Dr. James Schofield attended a chiropractic education conference on November 3 and 4, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Schofield practices in Ross Township in the North Hills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He also has a license to practice chiropractic in Florida and has maintained his license for 35 years.
Many topics were presented including the diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to automobile accidents. The care given by a chiropractor, for patients suffering from whiplash and spinal injuries of an auto accident, is one of the most effective forms of helping the spine to repair and become healthy.
Another emphasis of study was evaluating injuries of the spine with x-ray imaging and MRI. Many of Dr. Schofield’s patients who have neck pain, lower back pain, herniated discs and sciatica may require an MRI or have already had an MRI. By analyzing the MRI Dr. Schofield is better able to diagnose his patient’s condition and render effective treatment.
Dr. Schofield and other chiropractors from the North America also received ongoing training and information regarding insurance protocols, Medicare and HIPPA privacy updates. Dr. Schofield’s office stays current with insurance regulations and government legislation.
On October 26 and 27th 2018 Dr. James Schofield attended a chiropractic educational conference in Longbranch, New Jersey. Doctors of chiropractic from the United States and Canada met to discuss various aspects of healthcare.
One topic was the treatment of children and adolescents. Many adults don’t realize that children may have health problems that chiropractic can help. It is not uncommon to find children suffering from tension, migraine and/or sinus headaches. Frequently children from juveniles to teenagers have problems with their neck and upper back due to poor posture when using technology devices like cell phones. Many children who are involved in sports at an early age can develop aches and pains of their lower back. Infants, toddlers and grade schoolers may be prone to ear aches and infections. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate spine for misalignments. Just as these conditions can occur in adults, they can also cause children to suffer. The diagnosis these types of conditions and subsequent methods of treatment for correction were discussed at the conference.
Being from Pittsburgh you can guess what professional football team I root for. However, no one can deny Tom Brady has to be in the running to be voted as the greatest pro football quarterback of all time. He does many things to take can of his health. It is no surprise that he uses chiropractic care to give him an edge.
One of my patients, Norm, originally came to me with a health problem that affected his ability to enjoy a recreational sport and that also affected his relationship with his wife. Norm had a lower back problem that was limiting his ability to golf. You might ask: “I can see why this would affect his ability to enjoy a recreational sport but why was it affecting his relationship with his wife?” I wondered about this also. Norm told me: “When I can’t golf I just sit around the house all day and drive my wife crazy!”
For Norm’s sake and for the sanity of his wife I was motivated to help eliminate his back pain and get him golfing again. I am a chiropractor and treating lower back pain is one of my specialties. This article will explain why many golfers have back pain and how it can be helped.
Recently a study noted in the South African Journal of Physical Therapy, March 2018 stated that almost half of golfers have back pain. The research showed that among a group of 271 recreational golfers, 45% suffered from mechanical lower back pain and 23% had sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Further analysis showed that nearly 96% of the golfers with sacroiliac joint dysfunction had mechanical lower back pain.
Mechanical lower back pain simply means that there is a movement and/or an alignment problem. The sacroiliac joint is a pelvic joint, in the hip pocket area. There is a sacroiliac joint on both sides our pelvis. Dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint means that it is misaligned and/or isn’t moving properly.
As a chiropractor, I am trained to evaluate the sacroiliac joints in golfers with lower back pain. Through a simple physical examination, it can be determined if one or both of the sacroiliac joints may be misaligned or moving improperly.
If this is the case it is a problem that can be treated with chiropractic care. Usually, a series of “chiropractic adjustments” are given to the patient with misalignments and/or improperly moving sacroiliac joints to correct the cause of the problem. Once corrected, 90% of these back conditions are improved and most golfers can resume the sport.
Many professional golfers undergo regular chiropractic care. I encourage any recreational golfer who is being limited by his lower back pain to explore chiropractic care for their condition. If it’s good enough for the pros it certainly is good enough for the rest of us.
I’d like to tell you about a patient of mine named Ed. Ed originally came to me for chiropractic care when he was 65 years old due to chronic lower back pain. He’d suffered with varying degrees of back pain for over 10 years. When his back pain was particularly bad it affected his ability to walk normally. Ed said: “I feel like I’m stumbling along. I always feel like I’m going to fall.” Since Ed’s problem had persisted for many years it took some time for his chiropractic care to help him. But gradually his back pain lessened and, as it did, he was able to stand up straighter and he began to walk normally with a proper gait. He said: “Now that my back doesn’t hurt I can stand straight and walk better. I feel much steadier on my feet.”
What Ed noticed makes complete sense: people with lower back pain are not as steady on their feet and are more likely to fall. Falls are more common in the elderly. This article will discuss back pain and the link to the possibility of falling, causing further injury. It will also discuss a possible solution that might lessen falls among the elderly.
A recent report in the Journals of Gerontology, Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, September 2017 confirmed strong evidence that older man with back pain are more likely to fall. Surveys completed by 5568 elderly men indicated that 67% experienced back pain during the year, 25% fell at least once, and 11% had recurrent falls. Further analysis showed that participants with back pain had at least a 20% increased risk for falling, with an even higher risk for those with greater back pain severity and frequency. This data suggests that reducing back pain among the elderly population could reduce their risk for falls.
We’ve all seen people who are suffering from an episode of strong low back pain. They are usually not able to stand upright well and are hunched forward. They also may be leaning more to the side. When this is the case they’re also not able to walk well. If they must walk in on uneven surface or if they stumble they are more likely to fall. If an elderly person falls it is more likely to be traumatic than if a younger person falls. Older people are more likely to suffer fractures and dislocations after having a fall. Most of us know a senior who has had a hip fracture after falling. These types of traumas require extensive medical care, possibly surgery and may involve an extended period of rehabilitation. The person may even have to leave their home and be in a rehab facility for a lengthy time period.
One way to prevent falls is to reduce or eliminate lower back pain. Chiropractors are specialists that are trained to find the cause of lower back pain. Chiropractic care can then be given to reduce or eliminate pain in the lower back. The research study noted earlier suggests that reducing back pain could reduce a person’s risk for a fall. It is highly recommended that anyone with low back pain who feels unsteady on their feet should consult with a chiropractor for help. This is applicable for people of any age but especially the elderly.
Having been self-employed for the last 33 years I have not actually had a boss for a while. But in prior years I had many bosses and employers. While there were certainly some who were stinkers, most of them were great people. I look back at them as mentors and people who helped me gain maturity. I not only look at employers, but even people like my high school sports coaches. They helped me learn discipline, persistence and teamwork.
So today, National Bosses Day, I want to extend best wishes to those who employ, coach and provide opportunities for all the rest of us. Many thanks!!