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Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
Medial Wrist Pain
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: If passive radial deviation causes pain on the medial side of the wrist, what structure is likely to be injured?
Answer: The ulnar collateral ligament of the wrist.
The wrist joint is located at the junction where the bones at the base of the hand meet the two long forearm bones, the radius and the ulna. The small bones of the wrist are uniquely shaped and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle in two rows of four bones each. The row closest to the fingertips is called the distal row; the row nearest to the forearm is called the proximal row. These bones are joined to one another and to the radius and ulna by an intricate network of ligaments. The ligaments provide stability while allowing movement among the individual wrist bones and between the wrist and arm bones.
The ulnar collateral ligament of the wrist, also known as the internal lateral ligament, is a fibrous band of tissue located at the medial side of the wrist. (Be careful not to confuse it with the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow, an entirely separate structure.) This ligament attaches at the styloid process of the distal ulna and inserts primarily on the triquetrum bone, with some fibers running to the pisiform and hamate bones. It functions to protect the wrist joint by limiting radial deviation (i.e., the side-bending movement of the wrist toward the thumb).
To assess the wrist for damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, grasp the forearm a few inches above the wrist with one hand and grip the medial part of the hand with the other. Stretch the ulnar side of the wrist by moving the hand laterally toward the thumb side, while stabilizing the arm with your other hand. Be sure the client's hand is relaxed. Note whether this produces discomfort at the medial side of the wrist. If it does, the ulnar collateral ligament is likely to be injured. (It is also possible for pain in this region to be caused by a fracture of the triquetrum bone or the styloid process of the ulna, so be sure your client sees a physician to rule out those conditions.)
Although injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament may occur throughout the ligament, they most commonly occur at the attachments - and primarily at the origin. To locate the ligament origin, place your thumb or index finger against the styloid process at the distal edge of the ulna. To locate the distal attachment, move distally to the attachments at the triquetrum and the pisiform bones.
The most common cause of ulnar collateral ligament injury is sudden or repeated trauma. Sudden trauma to the wrist often occurs when we try to protect ourselves by extending our hands to break a fall. Jobs or activities that require using the wrist in repetitive actions for many hours each day (long hours working on a computer, for example) make this area vulnerable to injury. Injuries also can result from performing the repetitive motions involved in playing an instrument without adequate rest and recovery.
Ulnar collateral ligament injury is common in karate students who practice hitting objects with the medial surface of the hand. It is also a frequent problem in massage therapists, drummers, carpenters, construction workers, house painters and athletes who use their wrists in stressful positions.
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