• Is a Labral Tear Causing My Hip Pain?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    One of the structures that is frequently blamed for hip pain is called the labrum—the rubbery tissue that surrounds the socket helping to stabilize the hip joint. This tissue often wears and tears with age, but it can also be torn as a result of a trauma or sports-related injury. The clinical significance of a labral tear of the hip is controversial, as these can be found in people who don’t have any pain at all. We know from studies of the intervertebral disks located in the lower back that disk herniation is often found in pain-free subjects—between 20-50% of the…

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  • What can I do for my Fibromyalgia pain?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Fibromyalgia (FM) is a very common condition affecting approximately ten million Americans (2-4% of the population)—with a ratio of about four women to each man with the disease. Part of the diagnosis and treatment challenge is that many of the complaints associated with FM occur in ALL of us at some point, such as fatigue, generalized whole body aches/pains, non-restorative sleep, depression, anxiety, etc. So what is the difference between the FM sufferer and those without it? Let’s take a look! The primary distinction between patients with FM and the “rest of us” has to do with the word “chronic.” This…

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  • Hip or LB? Which is it?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Technically, the hip is the ball-and-socket joint between the long bone of the thigh and the pelvis; but more often than not, many people will point to a number of different places on their back or pelvis and say, “My hip is killing me” when it’s not really “the hip” at all! Hip pain can be located in the front (groin area), the side, the back, or in the buttocks. The “classic sign” of hip pain is reproduced most consistently when you try to cross your legs—put your ankle on the far end of the thigh and then push down on…

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  • WRD: How long does this last?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    First, what is whiplash? It’s a lot of things, which is why the term WAD or Whiplash Associated Disorders has become the most common term for the main signs and symptoms associated with a whiplash injury. WAD is usually associated with a motor vehicle collision, but sports injuries, diving accidents, and falls are other common ways to sustain a WAD injury. To answer the question of the month, in most cases, the recovery rate is high and favors those who resume their normal daily activities. The worse thing you can do when you sustain a WAD injury is to not do…

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  • More On LBP In Young Athletes

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    A very good summary of low back injuries in young athletes from physiology-pedia.com: According to the literature low back pain occurs in 10-15% of young athletes[9]. However studies exhibit great variability in prevalence rates, with estimates ranging from 1.1%[11] - 66%[5], the variability in the studies may be due to: • Age of the sample • Sample size • The authors definition of low back pain • The low back pain recall period • Strategy of extracting data and methodology used The prevalence of low back pain varies between sports and, in some cases, the speciality of the position[5]. In young athletes the prevalence of low back pain increases…

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  • What is causing my LBP?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Low back pain (LBP) can arise from disks, nerves, joints, and the surrounding soft tissues. To simplify the task of determining “What is causing my LBP?” the Quebec Task Force recommends that LBP be divided into three main categories: 1) Mechanical LBP; 2) Nerve root related back pain; and 3) Pathology or fracture. We will address the first two, as they are most commonly managed by chiropractors. Making the proper diagnosis points your doctor in the right direction regarding treatment. It avoids time wasted by treating an unrelated condition, which runs the risk of increased chances of a poor and/or prolonged…

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  • What Is Facet Syndrome?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    As stated in previous articles, low back pain (LBP) can arise from many different structures. Lumbar facet syndrome is one that involves the facet joint and includes both acute (new) and chronic (old) varieties. The facet joint is synonymous with the zygapophyseal joint, so if you hear that word, don’t let it throw you off! Approximately 45% of patients with chronic low back pain suffer from “facet syndrome” (FS) in which the facets are the low back pain generator. There are many conditions that give rise to FS. Some of these include the straining of the surrounding joint capsule (the capsule…

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  • Fibromyalgia: A Whole Body Approach

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder that’s difficult to diagnose because it involves multiple body systems. As a result, there are a myriad of factors in the body that can play a role in a patient’s symptoms. That said, it’s best to take a whole body approach when it comes to treating a complex condition like FM, starting with the nervous system. When a patient presents to a chiropractor, the initial examination will look at the body as a whole and will not be limited the main area of complaint. This includes a postural examination in regards to individual leg length (to…

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  • Those “other” causes of back pain

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Between 80% and 90% of the general population will experience an episode of lower back pain (LBP) at least once during their lives. When it affects the young to middle-aged, we often use the term “non-specific LBP” to describe the condition. The geriatric population suffers from the “aging effects” of the spine—things like degenerative joint disease, degenerative disk disease, and spinal stenosis. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can also result in back pain. The “good news” is that there are rare times when your doctor must consider a serious cause of LBP. That’s why he or she will ask about or check…

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  • Can a low speed crash cause injury?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    There is certainly a lot of interest in concussion these days between big screen movies, football, and other sports-related injuries. Concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are often used interchangeably. Though mTBI is NOT the first thing we think about in a low-speed motor vehicle collision (MVC), it does happen. So how often do MVC-related TBIs occur, how does one know they have it, and is it usually permanent or long lasting? Here are some interesting statistics: 1) The incidence rate of fatal and hospitalized TBI in 1994 was estimated to be 91/100,000 (~1%); 2) Each…

