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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
February, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 02
Syndesmosis Ankle Sprains
By Whitney Lowe, LMT
Ankle sprains are the most commonly occurring lower extremity soft-tissue injury. An estimated 85 percent of all ankle injuries involve ligament sprains. Of the various ligaments around the ankle, the majority of injuries occur to the ligaments on the lateral side of the ankle, primarily the anterior talofibular (Figure 1).If injuries are more severe, they may also include damage to the calcaneofibular ligament.
While the lateral ankle sprain is the most common ankle ligament injury, it is not the only one. Failure to recognize other types of ligamentous injury, such as a syndesmosis sprain, may lead to inappropriate treatment and prolonged disability.
Due to the number of joints in the ankle region numerous ligaments are needed to maintain joint stability. Most of the joints in the foot and ankle have significant movement capability; however, that same degree of mobility is not present in a syndesmosis joint. A syndesmosis is a fibrous joint with very little mobility where two bones are directly connected by ligaments or some other connective tissue membrane. The syndesmosis in the ankle where ligament sprains may occur is the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis. It is the tough fibrous connection that holds the distal ends of the tibia and fibula together.
The distal tibiofibular syndesmosis is composed of several ligaments and connective tissues. They include the lower margin of the interosseous membrane, interosseous ligament, anterior tibiofibular ligament (Figure 1), and the posterior tibiofibular and transverse tibiofibular ligaments (Figure 2). Because the syndesmosis ligaments are more proximal than the other ligaments commonly injured in an ankle sprain, the syndesmosis injury is often called a "high ankle sprain."
Injuries to the ankle syndesmosis are most likely to result from excessive rotation of the ankle (adduction or abduction of the foot), extremes of dorsiflexion, or combinations of dorsiflexion with adduction or abduction. The type of injury that produces syndesmosis sprain commonly occurs in sports played on turf with cleated shoes. For example, suppose an athlete has a cleated shoe that digs into the turf and keeps the ankle relatively immobile. If that person falls forward (causing dorsiflexion of the foot) at the same time that s/he is attempting to turn to the side (causing rotational stress in the ankle), injury to the syndesmosis is likely.
The common lateral ankle ligament injuries are usually not difficult to identify because the injured ligaments are superficial, making their palpation much easier; however, in the syndesmosis joint, palpation of the injured ligaments is not easy because other soft tissues obscure the ligaments. Therefore, several special orthopedic tests are used to help identify the syndesmosis sprain.
In addition to other important factors from the history, visual examination, and range-of-motion evaluations, the squeeze test and external rotation stress test may be used to evaluate syndesmotic injury. In the squeeze test, the distal tibia and fibula are gently squeezed together proximal to the syndesmosis joint.
If the client's pain is reproduced with this maneuver, damage to the syndesmosis ligaments is likely. In the external rotation stress test, the practitioner uses one hand to stabilize the tibia and fibula while the other hand gently externally rotates (abducts) the foot. The foot is in a neutral position or slightly dorsiflexed when the rotational movement is started. If this movement reproduces the client's primary pain, there is a good chance that the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis is involved in the injury.
It is important to recognize an injury to the ankle syndesmosis because an incorrectly identified problem may lead to errors in treatment or prolonged disability. If your client has sustained an ankle injury, identify the primary tissues injured so appropriate treatment can be provided. Refer the client if the injury appears more serious. Syndesmosis sprains may become chronic instability problems in the ankle if they are not properly evaluated and treated.
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