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Sports Injuries: Stress Fractures to the Ribs

Stress fractures to the ribs occur in rowers, golfer, canoeists, lacrosse players and baseball pitchers. They are more common in sports involving an element of trunk rotation with scapula movement across the rib cage.

A stress fracture is described as an overload to the bone caused by repetitive loading due to a particular movement. Any load on the bone will create a stress in the bone. However, given enough recovery time the bone heals and ends up stronger. This is known as Wolfe’s law. But, if the bone load is too high or too frequent, then the bone does not repair quickly enough, a stress response occurs and a fracture follows.

In rowing, the repetitive loading is created by a number of factors. Muscles such as the serratus anterior and abdominals that directly attach to the ribs can lead to loading on the ribcage due to contraction. Bad rowing technique, perhaps caused by poor hip flexibility, which then requires an excessive compensatory thoracic rotation, may then lead to rib brea…
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Characteristics of Degenerative Disc Disorder

Degenerative disk disease (DDD) can affect any area of the backbone, but it most commonly affects the low back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine). Where you might have pain will be based on what area of your spine has got the disk degeneration.

You could experience pain for instance, at the site of the damaged disc—in your lower back.

However, the pain might also radiate (or travel) to a different part of your own body. The nerves that branch off your backbone travel to various areas of the body , so if the degenerated disc is pressing on a nerve in your back that is low —a nerve that’s heading down to your legs—you may experience pain in your leg, too. The pain message will “go,” and this can be called a radiculopathy in the medical world.

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease
Typically, people who have degenerative disk disease have chronic back or neck pain. Sometimes pain will flare up—that’s called an acute episode. The main symptom, however, is pain, so you need to pay att…

A Weak Psoas Muscle Could Be The Basis For Back Pain

El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez takes a look at the psoas muscle and its relation to back pain.

All too often we find ourselves experiencing aches and pains in our bodies, especially in the low back. If you find yourself commonly searching for remedies for fast back pain relief, it might be time to research the psoas muscle.

Technically named iliopsoas, the psoas major, may very well be among the main muscles within the body. Why? This deep-seated heart muscle helps support your back and much more. In the event the psoas is weak, it might be the cause of neck pain, back pain and many other issues. In fact, the psoas major muscle is especially distinctive, particularly as it pertains to postural function. It’s the only muscle which joins reduced body and the lumbar spine. It’s clear to see taking care of this deep psoas muscle is essential to a powerful, pain free body. Many others believe a healthy psoas is very important for spiritual and mental health, also.
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What El Paso Chiropractors Can Help With

An assortment of diverse and difficult health conditions can be helped by a chiropractors in El Paso. Patients usually only associate chiropractic care with back problems, but in reality chiropractic can be helpful for the entire nervous system and musculoskeletal system.

Treating mild to severe headaches is probably not a thing most people think chiropractors can help, however, that and many other conditions are pretty common to see in our office. Naturally the sources of headaches can vary and many things could be the trigger or cause. It’s important to remember that any kind of pain which causes us to alter our natural posture or the way we walk requires professional care or treatment.

Therapeutic stretches and exercises can be given by a chiropractor which will help you avoid the same issues later on. Many chiropractors also offer lifestyle recommendations and nutrition that you can utilize to help improve your condition.




No matter what affliction or health problem you’re dealing…

Cycling or Walking to Work is the Key to Longevity

Adding a few miles of biking each day to your commute might add years to your life span, new research suggests. The British study found that bicycling to work appeared to halve people’s odds for serious disease and premature death.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland looked at the commuting habits of more than 264,000 people in the United Kingdom and tracked their health over five years.

Cycling to work was associated with a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease over five years and a 45 percent lower risk of cancer compared to a sedentary commute. Risk of premature death was 41 percent lower. Walking to work was also beneficial, but not to the same degree.

Hoofing it was associated with a 27 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 36 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease. However, it wasn’t linked with a lower risk of cancer or premature death, the study found.

