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Ever wonder about the schooling a Doctor of Chiropractic goes through?

Multi-Specialty HealthCare’s very own Dr. Paul Tymchenko shares, “Below is some insight on the education process that MSHC’s Doctors of Chiropractic have gone through to provide some of the best, if not THE BEST, healthcare in Maryland. The numbers are truly impressive. If patients ever question who we are and what we do, they should be shown this chart. I hope you find this data as impressive as I have. In the future, I will highlight the rigorous curriculum our CA’s have gone though to become certified and employable under our doctors.” Comparison of Hours of Basic Sciences Education in Medical and Chiropractic Schools Subject Chiropractic Schools Medical Schools   Hours % of Total Hours % of Total Anatomy 570 40 368 31 Biochemistry 150 11 120 10 Microbiology 120 8 120 10 Public Health  70 5 289 24 Physiology 305 21 142 12 Pathology 205 14 162 14 Total Hours 1,420 100 1,200 100 Comparisons of the Overall Curriculum Structure for Chiropractic and Medical Schools Chiropractic Schools Medical Schools Mean Percentage Mean Percentage Basic science hours 1416 29% 1200 26% Clinical science hours 3406 71% 3467 74% Chiropractic science hours 1975 41% 0 0 Clerkship hours 1405 29% 3467 74% Total Contact Hours […]

Chiropractic for Neck Pain

Here’s the latest on chiropractic care, a treatment extensively provided at Multi-Specialty Healthcare, featured on the American Chiropractic Association website. In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.  — Annals of Internal Medicine, Bronfort et al. (2012)

Did you know that over 20 million Americans will seek chiropractic care this year?

At Multi-Specialty HealthCare (MSHC), we have long been strong advocates of chiropractic care. That’s because our 25+ locations include 20+ chiropractors, who are experts at using this model of non-invasive care to treat our patients when appropriate—particularly for the 80 percent of Americans who at one point in their lives, will suffer from back pain. All MSHC chiropractors have a dual license in both chiropractic and physiotherapy. This enables them to treat patients more comprehensively, with chiropractic adjustments, modalities and protocols, which include rehabilitation exercises to expedite recovery. Chiropractic has been around for more than 100 years, and hundreds of MSHC patients have found relief from our chiropractic experts.

September is Healthy Aging Month

September is designated as Healthy Aging Month by Healthy Aging®, which is a national health initiative developed to help individuals think more positively about growing older. Fifteen years ago, they began the celebration of Healthy Aging Month, which promotes taking charge of one’s health past age 50. This includes on varying levels, from physically, socially, mentally or financially. Because physical well-being so readily lends itself to the tendency and ability to create overall well-being, it seems a worthy focus to celebrate this month, and to kick of a Fall campaign that takes step towards improving and maintain health. REGULAR EXERCISE-There are so many reasons to incorporate some form of physical activity into our lives, particularly as we age. Because so many people currently over  50 may not have grown up in a ‘fitness culture’, it is important to develop it on one’s own, no matter what age. The latest thinking stresses integrating your fitness into everyday activities. Research has shown that even short bouts, say 10 minutes at a time, of some physical activity can add up to equal  one longer workout. Even if you already exercise, try to add more movement. That’s another important and recent finding—include ambient movement […]

Chronic Vs. Acute Rotator Cuff Injury

A chronic tear is more common in people with occupations or sports requiring excessive overhead activity. Pain may worsen at night and shoulder motion will gradually decrease. For a chronic tear, rest and ibuprofen are usually the best form of pain control followed by physical therapy, steroid injections and surgical repair if needed. An acute tear to the rotator cuff can occur from a sudden raising of the arm against resistance. Symptoms include a sudden tearing sensation followed by severe pain shooting down the arm. Acute tears usually require more than one visit to an orthopaedic specialist and surgery may be considered within a few weeks in younger, active patients.

What WAS that body tape on Olympic athletes?

Kinesio tape has been around for decades, but during the London 2012 Olympics, it was prominent in all types of colors and patterns on all types of athletes. It is designed to support and stabilize the joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used  to treat pain. The tape is thin and pliable, thus different from athletic tape used to keep an injured joint from bending to prevent further injury. As described in an online article by CNN , Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist Kenzo Kase designed the taping method in 1979, according to his company, Kinesio. He thought the standard taping methods of the time were too restrictive and may even extend injuries, because they inhibited the flow of inflammatory fluids beneath the skin. A flexible tape that could be applied to injured muscles, he believed, would stimulate circulation through its tug on skin and start clearing out the damage. Although some medical experts express skepticism, believeing the tape is no more than a placebo, the Kinesio company claims to have trained more than 100,000 practitioners around the world on how to use the tape, which was in evidence by 80 countries at the […]

Arthroscopic Surgery: An Overview

Did you know that more than 1 million arthroscopic procedures are performed each year, making it one of the highest volumes in the United States? As the medical field continues to advance, more doctors are using arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of different joints. Arthroscopic surgery is a common procedure in orthopaedics to diagnose and treat any difficulty in the joints. Most common in the knee and shoulder, these procedures seek to repair cartilage and meniscus problems along with rotator cuff tears. During the surgery, a camera is inserted into the joint through a small incision, projecting a clear picture of the inside of the joint onto a monitor. Other instruments are inserted to treat a variety of different conditions. A typical arthroscopic procedure takes less than an hour.  For most same-day surgeries, patients are allowed to leave once the anesthetic effects wear off. Like most surgeries, there is risk involved. The risks are rare (blood clots, infections at the surgery site, bleeding, skin scars) but they increase with the age of the patient. The benefits of arthroscopic surgery over traditional surgery are tremendous. The small incisions heal quickly and leave little scarring. Diagnosis and surgery can be performed […]

9 Easy Exercises to Reduce Knee Pain This Summer

Although there is temptation to stop exercising, especially in the summer heat, it is proven to be one of the best ways to reduce knee pain. Below are nine activities to incorporate into your summer plans. 1.) Walking: This is a very simple activity that can be done in a variety of locations (mall, track, neighborhood) and can easily fit into your daily schedule. If you choose to walk outside, make sure it is at a time that will beat the summer’s heat. You may walk with someone whose company you enjoy or bring music to listen to. 2.) Swimming: Swimming is a great low-impact activity which is especially beneficial to people who suffer from osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal issues or joint disease. 3.) Yoga: Whether it be the relaxing breathing or the ranges of motion involved in the stretching, yoga is a helpful component to easing chronic pain. 4.) Tai Chi: This form of martial arts that originated in China incorporates the mind and body to reduce pain/stiffness, while simultaneously building endurance and balance. 5.) Pilates: Pilates has been found to help with core strength building and may improve pain more than relaxation/stretching techniques; however, instruction is usually needed. 6.) Simple […]

Playing Ball This Summer Season?

Did you know that more than 20 million Americans play baseball or softball and as many as 17 million people are estimated to be at risk of a full rotator cuff tear? In fact, any athlete that plays a throwing sport is at some risk (volleyball, tennis, etc.). When the rotator cuff is damaged, pain limits the range of motion of the shoulder and the muscles do not make the small adjustments within the joint to allow the shoulder to move properly. Severity of the injury ranges from a mild strain and inflammation to a complete tear that may require surgery. Medical care should be received if shoulder pain continues even after rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications, one is prevented from doing their daily activities, pain prevents overhead reaching or pain prevents playing sports with an overhead motion involved.