Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Blog


First of all what are NSAIDs? NSAIDs are Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs and are the most prescribed medication for treating pain and conditions like arthritis. Most people are familiar with over the counter NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, and Motrin but there are many others. We meet new patients that use them so often that they refer to Ibuprofen as their “Vitamin I”. Many medical guidelines for treating acute injuries involve taking NSAIDs. Some NSAIDs you can buy over the co… Read More

Have you ever thought that if you didn’t have to sleep at night that your neck or back would never hurt? We have many patients that come into Arvada Sport and Spine Group who suffer from what is commonly referred to as a “stiff neck”. A common scenario the patient describes is: “When I went to bed I was fine, but when I awoke the next morning I was in a lot of pain and my ear lobe was laying on my shoulder!!” Often times the way we sleep, the positions we lay in for long peri… Read More

Water is extremely important for good health. Not drinking enough can lead to dehydration. That can cause fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps and more. Worse prolonged dehydration can lead to serious complications like organ failure.Here are just a few reasons why we love water and what it can do for you.Protects your Spine and other TissueWater lubricates and cushions cartilage found in joints and disks of the spine. Cartilage that is found in joints and the disks of the spine, contain around 80%… Read More

Why is reducing inflammation important?There are two types of inflammation in the body, Acute and Chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s natural healing response to an injury. This inflammation is temporary and is an important part to the healing process. Chronic inflammation is when it doesn’t shut off and starts to break down joints and tissue, causing degeneration. Chronic inflammation contributes to many common western diseases. This is the type of inflammation we want to reduce.Here ar… Read More

DON'T BREAK YOUR BACK!

Mar 12, 2019
Tips to decrease injury while lifting: Keep your eyes and head up. This will decrease the rounding of your back and encourage a more neutral spinal position. Keep the object closer to you. The further away, the more compressive forces on your spine. (see image below) Brace with your core. Your abdominals are your natural back brace. Pull your belly button towards your spine to engage. BREATHE! Holding your breath causes increased intraabdominal pressure. Pivot rather than twist. Turn wit… Read More

A frequent question that we receive here at the clinic is how to check a child for scoliosis. Defined as a lateral curvature of the spine, scoliosis affects 3-5% of children with varying severity. To screen, we start with the patient standing up straight facing away so that the back is visible. Starting from the feet upwards to the head, take a look at each joint line noting areas of discrepancy. First, take a look at the ankles and feet, note excessive rolling in at the ankle which tends to red… Read More

Cupping

Nov 02, 2016
Cupping in its most basic form is one of the oldest and most universally practiced medical treatments in the world. Cupping is used widely in the world for many different reasons and the origins of cupping can be dated back to at least 3,500 years ago. Typically when we think of cupping we think of the round marks on people that are often associated with cupping. Recently at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio many of the U.S. swimmers including Michael Phelps were seen with cupping marks on them… Read More

Shoulder Impingement

Mar 24, 2016
Shoulder Impingement and Shoulder Bursitis Shoulder Impingement is shoulder pain that involves compression (impingement) of the bursa (a lubricating sac) and/or rotator cuff tendons by the shoulder blade. Either the bursa can become irritated which is known as bursitis, and/or the rotator cuff tendons can become irritated or have degeneration known as tendonosis. If left untreated, degenerative tearing of the rotator cuff may occur. Shoulder impingement is very common- particularly in peopl… Read More

Typically the first thing we look for after crossing the finish line or ending our workouts are the fluids. All too often we turn to the nearest Gatorade table to “replenish our electrolytes” in order to rehydrate. Due to the successful marketing campaigns of a variety of sport drink companies, we’ve fallen into this trap thinking that these colorful drinks are actually good for us. But you would be mistaken.If you take the time to look at the ingredients, don’t be surprised if you find upwards … Read More

Early Specialization

Dec 22, 2015
In a world with stories of the Russians and Chinese training their children for the Olympics starting at the age of 3-4, we often hear parents asking “When should my child specialize in just one sport?” The pressure to specialize is one that appears to be increasing- particularly with this year being an Olympic year. Coaches are asking parents for their children to participate in 2-3 hour practices 5-6 days week. If they don’t, their child may fall behind the pack.But the research supports wa… Read More