numerous treatment options, but few resolve the problem. Your choices can include going for therapy to the shoulder, having it evaluated and possibly injected by an orthopedic, or seeing your primary physician.    Another choice being made more frequently is to visit a chiropractor first. Chiropractors are primary care providers for the musculoskeletal system.   As Dr. C explains, rather than just looking at the shoulder, they look at you Read More »

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome vs Fibromyalgia: Understanding the Connection

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome vs Fibromyalgia: Understanding the Connection An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from the pain and exhaustion of fibromyalgia. Whereas only 1.7 million struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome. But the reality is that these two diseases are so similar, with many overlapping characteristics. So can these numbers not be combined to represent a large portion of Americans who suffer from some form of chronic pain and fatigue? Perhaps so. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are so intertwined they are often misdiagnosed as each other. The term fibromyalgia fatigue has even been coined as an expression of the same disorder that causes CFS. Read More »