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Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
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.
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.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
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.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
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!
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.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
Pain Caused By Low Back Ligaments
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Q: An injured sacrotuberous ligament can cause pain down the back of the leg. True or false?
A: True. This is its referred pain pattern. The sacrotuberous ligament is a thin, fan-shaped structure that runs obliquely downward from the posterior-superior and posterior-inferior iliac lines and the lateral margins of the sacrum and coccyx, inserting on the ischial tuberosity of the pelvis (the bone you sit on). (Figure 1)
Each structure in the low back has a specific referred pain pattern associated with it (Figure 2). For example, the sacroiliac ligaments generally refer pain straight across the lowest portion of the back. The ilio-lumbar ligament refers pain on one side of the low back across the top of the ilium, the lateral hip, and the groin area. The sacrotuberous ligament has a distinctive pattern. It refers pain down the central portion of the back thigh, and if more severe, down the central portion of the calf into the heel. This injury is frequently confused with a hamstring injury when the pain is felt only in the lower buttock and down the back of the thigh.
There are a few easy steps to check whether this type of pain is originating in the hamstring or in the sacrotuberous ligament. First, have the person bend forward with the knees straight. Note the pattern of pain. Pain down the back of the thigh can be caused by either structure, but only the sacrotuberous ligament refers pain into the calf.
Now, have the client lie down and hold the knee at a 90° angle. Ask them to pull the heel toward the buttock as hard as they can while you resist with equal force (Figure 3). If this test is painful in the hamstring region, you know there is a hamstring injury, because resisted tests place stress on muscles and tendons, not on ligaments.
If you suspect an injury to the sacrotuberous ligament, a final step in assessment is direct palpation. Injury to this structure usually occurs at the lateral margins of the sacrum, rather than the attachment to the ischial tuberosity. You can access the ligament with the client lying prone, but it is more easily accessible with a client in a side-lying position with the knees drawn up.
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