By Dr. Michael Noonan   My patients often bring a CD to their first visit that has MRI studies of their problem area, usually the low back. The images are really breathtaking from a health care standpoint — you can scroll through images of the spine, seeing “slices” at regular intervals, from left to right, then top to bottom. The report from the radiologist lists the flaws seen on the films, typically disc bulging and degeneration, and some joint degeneration as well.  … Read more »
low back pain Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
Chronic low back pain may be eased with a surprising low-cost, simple, low side-effects, relaxing treatment option – acupuncture.   Acupuncture is gaining momentum in the field of pain management and modern science is tracking its mode of operation and effectiveness. In fact, the National Institutes for Health and Clinical   Excellence suggests acupuncture as a primary treatment for chronic low back pain, as patients undergoing treatments with positive expectations respond superior to those undergoing conventional care.   One study investigated acupuncture treatment… Read more »
Steriod Shots Come Up Short in Back Pain Study - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
Older adults who get steroid injections for degeneration in their lower spine may fare worse than people who skip the treatment, a small study suggests.   The research, published recently in the journal Spine, followed 276 older adults with spinal stenosis in the lower back. In spinal stenosis, the open spaces in the spinal column gradually narrow, which can put pressure on nerves. The main symptoms are pain or cramping in the legs or buttocks, especially when you walk or stand for a… Read more »
Leg and Low Back Pain - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
Running is an activity that involves repetitive stress and impact, sometimes for a long duration. People who have an underlying lower back problem can find running or jogging makes their pain worse or leads to additional types of pain, such as sciatica (leg pain, weakness or numbness).   Running puts a high level of repetitive stress on the back, and for those with lower back problems it is particularly important to take measures to reduce the strain on the lower back.   In… Read more »