Muscle and Joint Blog

September 17, 2018

Study: Weight Gain and Knee Cartilage Damage

BMI, short for Body Mass Index is a helpful tool used to determine if a person is overweight or obese. Use this calculator to calculate your BMI. People who have a BMI under 25 are considered normal weight, a BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight, and a BMI over 30 is considered obese. The study comprised of 73 random people between the ages of 40 and 79 with […]
September 12, 2018

Study: Do ACL and Meniscal Injuries Increase Your Chances For Total Knee Replacement?

The short answer: Yes Meniscal and ACL injuries can increase the risk of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis increases the wear and tear on the knee joint, increasing cartilage erosion and increasing stress on the joint. The recent study comprised of nearly 3.6 million patient cases. Analysis of the results demonstrated that patients with ACL injuries had a seven-fold increase in total knee replacement resulting from osteoarthritis. For Meniscal injuries, the results were […]
September 12, 2018

Study: The Plantaris Muscle Tendon And Its Relationship with the Achilles Tendinopathy

The plantaris muscle is a little know muscle located at the back of the leg that extends from the back of the knee into the ankle. The plataris muscle is considered to be vestigial, meaning it is a remanent of a  larger muscle in our earlier stages of evolution. Because it is of such minor significance the plantaris is often used as a surgical graft for Achilles’ tendon repair. Recently […]
September 10, 2018

Study: 13-Minute Weight Training Intervals Can Lead To Muscle Gains

A recent study showed encouraging results for those interested in increasing muscle strength and who are short on time. Thirty-four healthy individuals were randomly assigned to 3 experimental groups, performing a range of exercises over an eight week period. At the end of the eight weeks, muscle strength was evaluated and compared.  The results showed that individuals who worked out just 13-minutes three times a week had a marked increase […]
September 9, 2018

Case Study: Chiropractic Care and Torticollis

Torticollis is a common condition found in children, whereby the neck is positioned at an angle relative to the body. The word torticollis is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘twisted neck’. The twisting is usually caused by a muscle spasms in the neck, particularly the SCM or sternocleidomastoid muscle. Most cases are seen in infants  as they spend most of their time sleeping on one side, which can lead […]
September 7, 2018

Study: Shockwave vs Corticosteroid Injections for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A recent prospective randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of corticosteroid injections to shockwave therapy for carpal tunnel syndome over 24 weeks. For a review of what carpal tunnel syndrome is click here. To learn more about shockwave therapy click here. A total of 25 patients were randomized into two groups, one for shockwave therapy and the other for corticosteroid injections. The patients were then evaluated at 1, 4, 12 […]
September 7, 2018

Study: Isometric vs Eccentric Knee Exercises

Isometric versus eccentric knee exercises, which one is right for you? Before we answer that question, it might be a good idea to review what each exercise looks like. Isometric Exercises: Isometric exercises is where the joint does not move and the muscle does not lengthen. The joint stays still and there is no movement, for example:                   Eccentric Exercises: Eccentric exercises […]
September 7, 2018

Study: Weak Quadriceps Can Lead To Falls

The elderly population is at an increase risk for falls. In fact, elderly falls are the main reason for hip and knee replacements. It is not only a source of injury, but can lead to disability as well. A recent cross-sectional study was conducted investigating the role weak quadricep muscles have on increased falls. Results from a total of 1028 participants were analyzed. Participants of the study were 60 years […]
August 31, 2018

Case Study: Knee Arthritis and Chiropractic Care

The following study describes the use of chiropractic care for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. A 47 year old female office-worker with eight-month right knee pain, described having difficulty squatting, sitting on a chair for over one hour and climbing stairs. The patient was treated with conservative chiropractic care twice per week, which included: IASTM – similar to Graston Therapy, whereby an instrument is used to help break down scar […]
August 24, 2018

Ganglion Cyst Treatment With Electro-Acupuncture – Case Study

This study describes the use of electroacupuncture to help treatment ganglion cysts. A total of six treatment sessions were used over 4 weeks which helped reduce the size of the ganglion cyst and associated pain.  More information about ganglion cysts can be found below. To learn more about this study click here.  Ganglion cysts can be described as a lump, or a swelling on top of a joint or the […]
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