Chiropractic & Babe Ruth

Chiropractic & Babe Ruth

Chiropractic care is pretty much ubiquitous in the world of professional sports, and in fact in the world of weekend warrior sports as well. Our profession as moved from the fringe (for those embracing modern therapy) into the mainstream, in no small part thanks to the demands of professional athletes. The physicians at Back In Motion all have experience working with professional and amateur athletes of all levels, sometimes taking for granted the opportunities that we have to work with so many talented individuals from all walks of life. As with most professions, sports chiropractors are only as strong as those who have come before us and paved the way for the next generation. With that in mind, I could not help sharing this newspaper clipping from the early 20th century featuring the team physician and chiropractor for the New York Yankees, Dr. Eric Painter. It is said that the Yankees asked for this to be kept quite, believing that having a team chiropractor gave them a competitive edge - something they did not want their competition to catch on to! While I can't confirm how much truth their is to that story, it is well documented that the decade they had with Dr. Painter (1920s to 1930s) as their team physician was one of the best in their history. Coincidence?

The chiropractic team at Back In Motion in Beaverton is proud to build on the foundation created by Dr. Painter and countless others throughout the last century, including our own Dr. Ted Forcum. It is our mission to continue advancing the specialty of sports chiropractic in the Portland and Beaverton community, helping our neighbors get out of pain and back to doing the things they love.

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Chronic Tension Headache - Efficacy Of Manipulation & Manual Therapy

Chronic Tension Headache - Efficacy Of Manipulation & Manual Therapy

Chronic muscle tension headaches - we've all experienced them before to one degree or another. The chiropractors at Back In Motion in Beaverton diagnose and treat them on a regular basis. Stress, computer work, cell phone usage, poor posture - these all contribute, typically in combination, to this modern epidemic. Symptoms include tightness and decreased range of motion in the upper cervical spine, point tenderness in the upper trap muscles and suboccipital muscles at the base of the skull, pain that radiates into the temples, and often pain that radiates to the eyeball. These symptoms typically worsen with stress and are most prominent at the end of the work day, especially if that day was spent in front of a computer with infrequent breaks. As common as this condition is, and as frequently as it is treated in the chiropractor's office, what does the research say about the efficacy of manipulation and manual therapy - both relied on heavily by the chiropractors at Back In Motion in Beaverton - in the treatment of muscle tension headaches?

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What's That Popping Sound?

We are all familiar with the popping sound produced when cavitating our joints. Cracking our knuckles, neck, knees, ankles, and feet all produce this wonderful sound with the accompanying sweet relief. No one is more intimately aware of this particular sound and subsequent relief than the chiropractor, in our case the highly skilled and personable chiropractic physicians at Back In Motion Chiropractic & Sports Rehab in Beaverton, Oregon:) We produce hundreds of pops and cracks per day, and our patients experience them many times during their course of care at Back In Motion. As physicians, we are most concerned with the positive effects of joint manipulation, and its overall impact on clinical outcomes and patient well being. However, we rarely stop to think about some of the more esoteric aspects of our clinical techniques like, for instance, the physiology behind the audible pop caused by joint manipulation. So, what exactly is causing that sound?

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Recent Systematic Review Shows Tylenol Ineffective In Treating Low Back Pain

Recent Systematic Review Shows Tylenol Ineffective In Treating Low Back Pain

Everyday we are bombarded with television and print ads extolling the wonders of Tylenol, active ingredient acetaminophen, in the treatment of all types of pain. The typical advertisement scenario is a man or woman grabbing their low back in pain - perhaps a little red highlighting over the area of pain and some dramatic music - followed by their reaching for a bottle of quick-fix. Even more shocking, considering the amount of evidence showing the negative and potentially deadly effects of chronic acetaminophen use, is the scenario showing the the person with obvious chronic, daily low back pain, with the implication that they pop a few pills everyday for a lifetime of pain-free living - although with the fine print caveat to follow the directions on the label and use only as advised by a physician, both of which warn against long-term use because it can kill you. While no therapy comes without some risk, we must always weigh those risks against the potential benefits to make an informed decision both as physicians and patients. So given the well documented risks, what does the evidence say about the benefits of using Tylenol to treat low back pain - the condition most commonly associated with visits to both the medical doctor and chiropractor?

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