Belltown Spine & Wellness Blog

Drugs and Medications for Spinal Fractures

Spinal fractures may or may not cause pain. If yours is painful, the doctor may have you try various drugs and medications to help deal with the pain. These medications won't help you heal faster; their purpose is to relieve your pain so that you can get through your day-to-day activities. Also, you can take advantage of the pain-free period the drugs and medications give you by doing physical therapy to strengthen your spinal muscles.With drugs and medications, you always want to start out with the lowest dosage of the "weakest" medications. That is—unless you're in excruciating pain and it's an extreme circumstance, the doctor probably won't start you out on a narcotic like morphine. There is a progression to drugs and medications. Most likely, you'll start with an over-the-counter medication. If that sufficiently relieves your pain, you won't have to try anything stronger. If it doesn't, talk to your...
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Herniated Discs: Definition, Progression, and Diagnosis

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What is a Herniated Disc? Herniation of the nucleus pulposus (HNP) occurs when the nucleus pulposus (gel-like substance) breaks through the anulus fibrosus (tire-like structure) of an intervertebral disc (spinal shock absorber). A herniated disc occurs most often in the lumbar region of the spine especially at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels (L = Lumbar, S = Sacral). This is because the lumbar spine carries most of the body's weight. People between the ages of 30 and 50 appear to be vulnerable because the elasticity and water content of the nucleus decreases with age. The progression to an actual HNP varies from slow to sudden onset of symptoms. There are four stages: (1) disc protrusion (2) prolapsed disc (3) disc extrusion (4) sequestered disc. Stages 1 and 2 are referred to as incomplete, where 3 and 4 are complete herniations. Pain resulting from herniation may be combined with a radiculopathy,...
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Physical Therapy for Whiplash

Physical therapy is an effective treatment option for whiplash, especially when combined with other treatments, such as bracing and medications. In whiplash, the soft tissues in your neck are damaged, so a physical therapist can work with you to restore proper function and movement of those tissues. Physical therapy includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help to relax you and your body. They're called passive because you don't have to actively participate. Most likely, you're experiencing acute pain because of whiplash, so you'll probably start with passive treatments as your body heals and/or adjusts to the pain. But the goal of physical therapy is to get into active treatments. These are therapeutic exercises that strengthen your body so that your spine has better support.   Passive Treatments for Whiplash Deep Tissue Massage: This technique targets muscle tension that can develop as a result of whiplash. The therapist uses direct...
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Future Health Renews as Premier Level ACA Corporate Member

  Press Release   Media Contacts: Caitlin Lukacs: (703) 812-0218 | [email protected] Melissa Lee: (703) 812-0259 | [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2014 Arlington, Va. —The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recognizes Future Health’s renewal as a premier level corporate member. Future Health’s electronic health record (EHR) and practice management software are designed to help doctors of chiropractic (DCs) become more efficient at office management and compliant with documentation through integrated technology. Founded in 1991 by Steven Kraus, DC, an expert and authority in the subject of EHR incentives and other issues, Future Health helps users implement efficient practice management services that can save DCs time, money and frustration. Additionally, Future Health uses secure cloud technology for safe data storage and data protection. A key component of this partnership is a series of free webinars from Future Health to inform the profession on a range of EHR issues, including stages...
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ACA Welcomes ScripHessco as Premier Corporate Member

  Press Release   Media Contacts: Caitlin Lukacs: (703) 812-0218 | [email protected] Melissa Lee: (703) 812-0259 | [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2014 American Chiropractic Association Welcomes ScripHessco as Premier Corporate Member, Expands Access to Top Quality Chiropractic Supplies Arlington, Va. --The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with ScripHessco, providers of high quality chiropractic equipment and supplies, as its newest premier corporate member. For more than four decades, ScripHessco has been a trusted resource among healthcare practitioners, and a strong advocate for the chiropractic profession. "This partnership gives ACA members access to a wide variety of chiropractic supplies, accessories and equipment in a way that will help DCs save time and money," says Anthony Hamm, DC, president, ACA. "ScripHessco's support of our student membership program demonstrates its commitment to fostering the profession of chiropractic and raising awareness about its proven results for optimizing...
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Belltown Spine & Wellness, an integrated health and spinal rehabilitation center, has helped thousands of people over the past 22 years regain their health and vitality through their natural, integrated approach to health and wellness in the greater Seattle area. Our services, which include chiropractic, spinal rehabilitation, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine and medical weight-loss are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals. Our signature 4-step program is specifically designed to help patients recover from neck and back pain chronic conditions. This system, created by Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness draws on the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.


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