Dr. Allman

Jul
30

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 »

Jun
10

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 »

May
02

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 »

Apr
01

Frightening Statistics

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

In 1994 the New England Journal of Medicine reported that nearly 31 million Americans complain of low back pain at any given time. Other studies show that one half of the entire American workforce admits to having back pain symptoms each year. In addition, 33% of Americans over the age of 18 have had a back pain episode severe enough for them to seek professional help over the past five years. According to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the costs to our society for these low back pain complaints is estimated to be around 50 billion dollars annually. Read more »

Jan
07

Improving Balance Reduces Falls in Elderly

Tag: Dr. Allman, Balance, Chiropractic, Elderly

Because falls account for more than half of the accident-related deaths in people over the age of 65, it is extremely important to make time to focus on improving your balance. According to the American Chiropractic Association, retraining the neurology to the muscles and joints of the lower extremities can increase one’s balance (proprioception) and decrease the risk of future injury. Read more »

Dec
21

Managing Physical Stress

Tag: Dr. Allman, Chiropractic, Stress

The easiest and most cost-effective activity to manage the daily physical stress on your body is MOVEMENT. Life is motion. Motion is life. The concept is so simple but very profound. If you take an informal poll of those individuals who appear to be healthy . . . you will most probably find a common trait – they keep moving. If you think about all the processes going on in the body – blood circulation, oxygen moving into your lungs, nerve signals passing throughout your body . . . they all require motion. Read more »

Nov
30

Effective Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain and Whiplash

Believe it or not some people still hold on to unsupported beliefs that chiropractic treatment is unscientific. In view of the fact that thousands of studies exist showing the efficacy of chiropractic treatment, let us explore some of the current science. Read more »