Sports injuries regularly make the news. Last year, the topic of concussions and brain injury in football and hockey were widely discussed and, in some instances, debated. While contact sports like these are often thought of when talking about concussions for both kids and adults, baseball seems fairly innocuous. However, parents and players should know the facts so that injury can be avoided if at all possible, and properly treated if unavoidable. [Read more…]
As medicine has evolved and technology has improved, so has the diagnosis and treatment of several diseases. Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, was once nearly always the diagnosis for patients with severe memory loss. However, today we know that there are many different reasons that could be the root cause of severe memory loss and we also know more about Alzheimer’s disease, and treatment options, than ever before. [Read more…]
Since 500 BC we have known that change is central to the universe. Greek Philosopler Heraclitus of Epesus is famously quoted as saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.” That is certainly true when it comes to the research and practice of medicine. At one time, ulcers were believed to be caused by stress; today we know that many are caused by treatable bacterium. [Read more…]
An in-depth and very interesting article published by the New York Times, “Can the Nervous System Be Hacked?”, shares the efforts of neurosurgeon and Feinstein Institute president, Kevin Tracey to uncover the link between the nervous system and the immune system. More specifically, his work led to the hypothesis that electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve can alleviate harmful inflammation. Incredibly, Tracey believes that bioelectrics or electrical nerve stimulation will eventually be able to replace the drug industry. [Read more…]
Sleep disorders are among the most commonly reported health problems in the US today. In fact, at least 40 million people suffer from sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to more serious conditions such as sleep apnea. Potentially serious in nature, sleep apnea is a chronic health problem that is progressive and left untreated can worsen over time. Some estimates show that a full 17 percent of American test subjects have obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients who suffer from sleep apnea are not even aware that they have it. Two to four percent of Americans have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea… that is one in every 50 people. But there is some good news, sleep apnea, once diagnosed is relatively easy to treat and responds well to non-invasive treatment options. [Read more…]
For many stroke survivors, post-stroke depression is a very real and difficult problem. In fact, approximately one-third of stroke sufferers are affected by post-stroke depression. However, just as there continues to be progress on the prevention and treatment of strokes, there are advances in treatment for post-stroke depression, including options that are drug-free, a welcome option for many regarding improved or restored quality of life.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, depression is characterized by a feeling of hopelessness that interferes with functioning and quality of life. In the case of stroke survivors, depression can be the result of changes in the brain that are a direct result of injury to the brain during the stroke or depression can come about as a normal psychological response to losses suffered in the stroke, such as motor control. (strokeassociation.org) If depression is left untreated, it can impede progress of recovery and rehabilitation, negatively impacting quality of life. Symptoms of post-stroke depression vary by person in terms of frequency, severity and duration, but there are things that loved ones can watch for to help them recognize if someone is experiencing post-stroke depression.
- Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings
- Sleep disturbances
- Change in eating patterns
- Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering details
- Aches, pains or headaches that do not ease with treatment
- Suicidal thoughts
Treatments for post-stroke depression vary as widely as symptoms do. In the past, traditional treatments for depression have largely been through drug therapies. Unfortunately, with these types of drugs, side effects are common and in many cases undesirable as well. Sleeplessness, fatigue and drowsiness, nausea, constipation and dry mouth are a few of the common side effects. However, treatment through the expanding field of Chiropractic Neurology is becoming more and more desirable for patients as it is drug-free and non-invasive.
Chiropractic Neurology is brain-based care that addresses the brain and central nervous system together. The nervous system, or the master control center for the body runs every organ, tissue and cell in our body. There is a constant feedback system relaying messages to the brain and it is vital to keep this system functioning properly for overall well being. By examining the joints, and especially the joints in the spine, your Chiropractic neurologist can ensure a healthier nervous system, staving off depression, pain and many other conditions that post-stroke patients encounter. Chiropractic neurology works with the plasticity of the brain, or our brain’s ability to heal itself through the regeneration of pathways that restore our bodies optimal health. Chiropractic neurology is suitable for patients of all ages and recent studies have shown that this type of therapy is one of the most powerful tools for rehabilitation. [Read more…]
Spinal fusion surgery is becoming an increasingly popular recommendation for patients suffering from a number of back ailments including spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease but how necessary is surgery for these patients? The answer may surprise you. [Read more…]