Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of irritation or pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. It is the most common compressive neuropathy of the upper extremity. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrist and hand.  The anatomical structure of the carpal tunnel is made up of your carpal bones (wrist bones), wrist muscle tendons, transverse carpal ligament, and the median nerve. Think of your wrist as…

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Is Bending Bad for your Back?

I got a recent comment on my YouTube channel that read, “I just want to ask one question…is forward bending good for your lower back?”I often Google questions I get from patients and subscribers to find out what type of information they have likely received. It serves as inspiration for blog posts and videos. This has been particularly effective for the article I wrote 5 Chiropractic Scam Strategies, unfortunately people search chiropractic + scam a…

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Pain Lesson from a Shark Attack

Shark week just ended, and it got me thinking about the lessons a shark attack can teach us about pain.  Before diving into (nice pun) the lessons to be learned, we need to clarify a few things about pain There is no such thing as pain fibers This may come as a shock, but the body doesn’t have pain fibers. Instead of pain fibers, our body has special nerves that gather information, and only sometimes…

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Pelvic Floor Health – The Pelvic Physio

Pelvic floor dysfunction is often neglected and overlooked. Traditional chiropractic and physical therapy coursework lack appropriate education on the pelvic floor. Fortunately, an increasing number of pelvic floor-focused providers can help identify, treat, and manage pelvic floor dysfunction. I was lucky enough to sit down with pelvic floor expert, Kayla Ives, owner, and physical therapist at the Pelvic Physio Omaha.  https://youtu.be/1UIxiOfrFAQ The Pelvic Physio is the ONLY standalone pelvic floor clinic in Omaha, Nebraska.  We…

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Sciatica: Referred or Radicular Pain?

Pain can be very confusing. One of my most important jobs is to answer the question “What is causing my pain?”. This may seem straightforward but it is very common that the site of pain is not actually the cause of pain. Sciatica and “pinched nerves” help illustrate this concept. To better answer the question “What is causing my pain?” I want to highlight the difference between referred pain and radicular pain. Both types of…

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3 Best Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is found in both sport (runners) and people that work on their feet. We have previously discussed this in the blog “How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?”. If you have not done so, I would recommend you start there for more background information on risk factors, anatomy, differential diagnosis, and our chiropractic approach to treating plantar fasciitis.Plantar fasciitis can take up to six months to go away on its own.…

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How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

Did you know Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults?  Plantar Fasciitis is a big buzzword in musculoskeletal medicine, much like sciatica. However, not all heel pain is plantar fasciitis.  A correct diagnosis is an important first step (pun intended) in recovering from plantar fasciitis.  Speaking of the first step... One of the cardinal signs of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing pain with the first few steps in the morning…

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How to Create an Injury-Free Running Program

A poor running program causes more running injuries than most people realize.  Most running injuries are due to training errors and therefore considered preventable.  I was excited to sit down with Creighton Cross Country Coach, Chris Gannon, to discuss Programming for the Runner. I have been able to collaborate with him while rehabbing a couple of his runners while serving as the sports chiropractor for Creighton University Sports Medicine Team.This is the first interview in…

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Is Chiropractic Placebo?

Chiropractic was long considered no better than placebo.  However, the body of evidence has grown and chiropractic is a legit option for spine pain. Meanwhile, many of medicine's most widely accepted truths are under scrutiny as 'no better than placebo'.  The idea of a placebo is clearest to a parent of a young child.  For example, Imagine your kid stumbles and scratches their knee. They run to you in tears and you console them, kissing their owie.…

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10 Must-Know Back Pain Facts

There is a lot of mis-information about back pain facts.  If you are frustrated with persistent lower back pain that has cost you valuable time and money then dive into this evidenced based post of 10 must-know back pain facts inspired by a recent article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 1. Persistent back pain can be scary, but rarely dangerous.Longstanding back pain can be upsetting and disabling, but it is rarely life threatening so…

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The Truth About Lower Back Pain

An uncomfortable truth about lower back pain is that most is categorized as 'Non-specific lower back pain'. In fact, most lower back pain cannot be attributed to one particular source. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FnO3igOkOkThe iconic exchange between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men highlights my feelings when people ask, “What is causing my lower back pain?”  With this question patients are looking for the SOURCE of their lower back pain otherwise known as a STRUCTURAL…

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Coronavirus Response

UPDATE 12/6/2021 To current and prospective patients,  I wanted to take a moment and update everyone on our current office policies and procedures. Our office staff is completely vaccinated against COVID-19. - Masks are no longer required but I continue to match your comfort level. If you come in wearing a mask, I will most definitely treat you wearing a mask out of respect for you. - If you are feeling ill we would appreciate you avoiding…

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5 Chiropractic Scam Strategies

 Are you curious if your chiropractor is scamming you? Check out these 5 common chiropractic scam strategies and find out.  Remember this scene from Matilda? Imagine moving across the country to a new city. As you grab the last of the moving boxes off the truck, you aggravate your lower back. You are in desperate need of a chiropractor so you can feel better and finish the move. Like anyone would in 2020, you scroll through…

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A Smarter Running Program – Slow Cooker Style

Slow cooking your running program will result in less injury and more miles, therefore allowing you to stay on your training schedule by progressing running intelligently.  Crock-Pot History The original slow cooker was the brainchild of Irving Naxon who received a patent for the device in 1940. However, the device took off in the early 1970s after the patent was sold and started being produced in mass quantity under the name, Crock-Pot. To clarify,  Crockpots…

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Wake Up Call for Athlete Sleep

https://youtu.be/2KexsCP3luQ In this research review, I'd like to highlight a study examining a wake up call for athlete sleep. The wake up call is to college athletes and athletic departments on the importance of sleep to well-being and performance.  Although the study involves college athletes, principles and findings can be applied to non-athletes. Source: Kroshus E, Wagner J, Wyrick D, et al. Bri J Sports Med 2019; 53: 731-736 The Power of Sleep Sleep is…

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What is a Functional Diagnosis?

A functional diagnosis is critical to better understanding pain and performance. At OMNE Chiropractic, Dr. Peters utilizes a movement based assessment to find solutions. Functional Diagnosis First, a functional diagnosis involves determining the movements or limitations causing the pain. It involves locating key areas of movement deficiency and their impact on the patient's symptoms. For example, Dr. Peters will test foundational movements such as a squat and a lunge. In addition, Dr. Peters utilizes other…

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Runners’ Knee Presentation

Knee pain in running athletes is extremely common. In fact,  over 42% of running related injuries involve the knee according to a 2002 study in the British Journal of Spots Medicine.  Consequently, nearly 25% of runners develop knee pain each year.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvB6wm2kBlw Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) Patellofemoral pain is the most common cause of anterior knee pain in running athletes. In the past, the condition was  thought to be related to a patellar tracking issue.…

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Treating Patients Not Pictures

First off, the idea of 'treating patients not pictures' is  because an x-ray and MRI is only part of the story.   In my opinion, arthritis is a lazy diagnosis and often does not explain patient's pain. For this reason, it is important to treat patients and not pictures.  For more information, check out the video below or click here: https://youtu.be/gEgXrzEUE5o Pathoanatomical Diagnosis Pathoanatomy is a combination of pathology and anatomy. Pathology is the study of…

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Snap, Crack, & Pop: Are noisy joints normal?

We have all experienced it at some point. You turn to check your blind spot and you hear a crack in your neck. It may even sound really loud due to the close proximity to your ears. Many times this is harmless but can often make patients nervous. Let’s address some of the myths and answer "Are noisy joints normal?" What is that sound? First off, the term commonly used by healthcare clinicians is crepitus.…

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