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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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
December, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 12
Shin Splints or Compartment Syndrome?
By Whitney Lowe, LMT
One of the most common overuse injuries affecting the lower extremity is the condition known as shin splints. While the term shin splints routinely is used, especially among the athletic population, it does not represent a specific clinical pathology.Instead, it describes chronic shin pain resulting from overuse. It occurs in two regions of the leg. When it occurs in the proximal anterior lateral region of the leg, it's called anterior shin splints. It's also seen regularly in the distal medial region of the leg, where it's called posterior shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). This discussion focuses on anterior shin splints, which routinely is confused with another overuse condition of the lower leg called anterior compartment syndrome.
Anterior shin splints are attributed to overuse of the dorsiflexor muscles, such as the tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum longus and extensor hallucis longus. Overuse results from excessive eccentric loading on the dorsiflexors. An example is walking or running downhill. With anterior shin splints, the client reports a history of repetitive activity performed on a regular basis or a sudden increase in activity levels. Pain is felt in the anterior lateral region of the leg near the proximal tibialis anterior attachment. The client with shin splints routinely reports pain at the beginning of an activity that gradually subsides with use, only to return after activity has ceased. The pain is like delayed onset muscle soreness by coming on hours later, even at rest.1
Anterior compartment syndrome sometimes occurs as an acute injury from a direct blow to the lower leg. However, it's more commonly a chronic condition resulting from overuse, such as running on a hard surface or suddenly changing the intensity of training. The condition often is referred to as exertional compartment syndrome (ECS) if it results from changes in training intensity.
Muscles of the extremities performing similar functions are enclosed within fascial compartments separating them from other muscles. Repetitive overuse of these muscles causes these tissues to swell, increasing compartmental pressure. Subsequently, the deep peroneal nerve and tibial artery or vein are squeezed within the compartment. Ceasing the offending activity allows symptoms to subside immediately. Anterior compartment syndrome and shin splints frequently are confused because symptoms are felt in the same region of the lower leg.2
Clients with exertional compartment syndrome will describe a repetitive activity performed on a regular basis. The client also might report a sudden increase in activity levels preceding the onset of symptoms. For example, chronic compartment syndromes often develop in military recruits when they begin basic training and their activity levels are drastically increased.3 Symptoms might include aching lower leg pain, paresthesia, coldness in the feet, color changes in the distal lower extremity, or motor impairment to the dorsiflexor muscles, in more extreme cases. The more pressure within the compartment, the worse the symptoms will be.
With a compartment syndrome, symptoms increase as the client engages in the aggravating activity. Once the activity is ceased, symptoms generally subside within about 30 minutes as compartmental pressure returns to normal. The reduction of symptoms when activity is ceased is one way to distinguish compartment syndrome from shin splints. Although there might be some initial soreness, shin splint pain characteristically increases after the activity with delayed onset soreness.
Compartment syndromes usually produce pain with palpation only if the compartmental pressure is elevated, such as right after the activity, while shin splints likely are to be tender to palpation long after activity has ceased. Shin splints produce pain with stretching and manual resistance (resisted dorsiflexion). Compartment syndrome is not as likely to be painful with either manual resistance or stretching because neither of these maneuvers increases the intracompartmental pressure. If paresthesia is present, compartment syndrome should be suspected because this is a symptom of nerve involvement and there is no nerve pathology in shin splints.
Both conditions affect the same region of the body and result from similar patterns of overuse. However, it's crucial to make a distinction between the conditions because treatment strategies for each differ. The only way to accurately identify the crucial differences between these similar conditions is with a comprehensive and thorough examination process.
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