Archive for tag: chiropractic

When It Rains, It Pours

This week has been what seems like an ongoing nightmare. I have had a host of weather, car and house problems. The below zero temperatures and snowfall have continued here in Chicago during the worst winter I think I have ever experienced. During one of the large snowstorms, water got into the FRM module in my car (not entirely sure what that is, but apparently it controls the lights). So I had to take my car in for some pricey and lengthy repairs. On top of that, we have been re-doing our master bath at home, so our entire apartment is a mess. There are tools, tile and dust everywhere (or at least it seems like it to me). The good news is, by the end of the week, I should have the car repairs taken care of, the tiling should be finished in the bathroom, and we are supposed to have weather above 30º this weekend and into next week.

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De-stressing with the Olympics

One of the joys and stress-free activities I have had this week is watching the Olympics any free chance that I get. I love everything about the Olympics from the pageantry at the opening ceremonies to the amazingly talented athletes, to the sense of national pride everyone gets as they play out. One of the winter Olympics events that blows my mind are the downhill skiing moguls. Skiers absorb the impact of a series of bumps, and then show off their ability to perform turns, flips, and other tricks on a series of jumps. It's one of those sports that as you watch you are not only amazed at what the athletes can do, but also that anyone can actually do it. With the combination of the fast speeds, series of obstacles, and massive flips, it really is one of the most intense and difficult sporting events.

Treating Headaches

In clinic this week, I had a patient present with headaches and sinus congestion. I particularly enjoy treating headache patients, and I feel like it is one of the areas I excel in treating. After going through a physical exam with the patient, I diagnosed the problem as headaches due to cervicogenic tension and sinus congestion. Most of the patient's pain was centrally located over the area of the frontal sinuses. The pain was described as a throbbing sensation, which changes with the weather, and is worse when bending forward. The patient also has neck pain and cervical muscle tenderness associated with myofascial trigger points, which is characteristic of cervicogenic headache patients. 

For treatment, I have been using a combination of soft tissue work including: soft tissue massage, instrument assisted soft tissue massage, pin and stretch, and post isometric relaxation to the tight cervical muscles. I also have been using chiropractic manipulative therapy to the patient's cervical spine, thoracic spine, and cranium. The final therapy I have been using is acupuncture. Acupuncture is particularly good for sinus congestion and helping to drain those structures. 

Different Points of View

Over the past few weeks, our main clinician at the Chicago Whole Health Center has been out on leave. So during her time away, we have had a few clinicians rotate through. We all thought it was going to be a nightmare having different doctors rotating through, but it actually was a great experience. Each doctor brought a different point of view, different experiences, different techniques, and new ideas on what a practice should be. Each day we were taught things that the doctors felt were important to teach the interns at their own clinics. As interns, we also have a certain number of student chiropractic manipulations and observed chiropractic manipulations that must be performed in order to graduate. While doing these, the doctors that rotated through made it a point to show us new techniques to use on patients who are not responding to other adjustments that we are using.

Overall, it was not the nightmare that we thought it would be, but quite the opposite. We all learned so much and were exposed to things we might not have been had they not stepped in as the clinician. As an intern, it is important to be exposed to as much as you can be. Go out and shadow other doctors, ask questions, take seminars, etc., because when you are done, you are a doctor with all the responsibility that comes with that title. A special thank you to Dr. Cynthia Winston and Dr. Frank Frydrych, who spent most of the time with us, and taught us many valuable techniques. 

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Tri 10 interns hard at work in the Chicago clinic's conference room

On Sunday morning, I had another outreach event to attend with Dr. Rick Ezgur. The event was for the Chicago AIDS Ride, which will take place in July. The ride is a 200-mile bike ride from Evanston, Illinois, to Racine, Wisconsin, where the riders camp overnight. At the campsite, Dr. Ezgur and I will be treating riders for any injuries, aches or pains before they bike back to Evanston the following morning to the finish line. 

The event on Sunday was at one of the many cycling training sessions for the riders at the Lakeshore Athletic Club. The training session consisted of a two-hour cycling class, which was followed by an educational session. The session gave riders information on proper bike fit, nutrition, and stretching to avoid injuries during the AIDS ride. We have four more of these sessions in February, March and April to prep the riders.