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  • 10 tricks to help LBP

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Low back pain (LBP) is VERY likely to affect all of us at some point in life. The question is, do you control IT or does IT control you? Here are ten “tricks” for staying in control of “IT!” 1)  STRETCH: When you’re in one position for a long time (like sitting at your desk), SET your cell phone timer to remind yourself to get moving and stretch every 30-60 minu   tes! Mornings are a great time to stretch. 2)  BE SMART: Do NOT place your computer monitor anywhere other than directly in front of you. Shop carefully for a GOOD supportive office…

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  • The Anatomy Of A Lumbar Vertebra

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Ever wonder what one of the vertebra in your low back looks like? Well here you go.....  

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  • Class IV laser and Fibromyalgia

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    recent study has shown that a 4 week course of treatment with Class IV laser can significantly reduce pain and improve range of motion in people dealing with fibromyalgia. Click Here To See The Study The study of 38 women concluded that "This study provides evidence that LHT may be a beneficial modality for women with FM in order to improve pain and upper body range of motion, ultimately reducing the impact of FM." Aberdeen Chiropractic has a brand new Class IV laser in the office and is excited to offer this cutting edge treatment for existing and new patients. Contact us…

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  • Where does back pain come from?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Most of us have suffered from back pain at one time or another. It often occurs after over-doing a physical task, like fall yard work, winter snow shoveling, working on the car, cleaning the house, and so on. But there are times when identifying the cause of back pain can be difficult or impossible. Let’s take a deeper look at where back pain can come from… Though activity-related back pain is common, many times a direct link to over-use is not clear. Micro-traumatic events can accumulate and become painful when a certain threshold is exceeded. (Think of the old adage “The…

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  • Fibromyalgia sleep tips

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Last month, we discussed the connection between sleep disturbance and the presence of widespread pain found with fibromyalgia (FM). This month’s topic will center on how we can improve our sleep quality with the goal of feeling restored upon waking in the morning! 1)  NOISE & LIGHT: Block out noise with earplugs or a sound machine and light with window blinds, heavy curtains, and/or an eye mask. The light emanating from the LED or LCD from TVs, DVRs, or stereos has been found to suppress the pineal gland’s melatonin production (the “sleep hormone”) and thus can interfere with sleep, so try…

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  • Why does my back hurt?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    It’s been said that if you haven’t had back pain, just wait, because (statistically) some day you will! The following list is a list of “causes” that can be easily “fixed” to reduce your risk for a back pain episode. 1. MATTRESS: Which type of mattress is best? The “short answer”: there is no single mattress (style or type) for all people, primarily due to body type, size, gender, and what “feels good.” TRY laying on a variety of mattresses (for several minutes on your back and sides) and check out the difference between coiled, inner springs, foam (of different densities),…

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  • Whiplash; what can I expect?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Whiplash, or “Whiplash Associated Disorders” or WAD, is the result of a sudden “crack the whip” of the head on the neck due to a slip and fall, sports injury, a violent act, or most commonly, a motor vehicle collision (MVC), particularly a rear-end collision. In describing “what can I expect” after a whiplash injury, one thing is for certain, there are many faces of whiplash, meaning the degree of injury can range from none to catastrophic depending on many factors, some of which are difficult or impossible to identify or calculate. Let’s take a closer look! Even though the good…

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  • Laser and Tennis Elbow

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    recent study has shown that Class IV laser therapy is an effective treatment modality for chronic tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). The study concluded that: Laser therapy using the 10 W class IV instrument is efficacious for the long-term relief of the symptoms associated with chronic epicondylitis. We are proud to offer this cutting edge therapy at Aberdeen Chiropractic for new and existing patients. #tennis #tenniselbow #chiropractic #pain #Painrelief #sports #SportsMed #laser

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  • LBP & Pregnancy

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Did you know that 50-72% of women have low back pain (LBP) and/or pelvic pain during their pregnancy but only 32% do something about it? Let’s look closer! Pregnancy-related low back pain (PLBP) can be a highly debilitating syndrome that accounts for the most common cause of sick leave for pregnant women. In 2004, Americans spent $26.1 billion dollars in an effort to find relief from back pain during pregnancy. Statistics show one out of ten women will experience daily DISABLING LBP for at least two years following delivery. Because of the limited number of treatment options available for the pregnant woman…

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  • How Common is Low Back Pain?

    Author: Dr Robert Speirs |

    Low back pain (LBP) is a very common problem that affects most of us at some point in life and for some, it’s a daily issue. Through education and research, researchers have found low back-specific exercises can not only help get rid of LBP but can also prevent future exacerbations or episodes. Like brushing our teeth, low back exercises are equally important in order to maintain, preserve, and optimize function. But because there are SO MANY exercise options available, it’s hard to know which ones are best, especially for each specific person. There are different methods for determining the right low…

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