Pelvic Pain Underreported and Untreated

Pelvic Pain Underreported and Untreated

Pelvic Pain Underreported, Untreated-Chiropractic NewsA new study suggests that pelvic pain is grossly underreported among young women in their late teens and early 20s. Researchers from the University of Florida conducted the first-ever study on the prevalence of pelvic pain among college-educated women. Among the respondents, 72% had experienced pelvic pain in the previous year but nearly 75% of those women had not sought treatment. Eighty percent of women said they had painful periods, close to 33% had painful sexual encounters, and one-fifth had pain in external genitalia.

"There is a significant lack of awareness about pelvic pain in general," explained Dr. Nash Moawad, director of the Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology at UF Health and the lead author of the study. "Some women thought their pain was normal. They think that is how periods are supposed to be. But if you are missing days from school or work or have to cancel activities, that is striking. No pain should ever be that severe. If a woman has to take narcotics for pain, or if she has had to drop out of classes, that is not normal. She should see a physician."

The researchers asked 2,000 young women to participate in the study and received 390 responses. The women reported that barriers to treatment included problems with insurance and making appointments as well as a lack of understanding from physicians. The researchers also suspected that many of these women did not receive treatment because they did not realize their pain was abnormal.

The findings also demonstrated the importance of seeking care for pelvic pain. The researchers found that there was a "big difference" between women with and without pain in terms of how they perceived their overall health. Women with pain reported more sad days, irregular sleep patterns, and poorer quality of health.

Pelvic pain could be a sign of endometriosis, ovarian cysts, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, or urinary tract infections. Biomechanical problems and dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint at the base of the spine may also cause pelvic pain.  Dr. Hozjan has had great success with female pelvic pain issues through specific Nutritional Healing protocols.

The researchers encouraged women to seek care for their pelvic pain, since many of these conditions can be diagnosed and treated. For women with pelvic pain related to SI joint dysfunctionor pregnancy, chiropractic care can ease pain through non-invasive treatments such as exercise therapies and chiropractic adjustments.

Birdwell, April Frawly. Women's pelvic pain often goes underreported, untreated. Medical Xpress. November 8, 2013. 
Mann Julie, et al. Attributes and barriers to care of pelvic pain in university women. The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 2013; 20 (6): 811-818.

Posted in Chiropractic, Healthy Lifestyle, Nutritional Healing. Tagged as endometriosis, IBS, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel, ovarian cyst, painful period, pelvic pain, urinary tract infection, UTI.

Back Injuries in Young Athletes: A Growing Concern

Back Injuries in Young Athletes: A Growing Concern

Back Injuries in Young Athletes: A Growing Concern- Chiropractic NewsLower back injuries are the third most common sports injury sustained by athletes under the age of 18, according to new findings from Loyola University Medical Center. Not only can these injuries sideline athletes for weeks, they put them at risk of future back problems.

The Loyola University study was presented by sports physician Neeru Jayanthi, MD, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. Jayanthi and colleagues studied 1,200 young athletes who sustained 843 injuries.

Fifteen percent of those injuries were lower back injuries. The other two most common sports injuries were ankle (16%) and knee injuries (31.1%). Concussions and headaches were also common (13.4%) as well as shoulder (10.7%), and hip injuries (6.4%).

Most of those back injuries (61%) were considered less serious injuries to the lumbar facet and sacroiliac joints. However 39% were considered serious stress fractures or complications of stress fractures. Jayanthi  touched on common risk factors for lower back injuries in young athletes including:
  • Hyperextension (arching the lower back, especially in racket sports)
  • Poor back extensor muscle and abdominal muscle strength
  • Intensive training
  • Frequent training hours (an average of 12.7 hours a week)
  • Specialization in one sport starting at a young age
Jayanthi recommended several preventive strategies including:
  • Resting for one day if an athlete is experiencing pain in a high-risk area like the back, shoulder, or elbow.
  • If symptoms linger for more than two weeks, seek evaluation from a sports physician.
  • In younger children who are still developing physically, do not spend more hours per week than your age playing a sport.
  • Avoid specialization in any sport before late adolescence.
  • Take a break from competitive sports for at least 1-3 months out of the year.
  • Take a rest day from sports training at least once per week.
  • For racket sports, athletes should have their form and stroke evaluated and minimize any back extension above 20 degrees as much as possible.
Many chiropractors are trained in sports medicine and can assist your child in diagnosing, recovering, and preventing back. In fact recent research suggests that chiropractic is the best conservative treatment for back pain in athletes. Chiropractic can also assist in the treatment of other common sports injuries like tennis elbow, tendonitis, and knee pain.

Lower back injuries more common in young athletes who focus on sports, Loyola study finds. Loyola Medicine. October 29, 2013.

Posted in Chiropractic. Tagged as athlete, back injury, back pain, chiropractor charlotte 28209 southpark, knee pain, sports injury, tendonitis, tennis elbow.

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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain

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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.