The study doesn’t establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship between commuting by bike …

Tips to Avoid ACL Injuries Among Youth Sports Participants

With April being Youth Sports Month, Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) shines a spotlight on what it notes is becoming an epidemic among youth sports—ACL injuries.

“ACL injuries have become a youth sports epidemic and are the No. 1 sports injury we operate on at our outpatient surgical center,” says Jennifer Beck, MD, associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, in a media release.

“The injury is most common in sports that involve sudden changes of direction—such as football and soccer—but fortunately there are some basic things athletes can do to lessen the chance of injury.”

Beck notes in the release that most ACL injuries are not the result of contact with another player but rather occur during sudden twisting motions (such as when the feet are planted one way and the knees are turned another way), or when landing from a jump. Factors that can contribute to ACL injuries include biomechanical issues such as muscle strength a…

Improve Your Golf Game In El Paso With Chiropractic

Choosing to receive treatment from a chiropractor won’t stop your slice or improve your putting, but it just might end up improving your overall game and lowering your score. It’s no secret that golf can be hard on your lower back. The quick, repetitive twisting motion required to swing a club puts your back at risk every time you play, and if you already have a back injury you’re putting other muscle groups at risk. Keep reading to learn how to improve your golf game in El Paso with chiropractic care.
How Chiropractic Boosts Your Game Since a chiropractor is specifically trained to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system they are able to help golfers reduce the amount of stress and strain placed on their bodies. The lower back does undergo a lot of stress with the torque of a standard golf swing, but there are other body parts that can affect your golf game, too. Pain or range of motion issues in your shoulders, elbows, knees or wrists will definitely affect your swing and lead…

What Are The Educational Requirements For A Chiropractor in El Paso?

Have you ever wondered how many years your treating chiropractic doctor went to school for or how their education compares to that of other health care professionals? Knowing your doctor’s educational background and additional certifications is often essential to helping you choose the health care provider that is right for you. While the word “doctor” automatically implies an extensive academic curriculum, each health care specialist has a unique and individualized educational program to complete prior to practicing in the field. Our doctors have designed this article to help you understand your chiropractor’s educational background and how it may affect your care.

Chiropractors Educational Requirements? As with many professionals, the specific requirements outlined often vary from state to state. Typically, chiropractors are required to have completed undergraduate pre-medical studies and obtained a bachelor’s degree prior to admission to a post graduate chiropractic college. Each …

Degenerative Disc Disease Caused by Aging

Degenerative disk disease (DDD) develops as an outcome of the effects of aging in your back and particularly in your intervertebral discs.

Additionally, it may be associated with an injury to the back, but in that scenario, your disks have generally become weak because, with age, disks lose water content, may become thinner; both of which can change shape and the strength of one or more discs. Before you feel the result of DDD— other symptoms as well as pain — your discs along with other backbone constructions are changing. That is simply the natural consequence of the stress and tension each of us places our backs through every day.

Causes and Effects of DDD
Effects and the causes of degenerative disc disease are relatively clear-cut: You age, your disks change, your bones could be affected, and also you can develop pain. It even helps to think as a cause and effect process or cascade of DDD: One anatomical change happens, which leads to changes and more degeneration in the structu…

Working Out On an Empty Stomach: Does It Burn Off the Most Fat?

El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez examines working out on an empty stomach.

For a thing that should be simple, working out doesn’t consistently feel that way. There’s choosing the best fat-burning workout. There’s that pesky question of whether diet or exercise is essential for fat loss. And there’s a new one to throw into the mix: whether working out on an empty stomach can help you shed weight faster.

Bodybuilders swear by it while many people religiously enjoy their pre -workout protein shake. What exactly gives? Should you hitting the gym on an empty stomach and be forgoing food in the event you want to lose pounds?

Regrettably, like so much fitness guidance, this falls into the grey, “it depends” place. Let’s inquire.
Work Out On an Empty Stomach? The theory behind exercising having an empty tummy is that when you squeeze before breakfast, your body burns fat faster.

See, what occurs is that glycogen, a type of carbohydrate which our bodies shop, “ runs out” overnight. …

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