Author Archives: Dr. Bourdage

Chiropractic and Bicep Tendonitis

Chiropractic and bicep tendonitis.
Bicep tendonitis is a very common injury seen in my practice. The aches and pains of bicep tendonitis can seriously interfere with your daily activities. Most people don’t realize how much they use their bicep muscles throughout the day until an injury like this occurs. Continue reading

Chiropractor For Plantar Fasciitis

Chiropractor for Plantar Fasciitis

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis then you know how debilitating the condition can be. Plantar fasciitis is and inflammation and tightening of the fascia that is on the bottom of the foot. Irritation to the fascia could be from overuse, improper shoes, fallen arches, tight muscles, and even spinal and pelvic misalignments. That’s right, things going on in your back can lead to issues in your feet and visa versa. In this article we’ll discuss how going to a chiropractor for plantar fasciitis can be beneficial, as well as discuss the process to determine the cause of plantar fasciitis. Continue reading

Steps to Prevent Height Loss

Steps to Prevent Height Loss

Steps to Prevent Height Loss

Many of my 50 and over patients have voiced that they expect to shrink or get shorter as they age. This is more commonly voiced from women than men since women are at a greater risk to lose height after menopause. This phenomenon, however, is completely avoidable if the right steps are taken. We’ll discuss those steps to prevent height loss in this article. Continue reading

Aha Moment

Aha Moment

I was reviewing a diagram of the spine and nervous system with a patient recently and he had what I call the ‘Aha moment’. I love when this happens! The Aha moment is when a patient learns about how the human body works for the first time Continue reading

Fatigue and Chiropractic Care

Fatigue and Chiropractic Care

Are you feeling fatigued? Are you getting enough sleep but still dragging yourself to make it through the day? If so you may be suffering from fatigue. Fatigue can come in many different forms. In this week’s article we’ll discuss some of the common symptoms of fatigue, their factors, and how fatigue and chiropractic care are connected. Continue reading

Are Spinal Injections Safe

Are Spinal Injections Safe?

Are Spinal Injections Safe

I have a lot of patients mention that their MD tells them that they need an epidural or steroid injection into their spine. I always teach people to make sure that any treatments they receive should be focused on getting to the root cause of the problem to create a long term correction, and not just a quick fix. Steroid injections are a quick fix. They may temporarily decrease the symptoms, but do not address the cause. This still poses the question, are spinal injections safe?

FDA Warning

In April of this year the FDA issued a statement warning that “Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death. We are requiring the addition of a warning to the drug labels of injectable corticosteroids to describe these risks. Patients should discuss the benefits and risks of epidural corticosteroid injections with their health care professionals, along with the benefits and risks associated with other possible treatments.”

These injectable treatments have been used for people who are suffering from neck or lower back pain that radiates into the arm or legs, oftentimes caused by disc injuries. With this new warning from the FDA, it’s even more important that you seek a chiropractor when suffering from this kind of pain.

If your doctor does prescribe such a treatment, make sure you seek a second opinion from a natural healthcare provider like a chiropractor. Chiropractic has a proven track record of being safe and effective in treating spinal conditions that effect nerves and radiate into the legs and/or arms.

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When Should You See A Chiropractor?

When Should You See A Chiropractor

Chiropractic is used by many people to treat a long list of symptoms. Some people, though, still think of a chiropractor as a back doctor exclusively. This is not the case. So, when should you see a chiropractor?

Well, there are many different conditions that a chiropractor can help with. We’ll discuss some of those conditions in today’s article.

Conditions That A Good Chiropractor Can Help You Treat:

  • Neck Pain: Your neck is the starting point of your spine and it should not be surprising to find that chiropractors treat neck pain. Just as acute lower back pain can be debilitating, so too, can chronic neck pain.
  • Sports Injuries: From leg injuries to tennis elbow, an experienced chiropractor can help athletes and amateur sports enthusiasts overcome the kinds of discomfort and injuries which keep them from performing at their highest levels.
  • Headache Solutions: Many people don’t realize that a chiropractor can help with headaches. Many of the treatments that chiropractors offer help to relieve the pressure that leads to headaches, relieves stresses at the root of tension headaches, and can even help with migraines and cluster headaches.
  • Pregnancy Discomfort: Though not all chiropractors offer this service, many women have found chiropractic care especially helpful during the middle to later stages of pregnancy. Not only can a well-trained chiropractor offer non-medication headache solutions and neck pain treatment during this sometimes difficult period, they can often help relieve some of the discomfort associated with the sciatica—one of the most common problems women approaching their due dates face.
  • Allergies: Yes, that’s right. Most people don’t ever consider allergies, but studies show that chiropractic care can help relieve many of the symptoms of allergies. Chiropractors can help with allergies by reducing stress to the nervous system, enhancing immune system functions by removing subluxations, and supporting your general health. It is the nerve interference associated with the subluxation that causes the nerve system to be hyper excitable, causing increased sensitivity to allergens (things in the environment or foods) that start the allergic reaction.
  • Fatigue: Many studies now show that chiropractic care helps improve energy levels and make chiropractic patients feel more alert and revitalized. Chiropractic care can even help those suffering from ailments such as fibromyalgia.
  • Overall Health and Diet: Chiropractors study much more than just back pain, and can do more than offer you a pain targeted massage. Most chiropractors also study nutrition and can help patients improve their overall health by aiding them in designing healthier, more effective diets.

Put simply, a 21st Century chiropractor is much more than just a back doctor. If you have pain or discomfort, have recently experienced a traumatic injury from an automobile accident, or simply want to optimize your lifestyle for better overall health and vitality, then you should definitely consider seeing a chiropractor.

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