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Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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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