When cycling is better than walking…

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We all agree, walking is good for you. Unfortunately, patients with spinal stenosis find that they get leg pain when they walk, because they get nerve compression at the bottom of the spine. Bending forward, however, relieves the pain. This means that getting around on a bike is much easier for these patients than walking. Find out more in this short video! There was a good summary of spinal stenosis in the BMJ.

#spinalstenosis, #cordcompression, #chiropractic, #spinalmanipulation, #cycling, #RaleighTwenty

Have you seen my shoes, Dad?

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I don’t know about you, but my kids could never find things…. ‘Where are my shoes, Dad’? They would yell, as they stormed around slamming doors. ‘Wherever you left them’ was my standard answer, of course! (They were always under the sofa, btw….)

When I was doing my diagnostic ultrasound training, I would sometimes struggle to find one of the kidneys with the ultrasound scanner, but sometimes a kidney really isn’t there, because the patient only has one kidney. One of the problems with this is that the single kidney that is present is often a bit quirky: large, situated somewhere weird, and imperfectly constructed. This single kidney may be more prone to infection, and an infection of the kidney will often create low back pain, which is sometimes what brought the patient in to see us in the first place!

Patients with only one kidney are more prone to developing high blood pressure, so this will need to be monitored. Your kidneys are very important, so sometimes patients with one kidney are told to avoid contact sports, in case they damage their one kidney.

Statistically, Abingdon will have about 31 people who only have one kidney!

How quick are your reflexes?

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When I was a kid, I used to play cowboys with my pals Geoff and Pete. We had toy pistols that make a great bang when we did our gun draw duels, but I was always the slowest to draw my gun and was always the first to ‘die’. We used to talk about having ‘quick reflexes’, but what we really meant was quick ‘reactions’.

Our reflexes are actually a test of nerve function. We test patients reflexes a lot here in the clinic, because we want to know if their nerves are working properly. Is it good to have fast reflexes, or slow reflexes? Find out in this short video!

If you want to read the BMJ article about reflexes, you can find it here.

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