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Olympics Post Mortem

To add to last week's blog... Watching the Olympics as chiropractic intern has been really interesting. In the past, while watching I was entertained and amazed at what the athletes could do. Now, I am both of those things, plus I am diagnosing and contemplating what athletes would need for treatment based on the sport they are competing in. I mentioned the moguls last week; the amount of ground reaction forces the athletes take to their knees and low back must be astronomical. As the athletes go through their runs, the commentators mention the multiple surgeries most of the seasoned athletes have had throughout their skiing career.

As a chiropractic physician, I would be an excellent addition to an athlete's training and medical team. By providing preventive care through a tailored treatment plan for the specific athlete, their abilities, and their sport, the athlete would most likely need fewer surgeries with less time taken away from training and competing. I do not think that chiropractic care would remove the need for some surgeries throughout their career simply based on the high amount of force their knees, low back, and posterior kinetic chain take.

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Talking to a student at the UIC health fair

Health Fair Benefits

On Thursday afternoon, I participated in a health fair on the University of Illinois (UIC) campus. There were several booths set up with information for students on nutrition, cholesterol screening, exercise, family planning, massage, and many others. At our booth, we had information for students on chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, and other therapies we provide at the National University of Health Sciences Whole Health Center - Chicago. It was a great opportunity for students and teachers to ask questions about what we have to offer and how we can help them. UIC students receive a 50% discount on all services at the Chicago clinic. Most of the students seemed very intrigued about acupuncture. What is it?  Does it hurt? What can it be used to treat? How does it work? Etc...

I had several interactions that might be very beneficial for the NUHS Chicago Whole Health Center. One of the professors at the UIC Nursing School had no idea that we were right in the UIC Marketplace. She has been to a chiropractor in the past for musculoskeletal issues and was very happy with results that she got with treatment. Now, knowing that our clinic is so close and affordable, she took several pamphlets for herself and to share with others at the UIC Nursing School. 

The other interesting conversation I had was with an employee of UIC Campus Care. UIC Campus Care is a self-funded insurance program for students, which offers comprehensive health insurance at a very reasonable cost. She mentioned that they are always looking for chiropractors and other doctors to add to their network. So hopefully at some point in the near future, the NUHS Whole Health Center - Chicago will be one of the preferred providers offering chiropractic care to more UIC students.

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.