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 »
What we know about sitting and standing - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
In our modern sedentary culture we sit way too much. That’s clearly the conclusion of the research. But that research also highlights the obvious remedy: standing!   About Sitting Global studies show, on average, we sit 7.7 hours a day, and some results estimate people sit up to 15 hours a day.   Excessive sitting impacts our body’s metabolic system: “Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise… Read more »
4000 Plus Kids Hurt Each Year on Amusement Rides - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
More than 4,000 American children are injured on amusement rides each year, according to a new study that calls for standardized safety regulations.   Between 1990 and 2010, nearly 93,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for amusement-ride-related injuries — an average of nearly 4,500 injuries per year.   More than 70 percent of the injuries occurred from May through September, which means that more than 20 injuries a day occurred during these warm-weather months, said researchers… Read more »
Disc Bulging Herniation - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
While the intervertebral disc is a common culprit in spine-related health problems, its function is widely misunderstood. The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jelly-like center is contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allow normal turning and bending.   Discs can bulge, herniate or rupture, resulting in other problems. Diagnostic imaging can reveal degenerative changes to the disc and… Read more »
Does Weather Affect Joint Pain - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
The skies are clear blue, but your ankle starts flaring up with pain. Could a storm be looming? You feel it in your bones, but is it just an old wives’ tale? Or can joint pain actually predict weather changes?   Believe it or not, your weather forecasting might have some validity, thanks to the effects of barometric pressure changes on your body.   In previous research published in the journal Pain, researchers looked for an association between weather and chronic pain in… Read more »
Acupuncture and Chiropractic for Headaches and Migraines - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
Case study from the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine:   CLINICAL FEATURES: A 32-year-old woman presented with headaches of 5 months’ duration. She had a history of episodic migraine that began in her teens and had been controlled with medication. She had stopped taking the prescription medications because of gastrointestinal symptoms. A neurologist diagnosed her with mixed headaches, some migrainous and some tension type. Her headaches were chronic, were daily, and fit the International Classification of Headache Disorders criteria of a chronic tension-type headache… 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 »
Dr.Google Evaluating Health Information - Park East Chiropractic Brooklyn Park MN
Self-diagnosis on the web is dangerous – here’s why.  Your computer is missing more than a lab coat; it also lacks the diagnostic reasoning that goes on in your doctor’s head.  Your search can induce panic as it can lead you to worst case scenarios. It may be better to see a doctor early than engaging in the web with fear and anxiety.  The web is great way to compliment your doctor’s diagnosis, not replace it.  News stories often overstate the findings of… Read more »