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Why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a very common condition. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), CTS ranks SECOND among the major disabling diseases and illnesses in ALL private industries. The BLS states that workers with CTS may eventually have to give up their livelihood. They cite one study in which almost half of all CTS patients changed their jobs within 30 months following their diagnosis. Due to the controversy surrounding the issue of CTS and worker’s compensation, workers do not always receive compensation benefits.

The KEY to long-term cost containment associated with CTS is EARLY DIAGNOSIS and PREVENTION! The challenge is getting the worker to identify early symptoms and NOT feel intimidated to report them, which could then lead to prompt care and possibly job modifications, resulting in the best chance of preventing a more complicated and far more costly problem.

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Posture and Whiplash

Whiplash Treatment

Posture assessment is a key component of the chiropractic examination, and the posture of the head and neck is especially important for a patient recovering from a whiplash injury. Forward head carriage describes a state in which the head sits more forward on the shoulders than it should. In order for the muscles in the neck and shoulders to keep the head upright, they must work harder. This added strain can increase one’s risk for neck pain and headaches, which is why retraining posture is a key component to the management of neck pain and headaches in patients with or without a history of whiplash.

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Is Your Shoulder Pain Caused By a Rotator Cuff Tear?

NJ Back & Shoulder Pain Treatment-Bergen/Passaic County

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is a rotator cuff (RC) tear. To determine just how common this is, one study looked at a population of 683 people regardless of whether or not they had shoulder complaints. There were 229 males and 454 females for a total of 1,366 shoulders. (The participants’ average age was 58 years, ranging from 22 to 87 years old.)

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: The simple diet change that can make you, and the planet, healthier

Vegetarian diets are not only healthy for people, but the environment as well

Vegetarian diets are not only healthy for people, but the environment as well.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians generally have lower risks of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Vegetarian diets also leave a lighter carbon footprint, as the components of a vegetarian diet require fewer resources such as land, water, fuel, and fertilizer compared with raising livestock. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, December 2016

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Whiplash – Is it Muscle, Ligament, or Both?

Whiplash Treatment

Whiplash is caused by the rapid back and forth motion that occurs in the classic rear-end collision, in some sports, and during slip and falls. The initial symptoms associated with whiplash often include muscle tightness and pain. But where is the pain coming from?

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: The Dangerous New Superbug that’s now in the US

Superbug fungal infection now in the US

Superbug fungal infection now in the US.

13 cases of a potentially deadly, drug-resistant fungal infection have been reported in the US. According to the CDC, Candida auris fungal infection is becoming a health threat worldwide, and it appears to spread in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Nearly three-quarters of the C. auris strains from US patients had some resistance to antifungal medications, making it difficult to treat. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden adds, “We need to act now to better understand, contain and stop the spread of this drug-resistant fungus… This is an emerging threat, and we need to protect vulnerable patients and others.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 2016

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