Archive for August, 2011

WARNING HEART PATIENTS: Should You Take These Popular Over-The-Counter Pain Medications After A Heart Attack?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Many visionary health care providers warned about it.  Most laughed it off. Now, the research is really piling up and the evidence is getting too strong to ignore. Back in July 1998, The American Journal of Medicine reported, “Conservative calculations

estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is

generally under-appreciated.”


From the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine: “If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in

the United States.  Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a ‘silent epidemic,’ with many physicians and most patients unaware of the magnitude of the

problem. Furthermore, the mortality statistics do not include deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS.”


A New Study Warns Heart Patients About NSAIDs


According to the Elsevier Global Medical News, “For patients with a history of myocardial infarction, any length of treatment with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs poses an unacceptably high risk for death or recurrent heart attacks, based on

findings from Danish study using hospital and pharmacy registry data and published online May 9 in Circulation.


The risk elevation began during the first week of therapy and continued throughout the course of treatment, with some differences in the magnitude of risk between NSAIDs.” The authors stressed the results of the study are not in line with the American Heart Association recommendations regarding NSAID treatment in patients with established cardiovascular disease “because we demonstrate that even short-term NSAID treatment is associated with increased cardiovascular risk in patients with prior MI,” The article also stated, “Despite some limitations of the study, namely the observational design and the possible effects of information bias, and the need for randomized clinical

studies… The accumulating evidence suggests that we must limit NSAID use to the absolute minimum in patients with established cardiovascular disease.”


You Are Probably Taking NSAIDs And Do Not Even Know It


Estimates say that over 30 billion over the counter tablets and 70 million prescriptions are sold annually in the United States alone. NSAIDs include Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin as well as prescription products like Celebrex, Daypro and more.


Is There A Better Pain Solution?


One of the principles of medicine is, “first do no harm.” In other words, make sure the treatment is not worse than the original problem. That’s why, if at all possible, conservative natural options should always be looked into before more invasive and chemical treatments are used.


Chiropractic care has been helping patients relieve pain  naturally, without the deadly side effects of NSAIDs since 1895. As research and proof piles up – and so do the deaths – Chiropractic care becomes the intelligent, obvious choice.

San Diego Chiropractor Explains The Common Cause Of Having A Short Leg

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Have you ever been told you have a short leg and you wonder how is that possible? For some people, it might not affect their activities of daily living but for others it might cause them moderate pain. A short leg can add to muscle imbalances because it makes your weight distribute unevenly throughout your body. Ask any doctor who treats chronic back pain and they will agree, that correcting the short leg is the first approach to correcting the problem.


The hip is a ball and socket joint. It allows for a variety of movements of the leg, so it relies heavily on the muscles of the lower back, the leg and buttocks for support. The condition of each of these supporting muscles, will determine the angle at which the neck of the femur sits in its socket. If problems with any of the relevant muscles on one side of the body cause the neck of the femur to draw up or downwards slightly, it will affect the length of that leg. This causes the pelvis to tilt and other muscles in the body to start compensating.


Unfortunately because of our active lifestyle these days, changes to the muscles supporting one of the hip joints can come about very easily, either through an injury, accident, or overuse of a certain joint from a particular sport.  If left untreated you may develop uneven muscular definition that will prevent you from reaching your full potential at your favorite sport, or worse yet, have frequent muscle spasms or chronic pain.


Whether any problem with these muscles or joints become permanent or not depends largely on things like posture, stress levels and whether the original problem is given the correct treatment at the time. When the correct treatment is not received, the supporting muscles don’t do their job properly and so excessive wearing of the hip or knee joint can happen, resulting in the need for joint replacement surgery later in life, something I am sure no one would want to go through.


Once a person has a short leg their pelvis is drawn down on that side and up on the other. This causes tension in the spine and in the erector spinae muscles of the back. When this happens it’s possible for the spine to curve and some of the vertebrae to become twisted or tilted especially in people with weak muscles. This is often the underlying cause of back pain, scoliosis, or facet syndrome. If you see one of your shoulders higher than the other when you look in the mirror or if one leg of your pants is always longer on one side, go see your local chiropractic doctor and see if he/she can help you correct your problem for good! If you have any questions, visit us at

Tips To Treating And Preventing Ankle Pain

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
A sprained ankle is a very common injury. The most common problems in ankle injury is when you turn it in when you wear high heels or when you turn it over when stepping on a stone or the edge of something. This is commonly known as ankle sprain. The condition results in a lot of bruising and swelling.  A severe sprain can actually tear the elastic fibers of the ligaments. 

Usually, it takes around a few weeks to recover from the injury but the ligaments do not heal or repair completely and are often left with scar tissue. This will increase the chances of recurrent sprains. This not only alters and affects the working of the ankle but also results in problem with the working of the joints of the knee and spine. This happens while taking long walks or jogging on uneven surface. 

A Grade 1 sprain is a slight stretching and some damage to the fibers (fibrils) of the ligament. A Grade 2 sprain is partial tearing of the ligament. If the ankle joint is examined and moved in certain ways, abnormal looseness (laxity) of the ankle joint occurs. A Grade 3 sprain is a complete tear of the ligament. If the examiner pulls or pushes on the ankle joint in certain movements, gross instability occurs.

You can avoid any such kind of chronic pain and recurrent problems with the help of chiropractic treatment. A good chiropractor can analyze and recognize if your ankle pain is due to weakness in the leg muscles or if a bone in your foot/ankle is out of alignment. A misalignment left untreated can result into hammer toes, bunions, flat feet, knee pain, or even hip pain. 

If you are suffering severe pain, consider easing the pain temporarily with an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen. Follow the directions on the product label. After a thorough exam, your chiropractor should prescribe you more appropriate treatment for long term relief.  If the diagnosis of your foot/ankle pain is due to weak muscles, he/she will prescribe stretching and exercises to strengthen them.   If the cause of your pain is due to a misplaced bone, then an adjustment is appropriate.  If your pain stems from dropped arches in your feet, orthotics or podiatrist will be referred.