Tainted spinal steroid injections for back pain


(Updatd 10-27-12)  Over 300 cases of fungal meningitis have been traced back to tainted steroid injections used primarily to treat back pain. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention meningitis and stroke advisory warns that multiple cases of spinal meningitis caused by fungus, an exceedingly difficult disease to treat, have been traced to epidural (spinal) injections with contaminated methylprednisolone, performed primarily […]

Brain imaging predicts chronic back pain

We never know exactly how we will recover

The majority of us have or will experience back pain, but few of us can appreciate what it is like to live with chronic ongoing back pain. Now it is possible that we are on the threshold of an era when a brain scan performed soon after an injury will be able to predict those […]

New Vehicle Air Bag

Front Center Airbag

Sinner Chiropractic is pleased to report that a new safety feature is hitting the market: Front-center airbags, designed to protect front seat passengers from colliding with one another in side-impact as well as rollover motor vehicle crashes has been introduced by GM. In their efforts to enhance their vehicle crash worthiness, GM has designed a […]

Children’s Sports Contribute to Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions Later in Life

3 youngsters

At Sinner Chiropractic Pain Center we frequently encounter individuals who feel that their chronic musculoskeletal condition most likely originated from a sports related situation they encountered during their pre-college years. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), in 2010, 50 student athletes died because of  sports-related hazards from conditions such as: Concussions spinal cord […]

Golf and your Back

male golfer with low back pain

As enjoyable as golf can be it does require a healthy body.  Tremendous torque needs to be generated, along with bending, lots of walking.  Often low back troubles can become an issue. Time and time again we consult with golfers who have taken the well meaning advice to self mediate with over the counter or prescription […]

Does spinal surgery backfire on patients in pain?

Pain in the back

A large (1450 patient) study, this time published in the journal Spine (2011), provides evidence that for many patients, fusion surgeries designed to alleviate pain from degenerating discs fails. This time researchers analyzed a large workers compensation (Ohio) insurance database.   Included in the study were 1,450 low back patients with a combination of either disc […]

Back Bone Spurs Linked to Diet & Smoking

Lumbar ostephytes art

***Not surprisingly, another study has linked smoking with degenerative spinal conditions.  However, what some may find interesting, is that good nutrition was associated with enhanced spinal health. The study titled, “The effect of beta-carotene on lumbar osteophyte formation” suggests an association between degenerative spine conditions and a low blood level of  beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is found […]

Can excessive yoga cause injuries?

Yoga Spinal Extension Pose

Yoga is praised for its ability to strengthen, energize, cure, calm, lower blood pressure, and help with depression and it’s popularity has expanded five fold from 2001 to 2011. The problem is that underlying physical weaknesses can make serious injury all but inevitable over time, compounded with the observation that some yoga instructors seem to […]

Third patient dies due to bone cement

surgical operating room

Spinal compression fractures are most prevalent in frail and elderly persons, those most vulnerable members of society. Often occurring due to a fall, lower spinal vertebrae fracture and collapse.  Increasingly, surgery with bone cement is used to attempt to restore height to the collapsed vertebrae(s). Unfortunately, one of the problems we have seen is that after […]

Chiropractic for work back injuries?

low back pain in a worker

A recent study reports very positive results with the use of chiropractic for initial work injuries for back pain as well as the followup care for those injuries. Chiropractic results during the disability back pain episode, as opposed to an alternative: 24% decrease in disability duration 5.9% decrease in narcotic use 19% decrease in medical […]