The Asthma Epidemic

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Asthma, Chiropractic

If you or someone close to you has asthma, you know how frightening an asthma attack can be. During an “attack”, muscles around the airway contract, the lining of the airway swells due to inflammation, and excess mucus is released and clogs the airway. Episodes range from mild, moderate to severe and include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, rapid breathing and itchiness in the chest and throat. It is a chronic condition that affects the bronchial tubes. Read more »


Are you getting enough exercise?

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Chiropractic, Exercise

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with good advice? One day saccharin causes cancer and then the next it doesn't. Work out twice a week to stay in shape. Exercise 30 minutes a day. One day the headlines say one thing, and the next week they say something totally different. Health experts often disagree on matters of nutrition and fitness. However, when it comes to the need for moderate physical activity, there seems to be universal agreement - if you want better health, you must exercise regularly! Read more »


Why Manage Weight?

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Exercise, Weight Loss

Obesity is the fastest growing health problem in the U.S. today. 65% of Americans are overweight, and 31% are considered obese. Even our children are overweight (15.3% of 6- to 11-year olds and 15.5% of adolescents). Obesity will soon surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Since our bodies aren’t made to be carrying all this extra weight around, we are experiencing more problems with back pain. Read more »


Core Body Stabilization for Low Back Pain

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Back Pain, Chiropractice

It has been estimated that approximately 80% of people in Western countries have experienced low back pain (LBP) at some point in their lives. Within 1 year following the first episode of LBP, 60-80% of patients will have recurring pain. Current research has determined that in most cases of LBP, the lumbar multifidi and the transverses abdominus, which are key stabilizers, are reflexively shutdown after injury. These muscles do not recover of their own volition, even when the patient is free of pain and able to return to normal activity levels. Read more »


Fish Oil Found Helpful for Diabetics and Others

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Diabetics, Fish Oil

November is Diabetes awareness month. During this month, health professionals are educating diabetics on ways to reduce the impact of this disease on the nervous system, cardiovascular system and digestive system. It is even more imperative that we educate everyone on the prevention of the disease altogether. Over 2,000 studies now exist which reveal the benefits of EPA and DHA long-chain fatty acids that are found abundantly in fish. Read more »


Chiropractic and Disc Injury

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Disc, spine

Ruptured disc, herniated discs, disc disease are common terms that are often related to neck and back pain. Each of the 24 vertebrae of the spinal column has 6 joints—4 at the back of the bones that allow and control spinal movement (aligned vertically) and 2 at the top and bottom of each vertebrae. These 2 joints are weight bearing and are aligned horizontally. There is an intervertebral disc between each pair of vertebrae (except between the top 2 in the neck). The discs become progressively smaller as they go up the spine. Read more »


Are School Backpacks User Friendly?

Tag: Dr. Allman, Back Packs

With the school year starting up again, it is time for our kids to begin bearing the load of carrying their school books. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that young children are suffering from back pain at much younger ages than ever before; and the ACA believes that the use of overweight backpacks is a major contributing factor. In recent years, there have been numerous studies involving the use/misuse of backpacks.

Some school districts (mainly in urban areas) are even removing lockers from school buildings--which is forcing students to carry all their books with them all day. Backpack loads produce changes in standing posture when compared with unloaded posture. One study of 817 children between ages 12 and 17 concluded that there are statistically significant associations between back pain and backpack use, female gender, body mass index, general health, physical functioning, and bodily pain. Read more »


The Spine/Body Connection

Tag: Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, health, spine

Each year, just in your own neighborhood, hundreds of people experience episodes of low back pain, sciatica, constant headaches, or neck pain—all of which greatly affect their quality of life. Many will go to their medical doctor for medication to treat their pain. The sad truth is that simply taking pain medication won’t cure the cause of their pain and may even cause more problems. Chiropractic care is often more effective in solving the cause/source of your pain, tingling, or numbness than nearly any other form of health care. Read more »


The Deadly Consequences of Osteoporosis

Tag: Dr. Allman, Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Osteoporosis

As many as 28 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, which is a condition of weakened bones caused by the loss of calcium. In the United States, 80% of those with the disease are women. The majority of people with the condition are unaware of it until a pathologic fracture occurs. According to WebMD, these fractures are occurring at an alarming 1.5 million annually which include: 300,000 hip, 700,000 vertebral (spine), 250,000 wrist, and 300,000 fractures at other sites. Read more »


Non-Surgical Option for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tag: Dr. Allman, Pledger Orthopedic Spine Center, Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition where numbness or tingling sensations occur in one or both hands and is frequently accompanied by sharp radiating pain through the wrist, forearm and shoulder. People with CTS also complain of hand weakness, aching and difficulty performing precision movements. Read more »