Solutions Integrated Medicine Blog

Latest updates and info about regenerative medicine plus tips on how to become healthier and have less joint and back pain

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Car Accident Ligament Injuries

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     When you’ve been in a car wreck, it’s important you go to a doctor who knows about spinal ligament instability. This is one of the most commonly missed conditions and reasons for patients having chronic pain up to 2 years after an automobile accident, despite follow up treatment directly after. The fact is most doctors miss this diagnosis because they’re not trained in how to find or even treat this problem. Read more about why spinal ligament instability is so commonly missed and why going to the right chiropractor can make all the difference in making a full recovery here…

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Don't Get Stuck with Arthritis

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Many people think they’re stuck with their aches and pains because they’ve been told they have ‘arthritis’ in their knees and there was nothing that could be done for them. In the past, if you had arthritis in your knee, there was a high chance of a knee replacement one day. So we take NSAIDs to keep going, cortisone shots, rooster comb, therapies and hopefully you’ll escape the odds… but doubtful. There are 600,000+ knee replacements/yr in the US, a common endpoint for this system of joint care. Fortunately, we now have new options for people with degenerative arthritis with regenerative medicine. Learn more about how this new branch of medical science is turning back the clock on knee arthritis here….

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Best Hip Bursitis Treatment

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Many of our patients will agree the pain from bursitis in the hip can be crippling. Hip bursitis affects 5 in 1000 adults, but more common in elderly with degenerative conditions and diabetes (1). These patients suffer from severe pain over their hip or side of the leg when they walk, and worse going down stairs. They also have a lot of trouble at night and can’t lay on that side. Typical treatment for this problem often includes ice, anti-inflammatories, cortisone and therapy, however sometimes is ineffective and the condition becomes chronic. Keep reading to learn why and what makes the treatment at Solutions the best way to not only get fast relief for hip bursitis but also address the cause of the problem…

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Tips For Preventing Low Back Pain

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     At Solutions, we treat many patients for low back pain and have very good success rates with this condition. Our team has more than 60 years of combined experience helping patients recover from the worst low back problems possible… we know what it takes to fix a bad back – and so we also know what it takes to keep one healthy. Whether you’ve suffered with low back pain in the past or would just like to prevent it from happening, we’ve put together a short list of helpful tips that will make all the difference in staying well…

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Doctor vs. Therapist

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     All chiropractors have a doctorate degree, however some act more like therapists than doctors. A ‘chiropractic therapist’ treatment plan usually consists of more physical therapy and may not even include a spinal adjustment. When patients complain about their experience, it’s because they end up spending a lot of money/time and their condition never changes. In contrast, a chiropractic doctor uses a specific analysis to correct structural problems in a patient’s spine. This type of care offers patients the best chance of getting results quickly and ones that last. Keep reading to learn why the doctors of chiropractic at Solutions are so unique and the best in the Tri-Cities…

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'Frozen Shoulder Near Me'

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     A frozen shoulder makes simple tasks like putting on a shirt or washing your hair painful and eventually impossible. Also called Adhesive Capsulitis, this condition is caused by adhesions and scar tissue that develop on the shoulder joint capsule. It mostly occurs in people who’ve kept their arm mobilized for a long time or have diabetes, and the effects eventually become debilitating. About 10% of people with rotator cuff disorders develop frozen shoulder. Fortunately if caught early enough, the primary treatment for this condition is therapy. The downside is the down time; frozen shoulders can take 6-9 months and sometimes several years to recover from (1). 

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Leg Length Issues After Surgery

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Sometimes patients don’t fair well after a joint replacement because their legs have become uneven. If the doctors fail to measure the lengths of the legs correctly prior to the procedure, a discrepancy in leg length is often the result. The body can compensate for a small amount, but when leg length discrepancy becomes too large, it creates imbalances in other joints and wreaks havoc. For example, a short leg tips the pelvis and curves the spine, creating a scoliosis, causing disc problems, pinched nerves and even accelerate degeneration of other joints. Unfortunately, most orthopedic surgery is very difficult to change after the fact, so leg deficiencies created by joint replacement can cause problems patients may have to dealt with forever. 

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Why Go to a Chiropractor After a Car Accident?

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Some people think going to a chiropractor after an accident is just another option for care… oh how they could be more wrong! There are many car accident victims that end up with chronic pain years later because their doctor never recommended a chiropractor. The fact is if you have neck or back pain after a car wreck and you don’t go to the chiropractor, you could suffer with spine problems for the rest of your life! Depending on the severity of the initial injury, permanent degenerative damage to your spinal ligaments begins very soon after a car accident - if you don’t receive the proper treatment in time. 

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What Causes Medial Knee Pain?

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     One of the most common complaints from knee pain sufferers is pain over the medial aspect of the joint. When it hurts on the inside of your knee, it can be difficult to sleep on your side without a cushion between your legs. Medial knee pain can be from an injury, but is more often the result of degenerative arthritis when chronic. If you suffer with bilateral pain in this area regularly, a current x-ray is a good measure to check up on the health of your joint spaces. Sometimes joint degeneration can be sneaky; only producing symptoms (like medial knee pain) in the last stages. 

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Non-Steroidal Options

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Ever had a cortisone injection that didn’t help with your joint pain? This is because it’s commonly over-prescribed and often prescribed for the wrong reason. Cortisone is actually an anti-inflammatory (not primarily a pain medicine) and the most common injection given for joint pain. Yet the most common reason for chronic joint pain is Osteoarthritis, a degenerative type of arthritis. In this condition, swelling and inflammation are often not the main reasons for pain… then why is the most popular treatment an anti-inflammatory? 

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